Johor Bahru is the capital of the state of Johor, located in the southern most part of East Malaysia and is the closest neighbour to Singapore, which is linked by a causeway. For Singaporeans who work hard in this city state, they can come to Johor Bahru to rejuvenate and recharge in a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere and culture.
Due to the strength of the Singapore dollar against the Malaysia Ringgit, which is about three times the value, spending in Johor gives Singaporeans high purchasing power. Hence, it is not surprising that many Singaporeans flock to Johor, during the weekends, to do their weekly grocery shopping and top up gasoline. If you’re planning a trip to Johor Bahru, don’t miss this list of the 8 places to stay in this fun city.
Legoland Resort Hotel is a themed hotel that is attractive for families with kids or even couples who want to enjoy the water park, roller coaster rides, shopping and taking photos with mega structures, carefully designed and built from the small famous lego blocks. This is a 5-star hotel with very good reviews from visitors. Check in time is around 4:00 pm and check out is at 11:00 am. In the lobby, there are many loose Lego blocks to play with, to teach your kids hand-eye coordination and to construct something colourful.
Legoland Resort Hotel
Address: 7, Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, Nusajaya, 79250 Nusajaya, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 192 USD
Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour is located in Nusajaya, a new township. The hotel has many Hello Kitty themed rooms, of various designs, to attract kids and those young-at-heart. There are also standard rooms with conventional designs. The lobby is beautifully designed by talented interior designers for a modern ambience, look and feel.
Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, 79000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 107 USD
According to reviews from visitors, the rooms here are comfortable, albeit a bit compact, and the location is superb. It is a 4-star hotel where you can be pampered with the spa facilities, to forget all those business issues and work concerns. Simply immerse yourself in the massage with aromatherapy oil, for full relaxation.
Hotel Granada Johor Bahru
Address: 55, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 56 USD
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru is located right smack in the heart of Johor Bahru, and only 7 km (4.3 miles) from the Singapore Causeway. This hotel offers a large and attractive swimming pool, with WiFi in its vicinity, and 24-hour customer service at the counter, for checking in and out.
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: No. 12 Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Price: from 78 USD
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel offers modern facilities with satellite TV. This hotel is equipped with two restaurants, a pub, and an outdoor swimming pool. Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) is only 25 minutes away from the hotel and Lego Land, the Hello Kitty Theme Park, and Desaru Beach are all around 35 minutes away.
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
Address: 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, , 81750 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 81 USD
Located in the commercial centre of Johor Bahru, Mutiara Johor Bahru Hotel offers three options of rooms, with an outdoor swimming pool. It’s only 15 minutes from Singapore via the Causeway. Open 24 hours, Seri Mutiara Restaurant serves lunch and dinner, every day, with ala carte, local dishes and also western food. Capri, the continental restaurant and Meisan, a Szechuan restaurant are also available, here.
Mutiara Johor Bahru Hotel
Address: Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century, K.B. No 779, 80990 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 61 USD
This accommodation is one of the favourites amongst Singaporeans, due to its proximity to the island state and the fact that it is around 24 km (14.9 miles) away and 43 km (26.7 miles) from Desaru Beach. There is also 24-hour customer service and every room has a bathroom, equipped with a hair dryer. There is also satellite TV provided.
Holiday Villa Johor Bahru City Centre
Address: 260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 78 USD
According to reviews, this accommodation is touted to be the best in Johor Bahru! Visitors find that there are more facilities provided here, compared to surrounding hotels. It is suitable for dating couples and there is 24-hour customer service, for checking in any time of the day and night.
The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru
Address: Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, 80730 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 67 USD
Awesome hotels in Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru offers several world-class hotels, ranging from 4-star to 5-star facilities. They are near to Singapore via the Causeway and are favourite destinations for fellow Singaporeans, for unwinding in a more relaxed culture compared to the concrete jungle of the city state. There is lots of room to drive around and explore the city and immerse oneself in the sights and local food, and it is much cheaper since the Singaporean purchasing power is better. The locals are friendly and they work hard to earn the tourist money, from their neighbours from down south.
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