Whether you’re coming in from the north or from the Causeway, there’s a hotel for everyone in Johor Bahru.
Legoland Malaysia Resort
This resort may not be easy on the wallet, but it sure is easy on the eyes. Rooms are colorfully Lego-themed, and there’s a playground in the lobby for the kids. The food is nothing to shout about, but if you’re here with your family for the amusement park
, the location and fun activities don’t get better than this.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
When it comes to the Hilton, you can bet your money will be well spent. Generous room sizes (replete with warm welcome cookies), a well-landscaped pool, and a great view of the city and straits are all part of the package. It’s like you’re in Singapore, but for half the price.
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
If you enjoy popping out at 11 p.m. for some local nosh, then this is the play to stay. Its relative closeness to the airport means that little else is nearby, which also means that it’s quiet, unpretentious, and you may get the swimming pool all to yourself.
Somerset Puteri Harbour Iskandar Puteri
Pamper yourself apartment-style at this modern abode. Choose from nine different apartment styles
—all with a well-equipped kitchenette—and sunbathe by the pool in one of their round deck chairs. Perfect for longer stays.
Amari Johor Bahru
Amari knows how to do gorgeous
, because that’s exactly what this hotel is. The stylish carpeted rooms make you feel like you’re perpetually in a spa, and the Amaya Food Gallery
has made the dining experience into an art by featuring wood-accented screens and dapper lighting for the buffet.
Impiana Hotel Senai
At around RM200 (about $50) a night, this hotel is a steal. New, clean, spacious, and deliciously modern, Impiana boasts state-of-the-art meeting rooms, three different spas, and a great breakfast spread. The only drawback is that the swimming pool faces a local graveyard—but if you’re not superstitious, this is a non-issue, really.
Mutiara Johor Bahru
Not a new hotel by any means, Mutiara has nevertheless been well-kept. Rooms are comfy, and basic amenities are provided, including an iron and ironing board. Staff are friendly and can direct you to yummy local eateries
within walking distance.
Thistle Johor Bahru
Thistle is all about water. With a luxury two-level free-form pool
and a waterfront view of the straits (from the executive rooms), you can kick back, relax, and go with the flow
Le Grandeur Palm Resort Hotel
If you want a lifestyle-incorporated staycation, but without Legoland’s price tag (or the theme park), then check out Le Grandeur. Amenities are aplenty, including a bowling alley, tennis courts, a huge swimming pool, and four different dining restaurants
. Furnishing is a little dated, but the recreation options
can do much to make up for it.
KSL Hotel & Resort
For a more affordable—but no less inspiring—option, check out KSL. A well-located stay at the heart of Johor (it’s linked to a mall), this hotel boasts a mini waterpark, a fancy lounge with live music
, and a generous swimming pool.