Johor Bahru, or JB, is the fourth largest city in Malaysia and it is for this reason, to no surprise, that it is one of the most visited cities in Malaysia especially for Singaporeans.

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Spend your next weekend getaway in this awesome Malaysian city in one of their many hotels. There are hotels in JB that are reasonably priced and worth every penny spent! The hotels are so amazing, you can just spend the entire day just enjoying the hotel’s facilities or simply relaxing in your hotel room! Here’s a list of the top 11 hotels in JB for your next weekend getaway (in no specific order).

#HHWT Tip: Avoid travelling from Singapore to JB and back along the Causeway on weekends. Last thing you want is to be caught in a traffic jam.

Luxury Hotels
1. Amari Hotel

We kick off this list with one of the most accessible hotels in JB. Located in the heart of JB’s Central Business District, this five-star, award-winning hotel is conveniently surrounded by not one, but four shopping malls – Zenith Mall Lifestyle Hub, Komtar JBCC, City Square Shopping Mall and Persada Convention Centre.


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The hotel (and malls surrounding it) is minutes away from JB Sentral station and the Johor Checkpoint, which serves as an immigration checkpoint for those travelling between Singapore and Johor Bahru via the Causeway linkway.

Amari’s friendly, lovable staff will guarantee you special memories of your stay. Enjoy it in one of Amari’s many spacious, beautifully-furnished rooms. Don’t forget to pull the curtains as you take in the stunning view of JB’s Central Business District from your hotel room.


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Rate: From MYR 280 / night
Address: 82C, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

2. DoubleTree by Hilton

Just a few blocks down from Amari Hotel lies another hotel perfect for your weekend getaway. DoubleTree by Hilton is in the heart of the Central Business District of JB, a walking distance from Zenith Mall Lifestyle Hub, Komtar JBCC, City Square Shopping Mall and Persada Convention Centre. The hotel is also a short 20-minute walk to the famous Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and Johor Zoo.


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Free Wi-Fi is provided and rooms provide you with just the perfect comfort and relaxation for your getaway. Luxuriate in one of their many rooms as you spoil yourself with everything the hotel has to offer including a 24-hour fitness centre, equipped with a steam room!


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Rate: From MYR 450 / night
Address: 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

3. Renaissance Hotel

Experience five-star treatment in a five-star hotel! Located in the eastern region of JB, Renaissance Hotel offers the best of luxury just minutes from JB Sentral station. There are not as many malls in this area as compared to the hotels near JB Sentral station, but it doesn’t take long to travel from the hotel to JB Sentral.


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Away from the hustle and bustle of JB Sentral, Renaissance Hotel promises a comfortable, relaxing stay for all its guests, perfect for a weekend getaway. Each room is furnished with a classy and sleek theme and is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and 24/7 room service!


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Rate: From MYR 324 / night
Address: 2 Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

4. Holiday Villa

We head up north to Taman Abad and here’s where you can find Holiday Villa Johor Bahru. The hotel is a short walk from megamall, KSL City Shopping Mall and has a beautiful infinity pool, overlooking the stunning JB skyline. On a clear day, you might even be able to see Singapore!


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Holiday Villa is surely a great hotel for your weekend getaway. Why? The hotel promises its guests “comfortable accommodation, conveniences and high service standards”. Just like most of the hotels in this list, Wi-Fi in Holiday Villa is provided at no extra charge.


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What’s more, if you’re looking for a deliciously, cheesy meal, then head over to K’Fry, JB’s very own Korean Cheesy Fried Chicken joint. Conveniently located at the lobby of Holiday Villa, here’s where you can satisfy your Korean food cravings! Check out our article for more information on K’Fry.


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Football fans rejoice! The hotel is also a short drive or bus ride to Larkin. It is here where you can find Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium (or Larkin Stadium), the home ground of Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club, one of the powerhouses of the Malaysian Super League (MSL).


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Rate: From MYR 340 / night
Address: 260 Jalan Dato’ Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

5. Thistle Hotel

Here’s another luxury hotel to consider for your next weekend getaway. Thistle Hotel is a short 5-minute drive from JB Sentral station and the shopping malls in the vicinity.


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The hotel’s exterior architecture has an old, rustic feel to it. Their rooms, on the other hand, are the exact opposite. Decorated with modern furnishing, Thistle’s rooms provide guests with a relaxing stay and stunning views of the sea. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and free shuttle services to many shopping malls in JB.


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Rate: From MYR 273 / night
Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Waterfront Hotels
6. Berjaya Waterfront Hotel

Located in the southwestern region of JB, Berjaya Waterfront Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from JB Sentral and Johor Immigration Checkpoint. The hotel is also a stone’s throw away from Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal.


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The hotel promises you a relaxing stay in one their many classy rooms. The hotel overlooks Setulang River and the Tebrau Straits, and it is for this reason, you will get an amazing view of the waterfront. Try spotting the northern region of Singapore from your hotel room!


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Rate: From MYR 151 / night
Address: 88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Kampung Stulang Laut, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

7. Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour (in Iskandar Puteri)

This is the mother of all waterfront hotels in Johor. Located in Iskandar Puteri, along the outskirts of Johor Bahru, Hotel Jen offers a jaw-dropping view of the beautiful Puteri Harbour from its rooms. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is just next to the hotel and the world-famous LEGOLand is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Did we mention, the hotel’s swimming pool is an infinity pool, with a stunning view of the waterfront?


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The hotel’s themed rooms are perfect for the family. So, do spend your weekend with your kids in this hotel surrounded by theme parks. Wi-Fi is at no extra charge and there is 24/7 room service!


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Rate: From MYR 328 / night
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri, 79000 Johor Darul Takzim, Johor, Malaysia

Resorts

8. KSL Hotel and Resort

KSL Hotel and Resort is the largest integrated resort in Johor, located across the road from Holiday Villa. The hotel has facilities such as a dinosaur-themed water park, a cinema and golf simulator and shares the same building as JB’s megamall, KSL City Shopping Mall.


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The hotel provides shuttle buses to Legoland Malaysia located just 20 minutes away and to Universal Studios Singapore (located in Sentosa, Singapore). Their rooms are fully-furnished apartments, perfect for the family! They even offer apartments with private swimming pools!


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Rate: From MYR 500 / night
Address: 33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

9. LEGOLAND Hotel (in Nusajaya)

Looking to have a fun, colourful time with your family over the weekend? Look no further than LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. While you are at it, spend your nights at the LEGOLAND Hotel, located near the entrance of the theme park. The hotel’s façade is “built” with LEGO bricks, just like the rides, buildings and structures in the theme park itself.


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Their LEGO-themed interior stretches out to their many themed rooms, making the hotel a great place to stay especially for the young ones. Additionally, booking a room with LEGOLAND Hotel instantly entitles you to their “hotel guests only” theme park packages, which includes early entry to the park. An additional thing to note, 2 kids under 12 years stay for free!


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Rate: From MYR 1,760 for Family themed rooms / night
Address: LEGOLAND, 7 Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, Iskandar Malaysia, Iskandar Puteri, 79250 Johor, Malaysia

Concept/Boutique Hotels

10. Midori Hotel

Spend your weekend in the only concept hotel in this list. Being the only eco-friendly, green boutique hotel in Malaysia, you will be greeted with a lush greenery when you arrive at the hotel.


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Have fun, splashing around in one of the many theme parks in Johor. The hotel is a few blocks away from Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, a great theme park for the family, young and old!


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The hotel offers different themed rooms based on your preference and the amount you are willing to spend. Don’t worry though, you won’t exactly burst your budget for one of the hotel’s many fancy, fully-furnished rooms (with free Wi-Fi).


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Rate: From MYR 298 / night
Address: 57 Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

11. The Ardens Hotel

A few blocks down from Midori Concept Hotel lies a luxury boutique hotel. The Ardens Hotel promises guests the feeling of being a “home away from home”. The Ardens is a short, 5-minute drive to AEON Mall Tebrau City, a megamall located along Taman Desa Tebrau.


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The rooms in Ardens Hotel have a sleek, modern feel to it in terms of its furnishing and décor. Toilets are equipped with rain showers and Wi-Fi is free! There are inter-connected suites too, perfect for those travelling in a group.


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Rate: From MYR 143 / night
Address: 19 & 21, Jalan Austin Perdana 2/22, Taman Austin Perdana, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Now that we’ve listed down great hotels for your next weekend getaway, what are waiting for? Book your flights, coaches or train rides to Johor Bahru now! Make your hotel stay worth your time and money and spend a great relaxing time in this awesome Malaysian city!

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