Planning a day trip across the Causeway, but need ideas on where to stay? From art hotels to Japanese-inspired ones, here are the hottest hotels in JB to stay at right now.
1. Kyoto Boutique Hotel
Have your own little Japanese getaway at Kyoto Boutique Hotel, located right in the heart of JB. This 12-room hotel provides a Japan-inspired stay for travellers and is suitable for both business and leisure. Each room adopts a no-frills minimalist aesthetic with simple wooden furnishing, see-through bathroom glass doors and of course a modern tatami. Family-friendly rooms are available too.
Location: 6 Jalan Kota, Masai, Johor, Malaysia
Rates: From $32/night (Breakfast included)
Pros: Affordable and cosy, good for those looking for a simple and decent hotel room
Cons: Not very near prime locations like JB City Square
2. Z Hotel
Going on a food adventure across the Causeway? You’ll want to stay at the Jalan Wong Ah Fook district, one of the busiest food streets in JB. A good and affordable hotel to consider is Z Hotel, situated within the Jalan Wong Ah Fook enclave and conveniently near prime locations like JB City Square and AEON Bukit Indah. The hotel appears to be particularly popular among couples, as evident by the 9.1 rating on Booking.com. Choose between seven types of rooms, from Deluxe King Rooms to Executive Suites.
Location: 18, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Rates: From $67/night (No breakfast included)
Pros: Affordable, new and spacious, good location and near lots of food
Cons: No in-house restaurant, therefore no late night food room service requests
3. Mood Hotel
If a standard hotel room doesn’t do it for you, Mood Hotel should fit the bill. Their double-storey Deluxe Mezzanine Queen Suite offers a separate bedroom and living space, so you don’t have to lounge on the bed in your dirty clothes after a long day out. Other types of suites are available as well, and all rooms come with rainshower facilities.
Location: 2, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Rates: From $36/night (Breakfast not included)
Pros: Good for young couples, near the Causeway and Johor Premium Outlets, in-house restaurant/cafe available
Cons: Breakfast not included
4. Eco Bed & Breakfast
Think of Eco Bed & Breakfast as a mix between a hotel and Airbnb. This environmentally-friendly homestay has bedrooms so beautiful you wish those rooms were yours instead. Think beds with cute bed frames, swing beds, bird-cage style beds and round beds. Tuck into Western-style organic breakfasts every morning, and take a walk at the establishment’s surrounding gardens.
Location: Kempas, 42, Jln Setia Tropika 9/6, Setia Tropika, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Rates: From $55/night (Breakfast included)
Pros: Spacious, surrounded by nature, organic breakfast included
Cons: Far from checkpoint
5. Trove Johor Bahru
TROVE Johor Bahru is the latest cool kid on the block with its heritage-inspired design. This art hotel provides a chic staycation right in the heart of JB with 238 rooms decked in colourful accents, from pop art to nature themes. While the designs may be borrowed from history, the hotel’s amenities are anything but obsolete. Expect modern and elegant furnishing, top tier toiletries, and an in-room hot and cold water dispenser.
Location: Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Rates: From $77/night (Breakfast included)
Pros: New, great for families, high tech facilities, breakfast included, convenient location
Cons: Quick to sell out, must book ahead