Holiday Inn Johor Bahru Review: Everything You Need To Know About Staying Here

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On my most recent trip to Johor Bahru, I was travelling from Singapore for the night before moving on and wanted something that was very comfortable and nice while still being a short walk from the immigration checkpoint.

Enter Holiday Inn Johor Bahru!

Infinity Pool at Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre
Infinity Pool at Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre

This hotel not only fulfilled these requirements but is a lovely, affordable 4 star hotel close to everything. It’s a great choice for your Johor Bahru stay and not just because of its fabulous rooftop pool.

Click here to book your stay at the Holiday Inn Johor Bahru.

There are many reasons to book a stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel Johor Bahru, but if you’re not yet convinced, keep reading for our full review with lots of hotel Holiday Inn Johor Bahru photos and everything you need to know.

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru Review

The 4 star Holiday Inn Johor Bahru Malaysia has 335 rooms and many facilities and services to make your stay enjoyable.

Reception area Holiday Inn JOhor Bahru City Centre

The hotel is accessible by lift from street level with the reception on the eighth floor. Check-in was super easy and I had no problems checking in a little early.


As mentioned, the Holiday Inn Johor Bahru city centre is in a fabulous location. I walked here easily from the Malaysian Immigration Checkpoint under covered walkway.

Even better is that it’s above Komtar JBCC and across the road from City Square Shopping Malls which make it very easy to access anything you need.

You can find a Holiday Inn Johor Bahru map here:

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to the location discussed in this article.


Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre hallway
Hallway to my room

There are standard and suite rooms available and they can differ in price a little depending on view/position in the building. You can also book suites with sofa beds which are a great option for families – especially as kids under 12 stay and eat free.

All rooms are comfortable and well presented. There are twin (two single bed) and king options. All have climate control, flat-screen TV, bathrobe, minibar, tea and coffee making and a table and chair.

The suites are larger with living areas and more furniture.

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Standard Room

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre looking into my room on entry
Looking into my standard room on entry

I chose a standard room as I was travelling alone and was not planning to be in the room much anyway (who would be with the rooftop pool!).

The room is basically an international standard room like you would expect from the Holiday Inn. I’d say it’s nicer than the standard, though.

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre standard room bathroom
My bathroom. The toilet is behind the door

On entry to the room, my bathroom was to my left with a toilet, basin and shower. The walk-in shower was BIG with body wash, shampoo and conditioner. There was also a decent range of toiletries by the basin and plenty of towels.

On the left was a cupboard area, hanging space and plenty of room for my suitcase. There were also two bathrobes hanging up that I made good use of and some slippers. There was also an in-room safe, ironing gear and a bag for the hotel laundry.

tea and coffee making facilities Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre standard room
Tea and coffee making facilities

Next to this area was the tea and coffee making facilities, two bottles of water and the minibar. My only complaint is that the fridge didn’t have a temperature control and only seemed slightly cooler than the room (which had a great climate control system).

In the main part of the room was a king sized bed, massive television, table/desk area and a comfortable couch with side table.

My standard room Holiday INn jb
My standard room

The bed had bedside tables and a clock and phone as well as an international power point.

I found the room very comfortable. It was also very quiet except strangely when I first got to the room, I could hear the TV from next door. I didn’t hear it again.

My standard room from the window jb holiday inn
My standard room from the window

My favourite part of the room was the view and all the light. I had just come from a hotel in Singapore where it felt very dark in the room but it was very light and bright in this hotel room.

The view from the window in my 25th level standard room holiday inn jb
The view from the window in my 25th level room


The best feature at this hotel is definitely the awesome rooftop pool. There are great views, some lounge chairs and beautiful cabanas. The views are great – I kept swimming round the edge of the pool while taking in everything happening below me. I could not get enough of this pool.

Infinity Pool at Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre
Infinity Pool at Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre

I had to share the picture again as I love it so much.

There is also a gym which also has great views.

gym Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre

There is, of course, daily housekeeping and the usual business services.

Free private parking is available at this hotel.


Dine @ Eight Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre
Dine @ Eight – the on-site restaurant

There is a bar and a restaurant on-site. The restaurant, Dine @ Eight, is open all day and has a breakfast buffet available. There is also a lobby lounge bar.

Lobby Lounge Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre
Lobby Lounge

I also tried out the room service which was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the mee mamak.

mee mamak at Holiday inn jb room service
Delicious mee mamak via room service

There are also many eating options in the vicinity. Just head downstairs to Komtar or across the road to City Square or take a walk. I had a great dinner at the flea market, Pasar Karat, too.

Final Words

The entrance to Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre
The entrance to Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre at street level

I had a fabulous stay at the Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre. If you want an affordable, but fantastic, place to stay close to everything in central Johor Bahru and the causeway, it’s hard to beat.

The rooms are great, the pool superb and the location, just oh so easy.

Click here to book your stay now.

Looking for other accommodation options in Johor Bahru? Read our full guide to the best hotels in Johor Bahru here or our guide to the best things to do in Johor Bahru here. You can also find our full Johor Bahru guide here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.