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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
I had to share the picture again as I love it so much.
There is also a gym which also has great views.
There is, of course, daily housekeeping and the usual business services.
Free private parking is available at this hotel.
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.
I also tried out the room service which was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the mee mamak.
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.
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.
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.