With Malaysia Ringgit at its all-time low, many Singaporeans are heading up north in the past months for some weekend respite. Well, the Pandas are no exception too! Another weekend, another Staycation!
The Place We explore the other luxury hotel in Johor Bahru some months back, and we are back! This time to the DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru! Located nearer to the JB Customs, a 10 minutes walk or just a quick 5 minutes taxi ride away, this hotel is right next to the Komtar JBCC and City Square shopping centres! Newly opened in 2014, the hotel has a upscale modern chic look, ready to invite you in for a relaxing weekend ahead!
The Room Cosy and comfy, the entry level Double Double guest rooms (yes, it is named Double Double, you ain’t seeing double!) takes on the wooden tones, finished off their signature Sweet Dreams beds. Good to know that their basic rooms have 2 double beds, definitely ideal to be shared by more than just 2 pax (hint hint on cost savings!).
The Facilities Swimming pool, gym, sauna, club lounge and restaurants, DoubleTree has it all. Must say we were quite impressed with the pools and gym. With resting beds in the water, and a baby wading pool, these waters are perfect for the families and the lazing couples. While for the fitness junkies, no excuse for a weekend break from the gym! The pandas sweated a fair bit here, while loading far more from the Italian dinner at Tosca Italian Trattoria (level 13 of the hotel) – probably the sole high-end Italian restaurant in Johor Bahru!
Buffet Breakfast was served up at the lobby’s restaurant, Makan Kitchen. Recommend you to dive straight to the pastry section, top marks for these; with the buffet mainly serving local delights, paired with fresh jucies and our favourite live egg stations!
The Rates From RM400 (all-in) per night for the entry level Double Double Guest Rooms, based on the advanced room rates. Of course expect to pay more during the peak school holiday season and during the weekends. Considering its location and overall comfort of the stay, the Pandas might just head back again!
The Rants The walk to the malls will take you through some busy roads and likely some stares from strangers which may heighten your insecurities much.
DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru
12, Jalan Ngee Heng
80000, Johor Bahru, Johor , Malaysia
Tel: +60 7 268 6868
For more information, do check out the official Website.
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