Trove Johor Bahru
Trove Johor Bahru

The best hotels in Johor Bahru for a short stay

Check-in for a staycation across the border

Dewi NurjuwitaCheryl Sekkappan
Contributor: Cheryl Sekkappan
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The city across the border has long been popular amongst Singaporeans for affordable manicures and pedicures, café-hopping, street and more – no matter the time of the year, trust that many among us are packing our bags for a weekend staycation. 

After braving the traffic and queues at customs though, the last thing you'd want to do is head back a mere few hours later. We've got you sorted with the best hotels you can check into for the night in JB, so you can stay on that side of the border. 

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Amazing hotels in Johor Bahru

Suasana Suites Johor Bahru

Just a short drive from Singapore are the modern comforts of Suasana Suites Johor Bahru. 'Suites' are in its name for a reason – rooms here start with a one-bedroom suite with a fully-equipped kitchen, balcony, and king-sized or two single beds. Bigger families or groups can go for the two- or three-bedroom suite for more spacious comfort. Head out to Zenith Lifestyle Centre and the myriad of shopping malls just a stone's throw away, or simply chill out at the Sky Pool on Level 33A. 

St. Giles Southkey

St. Giles Southkey has the range to suit all sorts of travellers – from families on a leisure trip to those on business. Situated within the Mid Valley Southkey complex, the hotel is surrounded by a retail mall, exhibition centre and commercial towers. Rooms range from value-for-money Urban Rooms to sprawling Premier Rooms on the 26th and 27th floors for weary suits. Have drinks with a view at The View Bar & Lounge or close that critical deal at the Business Lounge. 

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For discerning business travellers, Opero Hotel Southkey is a sleek and modern hotel in the business district that has all the right amenities for any work-related meet-ups and functions. Close business deals at Oliva Café or Vero Privat, and when you need to wind down, head up to the gorgeous infinity pool of well-equipped gym. 

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You can practically walk to Capri by Fraser from CIQ, which also puts you within striking distance of a couple of popular malls near the Causeway – perfect for those looking for a short and leisurely getaway spent on shopping and massages. The hotel itself is urban and vibrant, making for a refreshing getaway after spending a long day out in the city. Whether you're travelling solo or with friends and family, there's much to be happy about with this luxury hotel. 

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This highly-rated hotel comes just as advertised – spacious and clean rooms accompanied by great service. When you're not out gallivanting in Johor Bahru (Pasar Karat is nearby, a spot you'll want to visit to pick up unique trinkets), you can chill out at the sky pool and soak in views of the city. Holiday Inn has got great dining and drinking options too, complete with a live band in the Lobby Lounge to keep you thoroughly entertained. 

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Stay at a five-star hotel for half the price of what it would cost back home. Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel is a luxury retreat in a vibrant travel destination. Soak in the sun at the Pool Terrace Guest Room, or check out one of the Executive Suites. Amenities include an expansive swimming pool and a fitness centre to burn those calories from your midnight roti canai runs. 

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Trove Johor Bahru is the option for the cool kids. This young and vibrant hotel provides a chic staycation in the heart of JB. The 283 rooms are decked in colourful accents, ranging across five room categories. Local Love pays homage to the local heritage of arts and crafts in pop art, Straits Affair shows guests Johor's early significance as a trading post, and Into The Woods provides an escape into Johor's Natural Heritage. If you need fresh content for your social media feeds, Trove Johor Bahru has got you covered. 

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Perfect for business travellers, Doubletree by Hilton Johor Bahru is conveniently located in Central Business District within proximity to the Persada Convention Centre, the city's gathering point for meetings, conventions and exhibitions. Besides daily breakfast, the venue also features Axis Lounge, an elegant restaurant, a snack bar where guests can get exclusive drinks. One63 European Bistro and Bar and Selasih, serving Malaysian, are available within short walking distance.  

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Amari Johor Bahru
Amari Johor Bahru

If you're taking the train from Singapore, Amari Johor Bahru is just a 15-minute walk from the JB Sentral Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT). Located in the heart of JB directly opposite City Square Shopping Mall, Komtar JBCC, and the Persada Johor International Convention Centre, the four-star hotel is a plush haven after a day of shopping in JB. When night falls, check out the bustling night bazaars and lively bars that surround the hotel.       

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Too expensive to head to Japan? No problem. Kyoto Boutique Hotel provides a Japan-inspired stay right in the heart of JB. The 12-room hotel is great for both business and leisure travel. Each room comes with a laptop-size safe, a refrigerator, a trouser press, dishwasher, tea and coffee making equipment. 

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