The city across the border is popular amongst Singaporeans for various reasons: whether for a manicure or pedicure, cafe-hopping, and a taste of all the food Johor Bahru has to offer. Trust us, there are plenty. And with such a favourable currency rate, is it any wonder that we find ourselves heading to JB whenever we don't have much planned for the weekend?
After braving the weekend traffic and queues at customs, though, the last thing you’d want to do is head back a 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 of the border.
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.
The coolest new kid on the block is Trove Johor Bahru. 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.
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.
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.
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.