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Holiday Villa Hotel Johor Bahru City Centre

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http://www.holidayvillahotels.com/malaysia/johor-bahru/holiday-villa-johor-bahru/

Located at 260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Google Maps make it look a block away, but if you check out Street View, you actually only need to cross the street from KSL.

We have been regular customers of KSL, but on our last 2 visits, the hotel was starting to look and feel old.

So now, after Mutiara and KSL, Holiday Villa will be the third hotel for our JB Staycations!

Lobby is ok with ample seats.

It does not have Starbucks, but they won’t charge you for using the washroom.

There are shops and restos on the Ground and 1st level… But you are better off crossing the street for bak kut teh or just have a meal at KSL.

My wife and I were surprised by the size of the room…

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King size bed.

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Working table

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TV ports were easily accessible.

However, channel selection will need improvement.

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Closet has a safe, 2 pairs of room slippers, no robe

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Fridge was available, but don’t expect it to make ice. (it was more of like a wine chiller)

Our room did not have a tub

But shower area’s size was again bigger than usual

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Toiletries included a comb, tooth brush, soap and shampoo

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Don’t expect anything from the free internet.

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It was bad and it was useless at 10pm!

Main amenities were at the top 2 levels of the hotel

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Pool, (dry) Sauna and Gym were on the 25th floor

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And the 26th floor had the sky bar

Breakfast buffet was available on the 9th floor, Fern Pine Cafe.

Don’t expect too much, but it was more than enough.

Thanks to the aging KSL Hotel, I can highly recommend Holiday Villa.

If you have small kids who want to play around, then you’re better off with KSL, you get the dino land and you don’t have to cross the street.

During our short stay at Holiday Villa, we found the place more relaxing and more modern.

I honestly can’t wait for the next trip…

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KSL Hotel & Resort (Johor Bahru, Malaysia)

Judging on outside looks alone… KSL Hotel & Resort must be the newest hotel in Johor Bahru!

Spent a short weekend there and the experience was really good!

Going there was really easy, there’s a bus from JB Sentral and you can always take a cab.

(please note that public transport only accepts cash payments)

Upon arrival at KSL, I suggest that you immediately go to the hotel lobby and check-in.

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A queue number will be provided and on an off peak week end, it took us almost 30 minutes before getting called.

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Drinks and biscuits are available and you can ask for wifi access from their staff.

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Our room’s size was reasonable. There was a TV (no cable) and an empty fridge (ice tray is available)

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Toiletries (including shaver and comb) were provided, BUT sadly our toilet did not have a tub.

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Hotel facilities include Golf Simulator, Billiards and Table Tennis.

They also have a Gym

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And Swimming Pool

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(top view of the pool, taken from the window near the lift)

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Buffet breakfast was good (or may be just better than what I was expecting).

Restaurant was a bit noisy, but I believe it’s just normal for the number of people presently there.

KSL also has a mall beside it that has a grocery and cinema.

The grocery was a big surprise for us since chips and beer can be easily purchased, you may be disappointed if you’re looking for hard liquor and wine.

The mall also has enough shops to keep you busy for a short vacation.

If you need any additional information about KSL, better visit their website.

*sorry about the quality of my photos… will try to take better photos on my next visit

Mutiara Johor Bahru

Spent a weekend at Mutiara Hotel with my family.

It’s actually our first time in Johor Bahru and we did not know what to expect.

Mutiara’s rates are affordable compared to Singapore hotels.

Room size is ok but for my family, the tub is a bit small.





Facilities include a gym and a swimming pool.




They do not have lifeguards so please don’t leave your children unattended.

Hotel lobby has wifi but you’ll need to ask for a password from the front desk.

Prices of drinks in the room’s bar is a bit pricey (as of 01 September 2012), thankfully there’s a mall (Holiday Plaza) just beside the hotel.

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Our room came with complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 adults and our daughter.

Breakfast was the usual stuff you would expect from a budget hotel.





Holiday Plaza Mall is just beside Mutiara… But honestly, don’t expect too much from it…

Positive side is that Holiday Plaza has McDonalds and a KFC.

KFC Malaysia serves buns! It’s not the dinner rolls we’re all looking for but at least we don’t get our carbs from instant mashed potatoes alone…

Here’s how Holiday Plaza loks like from the inside…

Of all the shops, I only saw one stall inside selling beer… Didn’t bother searching for wines or hard drinks since there are more shops selling bootleg items than alcoholic drinks in this mall.

To wrap up my experience with Mutiara Hotel…

The experience was great! For its price, I will recommend it for a short 3-4 night vacation.

A week stay will be too much since they’re buffet breakfast has limited items.

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