Your Stay in JB

You can get more info about Johor Bahru here
Palm trees in Danga Bay Area

Staying in Johor Bahru is much much cheaper than in Singapore and indeed that’s what the hotels want, is for people to enjoy Singapore but stay in Johor Bahru. But JB can hold its own nowadays and most of the hotels are running 80% -full.

Everyday in Johor Bahru something new is unveiled and with theme parks and premium outlets opening I think that the hotels will do OK for your business.
These are some of the hotels Listed in Johor Bahru

The Newest Hotel is a boutique one called the Jade hotel and sits nicely facing the waters of the the straights of Johor, and I will get some info and photos soon. for now i have stayed at all the ones below and found them very good. in order of my preference.

Thistle Johor Bahru

Jalan Sungai Chat, 80720Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +607 222 9234 /
Fax: +607 222 0153 /

18, Jalan Harimau, Taman Century, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel : +607-268 5222
Fax : +607-268 5333

MUTIARA Johor Bahru
Jalan Dato Sulaiman
Taman Century
KB No. 779
80990 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60.7.330.0300
Fax: +60.7.331.8884

New York Hotel Johor Bahru
No. 22 Jalan Dato’ Abdullah Tahir
80300 Johor Bahru

Telephone: (607) 331 1588
Fax: (607) 331 8588

The Zon Regency Hotel 88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan
80300 Johor Bahru

Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru
9R, Jalan Bukit Meldrum
90300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Telephone no.: 607 221 6666

JB Central Hotel
Merlin Tower, Jalan Meldrum
80000 Johor Bahru
Phone Number: 6 07 222 2833

17 Responses so far.

  1. Polai says:

    Hi john we’ll be arriving this 15th of may in kl. But we are planning to stay in Jb because my son wants to go to legoland. I just want to ask if you knew some cheap hotels in jb that is near legoland or other tourist spots (bedspacer for 3adults 2kids *5years old*) will do. We’ll be there until the 18th then planning to go to my aunt in singapore. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  2. Kylie says:

    Hi there,

    I am currently living In singapore and have family visiting from Australia – we are wanting to come up to JB for 3 nights primarily for lego land however I am a little confused as to where to stay that is not too far from lego land but we can still see a little of what JB has to offer in the food and shopping areas – we will be 2 families of 3 adults and 5 kids

    I look forward to your recommendation

    Thanks Kylie

    • admin says:

      To be honest, the Legoland hotel is open now and from what i hear its not to expensive,and its just a short trip then into bukit indah if you head for jusco their is lots of new shops all around it and tesco’s plus lots and lots of small places to eat at great prices. I shall email you a map later today with suggested places to eat. but where ever you stay you will need to get transport,So stay legoland hotel then you can enjoy the parks and walk back to the hotel, my other recommendation is to stay at the Thistle hotel in JB and use their shuttle service to the legoland, but JB is spread so much you will still need to get taxis.
      regards John

  3. Santiago says:

    Hi John,

    I am Colombian and I’ve been living in JB with my wife for about 8 months now. We moved here because I was transferred by my company. I wanted to ask you if you know of about expats groups in JB that you can recommend to us. I’m working all day and my wife have not found much to do in the city. Any recommendation will be appreciated.


    Santiago C

  4. Mini says:

    Thank you John!

  5. Mini says:

    Hi John
    We’re relocating to JB next month and we have 2 little ones, and was wondering about how safe the city is? Also wanted check if one can get part time help in JB??

    Thank you


  6. Bmatch says:

    Thank you so much for your help !

    It is great to hear.

  7. Bmatch says:

    Hi John

    I am really pleased to have found your website.

    I am a returning Singapore citizen, having stayed overseas for > 10 years.

    I came back to find a job in a buoyant market and also to be near my parents (in their 80s) for a couple of years. I am seriously considering JB as a place to stay as it is so much more laid back. This is my 4th day back in Singapore and already the pace of life here is squeezing it out of me.

    Wondering if living in JB and commuting daily into Singapore is a viable option ?

    Any comments from you would be appreciated.

    • Hi Bmatch,

      Just to let you know that this is done by hundreds every day, of course you can spend as much as 3-4hours a day in travelling,but it is worth it because, you get the earning of SG and the spending of MYR in JB also the lifestyle in JB is laid back and the city itself is growing by the day to what will be a great place to live.

      You can do the travel by Motor car. motorcycle or bus and mrt. either way, A lot of SG are moving into JB now and buying houses to live in, but if you only here for short time then renting is just as good. lots of new condos coming to completion soon will drive the rental down and give a good choice.
      below is a link to an SG living in JB but working in Singapore everyday so I am sure you will find it useful you can even ask them questioned about it.

      Good Luck with your future.

  8. Wida says:

    Hi John,
    We are actually thinking to move to JB, we are Australian citizen, but originally I came frm Indonesia and my husbsnd frm Scotland, we have 3 girls.. (13, 9, 5). Is JB safe place for the kids? Is education similar to Singapore standard? Any recommendation? We are in Singapore at the moment.
    Thanks for your help

    • Living in Johor Bahru you get the best of both worlds, I’ll explain, in JB the pace of life is quite laid back and people have time to chat and relax, The good thing about Johor bahru is that is up and coming with billion’s of investments already put into the iskanda project ( ) this website also has lots of information to help you decide. and it has first class schools, hospitals and infrastructure. On the Plus side is the ever growing big boys that want to invest and have in fact done so with the lego land and only this week Pinewood Studios have opened with lots more on the cards.

      The fact you are a young couple is great as you can grow along with the city, the cost of living in JB is much cheaper and we are next door to Singapore – Singapore is the second part to the best of both worlds, it has modern city lifestyle and so advance in terms of quality of life, but it’s expensive, so most people like me live in JB and play in Singapore as it’s only 20 mins away by car.
      with regards to the girls and schools Jb has international school and more opening soon in iskanda, but one other thing to consider is that a lot of children keep on schooling in singapore it just means they have to leave around 6am each day to catch the school buses.

      This could be an option until you get settled into JB and the schools over here, JB is spaced out so probably living near the school of your choice would be best option,you will find lots of information in the link above to iskanda living.

      Regards john
      any further help contact john at

  9. Carlie Bell says:

    Hi there! I don’t know if this is the best place to leave a comment/ask questions but I can’t seem to find somewhere better.
    My husband and I are planning a move to Malaysia this summer/fall and right now we’re interviewing at schools in KL and JB. I came across your website and have gotten the impression that JB is a great place to live! What I’m wondering is, for a young Canadian couple, is there quite a lot to do? We’re in our late 20s/early 30s and are quite active. We’d like to join some expat groups, sports teams, a church, etc. Most of the time when I’m searching for things in JB I get redirected to Singapore. And I joined one expat group and they said it’s better for people like us to move to KL. However, the school we really like (my husband is a teacher) is in JB. Any thoughts or suggestions you can provide us with would be great! we’re coming to visit Malaysia in a couple weeks and are debating whether or not to head down to JB and check it out for ourselves. We don’t have much time as we’re booked in KL for the first 4 days and must be in Thailand on day 7.
    Anyways, my email is above and any thoughts or ideas you might have – as the expert expat on JB – would be so appreciated!
    Thank you!

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