5-star hotels in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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Once in a while, we all get the urge to splurge on a holiday – and nothing screams luxury more than a stay in a ritzy hotel. But the reality is that not all of us can afford the hefty price tags that come with it.

Luckily, our neighbour Malaysia has us covered with its super affordable luxury hotels. For those who’re feelin’ fancy and want to give yourselves a good treat over a long weekend, here’s a list of affordable 5-star hotels in Johor Bahru:

For more long-weekend vacation ideas, check out our other JB-related articles:

1. Thistle Johor Bahru – Italian meals by the pool (from $71/night)

Thistle Johor Bahru

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Thistle Johor Bahru is known for its convenient location since it’s just a short 15-minute drive from the Causeway and less than a 5-minute ride from Danga City Mall.

Thistle Johor Bahru room

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Rooms come in soft colours and have floor-to-ceiling windows to make them look brighter and more spacious. Certain suites even come with a separate seating area as well as a balcony which offers an exceptional view of the Johor Bahru skyline.

Thistle Johor Bahru

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Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi anywhere within the hotel’s premises, and have your meals at any of their eateries such as Fresh for the daily buffet breakfast, The Oasis for some Italian cuisine by the pool. Then work off all the good food you consumed by playing a game or two at the hotel’s tennis court.

Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, Sri Gelam, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-222 9234

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2. Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel – scenic bay views (from $87/night)

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel

Double or Twin Room with Bay View
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For those looking to visit popular tourist attractions in JB like Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, and Desaru Beach, Renaissance Johor Bahru will be a good choice because these locations are within a 35-minute drive away.

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel gym

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Besides housing 2 different restaurants and a pub, this hotel also has a fitness centre for those who need to keep up with their daily workout routine. Rooms come equipped with a desk and swivel chair, as well as an electric kettle to make sure you always have boiled water at hand.

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel pool

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Plus, they have an indoor swimming pool which means you can take a refreshing dip as and when you like regardless of the scorching afternoon sun or any thunderstorms.

Address: No. 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-381 3333

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3. Pulai Springs Resort – 18-hole golf park (from $76/night)

 Pulai Springs Resort

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To get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, book a suite at Pulai Springs Resort. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Singapore’s Tuas checkpoint.

You’ll feel like royalty as you stay in any of their suites furnished with a satellite TV, a personal safe to keep all your important belongings, and a coffee and tea making machine.

 Pulai Springs Resort King Room

King Room fit for a king
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Visit their outdoor pool whenever you fancy a swim surrounded by greenery, or dine at any of their 2 restaurants which serve cuisine ranging from Western to Chinese and Indian.

Pulai Springs Resort pool

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While there’s no shopping mall nearby, you won’t have to worry about getting bored. There’s a tennis court, gym, spa, and even an 18-hole championship golf course to keep you fully occupied.

Pulai Springs Resort golf course

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Address: 20km Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-521 2121

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4. KSL Hotel & Resort – with dinosaur-themed water park (from $71/night)

KSL Hotel & Resort

Grand Super King room
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KSL Hotel & Resort sits right above KSL Shopping Mall so you can let yourself loose on a giant shopping spree, knowing that bringing all your loot back will be easy peasy. And if shopping isn’t enough, there are free shuttle bus services to popular tourist destinations like Legoland for you to play to your heart’s content.

KSL Hotel & Resort gym

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There’s free wifi and a flat-screen TV in all rooms while guests are welcome to make use of the wide range of hotel facilities such as the gym, golf simulator, cinema, karaoke centre and spa. In particular, families travelling with their kids should check out the child-friendly Dinosaur Waterpark within the compound for some fun in the sun.

KSL Hotel & Resort pool

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Address: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-288 2999

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5. TROVE Johor Bahru – themed rooms (from $57/night)

TROVE Johor Bahru

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If you’re looking for a hotel with pretty decor, give TROVE Johor Bahru a try. Instead of the usual white bed sheets and plain walls, the rooms at TROVE are decorated tastefully with walls in vibrant shades and tropical or geometric prints.

TROVE Johor Bahru

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Besides being able to connect to the free WiFi no matter where you’re at in the hotel, you’ll enjoy a flat-screen TV with Netflix subscription in your room, so you can catch up on your favourite series during chill time.

TROVE Johor Bahru

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Address: Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-272 8888

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6. Amari Johor Bahru – conveniently located near JB Sentral (from $76/night)

Amari Johor Bahru

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Amari Johor Bahru is conveniently located in the heart of JB’s city center – popular shopping malls like JB City Square and Danga City Mall are less than a 10-minute drive away while reaching JB Sentral Railway Station will only take a short stroll.

All rooms are equipped with free WiFi, a 40-inch TV, and a minibar to ensure that you’re fully entertained and sated during your stay.

Amari Johor Bahru buffet

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Head down to Amaya Food Gallery to start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast for $17. From Asian cuisine we’re all familiar with to international dishes, there are tons for you to choose from.

Don’t worry if your stomach is growling in the middle of the night, just visit Toast Box at the ground floor – it’s open from 7AM to 3AM daily to satisfy all your midnight cravings.

Amari Johor Bahru pool

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After you’re done indulging in food, pop by the gym or the outdoor swimming pool before rounding it all up with a relaxing massage at Breeze Spa.

Address: No. 82C, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-266 8888

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7. Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor – golf resort (from $62/night)

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Nestled within a landscaped golf course is Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor, a luxurious resort perfect for golf enthusiasts.

Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor

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All rooms are elegantly furnished and come with a private balcony overlooking the hotel’s golf course, pool, or the garden. There’s also the usual free WiFi and cable TV.

Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor jacuzzi

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The star of the show though, would have to be the jacuzzi tubs in the hotel’s Deluxe suites. Lavish yourself with a soak in the bath and feel like royalty.

Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor golf course

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Address: Jalan Persiaran Golf, Off Jalan Jumbo, 81250 Senai, Johor, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 7-599 6000

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Affordable luxury hotels in Johor Bahru

JB is the perfect holiday destination if you’re looking for a quick getaway over a long weekend or if you are itching to shop ‘til you during a well-deserved vacay. With this list, it’s time to take advantage of the 1:3 exchange rate and jazz up your trip with a stay at a luxurious hotel without suffering too much wallet-damage.