10 JB Hotels That Are So IG-Worthy, They’re Worth the 3-Hour Jam

The main point of going for a staycation is because you need a vacation BADLY, but you don’t have the resources to throw yourself into a grand holiday. But isn’t it boring to check out your own country while you’re on a staycation?

Thankfully, JB is just across the border, and it’s not only nearby, but cheap and thrilling too. And it’s considered overseas, right?

So here are the 10 top hotels in JB that are worth your “overseas staycation”!

Renaissance Hotel

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Image: marriott.com

Renaissance is at #4 on the hotel ratings in JB on TripAdvisor, and that speaks volumes on the service and hospitality. It’s got modern designs and an amazing dim sum. Siew mais, here we come!

From $117 per night
Address: 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya 2, 11, 2, Jalan Permas 9/12, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-381 3333

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour

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Image: expedia.com.sg

Imagine taking a few days off to relax in a hotel that serves one of the best breakfast buffets in JB. You’re also literally a stone’s throw away from Hello Kitty World and the rest of Puteri Harbour. Now that’s something to think about.

From $137 per night
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-560 8888

Thistle Hotel

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Image: sgmytaxi.com

Imagine waking up in the morning to the view of the JB waters and clock tower. The City Centre’s just 5 minutes away if you drive. Have a late night at the Oasis Restaurant and end it with a round of drinks with your buddies!

From $84 per night
Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-222 9234

DoubleTree by Hilton

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Image: daiman.com.my

This place is #2 on TripAdvisor, and here’s why: it’s a hotel that’s pretty much good at EVERYTHING. Food, a decent pool and fantastic rooms await its visitors. Take a bite into their delicious chocolate chip cookies while you wait to get checked it. Their pride and joy is their Italian restaurant – Tosca.

From $135 per night
Address: Menara Landmark, 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-268 6868

KSL Apartments

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Why go for a room when you can have an entire apartment to yourself, and a shopping mall that’s stuck next to your apartment? Watch a movie at KSL City Mall and browse through the shops. Get a gel manicure done and head over the Twilight Lounge and Bar to wrap up your night. (Do note that we’re referring to the apartments and not the hotel -there’s a KSL hotel next to the apartments, too, but that’s just not as impressive)

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From $89 per night
Address: 32, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-288 2666

Grand Bluewave Hotel

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The rooms here are nice and spacious, and it’s just minutes away from JB Central. The hotel also give free shuttle service to its guests so you’re covered on your transport costs too!

From $71 per night
Address: 9, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-221 6666


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This hotel might cost more than the other hotels in JB, but it’s just what you need if you want a fun-filled day at LEGOLAND. Imagine walking, talking and even drinking out of Lego-featured drinking cups! Every cent spent here is value for money.

From $210 per night
Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-597 8888

I Am Jazz Boutique Hotel

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Image: expedia.com

A spanking new hotel that’s just waiting to please you. What you get is cozy rooms that’s designed with jazzy features – just look at their waiting area! And it’s yet another strategically placed hotel that’s near the customs area (i.e. target Singaporean “tourists”) with a pretty affordable price tag.

From $36 per night
Address: bandar baru, 122 & 124, Jalan Permas 10, Permas Jaya, 81750 johor bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-387 3873

Zoom In Boutique Hotel

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Image: booking.com

If you’re looking for a place to clear your mind and reconnect with yourself, look no further. Soak your tired muscles in the comfy bed with deliciously soft linen. The Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is also close by, so that should fuel your adrenaline.

From $37 per night
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Phone: +60 7-237 9323

Container Gardenstay

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Image: thestar.com.my

This is not going to be your usual staycation. Not by a longshot. Imagine sleeping in one of the huge shipping containers that’s been refurbished into a “hotel room” with all the basic essentials you need. There’s a playground for the kids and a garden to sit by and relax.

You know what? Once you’re here, you’ll go, “Typical hotels are so mainstream.”

From $24 per night
Address: Lot 19882, Jalan Harmonium 3, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 7-351 8766

Lena's constantly juggling between the cross-trainer and her love for food. She dreams off flying to far off places and trying out new things. In the meantime, she's stuck at home with two cheeky minions and a sloppy Retriever.