Sometimes the best place for a vacation is right across the causeway.
Strategically located in the heart of Johor Bahru city centre, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is easily accessible by taxi or on foot. It is within 10 minutes walking distance from the JB CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex), while popular shopping malls such as Johor Bahru City Square and Komtar JBCC are in close proximity.
To celebrate my spouse’s birthday, we spent a night at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – possibly the best hotel you can find in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and here’s some snippets of our staycation over the weekend.
Friendly staff and complimentary signature cookies made for a warm welcome, but the superb service and attention to detail was what that put a big smile on our faces.
About 5 minutes after arriving to our room, one of the hotel staff hand-delivered a trio of balloons in the room and greeted my wife a ‘Happy Birthday’! Nice little touch, right?
We got to rest in comfort on the King Sweet Dreams bed in the King Guest Room which was nicely decorated in natural light wood tones and well-equipped with modern amenities like a 40” LED TV with cable channels, a mini-bar, and including a spacious work area.
The highlight of the hotel room is the stylish bathroom, which features a walk-in shower and a unique glass feature wall in the shower, flooding the bathroom with natural light – my ideal of a sexy bathroom!
The lead-in prices of the rooms rates at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru start from RM $350 onwards. We booked our room through a promotional deal on AGODA and only paid about $122 SGD (approx $380 MYR).
Note that in-room wifi internet access may not be complimentary at Hilton properties with a resort charge. We got lucky with the complimentary wifi internet access when the hotel staff Sharon offered us to join Hilton Honors and enjoyed the perks with our stay – Thank you for the great service!
Hotel Amenities and Services
Outdoor Swimming Pool
There is a outdoor pool and kids paddling pool located on the 13th floor of the hotel. Love the day beds in the water – It’s a pity we didn’t get time to try the pool as we didn’t bring our swimwear.
For the fitness freaks, the Fitness by TechnoGym is open daily 24 hour.
Steam Rooms and Whirlpools
Sauna and jacuzzi facilities are located on the same floor as the swimming pool, inside the changing rooms. Awfully regretted for not bringing our swimwear – imagine bathing in the whirlpool looking out to a stunning city view….arghhhh!
Hotel Dining Options
An all-day dining restaurant Makan Kitchen perfect for a leisure breakfast, and features a specially curated menu of Malaysia’s finest cuisine for lunch and dinner. There are live cooking stations and a juice bar which showcases the delicious selection of food and beverages on offer.
The Axis Lounge located on the lobby level empowers guests to refuel with a cup of coffee and takeaway snack from the Food Store; recharge for a quick breakfast, a light lunch or an elegant English Hi-Tea Set; and refresh with cocktails and specialty drinks from the Makan Kitchen.
Tosca Italian Trattoria
The Italian Trattoria – Tosca, offers a stunning view of the Straits of Johor and welcomes guests with its stylish interiors for intimate meals and inviting poolside for relaxed alfresco dining. Wood fired specialties and the extensive antipasto table are popular features of the restaurant.
Tosca Italian Trattoria
What’s an Italian restaurant without pasta and pizzas – nothing says freedom like Tosca‘s unlimited lunch buffet. Available only on Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm, eat your heart out with as much pizzas and pasta as you can handle.
There are four selection of pizzas on rotation – Margherita, Pepperoni, Hawaiian and Sicilian; while Pasta comes in a choice of red (tomato-base), green (olive-base) or white (cream-base) sauce.
The Saturday Brunch also include a selection of antipasto, a dessert table and free flow of soft drinks. Priced at $50 MYR nett per person, the all-you-can-eat buffet is the perfect prescription for people with gigantic appetites and hungry like us.
With an excellent location, great service, comfortable room and good food, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru represents good value in a hotel stay. The hotel also makes an ideal staycation for our short getaway – we hope to return soon!
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: No. 12 Jalan Ngee Heng (Menara Landmark) Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia