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“Best place to stay in JB so far” 4 of 5 stars
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Thistle Johor Bahru
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru 80720, Malaysia (Formerly Hyatt Regency)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Best place to stay in JB so far”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

The rooms are nice and kept clean. My room had a coffee bean coffee machine which was just awesome. The only thing missing was fresh milk to go with the coffee. However, when I called "Knock Knock", it was sent to my room immediately.

There should be a brighter light fixed in the room as well as the lights are a bit too dim for reading.

The environment around the poolside restaurant is also nice and cozy. Food is good there too especially pizza and Japanese. As we were having dinner last night, a man proposed to his girlfriend by the pool. It was just amazing!

This was my fourth time staying at this property and clearly I will return for future stay.

Well done to Edward and his team!

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

If you're coming into Johor Baru, the Thistle is a good choice. One of the newer hotels in town, with a beautiful lobby and decent rooms overlooking the bay. Only negative is the hotel isn't very big on space so can get a bit congested during holidays / weekends, most noticable during the morning breakfast rush. Rooms are decent but sound insulation is a bit wanting with noise discernable from corridors. Earplugs may be a good idea.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Beautiful hotel. Room is very well decorated and new. Entrance of hotel looks very new too. Location of hotel is also good, very close to Danga Bay. A lot of eatery around the location, some are within walking distance.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the hotel for 5 days & 4 nights. I should call every day spend in the hotel is worth the money you pay. The food are awesome & definitely craving for more. I'll suggest this hotel to anyone who happen to visit jb...definitely worth every single cents you pay.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Hubby did a last minute booking for my birthday. Totally NO regrets. Thistle is sure one of the best hotel in Johor Bahru.

Surrounding: Near Woodlands Checkpoint (5 mins drive). Near Galeri mawar goreng pisang. Near the clock tower. I would say near singgah selalu restaurant too! (Our favourite lepak/makan place in Johor)

Hotel interior: Our room was the double bed room at level 9. AWESOME view! Clean room! Huge bed. Travelling with our 1 year old daughter who loves to sleep with us, the huge bed does help. We could see groups of soccer clubs having their soccer training near the clock tower.

Nice pool, clean and beautiful facade. Good gym. Free newspaper every morning!

Breakfast: Good and sufficient!

Overall experience: Satisfied! will definitely make a return trip there! kudos!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

it's sound crazy if i mention that from my house to this hotel about 20 minutes only. but i just want to know the environment and the service from this hotel. its really worth it with the money you pay. their good service start from the main entrance until in the room. 1st time i found the 5 stars hotel provide drinking water everywhere just FOC. the room really luxury with the complete toiletries & equipment. love the b'fast. nite life of coz really great with the live band.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in December, 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Superb facilities and well maintained, deserving its 5-star rating. Its Executive Lounge is managed by efficient and pleasant staff. It was almost closing time and since it was raining heavily I decided to get some snacks in the lounge instead of going out for dinner. From experience in the past at other hotels, I would have been shoved off by the staff as they were busy packing things. But here the staff obliged by offering me some snacks and waited until I left. Now that's real customer service!
Well done, Thistle Johor Bahru!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Thistle Johor Bahru

Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru 80720, Malaysia (Formerly Hyatt Regency)
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Johor Bahru District > Johor Bahru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Johor Bahru
#5 Luxury Hotel in Johor Bahru
#7 Best Value Hotel in Johor Bahru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thistle Johor Bahru 4.5*
Number of rooms: 382
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you're with us for business or pleasure, the Thistle Johor Bahru hotel provides the very best of Malaysia, including our legendary hospitality. At Thistle Johor Bahru we have 382 fully refurbished bedrooms, including 125 executive luxury rooms with spectacular sea views over the Straits of Johor. This Malaysian hotel also boasts 5, an outdoor 'resort-style' swimming pool, and fitness centre with spa. Everything you need in fact to indulge your body and soul in modern luxury and comfort. As you'd expect from a hotel in Malaysia and so close to Singapore, Thistle Johor Bahru also has superb meetings and events facilities making the hotel a prime destination for business. Thanks to our beautiful landscaped grounds, sea views and tropical climate, we are also a popular venue for weddings. ... more   less 
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