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Thistle Johor Bahru
Ranked #11 of 110 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Hobart, Australia
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53 reviews
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“Recommend Highly - Great Hotel”
Reviewed May 30, 2011

This is what great hotels are all about. It's beautiful (delightfully airy, light and spacious) and the staff are brilliant - very friendly, warm and embarrassingly fluent in about five languages each. We had a long stay of eight nights and loved the place. The pool is gorgeous, the rooms luxurious and the live bunny rabbits in a little pen in the garden were an eccentric delight. Colourful local restaurants nearby, an easy ten-minute ride from town and a free shuttle bus - what more could you ask?

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Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2011

Clean room comfortable bed. Extensive tv listings includes korean channel KBS (i like!) Facilities are great too - cool swimming pool and well-equipped gym. However, the location is not convenient and room service very slow.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

I was attending an event at JB and decided to book Thistle JB due to its location which is near to the event's venue. After a tired drive of nearly 4 1/2 hours (from KL to JB) whats with an infant travelling with us, I must say that Thistle JB nearly met my expectation. The room is comfortable and the room service is fast (we had trouble adjusting the airconditioning temperature and the technician came knocking few minutes later). The breakfast menu also superb, and their staffs also provide service with a smile. I really enjoyed my stay there, and looking forward to stay in Thistle JB again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2011

Pretty good hotel. The rooms were modern, comfortable and clean. The hotel did not have that 'tired' look that one may have expected.
We stayed three nights and ate in the hotel each night. The hotel has 4 restaurants and on the last two nights we stayed the two restaurants we wanted to go to had functions on. So our choise was a bit limited.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2011

To brand this as a 5-star hotel is erroneous. Perhaps it was when it was Hyatt Regency but it is definitely not, or maybe way past its prime today.

The drive from the the woodlands Causeway takes about 10min, and at first look the hotel is indeed impressive. But what the high ceilings, grand and yet simplistic check in-out counters actually serves to give too high an expectation about the rooms.

Rooms - the rooms are quite spacious but the refurbishment seems to be shoddy. The carpets does not look really clean, and the greyish tones of the room does not help. The bathroom basin was chipped although clean. There was no bathtub and instead a huge shower area. Amenities are okay. The bed was very comfortable though, but note that they like to set the temperature at its lowest so you get freezing rooms unless you adjust it. Clean but definitely not 5-star. They also do not have connecting rooms for their standard rooms - only the deluxe category and above grants that. The corner rooms are slightly bigger too, as all hotels are.

Breakfast - an average variety and quality. Some of the hot items were lukewarm and some of them looked a bit sad. Practically no clearing of plates and getting attention is difficult for most of the breakfast times as the staff seemed to be hiding somewhere so we had to end up putting the unwanted plates to the next table to make space.

Service - Service was basically okay although the room reservation staff apparently misunderstood my simple request for our rooms to be available at 7am as we were arriving straight from night shifts- that was eventually sorted out by the Reservations Manager. My appreciation for that.

Didnt get to try the pool; walked past the strangely crowded gym, and didnt try the spa too.

You wont get the typical leisure / business crowed here; the hotel is extremely quiet which may be good for a hideaway. Maybe its because of the location, which is next to nothing at all. It takes at least a good 30min to get to the major shopping malls by cab. The hotel has a shuttle though to 3 malls at specific timing which can be used with prior booking.

Reasonable pricing though at the cost of convenience. Go with adjusted expectations of a 5-star hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Kendal
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

I stayed at the Thistle for 18 days on a Biusiness trip. I was expecting the worst after reading some reviews on here but could not have been more wrong!

Hotel is comfortable with a great location and attentive staff. Staying the Hotel is great value for money however the resteraunts are very expensive for the area. Your money wil go much further if you get a taxi to a nearby resteraunt (This will cost a maxiimum of RM15 or £3).

I made extensive use of the laundry, pool an reception facillities and have no complaints. Bathroom was great.

One thing mor worth mentioning (because its funny) . A collegue I was staying with did get moved to a another room at 2am because the Crown Prince of Johor wanted the room for his seciurity people buit this has got to be a rare occurence! They hotel seemed to have no choice and gave him some wine the next day so fair enough I say!

Would stay again.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

Very nice rooms (some with sea view) and very comfy beds. Usually stay here for business trips. Food quality isn't that great. But overall a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Thistle Johor Bahru
Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru 80100, 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:
#2 Business Hotel in Johor Bahru
#3 Spa Hotel in Johor Bahru
#9 Luxury 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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