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Grand Hallmark Hotel
Ranked #68 of 111 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Budget hotel with extras BUT...”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

1) There are NO non-smoking rooms
2) Bed is springy, i.e. you can feel the bed springs when you lie on it
3) Loud noises from the surrounding pubs and close to none noise cancellation

However, it does have many good qualities:
1) Budget price
2) Large flat screen TV
3) DVD player
4) Coffee & tea facilities
5) Free water coolers - hot, room and cold temperature water
6) Rain shower
7) Variety of bathroom amenities
8) Ample parking and okay location

All in all, if you can sleep through noises and don't mind the smoke smell, this is a great place ^_^

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Rooms- small just fit for two but its new and clean with all modern equipments. It's a basic hotel at good price.
Location- if u don't drive its about 15 mins from woodland checkpoint via taxi . A lot of eateries and restaurant around. The front desk can call a cab for you to get u to places really convenient.
Wifi- not a good connection when you are in the room especially.
However loud music at midnight till late n can be heard from the room.
If you just wanna a place to sleep only after a day of shopping. This hotel is ideal.

  • Stayed March 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2011

We stayed 3D2N at Grand Hallmark Hotel. First impression was the location quite ideal coz lots of restaurants nearby and you don't have to worry can't get any food! Staffs was friendly and overall the environment is good.
once we stepped into the room, it's reasonable for the money we paid, but we really can't stand the cigarette smell although I'm a casual smoker, you can just imagine that. Another drawback is that I guess most of the room doesn't have windows, so you probably feel unsecured with the safety consideration.
You can get cold,warm and hot water supply at the lobby area each floor. Yeah besides, this if you can't sleep with noisy sound, my 2 nights stay comes with disco music and karaoke till around 2a.m.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2011

I'm staying for 2 nights for this hotel, the hotel staff is ok and the lift is a bit small due of this is a shop lot hotel. The room 1st impresion is in my expectation small and clean but I requested for non smoking floor but still got smell. The water heater is good in order, Lighting is ok.

1st night was ok to sleep peaceful but 2nd night can hear the shower and toilet pump noisy sounds from next room in the wee hour.

Will recommen if you just need a place to sleep and not asking for more.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Grand-Hallmark-Hotel, Owner at Grand Hallmark Hotel, responded to this review, September 20, 2011
Thanks for the reviews and comments sent to us. We appreciate the positive comments.
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2011

The hotel looks relatively new, so everything's in pretty good condition, clean and the beds were comfy. The room has aircon, cable tv, toilet with hotwater and toiletries. The only problems were that there was a faint smell of cigarette smoke lingering in the room when we arrived and the room has no windows, whch is a potential fire hazard. Breakfast is also not included, but there's lots of places for food nearby.

Location of the hotel is good, there are lots of places for cheap and good meals nearby, massage centres and pubs. But because it's located directly on the stretch with the pubs, we could still hear the noise and music even though our room had no windows and the ruckus goes on till late at night! And because of that, the other hotel patrons were predominently male and I reckon Singapore or local men there to enjoy the drinking and partying.

Jusco Aeon is a short drive away, but I'm not so sure about the ease or availability of local transport. A point to note is that the hotel do not have it's own parking. They do station a security guard to watch the lots directly in front of their building, but we did not manage to get a lot there and had to park slightly further away, so if you're driving a new car, this is something to consider.

The walls are also a little thin, so it is almost impossible to sleep in if you have noisy neighbours. Overall, the staff were friendly and honestly, I do not know the going rate for a night's stay in JB. So for RM$98, I thought it was a pretty decent price to pay for the standard, but I might try my luck at other places in future.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Grand-Hallmark-Hotel, Owner at Grand Hallmark Hotel, responded to this review, September 20, 2011
Thank you for the comments and reviews. We have already upgraded our facilites and also installed sound proof facilites so as to serve our guest better. We appreciate the positive comments.
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Property: Grand Hallmark Hotel
Address: 32 Jalan Molek 2/2, Johor Bahru 81100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Johor Bahru District > Johor Bahru
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 111 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Hallmark Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hallmark Hotel is a distinctive group of deluxe hotels in Malaysia for today's discerning modern business and leisure travelers. Grand Hallmark Hotel is strategically located in the heart of a banking hub in Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Each of our hotels offer personalised services with charm, efficiency and pride. The Hotel also has convenient access to business centers, shopping districts and local attractions. Grand Hallmark Hotel has a total of 41 fully and cosily furnished guest rooms ranging from Standard and Deluxe Suites. For your comfort, our Hotel is also designed to be handicap friendly with a full range of Hotel and business facilities. We always pledge every effort to make you feel at home. Choose to stay with us and experience our very own Malaysian hospitality ... more   less 
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