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“A nice hotel with good amenities”
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KSL Hotel & Resort
Ranked #10 of 111 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Didn't really know what to expect when we were checked in to KSL by the office. Checking in was ok, pretty normal, room was good with everything that was supposed to be in the room being there. Toilet pack was more comprehensive than many other hotels I've been to. Bed was comfortable enough while breakfast was above average. What they offered at the buffet while standard fare was very good. Many places would see me wolfing down my breakfast and rushing out. Not many places gets me to queue up for seconds, but this did.

What makes KSL great is the shopping next door. I really like to browse around and the shopping center was a nice place to just go walkabouts in. Cheap, good and cheerful.

Back to the hotel, service was fast. We had a clogged shower drain and they got maintenance to come up in just a few minutes to clear the pipe. They could have put an iron and a board in the room, but calling for one was quite quick as well.

We're thinking of making this hotel the preferred place for our sales reps. Mind you, I'm rating this hotel above average based on what I think I got for the price I paid. Definitely value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Went for my church camp from Singapore. Surprisingly, it was only 5 mins from the Malaysian immigration. The hotel was very welcoming. We had an instant group check in. It was pretty easy. After settling down, we started preparing our function in their ballroom. The staff was very helpful to us during the setup. View was nice outside the ballroom. Facing the swimming pool. The event went smooth for the 5 days camp. Everyone was tempted to shop and eat at the shopping mall during the stay. Overall, everyone was happy. I highly recommend it to all churches to go there for camp.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank kennytan448
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

There was a crowd waiting to check in but there were ample chairs provided. The bell boy suggested that we go for our welcome drink while waiting for our queue number to be called. Systematic process of crowd control.

The room we had was clean and nice. Basic furniture. Comfortable bed. Great shower in the bathroom.

The buffet breakfast spread was good, quite a lot to choose from. Tasty food, can't complain. It was a pleasant stay and I would definitely recommend it to anyone..

However, to call this place a resort is definitely stretching it too far! And I wish they wouldn't allow people to smoke in the lounge, absolutely smelly!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Bojangly
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

It was a weekend getaway to celebrate our 22nd marriage anniversary. Arrived at the hotel abt 1130 am., reception was deserted (no staff); waited for 20 minutes for 1 staff to appear but she said she was helping, could not answer my query and left. Left bags with concierge and went for lunch at the shopping centre. Returned at about 1330 hrs then waited for another 30 minutes before being served. Room and furnishings were quite new. Bed was ok but comforter cover's material felt alittle coarse. There were obvious stains of glue on the connecting room door and wall papers. Wanted to use the E-safe but it was not working (ok with me). There were no informational materials on hotels facilities/amentities except 1 In-room Dinnng Memu. Writing material was 4 sheets of A5 memo pad and a mini pen. There were only 2 sachets of teabags, 2 sticks of coffee and sachets of sugar and creamer. Alas, there was no tea spoons at all; to stir the coffee, plastic stirrers (same as macdonalds') were provided. Wanted to take a shower and turned handle as per indicator (usual Red) for hot water but it continued flowing with cold water; after quite a bit of meddling then realised that Red was for cold water and blue for hot (ok for me too). Request for wine glasses prior to leaving room for dinner was not met, had to call twice to have the glasses sent to room. Gave the (rate included) breakfast a miss as the queue outside the cafe was shocking long (about 30 pax deep). On the day of departure, Concierge directed to the Express Check out Desk, the lady guest relations staff who attended to me shoved a piece of form to me requesting for credit card details, etc. When I told her that an imprint of the card was already taken at time of check-in and it was the first time I had such request during check-out. The lady staff shot back abruptly and said (quote) 'this is our Hotel standard, if you dont want to cooperate then join the queue at the Check-out counter'. I obliged as there was no reason for me to pick a quarrel at that point.
The Hotel is proclaiming itself as the largest and newest 5 Stars property in JB but from my encounter it really reflects the total lack of professionalism from the day when hotel management took over the rooms from the contractors. The service deliveries/qualities received and observed through the stay was indeed a total DISAPPOINTMENT.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Stayed just a night but quite impressed of the service: when request for an extra towel - the htl's runner was quick to return with extra towel and the extra toiletries. Breakfast was delectable and palatable with many choices like nasi lemak,roti canai and first time I experienced chef served fish congee piping hot. I love the array of breads and croissants they have. Triple sharing room though superior quite spacious with comfortable single and queen sized beds. Check-in you need to get a Q number fortunately it was cleared within 20 minutes of waiting time. And while waiting, free flow of drinks and also complimentary cakes served to guests. Shopping mall occupy lower floors of the hotel - can shop until closing times then proceed to have a good rest. Within walking distance to another old shopping mall for those shopholics.

Room Tip: KSL hotel has got 2 towers; Tower1 and Tower 2. Need to request a room not facing the opposite tower...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SingaporeCatlover88
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed in a triple room, the hotel is still new, many facilities still not available and we face twice electricity shut down. This hotel is quite new , convenience location, around the hotel is easy to find a nice food.
improvement:
1. check in time take 30min above
2. less variety for the breakfast

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Joy_03KL
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

It was my first time staying in Johor bahru, I decided to choose ksl hotel because it's newly open. The whole hotel is very clean, from the corridor to the room and bathroom. The city view of Johor bahru town is fantastic. The bed condition is excellent, mainly because it is still very new. We were also excited for the breakfast in the next morning. There were plenty varieties and it was delicious! Only one thing I'm not satisfied, which the checkin took very long time before reach our turn. Didn't tryout the swimming pool and spa.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about KSL Hotel & Resort

Address: 33 Jalan Seladang | Taman Abad, Johor Bahru 80250, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Johor Bahru District > Johor Bahru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 111 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Price Range: $61 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — KSL Hotel & Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
KSL Hotel & Resort is the largest integrated resort in Johor Bahru that offers a complete shopping experience with entertainments and accommodations. The hotel is located in the heart of Johor Bahru City. It is about 5 minutes away from the Causeway,10 minutes from Johor Bahru Business District and 20 minutes from LEGOLAND. LEGOLAND tickets and return shuttle service is available at the hotel or you could include it during the booking at our website. The Resort style hotel provides 868 rooms & suites and extensive meeting and event facilities. For meetings and events, KSL Resort offers the perfect combination of first class facilities, outstanding services and a range of flexible packages. We also offers a range of wedding packages for your special day.With its convenience and comfort, you are able to enjoy numerous well-known Food & Beverage outlets, Fashion boutiques, Cineplex and Hypermarts (Tesco) all under one roof. Without compromising the location, you still can enjoy the water theme park facilities, Golf simulator experience, pool, billiard and children's amusement arcade.In the evening, all guests are invited to our Mission Bar & Grill, where you are able to enjoy a wide range of imported beers and wines. There will be Barbeque dinner and live band to lead you through the night. ... more   less 
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