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“Nice Hotel but Bad Location and no Veg Food.”
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Bayu Marina Resort
Ranked #26 of 109 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Kolkata
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel but Bad Location and no Veg Food.”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

The hotel rooms are very large and spacious with all amenities like Microwave, Hair Dryer, Iron Safe, Electric Kettle and Mini fridge. Our room which cost us around INR 3600 or about US$ 60 was very large with Drawing,Dining and included Buffet Breakfast for 3.

The staff in the cafeteria were courteous and walked the extra mile to help the guests.

There are a few negatives
1.The hotel locations is bad. There is nothing near about. The cafeteria closed at 9.30PM and we went for dinner at 9.45PM. We cannot have anything nearby as the hotel is situated at an isolated place.
2. The cafeteria does not have anything for Vegetarian food. The breakfast buffet had lots of dishes but all of them either had some sort of meat or egg. Only thing we could have was toasted bread with butter or jam and fruits and canned fruit juices.

Positives:
The cafeteria manager cum cashier was very cooperative. Second night we reached early for Dinner and we asked her to prepare us something Vegetarian for us. She got the chef to us who told that he can prepare Vegetable Fried Rice for us. We asked if we can have vegetable curry he told that he will try. Fried Rice was good and he did made some Mixed Vegetable Curry which was like boiled vegetables but I will give credit to him for his efforts.

The hotel is priced cheaply but you will have to spend hell lot of money to go Legoland. Around MYR 70-75 for one way for each cab.

The room itself were nicely managed.

The wifi was not working for entire first night. WIFI signal were always weak in our room.

If you want to explore Johor Baharu or have vegetarian food just avoid this place.

But if you are a Non Vegetarian or just want to stay for a visit to Legoland you can stay here.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2014

We made the Bayu Marina resort for two nights because it promised a 4 star service a little bit outside of Johor Bahru in a green area. Reality turned out to be totally different. The resort is in between several construction sites. The entrance of the hotel was OK, but the room was awful. At first there was a strong smell of new construction. The decoration of the room looked cheap. Half the room was completely empty, with just a table at one end. The bathrooms are really small, you can hardly move around in the shower. The room was badly maintained, grouting between tiles partly gone, no two doors in the small kitchen hanging straight.

I’d expect this in a cheap 2 star hotel, but not from a hotel that markets itself as a 4 star hotel.

We complained to the staff about the bad condition of the room. They were helpful in offering us other rooms, but those were equally bad. We decided to stay one night and check out the following morning.

In the evening the WIFI did not work for a long time. We complained again, and they only took action (simply resetting the router) after pushing from our side.

We were going to visit Legoland the next day, we wanted to prepare for that with our son instead of getting the basic facilities working.

The next morning there was no hot water in the shower.

We checked out the restaurant in the hotel for dinner. The restaurant was empty, the buffet had unappealing food. In the end we found a snack bar around the corner that served some food. The breakfast buffet in the morning was not very nice either. Apart from the egg station there was nothing appealing. The juice was cheap, the coffee was strong instant coffee, undrinkable.

We checked out the next morning and spent the following night in another hotel in Johor. This was very good and cost us less than the night in the Bayu Marina resort.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

The rooms are big, bright, and spacious and the furnishings are OK, but this hotel has a number of issues.

The pool area is not welcoming. The breakfast area has some cleanliness issues. Breakfast is quite difficult for a non SE Asian palette.

The location of the hotel is not convenient for either the Johor Bahru centre or for Legoland (the attraction we were there for).

Also look out for rip-off taxi drivers with silly numbers for extras. It's difficult to refuse when you need to get somewhere and can expect a 20 minute wait for another taxi.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Yes the apartment is huge. But they only have basic amenities.

Breakfast spread wasn't that bad but not nice at all. They didn't even know how to prepare a proper omellette!

So-so, we're not coming back...

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Rates of hotel has skyrocketed in recent years due to it's close proximity to Singapore, high property prices and fast development of the city. I had planned to take my family for a vacation where we will visit Legoland and Johor Premium Outlet. While looking around for accommodation, it strucks me that the rates for most hotels, especially those in the city center, is on the highside, even slightly higher than the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. We scoure and found this hotel that was quoting a very affordable rate for the facilities that it provides.
The first problem we encountered is locating the hotel. We had read that the hotel is located on the city outskirts right in the residential area. I had planned to bring along my GPS unit but accidentally left it back home. Once we reached the toll exiting the North South Highway, made a call to the hotel. It took sometime before finally managed to speak to the reception and asked for direction. We were informed to go straight and enter another highway. Please note that the toll both for the inner city highway only accepts payment by Touch n Go, no cash payment allowed. As such, we had to line-up at the booth which offer purchase of Touch n Go. Took us about 30 minutes just to get through and end up had to pay RM10 for the card which had RM5 of value. So please note the bring along or purchase elsewhere your Touch N Go card before going into the city. We made some wrong turns and had to tried to call back the hotel but unluckily no answer, Stuck in the massive rush hour jam, we asked people on the roadside and was informed that we should have just drove heading towards the Woodlands checkpoint (the border to Singapore) and exit to Permas Jaya before reaching Woodlands. So we drove back to the highway headed towards Woodlands.
Once we were on the elevated highway heading towards Woodlands, we are able to spot the hotel from a far, with the name of the hotel in green neon light on top of it. Exited the highway towards Permas Jaya, Taman Bayu Marina is just a couple of km away. The hotel is nestled between some residential apartments and condos with the back facing a river.
The first impression is that it looks more like a condo than a hotel and looked a bit aged despite reading somewhere that the hotel is just 2-3 years old. The lobby, while large, reminds more of a budget hotel, decent looking but does not reflect a supposedly 3/4 star hotel.
Check-in was not a breeze. We arrived there after dark. Booked the rooms through Asia Travel and was informed that we had yet to make the payment. Pointed the reception to our voucher that stated payment has been paid but was informed that the hotel did not received any payment. As such, we had to wait for them to contact their manager to get it sorted out. Luckily we were allowed to proceed.
The lifts also looked aged, but the room that we were allocated to was suprisingly good. Clean and in good conditioned with new furnitures and contrasted to our initial impression of the hotel. We had booked a room facing the city but it was actually facing another condo/apartment nearby. However, it was not too close to the other unit and was quiet and peaceful at night. We should have booked the room facing the river, would have given us a slightly more scenic view from the balcony, although it is slightly more expensive.
For food, we would usually travel to the restaurants nearby, some Malay and Mamak restaurants within walking distance or if you fancy for more variety, just drive to the Permas Jaya town centre where there is Aeon shopping centre nestled in the middle of shops and restaurants selling variety of foods including the typical fast foods.
Breakfast is served on the floor where the swimming pool and gym is located. The food is mostly chinese style dishes and some Malay and Indian dishes. No western style dish except for pancakes and toast. Luckily the chinese style dish was good especially the wide variety of dimsum.
The swimming pool looks inviting especially during the hot weather season when we were there. An infinity (almost) pool overlooking the river. It gets a bit crowded during the breakfast time but seems to be void of people before noon. There is also a small playground next to the pool and gym with decent equipment for cardio.
Lifts can sometimes take a while to wait and the multi storey parking area looks unclean. There are security guards at the parking area. However, please note that when about to exit the parking area, be sure to drive slowly once about the enter the ramp going downwards. The space is very tight and it requires you to turn the car while going thru the ramp. Saw multiple skidmarks of the wall of the ramp, evidence of numerous car fender contact.
It takes roughly 30 minutes to go to the Johor Premium Outlet and almost an hour (depending on traffic) to Legoland.
While the hotel has lot of things to improve but for the price I paid, the very accommodating and quiet room, a hotel which is out of the hustle and bustle of the city and good breakfast, I would not mind staying here again in the future.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Booked for 2d1n stay on 1/2/3/2014 in a 2bedroom apt and my review and from tripadvisors review are the same points. Awesome apt with spacious living room and nice deco living.
Surrounding is safe and fine.
For best view, waterfront view is my choice as city view is facing all those neighbourhood apt with not much nice scenery.
Our apt was located on the 19th floor and from all the feedbacks and research, I requested for corner waterfront view.(with half pool and sea view location).
Indeed it is a nice view to stay.

Let me touch on their breakfast :)
Like most of the viewers replied, I love their DIM SUM corner too. Really nice and superb and to be frank, only the DIM SUM caught my appetite cos to me their breakfast really bad. Certain food are tasteless and even my sons know the awful taste.
Well that's my opinion and up to individual choice of food.
BUT surprisingly, their IN ROOM DINING MENU, was really delicious! (Seafood tomyum & nasi goring kampong) -strongly recommendation with an affordable price. We end our dinner at Senibong seafood which is a well know seafood area.
Taxi fare ard rm10 plus incl booking fees as the hotel arrange for it. For best convenience, take mpv taxi so that we can liase with him to pick us up after dinner cos its really difficult to get a taxi there.

Overall nice place to stay and relax. Will plan to come and stay again!
:)

Pools:
Great infinity pool,kids pool and children playground on the 9th floor. Breezy air

Security:
Well guarded and elevator needs to have card room access.

Location:
So far safe and not that desserted area.

Shop:
10 mins walk from the resort to the neighbour supermart, massage centre, barber shop, handphone shop, laundry shop(DIY) and indian seafood restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Went there to visit LegoLand with my family and stayed in the 3 bedroom apartment along with an extra room on another floor for the gents. It was a very nice apartment, very clean, very neat and very spacious but when we wanted to borrow the clothing iron, and we expected to be allowed to borrow for at least a day but they only allowed us for 20 minutes! Eventually my sister-in-law got 45 minutes out of them but that is unbelievable. The service wasnt as good as I thought it'd be, they weren't welcoming, it felt very dull. But the room is self is wonderful. Would love to come back with a bit of an improvement from the hotel.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Bayu Marina Resort
Address: No 1 Jalan Bayu Puteri 2/1, Johor Bahru 80150, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Johor Bahru District > Johor Bahru
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #26 of 109 Hotels in Johor Bahru
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bayu Marina Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 193
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