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Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru
Ranked #28 of 109 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Not bad but not great.”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 1 night at BlueWave. Part of reason was thought it would be walking distance to checkpoint and City Square mall but turns out it isn't as the hotel is one side of the causeway crossing and City Square is the other. But is only 6MYR by taxi. Stayed in studio for 80SGD a night. Check in okay but had to wait 10 minutes when arrived at 4pm. Room good big but not much in it, desk, and bed. Old 20inch CRT TV with about 15 channels. Bed reasonably comfortable. Bathroom had been renovated and was good. Hotel has decent sized pool. Breakfast definitely average. For the money, not bad as stayed at Citrus hotel before but is now 80sgd.

  • Stayed July 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Stayed few times at this hotel. The only thing i like about this hotel is the room. It was big with kitchen and living room though the style and deco were bit outdated. I wish there upgraded the rooms so it will meet the standard of the name itself.Breakfast menu was just average. And the reception is somewhere in the middle i think not normal one at first floor lobby type.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2013

During my numerous visits to Johor Bahru, I had always chosen to stay at the Grand BlueWave due the warm and cordial welcome you receive from the staffs after a tiring travel. Its access is convenient as well. No traffic crawls.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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47 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed at this hotel three years ago and while it was good, the room design and furnishings were a little dated. There has been tremendous improvement since then.
When I called last week to enquire about wifi in the room, the young lady who took my call said it was free for two devices. (By the way, wifi signal was strong.)
Then I remembered another question and emailed the contact on the website. I received a reply within 24 hours - very efficient customer service, indeed.
I arrived just before 2 pm and the friendly staff at Reception (young man and lady) informed me that check in was after 2 pm. I waited in the spacious and gleaming Lobby and was given a password for free wifi.
The room - a Premier suite - was ready just after 2 pm. It was spacious and well designed with a kitchenette (microwave, stove and kettle), a sitting area with 3 small tables, large bedroom and a bathroom that looked much better than the one in the past. (Flush worked well, too.)
I had requested for a DVD player (RM30 per night with RM50 deposit) and Housekeeping set it up promptly.
We ordered room service for dinner and food was good but be prepared to wait for about half an hour.
Breakfast buffet was served in the Mezzanine cafe from 6 am to 10 am. Selection was adequate and room was cheery and bright.
Staff were helpful and friendly at all times. Considering the size of the suite, you really get value for money. I only wish that the location was more central.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Not good value for money at all. Would be better off staying at Thistle or Mutiara Hotel.
The front office personnel, Syafiqah was really rude and unprofessional.
She was rigid, unreasonable and not friendly at all. People who are not service oriented should not work in a hotel profession. Extremely poor customer service, indeed!

The hotel did not meet our expectations at all. Outdated furnitures with dirty carpet in the guest room. The toilet was also in unsatisfactory condition. We could see urine stains from the previous occupants on the toilet floor. Not to mention the foul smell! Breakfast choices were very limited and boring. The pastries were tasteless and dry. Food at the breakfast buffet was not replenish fast enough.

No flat screen television. Only old CRT type with blurry images and limited channels.
The bed mattress was hard and very uncomfortable.
The hotel did not even have proper no smoking policy. We saw a lot of tourists from Mainland China flouting the no smoking rule. They smoked in the lift and along the corridor with total disregards to other hotel guests.

Never ever again! We rather stay in nearby hotels such as Hotel Sentral, Hotel Suria or Hotel Aman Sari in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Beautiful place, good service, staff very helpful. I will come again to this place for my anniversary this october... I will suggest to all my friends to try having lunch or dinner at bluewave hotel...

  • Stayed May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the hotel for a night. Checking into the hotel quite late at night. The frontline staff do my checking in quite fast without much hassle. The room was spacious but fittings is a bit outdated. The television provided is small and still the old tube type. The hotel need some upgrades to maintain the hotel standard. The location wasn't convenient. Need transportation to go to any nearest shopping/food area. The breakfast spread was quite good. Overall, quite a good stay and will consider to stay again if go to Johor Bahru again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: Grand Bluewave Hotel 9R Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Johor Bahru District > Johor Bahru
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #28 of 109 Hotels in Johor Bahru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru 3.5*
Number of rooms: 222
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