[Hotel Review] DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

 

Finally got a chance to stay here for a quick 1 night over a weekend from Singapore! The property is seen to be the best intentional chain in JB and I was keen to try it out.

ADDRESSNo. 12 Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia. TEL: +60-7-2686868. Website.

GETTING THERE – the hotel is in a sort of hidden hilltop location 10mins walk from City Square but the reviews were right – the hurdle was getting across that multi-lane road with no traffic lights. For safety sake, just take a grab and it will cost you only MYR6. I took grab from a salon in Twin Galaxy Residences and got there in 10mins in the 6pm peak hour traffic.

PRICE – MYR522 (MYR448++) with the Hilton 30% flash sale: a superb deal for a club room especially if you compare it to the international properties in SG.

CHECK IN – Check in was smooth and they could pull out my reservation based on passport details. Front desk was very polite and patient and included a letter explaining the club room benefits which many hotels nowadays fail to deliver – but would have been better if its personalised though. But I was disappointed I was not asked to check in at the lounge.

ROOM – I was assigned a King Club Room 2911 and it was fairly spacious with more than sufficient room for 2pax to move around. Cleanliness was not an issue and the Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries were a bonus. Request for more water etc was done very quickly. Being 2 rooms away from the lounge is a plus for me!

 

CLUB LOUNGE – honestly quite small for the property size. Very crowded during cocktail hours of 6-8pm so do come early. Sweets and savories could make up a light dinner if you eat enough of them. But they seem to be understaffed, or made up of clueless staff. Plates were not cleared for a long time, and requests for eggs during breakfast were met with a puzzled ‘HUH?’ – then our orders were mixed up and I was asked to repeat my orders after I received them. Very strange indeed. The place itself was quite nice but because of the crowed, it does not feel very exclusive.

FACILITIES – the pool looked very small, but the gym was big and quite well equipped. Did not try any other facilities.

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SERVICE – Other than the poor showing at the club lounge, the other service was actually quite nice.

CHECK OUT – Efficiently completed as the room was pre-paid.

Will definitely stay here in a heartbeat due to its proximity and convenience but will look forward to some improvements at the Lounge.

[Hotel Review] Pullman Miri Waterfront

I’ve stalked this place ever since it first opened last year, waited for its teething problems to be over, and booked my tickets once there was a window for a 3 day trip to this town, which I honestly haven’t heard of until the Pullman news came up. And so we took that random 20-hour flight on Air Asia on a random Friday for this really chill short trip.

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[Hotel Review] The Westin Kuala Lumpur

I needed a quick 3D2N away from work and everything else in my life, so KL was a no-brainer.

I initially wanted to redeem my free night at Grand Millennium Copthorne but their room reservations decided to charge me an additional MYR450 to upgrade from the complimentary deluxe room to an Executive room with club access – when the rate difference shown on their website based on my exact dates is MYR120. When I asked why, they simply said it a special rate. Right, a specially expensive rate.

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[Hotel Review] Hotel Jen Puteri Habour

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(some pics are from my first visit as pretty much nothing has changed)

This Jan 2016 (sorry slow review I know) is my second visit to the property – the first was when it was still a Traders back in 2014. I was looking for a chillax getaway with mum just for 2D1N and we didnt want a city-ish hotel so I decided to try this again and see what has changed now that its a Jen. I later found out…..nothing much actually haha.

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