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7.7

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Housekeeping390
View319
Breakfast148
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8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - 130 meters from city center
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque 1.1 km
Johor Zoo 1.6 km
Angry Birds Activity Park 2.3 km
Johor Bahru City Square 2.3 km
Jalan Wong Ah Fook 2.5 km
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple 2.6 km
Danga Bay 2.9 km
KSL City Mall 3.4 km
Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru 8.7 km
Legoland Malaysia 13.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Stor Integrasi 330 m
Clinical Research Centre Hospital Sultanah Aminah 350 m
Blok Dahlia (D) 530 m
Blok Cempaka (C) 530 m
Blok Bungaraya (B) 560 m
Hospital Besar Sultanah Aminiah 570 m
Blok Anggerik (A) 570 m
Aloha Towers 600 m
Vista Heights 650 m
Lido Beach 660 m
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel

"Location is good, and price is good for a 5-star hotel."

Chan - May 12, 2022
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Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel

Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru City Center, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 80100 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Johor Bahru City Center part of Johor Bahru, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Legoland Malaysia. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot tub on-site.

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Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call
Important announcement -- "From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.<br> The Hive Bar will be temporary closed until further notice.<br> At Thistle Johor Bahru, the safety and security of our guests and associates have always been our highest priority. On a daily basis, our team is working to ensure that we meet the latest guidelines from the local authorities on Disease Prevention & Control. <br><br> Our hotel’s health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from social distancing setups and handwashing hygiene to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. We remain committed to provide a safe and clean stay to all our visitors as we welcome you to our hotel in the new normal. <br>Due to COVID-19 circumstances, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information. <br> Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information. <br> Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, the property is implementing additional measures to protect the safety of guests and staff. Some services and amenities may be limited or unavailable. Please contact the property for more information. <br> As part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identification, travel itinerary, and other relevant information. Please contact the property for more details. <br>"
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Hot tub

  • Steamroom

Value for money7.7
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportSeletar Airport (XSP) - Singapore
Distance to airport15.2 km

Rooms available at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel

Very good
Room comfort & quality

7.7

Executive Sea View
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Deluxe Sea View King Room
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Executive Twin Room
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 72 m²/775 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe City View King
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Family Suite
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  • Room size: 72 m²/775 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed and 1 single bed
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Deluxe City View Twin
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Thistle Suite
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  • Room size: 72 m²/775 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Executive King Room
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Sea View Twin Room
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

Does Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel have a hot tub?

A hot tub is one of the facilities available at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel.

What time is check-in and check-out at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Johor Bahru with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Start your mornings right, with the à la carte, continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. A selection of food types including full american and asian breakfast options is available for guests. There's an additional charge of 40 MYR for adults and 20 MYR for children if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel features 3 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience. Meals served include breakfast, dinner and lunch. You can pick and choose from a wide array of cuisines including Chinese, international, western and asian. Dishes are served in a la carte and buffet during opening hours. Light meal like soup, coffee or tea, desserts and salad are served using only quality ingredients. To meet any special dietary requirements, halal diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

Can special events be hosted at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Both indoor and outdoor venues are available to choose for your special gathering. Large events and gatherings such as weddings, private events and engagements can be hosted at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. Small or intimate events like birthday parties, entertainment events, honeymoons and graduation parties can also be accomodated. Services for in-house catering, wireless internet, in-house planning, event decoration and audio-visual equipment are offered to help your event go smoothly.

Can business events be hosted at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

On-site venues and convenient event services make Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel an ideal choice for hosting events such as seminars, corporate events, conferences and meetings. All available venues come in different styles and sizes and can accommodate you and your guests. An extensive range of facilities and services including projector or LED display, free Wi-Fi, meeting stationery and audio-visual equipment is available to help your business meeting or event a successful one.

What is the smoking policy at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

The closest train, metro, or bus station to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel is Sentral Kotaraya Bus Terminal, 1.9 km away.

What restaurants are nearby Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel’s neighborhood is Johor Bahru City Center which includes popular restaurants such as Piccolo Italian Restaurant, Pisang Mawar and Sedap Corner Sdn Bhd.

What popular shopping places are close to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel is located in Johor Bahru City Center area which features shopping places such as Johor Bahru City Square, KSL City Mall and Komtar JBCC.

What are popular attractions near Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel’s location in the Johor Bahru City Center neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Angry Birds Activity Park, Johor Zoo and Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple.

What popular beaches are close to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel’s Johor Bahru City Center neighborhood also includes Lido Beach.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel?

Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel’s nearby natural sights include Istana Park, Endau-Rompin National Park and Kukup Island Johor National Park located in the same Johor Bahru City Center area.

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What people love about Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Location

    "Location is good, and price is good for a 5-star hotel."

    Chan

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    May 12, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The best hotel & good staff"

    Syakilah

    |

    May 5, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staffs courteous, helpful and knowledgeable."

    Sim

    |

    May 4, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 2,271 Johor Bahru properties
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Room comfort score
7.8/10
Room size
45 sqm.
Location score
8/10
Service score
7.9/10
Better than
99
%
of Johor Bahru properties
Bigger than
96
%
of Johor Bahru properties
Better than
90
%
of Johor Bahru properties
Better than
89
%
of Johor Bahru properties
Overall rating:

7.7

Very good
16,229 reviews
Cleanliness
7.7
Facilities
7.5
Location
8.0
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What travelers say they love:
Delicious food & superb location!!.
REZUAN from Malaysia
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Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel

Never miss a single attraction in Johor Bahru when staying at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. Getting around in Johor Bahru is easy when staying at this hotel, strategically placed right in the heart of the city. Conveniently located only 2.4 km from Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station, a stay at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel adds efficiency to your trip with easy city access and diverse day trip options.
At Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel, guests are bound to have a stress-free stay. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hotel's free Wi-Fi. Taxi services provided by Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel makes it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Johor Bahru. Guests can enjoy free parking right at the hotel.
Front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes can assist with your needs. Packing light is possible at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel thanks to the hotel's dry cleaning service and laundry service keeping your clothes clean. Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like 24-hour room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time. Forgot to pack something? All your last-minute needs can be fulfilled by the convenience stores, saving you time and hassle.
For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hotel. Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hotel.
All rooms at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel are designed for comfort. For your comfort, some rooms at the hotel are equipped with air conditioning. In-room entertainment amenities are available in some rooms and include daily newspaper and cable TV. In some select rooms, you can find bottled water, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee, instant tea and mini bar at your disposal.
It's good to know that a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel begins with a delicious in-house breakfast. Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hotel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hotel, for whenever you get hungry. If you're picky about eating, don't worry! Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel has a selection of cuisine types including halal options.
A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hotel's bar.
Apart from amenities and services, Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel goes the extra mile to make sure all guests make the most of their time. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the massage, hot tub, steam room and spa. Spend some time relaxing at the hotel's pool. Sip your favorite cocktail outdoors at the hotel's poolside bar.
Check out the hotel's fitness facility to stay fit and firm on vacation. Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hotel's dart board and tennis court. Grab some last-minute needs or local souvenirs for yourself or those back home without having to go anywhere at the shops and souvenir shops available right at on-site.


Around the property

There are many attractions to discover within close proximity to Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. Never forget your time in Johor Bahru with a special gift or trinket from Johor Bahru City Square just 2.3 km away.


Reasons to stay here

Facilities at this hotel are rated higher than 89% of other accommodations in the city.
Find some excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated it better than 99% of the city's other accommodations.
Guests who stayed here really appreciated the room comfort, scoring it higher than 98% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.5

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

548 mentions

Housekeeping

546 mentions

Swimming Pool

498 mentions

Food & Dining

226 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Cantonese]
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Malay

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Billiards
  • Dart board
  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tennis court
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Breakfast in room
  • Breakfast takeaway service
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Bottle of water
  • Coffee shop
  • Happy hour
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Concierge
  • Convenience store
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room
  • Kids facilities
  • Kids meal

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Air purifier
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual air conditioning
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linens
  • Mini bar
  • Mirror
  • Private bathroom
  • Safety/security feature
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Sleep comfort items
  • Smoke detector
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Trash cans
  • Wi-Fi [free]
  • Window
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Asian
  • Halal
Restaurants on site

Oasis

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte

The Hive

  • Menu: Buffet

Glass

  • Cuisine: International, Local
  • Menu: Buffet

Steps

  • Menu: Buffet

Fresh

  • Menu: A-la-carte
Location
Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru City Center, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 80100
Excellent
Location

8

Airports

  • Seletar Airport (XSP) - Singapore
    15.2 km 30 min drive
  • Senai International Airport (JHB) - Malaysia
    21.4 km 42 min drive

Public transportation

  • Sentral Kotaraya Bus Terminal
    2.0 km 7 min drive
  • Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station
    2.4 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Stor Integrasi
    330 m 11 min walk

Shopping

  • Johor Bahru City Square
    2.3 km

Convenience store

  • On-site

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    910 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque
    1.1 km
  • Johor Zoo
    1.6 km
  • Angry Birds Activity Park
    2.3 km
  • Johor Bahru City Square
    2.3 km
  • Jalan Wong Ah Fook
    2.5 km
  • Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
    2.6 km
  • Danga Bay
    2.9 km
  • KSL City Mall
    3.4 km
  • Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru
    8.7 km
  • Legoland Malaysia
    13.3 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Stor Integrasi
    330 m
  • Clinical Research Centre Hospital Sultanah Aminah
    350 m
  • Blok Dahlia (D)
    530 m
  • Blok Cempaka (C)
    530 m
  • Blok Bungaraya (B)
    560 m
  • Hospital Besar Sultanah Aminiah
    570 m
  • Blok Anggerik (A)
    570 m
  • Aloha Towers
    600 m
  • Vista Heights
    650 m
  • Lido Beach
    660 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 2-11 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • No further invoice will be issued by the hotel for the accommodation.
  • Breakfast is available at MYR 40.00 per person. The breakfast voucher can be purchased at the reception.
  • Extra bed is subject to availability.
  • Guests staying in Executive and Junior Suite room types can access the business lounge at no additional charge.
  • Guest must be at least 12 years old to access business lounge.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee220 MYR
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)40

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)40 MYR

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsno
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors17
  • Number of restaurants3
  • Number of rooms 381
  • Most recent renovation2009
Property announcements

From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.
The Hive Bar will be temporary closed until further notice.
At Thistle Johor Bahru, the safety and security of our guests and associates have always been our highest priority. On a daily basis, our team is working to ensure that we meet the latest guidelines from the local authorities on Disease Prevention & Control.

Our hotel’s health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from social distancing setups and handwashing hygiene to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. We remain committed to provide a safe and clean stay to all our visitors as we welcome you to our hotel in the new normal.
Due to COVID-19 circumstances, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, the property is implementing additional measures to protect the safety of guests and staff. Some services and amenities may be limited or unavailable. Please contact the property for more information.
As part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identification, travel itinerary, and other relevant information. Please contact the property for more details.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the property is implementing additional measures to protect the safety of guests and staff, including but not limited to enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures. Please contact the property for more information.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), guests are required to wear a face covering in all public spaces and indoor common areas.
The spa is available upon request.
In-room dining service will be available daily from 07:00 AM - 10.30 PM.
Due to the COVID-19, the property's Swimming pool and Gym will be opened from Match 15, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM. Glass Restaurant will operate from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM with Hygiene & Safety protocols in place (a distance of at least one meter between seats).
The spa will be temporarily closed due to COVID-19
The Executive Lounge, Fresh, Oasis, and Hive outlets will remain closed during this period. A preventive maintenance work on the property's electrical power panel will be conducted on June 02, 2021 to June 04, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM. There will be intermittent power outage for non-essential, as well as some essential operations during this period. For further queries, please contact the property directly.
Considering the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, we request that you check travel restrictions and relevant travel advisories before booking and traveling.

Reviews of Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel from real guests

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7.7
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10
Cleanliness7.7
Facilities7.5
Location8.0
Room comfort and quality7.7
Service7.9
Value for money7.7
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9.7
Exceptional
Aristyo from Indonesia
Family with teens
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 2 nights in July 2014

The best hotel for leisure!”

Comfy, Friendly Staff, Free Shuttle

I really had great time in Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel! The staff is really helpful and friendly, they recommend me place to visit in Johor Bahru and give me a map of interesting place. They also provide free shuttle bus for hotel costumer, which can take us to City Square, Johor Premium Outlet or LEGOLAND. They also give me towel when I was sunbathing in the swimming pool and tell me to just put the towel in the pool chair after use. They also provide free cold water in the swimming pool in a cold box which available in every pool chair. The room is neat and clean, I also like the design. The bathroom was really good, they also have shower in the toilet seat. The shower and bathtub is separated and there is a big glass as a glass separator between the bathroom and bedroom. The bed is really comfy. When I'm waiting for my taxi, there is lot of luxury car parked in this hotel, like F12 Berlinetta, X6, A8 etc. I think lot of wealthy people went into this hotel. Overall I had a great time here, the price is so reasonable and I would say it was really cheap compared to what we get. I definitely will come back to stay here if I went to Johor Bahru again!

Reviewed August 02, 2014

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9.0
Exceptional
Yong from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in August 2011

Super Hotel with exciting views of singpapore”

food, room and view

thistle is our regular hotel in johor bahru, malaysia due to the value for money and hygiene level. location of hotel located on its own and if you want to travel out, you will need either your own vehicles or a cab. the bell boy would be more than willingly to get a cab for you at a charge of rm$2 (fixed booking charge of this rate for all cabs in johor bahru) room size (deluxe vs standard) all rooms are spacious as compared to other hotels i had stayed in. deluxe room have a bigger toilet but small living quarter whereas the standard room have a bigger living quarter but a smaller toilet size. hygiene standard rooms are pretty clean just that there are some bed-sheets that had stained in it; most probably they could not remove it. other than that, the hygiene standard is pretty good. deluxe room also come with an extra chair and the bed is way bigger. recommend to just go for the standard room which is cheaper if you are on a budget and someone who is going to spend most of your time in the living quarter and not the toilet and does not need the extra chair. room view the rooms are located too far away from the sea and the city view is facing a miserable highway therefore i’ll strongly recommend you to stick to the cheapest grade of room (standard room; city view) and not upgrade your room just for the sea view as recommended by others unless you do not mind forking out the extra money (pictures of the view are attached) *some sea-view room face the hospital and you will be able to hear the ambulance siren at night. i stayed at a pretty high floor room and yet still able to hear them. request for a room that is not facing the hospital if you are looking for some quality sleep.

Reviewed August 29, 2011

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10.0
Exceptional
Mohamed from Singapore
Family with teens
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in April 2012

everything is perfect!”

5 Star Service. Well equip. Nice rooms with nice seaview. Awesome swimming pool!

I was served by a trainee Front Office Agent, Mr Anthony at around 1.30pm. Even though he is a trainee but the check in was smooth. He was polite and he explained everything. Collected RM100 per room per night for deposit. (I have 3 rooms). Thistle upgraded my room to Executive Deluxe Room. I got the corner room #1615 and I love that room. The view is super duper nice. The room is well equip with everything from Iron to in-room safe to Slippers and good toiletries. Internet was FAST! Love the TV channels. They got ESPN, Fox Movies, AXN, Disney Channel and many more. Breakfast was marvelous. I requested for a plain water from Mr Edwin, and within 5 minutes he passed me the drink. WOW! Speedy service. The food quality and quantity is excellent. I and family totally in love with the swimming pool. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. That's the only word I can say. During check-out, we were served again by Mr Anthony. To my astonishment, he actually remembered my room number without me telling my name or my room number. Guest recognition is the most important in customer service industry. Thumbs up, Mr Anthony. We totally had a good time at Thistle and I and family will be back for a short trip again on June 2012! See you again, Thistle Johor Bahru. 10 STARS for you! :)

Reviewed April 30, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
seau from Malaysia
Business traveler
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

lovely hotel and service with a smile”

accommodation, food and service

Thistle Johor Bahru is located at the heart of Johor Bahru, just minutes away from Singapore. The fully refurbished hotel will boast 381 bedrooms including 125 executive luxury rooms with spectacular sea views of the Straits of Johor, two restaurant, two bar, a large events space, an outdoor. Excellent customer service, delivered with a smile to make you feel welcomed while staying at this hotel. Food served is also delicious and recommend my relatives and friends to stay in this hotel

Reviewed September 22, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
FRANCIS from Malaysia
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

Excellent Hotel”

Ambience of the hotel, Rooms, Swimming Pool

We were in Thistle Johor from 11/12-13/12/12, a family of four on a holiday. I have been to Johor Bharu a couple of times and stayed in various dubious ranked 5 star hotels. Without much expectation, I booked Thistle Hotel, being one of the few hotels that we had not stayed. A few comments to make: Ambience: A wonderful ambience for a hotel. It was amazing to note that there were very few hotel staff seen in public but the hotel was run efficiently like clockwork. Hence staff were not intruding into our privacy. The balance of the hotel staff to guests ratio was just perfect. Everything seems to work efficiently without being overcrowded with hotel staffs. Hotel staffs: Very robotic and mechanical but efficient. However it did not matter. What was lacking with the staff was more than made up by the Hotel itself. The product offered by the hotel was very good, so they was no need for unncecessary and forced courtesy. Overall Impression: This is how a hotel should be run. Offering a very good product, with minimum inteference from staff. Guests are "at home" in the hotel. That is the way a hotel should be. A good place to rest and rejuvenate and Thistle is the place to be in Johor. Will definately come back and be the only place to stay in Johor. Keep Thistle as it is - the balance is perfect.

Reviewed December 17, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Mark from Singapore
Family with young children
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in December 2015

A very relaxing experience”

Thistle Hotel has a great location at Johor Bahru. The food was great at a fair price. The rooms are clean and spacious.

The moment my family and I entered our Executive Lounge room, we don't want to leave. The ambience of the hotel room is so relaxing. The toilet is clean and with complete toiletries for the travellers and tourists. Staffs at the hotel were very polite. It was really a great experience. With no regrets that I choose to book at Thistle Hotel for my stay in Johor Bahru. I will definitely choose Thistle Hotel again for my next visit at Johor Bahru and recommend to my friends.

Reviewed December 21, 2015

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9.6
Exceptional
Julie from Australia
Couple
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 6 nights in March 2017

Excellent stay”

We had 6 nights at Thistle Johor Bahru. The room was a deluxe Straits View. Excellent room, very clean, plenty of room, huge bed, big bathroom and the view was fantastic. Breakfast was very good, plenty to choose from, although being a fruit lover I wish there had been more of a variety of fruit. The gym was very well equiped. The pool was huge and very tropical. The staff were exceptional, very friendly and helpful. Kesavan, Shinni Jerry, Victor, the Managers and Lobby staff were amazing. The hotel is close to JB central, but a taxi is needed to get there. I would definitely recommend Thistle. Thank you all once again.

Reviewed April 03, 2017

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9.3
Exceptional
SANI from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in March 2011

Nice hotel with cozy room”

I like everything about the hotel

During my stay at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel,the staff service with smile,friendly and helpful. The hotel room are great.Its nice and cozy.The interior deco nicely arrange.The room and the bathroom is clean.Unfortunately.The bathtub tape is defective cause the shower head cannot function properly and the water preasure low.I hope the management can look into it,to avoid disapointment to others. Thank you.

Reviewed March 17, 2011

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10.0
Exceptional
Hauzlinda from Malaysia
Family with young children
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Exceptional”

I requested for a connecting rooms when i booked 3 weeks in advance. When I checked in, i was told that no more connecting rooms available. I pleaded with them to accommodate my request as i was travelling with an elderly with medical history. They finally upgraded my room to deluxe seaview and connecting rooms. I booked the hotel again 2 weeks later with the same request and even called to make sure i would be given connecting rooms, when i checked in, i was again denied a connecting room. Again i had go beg and plead, but unfortunately this time, no more connecting room was available even for a higher category. Very disappointing. As an apology the GM En Suhaimi gave us a family room and a deluxe room adjacent to each other and also a late check out at 4pm. I am going to Johor Bahru again end of October and would like to book for similar rooms and I hope this time Thistle will not mess up our bookings again

Reviewed October 03, 2019

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Dear Hauzlinda, We're very grateful that you took the time to complete a review and rate us after your recent visit to THISTLE Johor Bahru. We regret to learn about the unfortunate experience you had upon check-in. We are glad that our Duty Manager En.Suhaimi was able to accommodate your request and our General Manager Mr.Robert has been informed of this matter. Receiving constructive feedback on our customer service helps us a lot, and as such, we will certainly act on the area of concern. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon under better circumstances. The Management THISTLE Johor Bahru

Responded October 04, 2019
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel
8.3
Excellent
NI from Indonesia
Family with young children
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 5 nights in December 2014

Love this hotel”

Free shuttle bus, swimming pool, room

We needed to send 3 emails to ask about aiport transfer as we were travelling with young kids and arrived @10pm. We didn't know what the problem was, but 2 persons sent reply after i mentiones "this is my 3rd email". Quite disappointing but it's paid with the beauty of the hotel. At the arrival night we didn't find the extra bed that we ordered via email, then we had to wait 15 minutes. However, the guest experience manager gave us a free upgrade from superior city view to deluxe sea view so we could have more beautiful scenery. The breakfast was good for adult not for the kids especially for those who prefers rice like my kids. The fried rice was always spicy and the nasi lemak was not cooked well. Taste was like raw rice. The best we liked from Thistle was free shuttle bus to Johor Bahru City Square, Legoland, Johor Premium Outlet. So we could save hundreds ringgit for transportation. Our kids also loved the pool. They provided free mineral water at the pool and lobby too. Hope they pay more attention on the guest inquiry via email. But i will reccomend Thistle and surely i will be back if we have another trip to Johor.

Reviewed December 26, 2014

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9.3
Exceptional
Dean from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 3 nights in October 2014

Worthy competitor to Singapore”

Pool, people, room

We decided to go to Johor Bahru because Singapore prices have gotten way out of hand for hotels these days. I wanted only a pool to chill by and a five star resort experience without the Western five star prices and that's what I got. Three nights at US$365 total w/ breakfast for a deluxe pool facing room on the 9th floor. The pool / Straits facing room was worth the little extra. Breakfast also worth the extra. Great to wake up to that view in the morning and orange sunsets from the 9th floor. Staff were extremely pleasant, they could not do enough for us. As ever, you have to watch the bills if you order from the bar or restaurant and be mindful of the "++" thing in that part of the world. If the price is 16 Ringitt plus plus (MYR 16++) you could find a bill for 23 Ringitt with GST, Service fee etc, something which I did. I protested slightly about this to my waiter and they reduced my bill back to the sensible 16 for a beer. But hey, you are in this part of the world for a reason - to enjoy it and sharpen your wits a little. Taxi to downtown, less than MYR 10 (USD$ 3). There was a nearby restaurant (not the 'Cusin' place, but almost next to it just further up to the left - opposite direction to McDondal's) with a lovely lady and her brother-in-law that served good food. Family of three we ate for about 23 MYR or the price of a beer at the hotel. Cashed USD$200 for three day stay and it was way too much. Got foot massage, lived a little, managed to take a taxi back to Singapore at Kotaraya bus terminal for MYR80 and still had SGD$70 left for first day in Singapore with the change. Bargain. All in all, this is a great place. Very few Western tourists so it is a little bit of a secret for now, but I bet the secret will get out and the prices will go up. It was my 3 and half year-old's first time in that part of the world. JB not as intense as say Phnom Penh or Phuket. It opened her eyes.

Reviewed November 02, 2014

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9.7
Exceptional
HSIEN from Malaysia
Business traveler
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in April 2013

Happy, Comfortable and Pleasure”

Friendly staff, clean and peaceful enviroment

We were happy and satisfy while staying in thistle johor bahru hotel, the staff sweet smile and warm welcome gave us a very good first impression about the hotel, check in to the room was done in short period of time, we were comfortable during the stay and we are very glad to share and recomend to our friends and family about the hotel

Reviewed April 15, 2013

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9.6
Exceptional
MOHD from Malaysia
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 1 night in March 2016

I feel like a richman!”

This is one of the great hotel in Johor Bahru. When I was there I met Johor royalties, TMJ and his football squad JDT. It was an awesome experience. The hotel room where we were staying is well maintain. The bed is comfortable. The bathroom and toilet is clean. The frontdesk staff were very friendly. However the staff on the dining area were not so friendly not sure why, maybe because I'm not a richman? Anyway, the hotel itself is a great place to stay. I feel like a richman. Will definitely stay here again if I'm in Johor Bahru.

Reviewed October 17, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
LEONG from Malaysia
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2010

Nice hotel and great service”

Good service of the friendly staff and provide nice breakfast
Car jocky staff need to be more friendly and politely.

hotel thistle provides shuttle bus to city square and tebrau city shopping mall, it's very convenience for foreigners who visit johor bahru the second big city of malaysia. majority of the staffs are friendly and good service. the hotel provide nice breakfast and can handle very well when there's a lot of customers stayed, everywhere is clean and of course value to stay.

Reviewed January 04, 2011

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8.7
Excellent
Mohd from Malaysia
Couple
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in October 2011

Always be the most preferable hotel in Johor Bahru”

Nice, Cosy, Relax & Peaceful Hotel

This is not my first stay in Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru. For me, it is the most preferable hotel to stay in. Worth the money for accommodation. I have experienced nice, cosy, relax and feel peaceful in all my latest and previous stays in Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru. Till I have got to know most of the hotel's employees who are friendly. And they recognize me everytime I step in before I check in.

Reviewed October 09, 2011

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8.8
Excellent
Sandy
Couple
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

Great customer service but some minor hiccups. ”

Will definitely stay at Thistle Johor Bahru again. Their receptionist are very polite and helpful and the room is clean spacious. However, i’ll hope that their room booking arrangement could be more secure, as me and my partner were told to wait for an hour for our Deluxe Sea View King room to be cleaned when we were already more than 2 hours late for the check-in due to traffic delay. So they offered to give us a double single room first while waiting for our designated room to be ready. Overall, the location is great and their staff are all friendly and courteous.

Reviewed January 02, 2019

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Dear guest, Thank you for choosing us as your preferred hotel and we are glad that you have enjoyed your stay. Your positive comments are much appreciated and we will continue to improve on certain areas to meet guest’s expectations. Meanwhile, we shall look forward to welcome you back soon. Kind regards - Ivan Chin, General Manager

Responded January 09, 2019
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel
8.4
Excellent
KHIRRIAH from Malaysia
Family with young children
Executive King Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2020

Great Food but Room Needs to be Upgraded”

Thistle Hotel location is very convenient for travelers who prefer to be near to all tourist spots and shopping malls. Very easy to find, no hassle in finding this hotel as it is situated in the heart of Johor Bahru town. Not to mention, the breakfast spread is amazing! There are a lot of choices, many great delicacies and traditional kuih and seriously, all taste good! I have to compliment the chefs by giving them 5 stars for their talent and hardwork. The staff are amazingly friendly, helpful and they seem to enjoy their work as well which is great. I believe their management is a good management :) However, sadly, the room seems to look almost worn out. I think the furniture and the interior need to be upgraded to match with the price customers pay. In terms of facilities, I wish Thistle Hotel JB could provide a playroom/playground for young children and that would be fantastic! Overall, I would definitely come back for the food though.

Reviewed February 06, 2020

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Dear Khirriah, thank you for taking the time to rate us after your recent visit to THISTLE Johor Bahru. We are very pleased to learn that we have met most of your expectations during your stay. We have noted your feedback regarding the room condition and playroom facilities, rest assured we will share this with the team for our improvement moving forward. Thank you once again for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best regards, The Management THISTLE Johor Bahru

Responded February 17, 2020
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Hon from Malaysia
Couple
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in June 2011

the best in town!!”

fantastic design, friendly staff, nice environment

At Thistle Johor Bahru we have 380 fully refurbished bedrooms, including 125 executive luxury rooms with spectacular sea views over the Straits of Johor. The hotel also boasts three restaurants, two bars (including a night club), an outdoor ‘resort-style’ swimming pool, and fitness centre with spa.

Reviewed August 01, 2011

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9.3
Exceptional
lee from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe City View King
Stayed 1 night in May 2011

Value for money 5 star hotel”

Value for money and free shuttle service to shopping centre

was really impress by the decoration and designed of the hotel. indeed a 5 star hotel. the room was cozy with all basic items available. most importantly the hotel provide a free shuttle bus services to 3 of the major shopping centre in johor bahru malaysia with a return trip to thistle too. i think the hotel would be even better if they could provide free wi-fi service.

Reviewed May 24, 2011

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9.6
Exceptional
Zara from Singapore
Couple
Deluxe Sea View King Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

Great Anniversary Stay!”

Best hotel with Bathtub in Johor Bahru! Can't find a decent hotel with Bathtub for under $100 and Thistle exceeded expectations. Great service, friendly staff, great sea-view room, nothing much walking distance from here but luckily it's only 10-min cab ride to City Square. Will definitely come back again!

Reviewed July 10, 2018

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