This property is in high demand!
52 travelers have booked today.
"Excellence service from all the staffs that i met."
Mohammed - March 15, 2020
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52 travelers have booked today.
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||7.7|
|Nearest airport||Senai International Airport (JHB) - Malaysia|
|Distance to airport||21.4 km|
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.
A stay at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the 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.
Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. 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.
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel features 3 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience. Dishes are served in a la carte and buffet during opening hours. To meet any special dietary requirements, halal diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.
You may choose an indoor venue for your special gathering. Large events and gatherings such as weddings can be hosted at Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel. Services for in-house catering and in-house planning are offered to help your event go smoothly.
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 and meeting stationery is available to help your business meeting or event a successful one.
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.
"Definitely its a good hotel to rest and relax."
March 16, 2020
"Overall, great experience for both of us."
March 16, 2020
"Clean spacious room with great sea view."
March 18, 2020
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel is located in the heart of Johor Bahru, one of Malaysia’s most important business and tourist centers. As a luxury 5-star property, Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel provides exclusive services and facilities, including access to Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas, swimming pools, restaurants, and bars. It is undoubtedly an ideal base from which to explore the fascinating part of Southeast Asia, with Singapore just a few minutes’ drive away via the Second Link.
Whether for business or leisure purpose, Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel provides the very best of Malaysia with its legendary hospitality. With international standards, exclusive amenities, and a touch of local charm, it boasts 382 rooms with a choice of superior, deluxe, executive, and suites. All rooms command a magnificent view of the Straits of Johor or the scenic city view.
Overlooking the Straits of Johor, its restaurants and bars offer a wide range of cuisines and dining options where guests can enjoy a quiet dinner for two or with the entire family.
"Pro: Staff helpful, Very good sound prof room."
March 12, 2020
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 2-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
Thistle Johor Bahru Hotel
Johor Bahru City Center
Johor Bahru City Center
Johor Bahru City Center
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The best hotel for leisure!”
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!
Super Hotel with exciting views of singpapore”
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.
everything is perfect!”
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! :)
lovely hotel and service with a smile”
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
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.
A very relaxing experience”
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.
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.
Nice hotel with cozy room”
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.
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
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
Love this hotel”
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.
Worthy competitor to Singapore”
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.
Happy, Comfortable and Pleasure”
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
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.
Nice hotel and great service”
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.
Always be the most preferable hotel in Johor Bahru”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
the best in town!!”
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.
Value for money 5 star hotel”
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.
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!