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10 Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB From $51/Night For Fancy Vacations On A Budget

Affordable luxury hotels in JB


Once in a while, we all get the urge to splurge on a holiday – and nothing screams luxury more than a stay in a ritzy hotel. But the reality is that not all of us can afford the hefty price tags that come with a lavish stay.Luckily, our neighbour Malaysia has us covered with hotels that are atas yet very affordable. For those who’re feelin’ fancy and want to give yourselves a good treat over a long weekend, here’s a list of affordable luxury hotels in JB that have 4- and 5-star ratings:

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Affordable luxury hotels in JB1. St. Giles Southkey – Located above Mid Valley Southkey mall2. Opero Hotel Southkey – Infinity pool with skyline views3. Capri by Fraser JB – Kitchenette suites bigger than 2-room HDB4. Holiday Inn Johor Bahru – Kids 12 & under stay & dine for free5. DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru – Walking distance from City Square6. Thistle Johor Bahru – Italian meals by the pool7. Renaissance Johor Bahru – Terrace pool & jacuzzi8. Pulai Springs Resort – 4-room suites under S$2009. KSL Hotel & Resort – Dinosaur-themed water park10. TROVE Johor Bahru – Themed rooms & private jacuzzi11. Amari Johor Bahru – Located near JB SentralBonus: Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor – Packed with activity options


1. St. Giles Southkey – Located above Mid Valley Southkey mall


St. Giles SouthkeyImage credit: St. Giles Southkey

St. Giles Southkey is the most recent addition to JB’s growing repertoire of luxury hotels. The best part? It’s just 7km away from the Causeway. Plus, shopaholics can get their fill spending all their Ringgit at Mid Valley Southkey. The megamall is conveniently located just below the hotel.

St. Giles Southkey Urban RoomUrban Room.Image credit: St. Giles Southkey

At the end of your day, check into the hotel’s Urban Rooms (from RM368/night, ~S$107.51) for a good night’s rest as you take in the city view from above.

If you’ve got energy to burn, spend it at the hotel’s amenities that include an infinity pool and a fully-furnished gym. Otherwise, head to the hotel’s The View Bar & Lounge for a chill night. It’s called “The View” for a reason – it’s located 28 floors up, which garners scenic views of the river and the city. Enjoy custom cocktails as you groove to the beats of their live band through the night.

St. Giles Southkey Johor BahruADDRESSMid Valley Southkey, 1, Persiaran Southkey 1, Kota Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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2. Opero Hotel Southkey – Infinity pool with skyline views


Opero Hotel Southkey Infinity PoolBe sure to check out the infinity pool on Level 5, open daily from 7am-7pm.Image credit: Opero Hotel

If you miss the iconic Marina Bay Sands view of Singapore’s cityscape while in JB, Opero Hotel Southkey offers a compelling alternative. Opened in 2021, the 4-star hotel has rooms sporting a classy blue and white colour palette with wooden touches. It even has its own infinity pool which overlooks the bustling city.

 Opero Hotel Southkey Superior Twin RoomImage credit: Opero Hotel

Rooms such as the Superior Twin (from RM388, ~S$113.35) is a good option if you don’t want to skimp on a good stay without splurging.

However, if you want to elevate your experience, the Premier Room (RM666/night, ~S$194.56) has a bathtub and peekaboo window, offering a clear view of the TV. You haven’t lived in the lap of luxury till you watch your fave show while soaking in a bubble bath, or use that bath bomb you’ve been saving.

Opero Hotel Southkey, JBADDRESS2, Jalan Southkey 1/2, Kota Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.2 (648)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 7-336 7888


3. Capri by Fraser JB – Kitchenette suites bigger than 2-room HDB


Capri by Fraser JBImage credit: KASCB

Located just a 6-minute drive from the JB checkpoint, Capri by Fraser JB is great for folks who want to dump their luggage and start their holiday ASAP. The 4-star hotel opened in 2019 and with 40 storeys, the building towers over its surroundings.

Capri by Fraser JB Studio Executive King SuiteImage credit: Capri by Fraser

Experience swanky apartment life with their Studio Executive King suite, reasonably priced at RM360, ~S$105.17/night. Measuring 46sqm, it’s slightly larger than the average 2-room HDB. You can also look forward to a fully furnished kitchenette to stock all your FamilyMart hauls, reheat leftovers in the microwave, and even whip up some simple meals.

Capri by Fraser, Johor Bahru / Malaysia ADDRESSMenara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, Kim Teng Park, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.4 (964)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-277 0888 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $86.02 imageCheapest$86.02


4. Holiday Inn Johor Bahru – Kids 12 & under stay & dine for free


Holiday Inn Johor BahruImage credit: IHG

Holiday Inn is a hotel chain that needs no introduction, and in 2020 they opened a 4-star branch in JB. Rooms here feature soft, pastel shades with pops of bold colour, and the overall aesthetic is definitely more youthful than luxury hotels which have been around for decades. 

Holiday Inn Rine @ EIGHT RestaurantThe in-house restaurant, Dine @ EIGHT, serves local cuisine as well as international fare.Image credit: IHG

They’re also very spacious, which makes this hotel a solid choice for family vacays. Better yet, kids aged 12 and under get to stay for free with every paid room (from RM330, ~S$96.41/night)

Plus, as part of the Kids Eat Free programme, up to 2 kids aged 12 and under can eat free per adult ordering from the main menu of the in-house restaurant. Your little one will get to choose dishes from the Kids’ Menu such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Popcorn Chicken – and it’ll be on the house.

Holiday Inn Johor Bahru City Centre ADDRESS80000, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.4 (1000)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-207 8888 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $92.00 image$105.69imageCheapest$92.00


5. DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru – Walking distance from City Square


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru Deluxe King RoomThe Deluxe King Rooms grant views of either the pool or city.Image credit: Hilton

DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru is a hotel under the renowned Hilton brand, but a more budget-friendly option. It focuses less on opulence and more on fuss-free, comfortable stays with the same high standards of service. You can get a cosy Deluxe King Room at this 4-star hotel for RM395, ~S$115.39/night.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru PoolSwing by the pool level for a dip, some shots for the ‘Gram, and drinks from the attached cafe.Image credit: Hilton

Perhaps one of the strongest selling points for those who value convenience and want to save money on transport, this hotel is located less than 1km away from the iconic Johor Bahru City Square Mall. Especially if you’re just here for a weekend getaway, you’ll be able to leisurely stroll there for meals and retail therapy.

DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru ADDRESSOpening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.5 (5160)RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $97.00 image$98.54imageCheapest$97.00


6. Thistle Johor Bahru – Italian meals by the pool


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Thistle Johor BahruImage credit: Thistle

From RM297, ~S$86.77/night, Thistle Johor Bahru’s rooms feature vibrant colours and floor-to-ceiling windows – perfect for travellers who like bright and cheery dwellings as opposed to moody dim lighting. Another staple of luxury hotels that you’ll find here: fancy bathrooms. Atas-ify your getting ready routine in their large ensuite bathrooms clad in warm tones and marble fixtures. 

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Thistle Johor Bahru PoolImage credit: Thistle Johor Bahru via Google Maps

Settle your meals conveniently at any of their 4 in-house eateries, such as Fresh for the daily buffet breakfast, and The Oasis for some Italian nosh by the pool. Big eaters can take advantage of the ongoing Retro Buffet Lunch promo (RM50/adult, ~S$14.65, RM30/child, ~S$8.79 & RM40/senior citizen, ~S$11.68). It’s available on weekdays, 12pm-3pm from now till 29 September 2023.

Thistle Johor Bahru ADDRESSJalan Sungai Chat, Sri Gelam, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS3.9 (4413)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-267 8999 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $66.12 imageCheapest$66.12image$70.00


7. Renaissance Johor Bahru – Terrace pool & jacuzzi


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Renaissance Johor Bahru Pool Terrace RoomBook the Pool Terrace Room (S$232/night) and you’ll get to step out straight to the pool and jacuzzi.Image credit: Marriott

If you’re visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia but want to stay somewhere less kiddy and more refined than the onsite themed hotel, Renaissance Johor Bahru will be a good choice because it’s located just a 30-minute drive away. It’s under the Marriott umbrella, and is one of the few certified 5-star hotels in JB. Despite that, rooms start at just RM352, ~S$102.83/night.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Renaissance Johor Bahru Restaurant & GymImage adapted from: Renaissance Johor Bahru via Google Maps

Besides housing 2 restaurants and a pub so you can have a proper feast, the hotel also has a fitness centre with a view for those who wish to keep up with their daily workout routine. Rooms come equipped with a sleek glass desk and swivel chair should you need to Work From Hotel.

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel ADDRESS2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.3 (4354)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-381 3333 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $94.00 image$110.65imageCheapest$94.00


8. Pulai Springs Resort – 4-room suites under S$200


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Pulai Springs ResortImage credit: Pulai Springs Resort

To get away from the city centre and head somewhere that’s enveloped by lush greenery, book a stay at Pulai Springs Resort. The location is rather secluded, giving it a hidden gem vibe especially with the LA-esque stretch of palm trees lining the entry. 

With choices from 2-4 rooms, the wood-clad villa-style Suites (from RM360, ~S$105.17/night) are uber spacious for large families to roam.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Pulai Springs Resort Tee Tee Play ClubImage credit: Pulai Springs Resort

While there’s no shopping mall nearby, you won’t have to worry about getting bored. There’s a tennis court, gym, spa, and a sprawling 18-hole championship golf course within the resort to keep you fully occupied. Kids aged 1-12 can have a blast at the huge Tee Tee Club play centre from RM10/hour (~S$3.09).

Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Bahru (Resort Hotel)ADDRESS20km, Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.3 (4238)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-521 2121


9. KSL Hotel & Resort – Dinosaur-themed water park


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - KSL Hotel & ResortWith 904 rooms across 27 floors, you might score a stunning view on the higher levels.Image credit: KSL

KSL Hotel & Resort sits right above KSL City Mall, perfect for you to go on a giant shopping spree knowing that bringing all your loot back will be easy-peasy. Although the hotel is decidedly posh and certified 4 stars, you can get a room for just RM162, ~S$47.33/night.

To help fill up your itinerary, there are also free shuttle bus services to popular tourist destinations like LEGOLAND so you don’t have to stress about transport arrangements.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - KSL Hotel & Resort Water ParkImage credit: KSL

Guests are welcome to make use of the wide range of hotel facilities such as a gym, indoor golf simulator, cinema, karaoke centre, and spa.

In particular, families travelling with their kids should check out the sprawling Dinosaur Waterpark within the compound for some fun in the sun. Hotel guests get to enjoy a special flat rate of RM20/pax (~S$5.86) while walk-in visitors need to pay RM50/adult (S$14.65) and RM30/child (S$8.79).

KSL Resort Johor Bahru City CentreADDRESS33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4 (9669)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-288 2999


10. TROVE Johor Bahru – Themed rooms & private jacuzzi


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - TROVE Johor Bahru Deluxe King RoomThe Deluxe King (RM315, ~S$92.02/night) includes a spacious king bed accented with artsy geometric motifs.Image credit: TROVE Johor Bahru

If you’re looking for a hotel with pretty decor, give TROVE Johor Bahru a try. Instead of the usual white bed sheets and plain walls, the rooms here are spruced up with walls in vibrant shades and tropical or geometric prints. They have 283 rooms split across 5 design themes like pop art and jungle, so you can experience something new and funky on return stays.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - TROVE Johor Bahru Honeymoon SuiteAlthough quite a splurge, the Honeymoon Suite (RM2,500, ~S$729.86/night) comes with your own jacuzzi bathtub.Image credit: TROVE Johor Bahru

Besides being able to connect to free Wi-Fi no matter where you’re at in the hotel, you’ll be treated to a flat-screen TV with Netflix in your room so you can catch up on your favourite series during your downtime.

TROVE Johor Bahru ADDRESSJalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.2 (2257)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-272 8888 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $50.00 imageCheapest$50.00


11. Amari Johor Bahru – Located near JB Sentral


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Amari Johor BahruImage credit: Amari

Another certified 5-star hotel that remains wildly affordable with rooms from RM350, ~S$102.25/night, Amari Johor Bahru is as convenient as you can get. It’s less than a 10-minute drive away from JB Sentral, ideal for folks travelling to JB by bus or the KTM shuttle

Once you check in, let the R&R begin with a soak in the outdoor swimming pool, relaxing massage at Breeze Spa, or cardio sesh at the gym.

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Amaya Food GalleryImage credit: AmariHead down to Amaya Food Gallery to round off your days on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10.30pm; they’ve got an ongoing Seafood Feast Buffet Dinner that runs till 30 December (RM148/adult ~S$43.24, RM74/child, ~S$21.62 & RM138/senior citizen, ~S$40.32). Buffet offerings include seafood, charcoal-grilled prime meats and more, prepared in a variety of Asian styles such as Thai, Japanese and Chinese. 

Amari Johor Bahru ADDRESS82C, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.4 (2213)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-266 8888 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $96.73 imageCheapest$96.73image$98.00

Address: No. 82C, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaContact: +60 7 266 8888 | Amari Johor Bahru website


Bonus: Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor – Packed with activity options


Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Le Grandeur Palm Resort JohorThe scenic surroundings grant plenty of photo ops in nature.Image credit: Palm Resort

Nestled within a landscaped golf course is Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor, a 4-star establishment offering quality respite not just for golf enthusiasts.

It’s situated deeper into Johor, but it’s well worth the 40-minute journey from the checkpoint considering you’ll have access to an Olympic-sized lap pool, archery range, snooker tables, bowling alley, and a board game room. Did we mention that rooms start at just RM190.01, ~S$55.51/night?

Affordable Luxury Hotels In JB - Le Grandeur Palm ResortImage credit: Palm Resort

All rooms are elegantly furnished and feature a private balcony overlooking either the hotel’s golf course, pool, or luscious garden. There’s also the usual free Wi-Fi and cable TV, so you can be a couch potato in between trying out all the resort’s activities.

Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor ADDRESSJalan Persiaran Golf, Off Jalan Jumbo, 81250 Senai, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Thursday 07:00-20:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4.1 (2117)CONTACT INFORMATION+60 07-599 6000 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT $53.00 image$58.58imageCheapest$53.00


Affordable 4- & 5-star hotels in Johor Bahru

JB is a prime holiday destination whether you want a quick escape over the long weekend or a trip packed with good food, shopping, and lots of activities. The good news for travellers who just want to nua is that these hotels are either situated near popular haunts or house restaurants and recreational facilities within the resort.

It’s time to take advantage of the attractive exchange rate and treat yourself to a stay at some of these luxury hotels. Whether you’re heading to JB with your friends, SO, or family with little ones in tow, you’ll get to experience fancy accommodation without suffering too much wallet damage at all.

Check out our other guides to plan your trip to Malaysia:

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Cover image adapted from: TROVE Johor Bahru, Capri By Fraser & St.Giles SouthkeyArticle originally published on 12th July 2019 by Lim Bi Hui. Last updated by Khoo Yong Hao on 24th August 2023.A portion of this content may contain referral links to products. Our opinions remain our own.

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