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15 Jalan Gereja, Johor Bahru 80100 Malaysia
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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#42 of 210 hotels in Johor Bahru
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Conveniently located in Johor Bahru City just minutes away from the Singapore Causeway, formerly known as Tropical Inn . JO Hotel is a budget friendly hotel which offers straight forward accommodation and only the important essentials for a comfortable night’s rest . We are within walking distance to heritage sites, local food trails & cafes and popular shopping areas. Ideal for business, medical and leisure travellers, our 172 rooms offer Free Wifi, a comfortable bed, International Plug Point, 2 in 1 Shampoo Body Wash dispenser to reduce single use plastic, Safe Deposit Box, Mini Bar Fridge, Flatscreen TV, Coffee/tea making facilities, Free Bottled Water, Free Parking, 24 hour front desk with a business desk, Breakfast, SOCAR rentals and many more.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Massage chair
Parking
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
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Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
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Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
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Alvin wrote a review Jul 2022
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
STAY AWAY! Yellow water, musty odor in the room, cleaning service had their lunch in the room they're preparing for you, while the other cleaning service staffs just do their job WITHOUT wearing their masks. FULL STORY: I booked a room for a short family vacation at the end of April 2022, the hotel was a bit discreet from the outside, and the local grab driver couldn't find it easily. When we arrived at the premises, we had to wait for about 30 mins in the lobby. Once we got the key, we went up through the lift. The lift was super old (like the lift that you see in old apartments). And when we reached the 19 floor, where our hotel room is, we were quite surprised that we smelled cigarette smokes right after the lift door was opened. It was like the whole floor was a smoking-friendly zone, and our non-smoking room was the only one different there. When we reached the room, we saw the cleaning service ladies still doing their job (WITHOUT wearing their masks!!!) so we had to wait outside of the room for another 5-10 mins. While waiting, we realized that some of the ladies were having their lunch in the room (that they were preparing for the guests??? shouldn't they have their lunch somewhere else??). After they were done with their business, we went into the room, put down our luggage & checked how to change the aircon temp & fan speed, what was there in the minibar, which button turns on/off which lamp, etc., including the shower & sink. To our surprise, the water was YELLOW (as yellow as the liquid soap provided). While the adults might still be able to tolerate the water quality, because we were traveling with a baby, we decided to find another hotel right away. Then we went down to the receptionist and when I told her about the situation, she apologized right away that there was nothing they could do except for refunding my booking (she told me that the hotel was fully booked). However, because the booking was made through Traveloka using my credit card (and Traveloka didn't allow a refund for this booking), she told me that they will transfer the money to my bank account instead (which was why I gave her the bank account number). This case has been in dispute in Traveloka for almost 3 months until today, July 28th, 2022. I've submitted my review in Traveloka, but it's not displayed in the hotel review at all. (I don't know whether it's Traveloka or the hotel that blocked my review to be displayed. Let's guess whose rotten way of business blocked their customers' honest reviews, instead of admitting their mistakes & try to find a way to fix them and improve) We moved to another accommodation right away on the same day, and the new place actually provided us with a lot better place (newer building), better environments, better facilities, super friendly & honest staff, and much cheaper than this place.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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NizamMasood wrote a review Dec 2021
Singapore, Singapore130 contributions36 helpful votes
Location : The hotel is centrally located in the heart of JB. It is within walking distances to the CS and JBCC and there are a lot of eateries surrounding the area. The taxi driver might not know the location, you can mention the former Tropical Inn. The hotel is located just the opposite of the Double Tree. It is easily reachable by cars and surely strategic. Lobby : The lobby is spacious in size and very clean too. The cleanliness of the area is simply spotless. The check in process is smooth and quick. I was briefed about car exiting the hotel and also the breakfast area. The lady attending me surely speaks super soft. Room : 1907, facing the city, the view is magnificent. I booked for Deluxe Queen but I got Deluxe triple. Thank you Jo Hotel for the upgrade. The beds are soft and very comfy. Amenities is complete, the fridge work, the TV works, the AC works and everything was perfect. The bathroom is big but the draining is super slow. Took 40 mins for the bath water to drain completely. Other than that, all okay. Breakfast : The breakfast is simple, fried rice, fried noodle and sausages. Simple yet tasty. I love it so much. Facility : I was told that can only use lift 3,4,5,6 to get to level 19. The 1 and 2 arent reaching there. Thats good. The lift is ancient yet so beautiful. The parking is so small. But that night, a chef from nearby restaurant guided us to the underground parking. You should make a signage about the underground parking because there are literally none. Satisfaction : 9.5 / 10.00. I will stay again for sure. Lovely refurbished.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Js31 wrote a review Dec 2020
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia2 contributions
Highly Recommended! Service is truly nice, all the staff here are very friendly. Cozy & Comfort environment! The size of room is considered large and the cleanliness is good as well. Also, Jo Hotel offers Best Nyonya food! Must Try!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Alan Tan, General Manager at JO Hotel Johor Bahru
Responded 14 Dec 2020
Dear JiaSheng_95, Warmest greetings from JO Hotel Johor Bahru. Thank you for your time in dropping us your review. However we will keep our service better for a better experience for your next visit. With this, we look forward to welcome you back to JO Hotel Johor Bahru soon with yet another pleasant experience. Thank you
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BlackyMLeo wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore1941 contributions1739 helpful votes
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Most taxi drivers will not know JO Hotel, it is better you tell them the old "Tropical Inn". This building is old but is still under renovation for more improvement like lift and restaurant etc. We have the family's room for 4 pax which is big and clean. The room has a separate sitting area and bedroom with good aircon, tv, fridge, kettle, wifi, comfortable bed and bathroom with all necessities. The only downside is there is no eateries in the area, but not a big problem as you are able to do a short walk to Komtar, City square and Night market. The staff is pleasant and helpful. Overall, a good place to stay if you love shopping area this area.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from alantanthejohotel, General Manager at JO Hotel Johor Bahru
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Dear Mary, Greeting from Jo Hotel Johor Bahru.. Thank you for staying with us and we are glad that you had enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to see you again soon.
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Dayah Ayid wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel was previously known as Tropical Inn Hotel. Few minutes walk to KOMTAR and City square to shop or eat.. but alternatively, we jz get food thru Foodpanda or Grabfood Apps since the hotel do not have any restaurant in the building. Room was clean and met with all the basic requirements. Furniture was quite tired looking but the bed was comfortable. The only thing that I would point out was, the hotel is still undergoing renovation and we were woken up on both saturday and sunday morning with drilling sound. But if you jz need a night sleep, this hotel is truly sufficient. No In-Room dining.. Lobby looks nice. Overall.. with the amount we pay, Will recommend and will come back.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from alantanthejohotel, General Manager at JO Hotel Johor Bahru
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Dear Dayah, Thank you for your valuable review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again in the near future. Thank you. Best regards,
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Mike clayton wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions1 helpful vote
The room we stayed was clean though furniture is old, but it was okay for us. the mini fridge, it is convenient for me cause i love to get cold drinks..i enjoyed the simple breakfast they provide. Overall it was nice and affordable..
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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blinkable wrote a review Dec 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia83 contributions29 helpful votes
Quite old bldg, cracks evywhr in the room and bathroom with ants crawling. Construction nearby and next to road side so could hear noises from speeding bikes at night from level 22. Great view though, can even check out the traffic to/fro Spore-JB. Queen bed room quite spacious but things are a bit rundown incl. bed linens with holes and marks. Air-con only hv 3 options: low, medium, high which unhelpful in adjusting room temperature. Actually slept without air-con as it was chilling enough at level 22. Free wifi inside room with good connection. Stayed for 5days and hse keeping service tip top. You get the usual toiletries and also free drinking water and coffee teas likes. Comes with free breakfast perusing coupons which you need to collect from the counter every day. Breakfast is good with choices of nasi lemak, noodles, porridge, cereals, bread, salads, etc. Location wise within walking distance to JBCC but can turn out to be a tiring walk on hot day and if you hv already been walking whole day. Option to take grabcar ard RM5-6. Overall staff met throughout period of stay were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Higher level floor for the view and cooler temperature; away from lift area for quieter night sleep
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Bruce wrote a review Oct 2018
Whangarei, New Zealand123 contributions13 helpful votes
This hotel is aging, could maybe be looked after a little better but still has its grandeur about it. I rate based on what i paid for and expected to get from the hotels advertising. And it met those expectations in all except one respect. It states "free internet". It is actually free but virtually unusable. The staff are lovely and very helpful (except with the internet). The rooms are nicely priced for what they are and the hotel is in a great location, if you are incoming from Singapore.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mohamad Udin wrote a review Aug 2018
Miri, Malaysia43 contributions11 helpful votes
Though it is one of the oldest Hotel in JB, it is located in a very strategic location. with excellent price and peaceful place to stay, this hotel is very good hotel to stay. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Restaurant is just at the ground floor corner and public transports are easily available.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Pick the highest level for quiter slwwp and best city view especially at night.Choose or ask for...
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Eroslkh wrote a review Jul 2018
Singapore, Singapore102 contributions52 helpful votes
Last stayed in this hotel in 1989's Valentine's Day; it's since 29 years. Visited the hotel this time to 'check it out, intending to spend my 30th anniversary to 'recapture' those memories. The hotel is quiet as compared to the hustling along Jalan Wong Ah Fook. It has has withstood the test of time, witnessing the transformation of JBCC. ROOM was spacious, clean and very well and sufgicuently 'equipped', toiletries, coffee/tea with boiler. And!! There was even a fridge below the TV console. IT came with free WiFi in the ROOM and the reception was good. Overall, it is not any inferior to those newer hotels along the same road. The quiet surrounding raised some concern on security, especially at night. Otherwise, it's the perfect place for a peaceful weekend retreat, for husband and wife or with the family. With their rates with the facilities offered, it's truly worth the visit. And, of course, my 30th anniversary will be here.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Robin A, Guest Relations Manager at JO Hotel Johor Bahru
Responded 20 Oct 2018
That is a really touching story , Tropical inn is really proud to have been a place for good memories for the guests , We hope you will always enjoy your stay with us .
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US$18 - US$29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
MalaysiaJohorJohor Bahru DistrictJohor Bahru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
172
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Frequently Asked Questions about JO Hotel Johor Bahru
Which popular attractions are close to JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Nearby attractions include Komtar JBCC (0.4 km), Johor Zoo (0.4 km), and Zenith Lifestyle Centre (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tosca Trattoria Italiana at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, Makan Kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, and Suasana Suites Cafe Johor Bahru.
Does JO Hotel Johor Bahru offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to JO Hotel Johor Bahru?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kranji Beach Battle Site (3.9 km).
Does JO Hotel Johor Bahru have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.