13 Best & Cheap Hotels In Johor Bahru

Short on time and strapped for cash to travel?

Why not head north to Johor Bahru for a short stay that won’t burst your budget because we’ve done the work to locate for you the 13 best hotels near malls in Johor Bahru and wallet-friendly hotels.

With an hour’s drive or less, by crossing the border into Malaysia, lies the vibrant city of Johor Bahru.

While most Singaporeans will be somewhat familiar with Johor, constant developments within the city mean there’s always something new to discover, whether you’re traveling solo, with friends or with the family.

And if you’re watching your wallet, look no further for a selection of the best and cheap hotels near shopping malls in Johor Bahru under SGD$35/night.

More savings means more time for a quick vacation with your loved ones, so take your pick among the hotels listed below that won’t break the bank!

13 Best & Cheap Hotels Near Johor Bahru Shopping Malls

Hotel Near City Square JB

1. Swiss Inn Johor Bahru

Here’s an option if you can do without extra luxury but still want to be close to Johor Bahru City Square mall for some shopping before or after customs!

Swiss Inn Hotel Johor Bahru

They do have shuttle bus services but if you opt to walk, it takes ~20 minutes from the hotel to/from City Square Mall!

Distance From Johor Bahru City Square Mall:
20 minutes’ walk or 8 minutes’ drive

Price Starting From:
RM163 (SGD$54)

Hotel Highlight:

  • Gym
  • Shuttle service to Johor Bahru City Square Mall
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Airport transport
  • Breakfast included
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry service
  • Free secure parking

Swiss Inn Johor Bahru Tatami 6 Room

Good To Know:

  • Rooms are fairly small and basic but clean
  • Close to Bazaar Karat and famous local eateries like Kilang Bateri, Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang, etc
  • Easy to find the hotel if you are familiar with Johor
Swiss Inn Johor Bahru
Location: Lot 512, Jalan Syed Mohamed Mufti, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-218 3333
Email: reservation@sijb.swissgarden.com
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2. The Grand Jade Hotel

Also a brief walk to Johor Bahru City Square mall, this hotel features simple yet elegant and comfortable rooms.

They have suites too! Perfect if you need more space and not too shabby for a short stay or if you’re just passing through!

Also Read: 10 Best Hotels In Johor Bahru (Below SGD$150 For Your Next Staycation)

Don’t forget to taste the Assam Claypot Curry Fish Head at the nearby restaurant, Jadi Baru Botak!

The Grand Jade Hotel Johor Bahru

Distance From Johor Bahru City Square Mall:
15 minutes’ walk or a 12 minutes’ drive

Price Starting From:
RM130 (SGD$43)

Hotel Highlight:

  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Babysitting service
  • Airport transport
  • Restaurant
  • Basic toiletries, minibar, and fridge in the rooms
  • Simple breakfast

Good To Know:

  • This is a non-smoking hotel
  • Rooms can feel stuffy (no windows)
  • Ask for more drinking water if you need it (free of charge)
  • Quiet at night
  • Close to restaurants (Waterfront or Barra)
The Grand Jade Hotel
Location: 15R & 15S, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Tanjung Puteri, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-222 0118
Email: info@thejadehotel.com.my
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Hotel Near KSL City Mall

3. TROVE Johor Bahru

At this newly refurbished hotel in Johor Bahru, you can relax in a modern and chic room (they have different themes per floor) or go for a swim at the pool!

For your shopping needs, KSL City Mall is only a short walk or drive too!

Trove Hotel Johor Bahru

And if you feel peckish, you can have something to eat at the in-house restaurant, Lada and Clove.

Distance From KSL City Mall:
13 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive

Price Starting From:
RM210 (SGD$70)

Hotel Highlight:

  • Spacious rooms
  • Smart TVs, mini bar and fridge and hot/ cold water dispensers in every room
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Good breakfast buffet
  • Free parking
  • Gym
  • Free and fast WiFi

Trove Hotel Room Johor Bahru

Good To Know:

  • At check-in, you may have to pay a deposit of RM100
  • Huge family suites!
  • Request for a non-smoking room if that is what you prefer
TROVE Johor Bahru
Location: Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-272 8888
Email: sales.trovejb@careluxuryhotels.com
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4. Mutiara Hotel JB

Mutiara Hotel JB brands itself as a business hotel but other travelers are welcome too!

It is not far by car (20 minutes) from the Johor Bahru-Singapore Causeway!

Also read: Taxi From Singapore To Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru

Mutiara Johor Bahru Hotel

If you want to get a good workout in, there is a well-equipped gym and a pool!

Or you can choose to explore the shopping malls nearby which is KSL City Mall (1km) and Midvalley Johor Bahru (3.7km)!

Distance From KSL City Mall & Midvalley Johor Bahru (JB):
9 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive to KSL City Mall
10 minutes’ drive to Midvalley Southkey Johor Bahru

Price Starting From:
RM200 (SGD$67)

Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru Double Bed Executive Room

Hotel Highlight:

  • Lounge/ bar
  • Free parking and WiFi
  • Pool and gym
  • Breakfast included
  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning and laundry service
  • Spa/ hot tub
  • Airport transport
  • Conference rooms
  • Spacious rooms

Good To Know:

  • Hotel is extra busy during public holidays – book early!
  • For a scenic view, get rooms on the higher floors that face the railway!
  • For less noise at night, get higher rooms facing the pool or main road!
  • Don’t forget to request for non-smoking
Mutiara JB
Location: 779, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century, 80990 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-330 0300
Email: resjb@mutiarahotels.com

 

5. The Marion Hotel Johor Bahru

The Marion Hotel is a boutique hotel situated in Taman Pelangi which guests can experience the city of Johor Bahru all within easy reach.

They offer 4 types of rooms options to suit each guest’s needs. Your stay will be taken care of with their excellent services.

The Marion Hotel Johor Bahru

Distance From KSL City Mall & Midvalley Southkey The Mall:
16 minutes’ walk or 7 minutes’ drive to KSL City Mall
10 minutes’ drive to Midvalley Southkey The Mall

Price Starting From:
RM93

Hotel Highlight:

  • Complimentary toiletries and dental kit
  • Coffee/ tea making facilities
  • Pantry area
  • 5-7 mins to the shopping mall; KSL, City Square and Komtar JBCC

The Marion Hotel Johor Bahru Room

Good To Know:

  • Rather noisy at night
  • Close to eateries nearby- 5-10 mins walking distance to hawker centre and Lok-Lok Taman Pelangi
  • A massage parlor is located below the hotel
  • Get to attractions places easily at only 10 minutes to Danga Bay and 45 mins to Legoland
The Marion Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: 90A-B&92A-B, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +607-336 2042
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Hotel Near Midvalley Southkey Johor Bahru (JB)

6. Grand Belllo Hotel JBCC

Chronic shoppers will adore this hotel for its close proximity to Midvalley JB and Johor Bahru City Square Mall.

Not a bad place to get some local grub on the way to the mall too! A must-try includes the Johor’s well-known Kam Long Curry Fish Head.

Grand Belllo Hotel JBCC

Distance From Johor Bahru City Square Mall & Midvalley Johor Bahru:

10 minutes drive

Price Starting From:

RM200 (~$67 SGD)

Hotel Highlight:

  • Contemporary rooms
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Free secure parking
  • Bar / lounge
  • Breakfast (local/western) included
  • Airport transport available
  • Banquet room
  • Restaurant and room service

Grand Belllo Hotel JBCC Room

Good To Know:

  • Medan Selera Tepian Tebrau (Food court with local delights and seafood) – just 10 minutes away by car
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Try to get a room facing the Johor Straits
  • Check in during normal working hours
Grand Belllo Hotel JBCC
Location: 48, Jalan Inderaputra, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-207 9988
Email: contactus@grandbelllohotel.com
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Hotel Near AEON Tebrau City & IKEA Tebrau

7. JS Hotel Johor Bahru

Within just 2 miles from Austin Heights Water Theme Park, Austin Hills Country Club and AEON Tebrau City you’re well placed for your holiday in Johor Bahru, and some guests who stayed do appreciate the layout of their family room.

JS Hotel Johor Bahru

Image credits: jshotel.com.my

Distance From AEON Tebrau City & IKEA Tebrau
3 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes’ drive to AEON Tebrau City
13 minutes’ walk or 7 minutes’ drive to IKEA Tebrau

Price Starting From:
RM98

Hotel Highlight:

  • Convenience store
  • Bar
  • Shops
  • Wheelchair accessible

JS Hotel Johor Bahru Family Room

Also read: 8 Best Desaru Resorts In Johor 

Good To Know:

  • Enquire ahead if rooms booked have windows
  • Rooms that face the front of the hotel tend to be noisy
  • Check your rooms view with the hotel
  • Opt for designer rooms for unique rooms
JS Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: No. 01-14, Block D, Jalan Harmonium 24, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 7-352 2729
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8. The Ardens Hotel

A charming boutique hotel in a quiet suburban area – in fact, it’s only a 2.5km to AEON Tebrau City and 4km to IKEA Terbrau from this hotel.

The hotel has its own cafe and there are some shops around that make for a good stroll.

Feel safe even with a late check in with their 24-hour security!

Distance From AEON Tebrau City & IKEA Tebrau:
8 minutes’ drive to AEON Tebrau City
12 minutes’ drive to IKEA Tebrau

Price Starting From:
RM150 (SGD$50)

The Ardens Hotel Room In Johor Bahru

Hotel Highlight:

  • Good breakfast
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks in the rooms
  • Lovely bathrooms with rain showers and bathtubs
  • Free secure parking
  • 24-hour security

Good To Know:

  • No kettle in the rooms
  • Choose Luxe King room if you want a bathtub
  • Walk-in rate is sometimes cheaper
  • The cafe is open until 6 pm
  • WiFi is decent
  • More convenient to get around if you have a car
The Ardens Hotel
Location: 17, Jalan Tenteram, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia 19&21, Jalan Austin Perdana 2/22, Taman Austin Perdana, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-354 9323
Email: assistance@theardens.com.my
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9. KSL Hot Spring Resort

The name gives away the unique feature of this hotel – hot springs! Which all hotel guests have access to!

KSL Hot Spring Resort

Guests are also welcome to use the spa pool, a huge outdoor pool and a glass-front gym that overlooks the pool!

As for shopping, you can drive to AEON Tebrau City, IKEA Tebrau or KSL City Mall!

Distance From AEON Tebrau City & IKEA Tebrau:
1o minutes’ drive to AEON Tebrau City
11 minutes’ drive to IKEA Tebrau
24 minutes’ drive to KSL City Mall

Price Starting From:
RM160 (SGD$53)

Hotel Highlight:

  • Serviced apartments are available (some with private pools)
  • Close to the JB-Singapore Causeway
  • Dry cleaning
  • Playground
  • Free parking (plus security) and WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Spacious and clean rooms
  • Toiletries provided

KSL Hot Spring Resort Room

Good To Know:

  • The spa is gender separated
  • No convenience shops nearby
  • The restaurant closes before 10 pm
  • McDonald’s is 10 minutes’ walk away
  • For better views, ask for rooms facing the main road
KSL Hot Spring Resort
Location: 31, Jalan Kangkar Tebrau, Taman Daya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-288 2999
Email: info@kslresorts.com.my
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Hotel Near Paradigm Mall & Sutera Mall

10. The Leverage Business Hotel Johor Bahru

Barely a year old, The Leverage Hotel Johor is one of the newer hotels on this list and is catered towards business guests.

Even so, the hotel would appeal to many travelers as its proximity to Paradigm Mall, Sutera Mall, Legoland Malaysia, and Palm Resort Golf makes it quite a popular choice.

Also read: 15 Best Hotels Near Legoland Malaysia

The Leverage Business Hotel Johor Bahru

Distance From Paradigm Mall & Sutera Mall
6 minutes’ drive to Paradigm Mall
10 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive to Sutera Mall

Price Starting From:
RM86

Hotel Highlight:

  • Family room

Leverage Business Hotel Johor Bahru Room

Good To Know:

  • Bathrooms do not have locks, sliding door type
  • Close to Sutera Mall
  • Check your rooms view with the hotel
The Leverage Business Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: 2, Jalan Pertama, Pusat Perdagangan Danga Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 7-550 0555

 

11. The Square Hotel

You will find different-themed and comfortable rooms at this boutique hotel in Skudai!

If you’re craving some food, there is a particularly well-known food truck (ShenYe Kitchen) that serves Japanese noodles and snacks from 9 pm until late at night!

The Square Hotel Johor Bahru (JB)

Explore Tasek Central (5 minutes’ walk), else you can choose to drive over to Sutera Mall or Paradigm Mall!

Distance From Paradigm Mall & Sutera Mall:
14 minutes’ drive to Paradigm Mall
7 minutes’ drive to Sutera Mall

Price Starting From:
RM120 (SGD$40)

Hotel Highlight:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Wake up call service is available
  • Free cancellation
  • Close to restaurants (Lan Kwai Fong, The Dose Coffee House, McDonald’s, Japanese Ramen Restaurant)

The Square Hotel Room In Johor Bahru

Good To Know:

  • Rooms with no windows are cheaper
  • Room service is limited during late hours
  • Credit cards not accepted
  • Book the bigger but affordable premium rooms instead!
The Square Hotel
Location: 30 & 32, Jalan Pendekar 11, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-595 3560
Email: thesquareboutique@gmail.com
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12. Hako Hotel Johor Bahru

Hako Hotel is a classy, small hotel located in Senai town. The price is reasonable at an affordable rate which comes at a surprised due to its impeccable location and facilities.

Whether you’re coming for business or leisure, this hotel is the right place to stay for your casual needs.

Hako Hotel Johor Bahru

Distance From Paradigm Mall & Sutera Mall:
12 minutes’ drive to Paradigm Mall
8 minutes’ drive to Sutera Mall

Price Starting From:
RM99

Hotel Highlight:

  • Mini suite with an extra living space
  • Complete complimentary toiletries
  • Free flow of coffee, tea, and titbits at the lobby
  • Free bottled water
  • Printing services (for a small fee)
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage storage

Hako Hotel Johor Bahru Room

Good To Know:

  • Since this is a budget hotel, they don’t provide breakfast buffet but they do have a breakfast bar with free cereals and biscuits
  • Lots of cafe and restaurant nearby the hotel such as; Restaurant Maedo, Restaurant 777, Restaurant You Kee and many more
  • The Store mall right across the street from the hotel
  • About 30 mins drive to Legoland, Johor Premium Outlet and City Square 
  • Get to enjoy membership privileges after the next visit
  • Free membership after the first booking
Hako Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: 18, Jalan Pendekar 13, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 7-556 8888
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Hotel Near AEON Bukit Indah

13. Natura Hotel Johor Bahru

Natura Hotel is a classy and stylish hotel with unique wood interiors that are simply appealing to everyone!

Situated in Gelang Patah, Johor, it is also conveniently located to all the well-known area like theme parks, shopping malls (AEON Bukit Indah),  food haven and water parks in Johor Bahru. This is definitely a great place for a getaway! Click here to check out more hotels in Bukit Indah!

Natura Hotel Johor Bahru

Distance From AEON Mall Bukit Indah:
15 minutes’ drive

Price Starting From:
RM85

Hotel Highlight:

  • Luggage storage
  • Free WIFI
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Coffee/ tea making facilities
  • Free parking space
  • Wheelchair accessibilities

Natura Hotel Johor Bahru Room

Good To Know:

  • Provide computers for guests to use
  • Opt for the Superior Queen room for a better view
  • You can find a garden in Level 1
  • About 10-20 mins away from Legoland, Hello Kitty Town and Puteri Harbour
  • 26 mins away from Johor Sentral
  • Shop at Johor Premium Outlet at 23.5km from the hotel
Natura Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: 15, Jalan Nusaria 4/6, Taman Nusantara, Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia
Phone: +607-509 0511
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