The best budget hotels in Johor Bahru for under S$50 per night

How to stay overnight in JB without blowing your budget

How to stay overnight in JB without blowing your budget
How to stay overnight in JB without blowing your budget
04 Sep 2019

How to stay overnight in JB without blowing your budget

Your heart and mind both agree that you’re in need of a short getaway over the weekend. However, it’s a big, fat NO from your wallet. It’s much cheaper to stay in Singapore, your bank account seems to say. We totally understand how you feel, and disagree.

A weekend trip to Johor Bahru can cost less than a hundred dollars, and give you twice as much satisfaction as staying in our tiny little city. Here are 6 budget hotels in Johor Bahru that will make for a cheap and fulfilling trip. 

Hotel CIQ
Hotel CIQ
04 Sep 2019

Hotel CIQ

Right smack in downtown JB is Hotel CIQ, which is located just a mere 5 minutes’ walk from the Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, hence its name. Besides its strategic locale, the hotel’s colourful exterior is so eye-catching that tourists often stop to snap a shot. The Peranakan-themed interiors and trishaw also make the lobby an Instagram-worthy spot.

The guest rooms aren't fancy, but they are well designed and equipped with the basic amenities like air-conditioning, en-suite private bathroom, TV and toiletries. 

Hotel CIQ
Hotel CIQ
04 Sep 2019

Hotel CIQ

The hotel is also within close proximity to major malls like Johor Bahru City Square, KOMTAR JBCC, and Galleria Kotaraya, where the Angry Birds Activity Park is located, and there's an abundance of F&B eateries all around. Within walking distance is the famous Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street, where you an find traditional coffee shops, bakeries, places of worship and museums.  

Upside: Convenient location
Downside: Street-side parking
Price: From RM93 (S$31)  
Address: 1, Jalan Meldrum, 80000 Johor Bahru

GBW Hotel Johor Bahru
GBW Hotel Johor Bahru
04 Sep 2019

GBW Hotel Johor Bahru

Formerly known as Grand BlueWave Hotel JB, the refurbished hotel now features well-appointed rooms, spacious suites, modern facilities and F&B dining. What makes it attractive? The choice of studio or 2 and 3-bedroom suites that are perfect for bigger families as they come with living area, dining and kitchenette.

The hotel is within walking distance to the CIQ complex and JB’s newest R&F Mall that has been getting quite the attention.

Upside: Spacious family suites
Downside: Traffic around the area near CIQ Complex
Price: From RM141 (S$47)
Address: No 9R, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, 80300 Johor Bahru

The Grand Jade Hotel
The Grand Jade Hotel
04 Sep 2019

The Grand Jade Hotel

Just a hop, skip and jump away to the JB CIQ, is the quaint Grand Jade Hotel. Nearby are popular shopping malls such as R&F Mall JB and Berjaya Waterfront Mall as well as Stulang Laut beach so guests can enjoy beach walks, water sports and street-side eateries. You can even spot the locals fishing by the waters along the beach if you’re lucky.

Upside: City location
Downside: Security when exploring the city area by night
Price: From RM135 (S$45
Address: 15R & 15S Jalan Bukit Meldrum, 80000 Johor Bahru

I Am Jazz Boutique Hotel JB
I Am Jazz Boutique Hotel JB
04 Sep 2019

I Am Jazz Boutique Hotel JB

If you are a fan of Louis Armstrong, I am Jazz Boutique Hotel will be right up your alley. Located in the bustling suburb of Permas Jaya, this award-winning boutique hotel offers 46 jazz-themed rooms that are exclusively designed for business and leisure travellers. And all rooms come equipped with wifi and state-of-the-art amenities. 

We like the cosy lobby and outdoor patio for guests to rest and relax. Amenities-wise, there's a wide choice of restaurants, fast food joints and mini-marts in the area so there's very little chance that you will go hungry.

Upside: Uniquely themed boutique hotel
Downside: Traffic on weekends
Price: From RM108 (S$36)  
Address: No. 122 & 124, Jalan Permas 10, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru

Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru
Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru
04 Sep 2019

Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru

Another budget hotel that is popular amongst locals and tourists alike is Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru. Not only is it easily accessible with bus and train services connecting it to Singapore, it is also close to popular shopping malls, fine dining restaurants and night markets. 

The rooms are spacious and they even have rooms that can accommodate up to 6 guests. 

Upside: Easy accessibility to attractions
Downside: Security of surroundings when exploring the city at night
Price: From RM129 (S$43)
Address: Lot 512, Jalan Syed Mohd Mufti, 80000 Johor Bahru

Millesime Hotel Iskandar Puteri
Millesime Hotel Iskandar Puteri
04 Sep 2019

Millesime Hotel Iskandar Puteri

Located in Iskandar Puteri, Millesime Hotel is a good choice for budget-conscious travellers. Priced right for the business-minded and holidaymakers, the hotel offers stylish rooms, amenities and dining options. Reminiscent of French vintage aristocracy, the decor of this luxury boutique hotel exudes warmth and tranquillity.

Just a short drive away are attractions such as LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, Thomas Town, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Sea Life Malaysia. Just as exciting to explore is Puteri Harbour which offers marina and sea-front dining options and pubs. For a spot of shopping, head to Mall of Medini and Sunway Citrine Hub.

Upside: Affordably priced for Iskandar Puteri accommodation
Downside: Irregular public transport in the area. (We recommend you rent a car to get around the area)
Price: From RM127 (S$42.21)
Address: Jalan Persiaran Afiat, Nusajaya, 79250 Johor Bahru

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