Review of Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru

I fell in love with the exterior of Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru. I saw the hotel for the first time on our way to Johor Premium Outlet. I would like to take picture in front of the big clock located on a field in front of Thistle Hotel. I thought sunset would be the perfect time to take the picture. 

I read the review on tripadvisor and saw the pool of Thistle. I book the hotel directly after I saw the pool, it was awesome! I made the reservation through and booked the cheapest room (city view room) without breakfast for MYR 290 include tax.

Kiddos at the pool of Thistle

When I stepped into the hotel's lobby, I like the interior. It gave me that "luxury feel" even though the room rate is affordable. Especially when I compare it with hotels in Singapore.

The huge lobby of Thistle

Love the stairs

We got a room on the 8th floor. There's nothing special about the room except it has a twin beds which were large enough for the four of us.

The hallway to our room

Great room for a family trip

The bathroom was ok, the most important thing was, it has a bathtub for our kiddos. "Can I take a bath" asked them upon our arrival.

An old bathroom

As we booked the "city view room", yes what we got was the view to the city. But we could exit our room and stand in front of the window just outside our room. It was facing the straits and the big clock. By the way, it was raining approaching sunset time, so after our swimming session, we stayed at our room watching Disney Junior:p

View from our room
The straits few from Thistle Hotel

Location wise, it is not located at the heart of the city, but it was only MYR 15 away from JB Sentral. There's a KFC in front of the hotel, so if you don't want to go to JB Sentral for dinner, you can always have something from KFC.

Thistle also provide a free shuttle, you can check the schedule in the picture below. We enjoyed our stay at Thistle, and hope someday could enjoy the sunset from Thistle.

written on April 23, 2014 by @tesyasblog

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  1. Enak kalo ada shuttle bus nya jd ngak repot kalo mau jalan. Perna kejadian waktu di sheraton jogja, lagi musim liburan dan shuttle ke malioboro nya penuh dan akhirnya dianterin pake nissan terano gratissss

    1. Wow asyik donk dianterin pake Nissan Terrano...:)
      Iya asyik di Thistle ada shuttle nya, tapi emang lokasinya enggak di "central area" of JB sih.

    2. thistle itu yg dipinggir high way kan yah kak? jadi agak susah kalo mau kemana-mana yah :(