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Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru is part of the Swiss-Garden International (SGI) brand, which operates and manages a chain of hotels mainly in Malaysia. So you can expect the Swiss-Garden hotel quality and standard, as compared to those stand-alone hotels.
The guest rooms are situated on the 2nd level as well as from the 5th to 9th levels. Each floor of the hotel is defined by its artistic characteristic, in bold accents and vibrant tones. I had booked a one night stay in the Cosy Queen Room and was accommodated in Room No. 710. It comes partially carpeted and is designed with a hip and trendy interior.
The room is cleverly designed with a separate W/C and shower room, whilst the wash basin is located outside. Guests can enjoy the luxury of using the rain shower or hand held shower inside the bathroom. However, the water pressure was not very strong.
The room amenities are pretty complete, comprising of an electronic safe, hair dryer, shower gel and shampoo, but puzzling to find no dental kit being provided. A kettle with complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water are also offered for the guest’s enjoyment.
The height of the flat screen TV is a bit high and you might need to tilt your head up while watching it on the bed. I guessed it was probably due to space constraints and installing it at a height would prevent a head injury situation. Other than Singapore and Malaysia channels like TV1, TV2, TV3, TV9 and NTV7, cable TV channels such as WBTV, Al Jazeera, BBC Earth, MTV, Sports Illustrated and even Nick Jr. to entertain the kids are available for the guest’s entertainment. I wished the Wi-Fi speed could have been a little faster, though it is not much of an issue to view videos.
Hotel security is good, given that all guests are required to tap their key card at the reader inside the hotel lift in order to gain access to their rooms.
The only gripe is that the hotel is located in a rather remote location, whereby single female travellers may find it a challenge to walk back to the hotel during late night. Nevertheless, the road towards the hotel is well-lighted and generally safe to walk alone, as I had done so during the midnight hours.
So how do you travel to the hotel by walk if you are arriving from the immigration and customs checkpoint? You may consider the following recommendations:
Head to the back entrance of Komtar JBCC Mall. Cross the road to Zenith Mall, take the escalator up to level 2 and exit the mall. Walk across the road and continue up the sloped road. Turn left and you will see Johor International Convention Centre and Puteri Pacific Hotel on the left. Cross the road towards Jalan Dato Dalam and it shall lead you to the hotel. The entire walk takes 10mins.
Get to the ground floor of City Square Mall and head towards the exit between Cotton On and J.CO Donuts & Coffee. Walk out of the mall, cross the road towards Public Bank Tower (Tall office building) and you will see a sheltered pathway on the right. Walk along the pathway and cross the road, where Puteri Pacific Hotel is situated on the left. Continue along the slopped road (Jalan Salim) and you shall find Johor International Convention Centre situated on the right. Cross the road and head straight along Jalan Dato Dalam where the hotel is up ahead. The entire journey takes only 8mins.
As a value added service, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus service at 0800hrs, 1100hrs, 1500hrs and 1800hrs to the various places of interest:
1. Johor Zoo
2. Pejabat Pos Malaysia/ Bus Station
3. Bazar Karat Area
4. CIQ/ Komtar JBCC/ City Square
5. Johor Oldest Chinese Temple/ Galeria @ Koraraya
6. Little India
7. Persada Convention Centre
If you are feeling famished, no worries as there are two non-air-conditioned muslim eateries situated opposite Johor International Convention Centre that are opened from morning till midnight.
1. For a quicker entry or exit from the hotel, you need not use the main entrance from the hotel lobby. Simply take the guest lift to the car park at level 3, whereby there is an entrance that leads out to the main road (Jalan Dato Dalam).
2. Remember to visit the hotel website to check out their Food Trail Map. Use it to discover and experience great local food served at the various eateries in the hotel vicinity.
Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru has the potential and makings of a great hotel. It offers so much more at a great value, especially to a traveller coming from Singapore. It just lacks the marketing awareness and word of mouth. Whilst the hotel location might be a little off-the-beaten track, consider it an opportunity to explore and discover another side of this urban city.
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Solo travel - Nov 6, 2017