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Johor Bahru

Budget accommodation in JB is no great shakes, but you needn't sleep in the bus station either.

Hanya Satu Hotel
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
29 Jalan Meldrum
T: (07) 228 8111

A newcomer for 2009, Hanya Satu is giving JB's mass of mediocre budget hotels a run for their money. The hotel's exterior is bright and welcoming, the staff actually smile, and the rooms don't disappoint. Everything still looks and feels like new -- the air-con is whisper quiet, the TVs are flat-screen, the beds are cozy with crisp white sheets, and the attached bathrooms are refreshingly modern.... Read our full review of Hanya Satu Hotel.

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Meldrum Hotel
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
1 Jalan Siu Nam (Jalan Meldrum)
T: (07) 227 8988

Of all the budget hotels with neon signs in central JB, the Meldrum is much, much better than average. It's deceptively large -- 107 rooms are spread out over five floors -- and the rooms have been designed to accommodate everyone from solo travellers to families. All are newly refurbished with air-con, 20 TVs, sturdy chairs and tables, and comfy beds and pillows. The majority of rooms also have... Read our full review of Meldrum Hotel.

Footloose Homestay
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
4H Jalan Ismail
T: (07) 224 2881

JB's only backpacker accommodation, this hippy hideaway won't win any points for tidiness but its homey vibe and low prices keep travellers coming back for more. The funky 70s-styled house has a four-bed dorm (no bunks) and a big private room with a double bed but little else. There's a kitchen, book exchange and a big garden to kick back in and enjoy a couple Tiger beers. Your host is the... Read our full review of Footloose Homestay.

Hotel J.B.
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
80-A Jalan Wong Ah Fook
T: (07) 224 6625

On busy Jalan Ah Wong Fook, Hotel J.B. is popular with weary reservation-less travellers simply because it's one of the first budget hotels they stumble upon. The hotel has seven floors of well-maintained rooms, but only floors two to six are served by the elevator. The spacious double air-con rooms are good value and have a TV, attached shower and big windows with a decent view if you're on a... Read our full review of Hotel J.B..

JA Residence Hotel
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
18 Jalan Wong Ah Fook
T: (07) 221 3000

The price feels high for such a forgettable hotel (they don't even have a pool or fitness centre), but the JA Residence is a reliable stand-by. The location is great, the staff efficient and the rooms are spic 'n span with TV, mini-bar and a kettle so you can enjoy some instant coffee whenever you please. For a great view of Singapore, ask for a south-facing room on a high floor. This is a... Read our full review of JA Residence Hotel.

Puteri Pacific
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim
T: (07) 219 9999

If you're in the mood to splurge, this is the place to go. The rooms are contemporary with all the trimmings like satellite TV, complimentary mini-bar, king-sized beds, separate bathtub and shower, and panoramic straits views. The apartment-style suites have separate kitchens and living rooms. Where the hotel really excels though is with its leisure facilities -- there's a tennis court, sauna,... Read our full review of Puteri Pacific.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Johor Bahru? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

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