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 new-ish attached bathrooms with hot shower, but the cheaper doubles have shared facilities -- we recommend spending the extra 10 ringgit for your own bathroom. The Meldrum is on a semi-pedestrianised street (motorbikes still zip through) and opposite a busy food centre, so ask for a room in the back if you're a light sleeper. The staff are reasonably friendly and full of local advice.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl air-con share bathroom, low season: 60 ringgit, high season 60 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 70 ringgit, high season 70 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 80 ringgit, high season 80 ringgit. Notes: Upto 90 ringgit
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 130 ringgit, high season 130 ringgit. Notes:
1 Jalan Siu Nam (Jalan Meldrum)
T: (07) 227 8988
F: (07) 227 8990
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit