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Insta Hotel

Industrial-styled and comfortable

153 Jalan Lumba Kuda, Johor Bahru T: (0127) 688 082 (0127) 688 081 (0720) 71126

Insta Hotel

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Just over the expressway from central JB, a five-minute walk from the malls, Insta Hotel sits amid the condos and construction of this developing area. Although they assured us that the name is not a reference to Instagram, the stylishly hip hotel wouldn’t be out of place on your feed.

Opened in mid-2015, the triple-storey block offers a mix of rooms from smallish and windowless to spacious and light filled. Wooden floors and polished concrete walls lend an industrial warehouse style to the air-con interiors. Built-in storage and desks of metal piping continues the theme. The minimalist, spotless rooms provide comfy beds with cosy white linens, flatscreen TVs and tea-making facilities as standard, and triple and family rooms add a mini-fridge, safe and an iron. Notably on our visit, we didn’t notice any bedside lighting however power-points will keep your charging phone nearby.

Minimalist, spotless rooms at Insta.

Minimalist, spotless rooms at Insta. Photo: Sally Arnold

Simple ensuite hot-water bathrooms range, like the rooms, from compact to roomy with rain-showers and some with tubs. Rooms at the front of the hotel facing the highway can be a little noisy, and rooms overlooking the leafy carpark at the back of the hotel less so. We particularly liked room 219 with two picture windows facing a tree. Friendly staff mentioned that nesting birds can sometimes be seen here too, a pleasant alternative from the concrete jungle aspect of most rooms.

Included breakfast is served in the ground-floor cafe with a mix of local and Western options. For other sustenance, most restaurants require a short walk as there is not a lot in the immediate vicinity, however a well stocked mini market (with a wide range of beer) and Friends and Figs juice bar are both next door. The hotel is an easy walk from downtown JB but as it’s a developing area, it’s a little desolate late at night when you may want to grab a taxi back. As well as being a decent smart and stylish general option, Insta Hotel is a good choice for less mobile travellers, as the carpark is easily accessible from the cafe / reception area and the building provides a lift.

Your included breakfast is served here.

Your included breakfast is served here. Photo: Sally Arnold

If the industrial hipster thing is not your thing, classically styled Grand Jade Hotel is just up the road or the more central Bello Hotel are both worth a look. Check booking sites for better deals.

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Walk-in rates at Insta Hotel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
138 ringgit
138 ringgit
Superior double room
170 ringgit
170 ringgit
Family room
200 ringgit
200 ringgit
With tub: 233 ringgit.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 138 ringgit, high season 138 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 170 ringgit, high season 170 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 200 ringgit, high season 200 ringgit. Notes: With tub: 233 ringgit.

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Where is Insta Hotel

Insta Hotel
153 Jalan Lumba Kuda, Johor Bahru
T: (0127) 688 082 (0127) 688 081 (0720) 71126
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º46'2.4" E, 1º27'36.4" N
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

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