Thistle Hotel Johore Bahru

A luxury 5-star hotel, Thistle Johor Bahru is located in the heart of Johor Bahru, one of Malaysia’s most important business and tourist centres.  It has all the facilities you could wish for, access to free Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas, swimming pools and health spa to restaurants and bars.

We were very much in need (all the time!) of a quick getaway and also to run some errands at the supermarket and do some light shopping. Together with the gf and another couple, we took a drive into JB for this one-night staycation.

Clean and bright bathroom has got to be my favorite since I spend a fair bit of time in this part of the room.

Call housekeeping for toothbrush and toothpaste though!

Watch TV as you indulge in your bubbly bath…. The sliding panels were spoilt, as well as the bathroom’s main door. I guessed that forced people to stay in the tub? Thankfully, J managed to jack it back onto the sliding track and keep it shut else showering might just be too cold an experience.

Shower range. I literally found a stick in the thistle shampoo.

The king-size bed was comfy, but not those extremely soft pillows that gave us bad head and neckaches the day after.

Both the gf & I felt strange and unwell while we stayed in Room 539. She had cold sweat through the night while I suddenly became way too “forgetful” while I was in the room. My stuff kept turning up at different places.

Our ears were also blocked by the air pressure when we turned the air-con down. The other couple in another room had no issues.

Our room overlooked the pool.

The next morning, we met at the hotel lobby to go for the complimentary buffet breakfast, which turned out really disappointing as most of the food were cold. The restaurant were crowded with big families and NOISY KIDS.

Although the hotel staff’s services were commendable and the place is beautiful, going back there again will be considered.

  • Location: 4.5/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Price: 4/5 (I think we paid $100+ per night? Free upgrade.)
  • Room’s condition: 3/5
  • Breakfast: 2.5/5
  • Ideal for: Families
Thistle Hotel is located at:
Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor Bahru Johor Bahru

Hotel: +607 222 9234 / Fax: +607 222 0153 



  1. Hello! May I know what room you actually booked? And can I also ask to which room you have upgraded? And did the hotel give you a free upgrade while you requested upon check-in to hotel? Thank you!



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