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5-star luxury with 7-star hospitality @ Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel, for we’re worth it!

5-star luxury with 7-star hospitality @ Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel, for we’re worth it!

[编辑 Editor 吕大人   英译 Translator 刘大人   摄影 Photographer 黄大人   资料 Sub-editor 郑大人]


Across the Strait of Johor, the capital city of Johor Bahru has been standing for a long time in the shadow of its more famous Singaporean neighbour. With booming tourism in Malaysia’s Southern State thanks to the development of island getaways, theme parks and resorts around the city and coast to help escape the hustle and bustle, the locals are experiencing a real renaissance as JB redefines itself as an attractive urban destination.

An essential part of this renaissance is, of course, the Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel, a lofty standalone property and the city’s only five-star accommodation that offers a unique vantage point providing some truly spectacular views of JB city and Singapore across the Straits of Johor. Fresh from having won a HAT TRICK of recognitions of Certificate of Excellence based on the consistently excellent reviews they have earned on TripAdvisor from 2015 to 2017, Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel has definitely made it into our bucket list of hotels worth staying in JB.


Step into the hotel lobby as superb service-oriented staffs welcome us with a warm smile, with plentiful comfortable seats available all over for us to relax as our check-in was being processed. Previously, it was hard to imagine personalised service with impeccably furnished rooms and suites at a prime location just 10 minutes from Singapore, with regular shutter bus service on weekends to Johor Premium Outlets and LEGOLAND® Malaysia just a short distance away via the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and Coastal Highways. Thanks to the upgraded infrastructure and improved connectivity, locals and visitors alike can indeed unearth something wonderfully new, starting from wherever our journey from Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel takes us.

Can’t wait to check in to check out the hotel already? The time is now for you to discover a touch of Marriotts’ 5-Star Stay experience!


Presidential Suite

At almost 153 square meters, the one and only Presidential Suite is so HUGE and designed to provide us with the epitome of luxury. It’s literally like a house which comes with one king bedroom, a dining room with prep area kitchenette, as well as a his and hers bath to satisfy that “presidential” feeling in all of us, by way of designer touches and the best view in the house. The full living room is  big enough to hold a meeting and conference, while the dining area is perfect for entertaining everyone in our party or posse, literally in a world of our own here and it’s got pretty much everything we’ll need. Who knows, maybe one day… we gotta aim high, right?

For more details or the latest deals, check out what their Hotel Rooms has to offer.


Junior Suite (Bay View) & Twin Deluxe (Linked)

When we first got to our room, we were secretly pleased to find some welcome amenity of macarons and chocolates awaiting us to ensure a sweet start to our stay here, a very nice touch that we really appreciate. Our spacious, well-appointed Junior Suite (Bay View) with the connecting Twin Deluxe room provided a restful ultra-spacious retreat. The living area is huge and a great space to just relax and watch something on the 42-inch LCD TV with premium movie channels, while there’s a great little space for work if the need arises while on vacation (groan!!!).

For more details or the latest deals, check out what their Hotel Rooms has to offer.

If you think the Junior Suite is already vast beyond your imagination, wait till you enter the actual bathroom. They have space which is where we will find the dresser and a huge mirror which everyone will enjoy gazing into and these quality toiletries from Tokyo Milk available for our grooming pleasure.

And did we mention before there’s actually 2 bathrooms in the Junior Suite so we wouldn’t face the problem of us having to wait for one? And besides a shower, they also have a bathtub! Bet you already imagine yourself soaking in a nice warm bubble bath just enjoying the quiet relaxing time… We did!

Even the Twin Deluxe is still so big, and there’s still more than enough space even if you’re travelling as a couple with a kid. And even though we were at a hotel, the place really feels like home, away from our homes that are only minutes away haha.

For more details or the latest deals, check out what their Hotel Rooms has to offer.


Pool Terrace

Who wouldn’t love the pool, especially when we can have access to take a dip any time at all, and it is just a few steps from our room? That’s right, these Pool Terrace rooms along the flanks of the swimming pool offer us just that, with a sweeping 270° panoramic view of the city to boot. While the rooms may not be as big as the Deluxe Room and up but it’s still spacious and cosy enough. To be honest, we would probably be spending most of our time either at the pool, lounging on the patio for some all-round slacking LOL.

For more details or the latest deals, check out what their Hotel Rooms has to offer.


With every staycation comes our “mandatory” routine at the recreational facilities such as the outdoor swimming pools (adult pool and kiddy Pool) on Level 6. If you’re not keen on getting wet from the pool, then just grab one of the provided towels and soak up all the sun, or sweat it out at the 24-hour gym to give ourselves a full body workout at any time of the day we please! And speaking of sweating it out, there is the sauna for us to relax and turn up the heat after a dip in the pool or a workout in the gym. After all, “Sweat Is the New Sexy”, and we couldn’t agree more!


Business Centre

Besides the rooms and all the fun stuff like the pool, gym and etc., Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel is an excellent choice for businesses looking to host their corporate events too. Boasting an impressive 7 meeting rooms in different sizes (ranging from 322 to 1,341 square feet) which can comfortably accommodate between 15 to 800 pax, the venue layout is also fully customisable according to requests and comes with business amenities which include copy service, fax service, computers, printers, high-speed Internet and modern audio-visual equipment.

When we are looking to impress and close some high-level business negotiations, the Executive Board Room is our choice to help us seal the deal, whether we use it for an in-person gathering of our top executives or as a command centre to engage partners all over the world. For some really inspired meet, visit the Business Meeting crew and leave the planning to them.


Banquet Halls

On top of that, the ballrooms here are really HUGE so we can have functions like Family Day, Dinner and Dance, Team Building or even the most romantic of all love affairs, not just for a night to remember, but one to cherish for a lifetime. For more information, get in touch with the team from Grand Ballroom & Event Planning or check out their Wedding Menu.


Club Lounge

Our choice of rooms also grants us with access to the Club Lounge at Level 16 with complimentary afternoon tea and finger foods to while away those extraneous hours. Private, cosy and exclusive, there’s indoor or outdoor seating so we can take our pick and enjoy the spectacular scenery of our city skyline and Singapore, offering possibly the next best view after the Presidential Suite LOL!

Open daily from 6.00am to 10.30pm Dress code: Casual


Cafe BLD

Be it Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, Cafe BLD provides a contemporary take on all-day dining with a wide variety of inventive Asian-fusion specialities, local favourites and a welcoming atmosphere, and we mean really WIDE! We actually relish in the sumptuous spread at breakfast, a hearty lunch and an even more gratifying dinner.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +607-381 3322
Facebook: Cafe BLD at Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel



Looking for a cosy place to chill over cocktails after a “hectic” day of discovery, there’s no better place than R Bar with its vibrant, inviting ambience to let our hair down. There’s even a pool table to pit our skills against our friends, but if you prefer to just sit back like us, there’s always a small LIVE band churning out hits after hits to keep the atmosphere up.

Dress code: Casual Phone: +607-381 3322
Facebook: R Bar at Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel


Wan Li Restaurant

If you’re more interested in fine dining rather than buffets, then you should check out Wan Li Chinese Restaurant, whose ambience is more lavish and elegant compared to Cafe LBD, and provides a more exquisite and sophisticated dining experience with authentic Cantonese flavours. Having been awarded the Tripadvisor 2016 certificate of excellenceWan Li definitely has plenty to offer, for us to discover as the delicious difference is in the details!

And guess what, Wan Li has a daily ALL YOU CAN EAT DIM SUM LUNCH BUFFET (except public holidays) for the price of RM58. Here’s what you can expect, but we have barely covered half of their menu, so that leaves with more reason to be back!

When faced with the prospect of not knowing which dishes to try before you die (of hunger, that is), we highly recommend the following fabulous five signature dishes that would hardly go wrong! Mongolian Crispy Roaster Duck, Tiger Dragon Grouper Fish Serve in Two WayTraditional Butter PrawnsBraised Noodle with Seafood and Lime Juice and not forgetting Water Chestnut Ginkgo White Fungus Sweet Soup to round up our meal. Let us know what you think…

Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +607-381 3388
Facebook: Wan Li Chinese Restaurant at Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel


The building may look a bit dated from far, but we can’t really judge a book by its cover, especially having to turn the pages only to discover a gem of a renaissance (pun intended) that’s the epitome of 5-star luxury in Johor Bahru with possibly 7-star hospitality.

After all, this is Renaissance. We live life to discover!


Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel

📍 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-381 3333


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