GBW Hotel

GBW Hotel

9R Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Johor Bahru 80300 Malaysia
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3.0
#43 of 140 hotels in Johor Bahru
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.3 of 5 bubbles
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3.5 of 5 bubbles
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If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Johor Bahru, look no further than GBW Hotel.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Jalan Wong Ah Fook (0.5 km) and Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station (0.5 km), guests of GBW Hotel can easily experience some of Johor Bahru's most well known attractions.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at GBW Hotel offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a kitchenette.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. Guests of GBW Hotel are also welcome to enjoy a pool and free breakfast, located on site. For travellers arriving by car, free parking is available.

While visiting Johor Bahru, you may want to try some dumplings at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Dragon-I, Ho Seng Kee, or Canton-i.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Chinese Heritage Museum (0.9 km), Johor Old Chinese Temple (0.6 km), and Tan Hiok Nee heritage Street (0.8 km), which are some popular Johor Bahru attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

The staff at GBW Hotel looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Salon
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Malay

Location

9R Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Johor Bahru 80300 Malaysia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Yusuf M wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were on a cricket tour with our under 15 team from December 2019 to January 2020 in Malaysia and Singapore. We stayed at the GBW Hotel for 8 days.

The hotel is reasonably priced at RM160 per night for a double room with breakfast. They disclose on their website that children under 12 stay free, with two adults, but the child does not get free breakfast. What they don't tell you is that they do not provide a bed for the child and the child has to share with their parents. If you do want a single bed included you need to pay extra RM80 per night. This placed us in a real predicent because two of the tour party was kids under 12 and had to share the bed with their parents.

The hotel staff was warm and friendly, and were kind enough to allow our boys use of the pool till 20:30 after games and practices even though the pool closed at 19:00 in the evenings.

The rooms were clean and had a flat screen TV, kettle and fridge. But the furniture was a bit dated and floors were carpeted and stained in places.

Breakfast is really good and large variety, continental and had local foods as well. Also had a restaurant, coffee shop and shop on the ground floor. Also had a small gym.

The location was great as there is a Mall opposite with a large number of food places as well as a supermarket. The large JB Central Mall and transport hub is less than a 1 km away and is about a 12 min walk. Also very close to the border in order for you to go over to Singapore.

Overall it is was a good hotel and nice staff for the rate that we paid. The only issue for us was the misleading information about the children under 12 staying free.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Que Ann wrote a review Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It's not 4 star hotel. Upon arrival, was disappointed to see the hotel looks really old and not renovated.
During check-in, Recep inform us the room we requested for, superior deluxe twin room with bathtub was unavailable, only King room was available. However, the hotel has option to add extra bed at an additional cost, but Recep fail to inform us. So we took the room they give us, just a normal twin room with 2 beds. After check-in at Room 1618, I saw the twin bed abit small, pillows were relatively flat, so I call room service request for 2 more pillows. The housekeeping inform us 2 more pillows at extra charge of RM50, but I listen wrongly, thought it's RM15. Then the crew came up, delivered 1 more extra bed with 2 pillows. Charge me RM50 per night which I also duno it's per night charging. I was stunned but I thought aiyah, just take it lah. Cuz the bed seem too cramped for 2 people to squeeze in. So went down lobby paid for RM150 for 3 days use, they give 3 days breakfast voucher to compensate as its considered paying for 1 more guest in full price. Felt quite cheated lah tbh. The room was extremely in need of renovation, water ingress marks, mould, stains on curtains, old rusty sliding door to balcony, stained bedsheets and head frame turns me and my hubby off pretty much. The carpet looks so dirty we don't dare stepped on it in bare foot. TV cannot make it. Not much programs. My son who has sensitive skin kena many weird insect bites, possibly dust mites. Lucky no bed b... Anyway, only good thing is Aircon very strong and cold, but I suspect no quarterly maintenance done. Woke up v often as sinusitis acts up. The swimming pool was really terok. Got broken Pool tiles, falling off wall light cover that looks like tefal frying pan, floor is very slippery. No pool towels for hotel guests to use. So the lifts are wet after kids used the pool. Terok terok. Won't Come again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If u on budget, then u book this hotel
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RIMZ S wrote a review Jan 2024
Singapore
3.0 of 5 bubbles
not reviewing the hotel, rather its the buffet dinner at their restaurant - mezzanine.. with so much tiktok vids n talks on their buffet, decided to try n i wud give it a 2/5 rating. nasi lemak was uncooked, complained n tey mix it up instead wif the cooked ones! food was so so n nothing to be wowed for. overall its not a 2nd come back again for the buffet.
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Date of stay: January 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Harrie wrote a review Apr 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Service so worst.The receptionist act very unfriendly(specifically one Malay man and one Indian Lady).Made a call to confirm for connecting room availability, and they confirm they have the room, but when we arrive they said will give whatever room available.Wtf? The room is smelly and old-fashioned that we felt like living in like in 70’s era(not same at all with what we see the pictures online).Not recommended at all.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rolly A wrote a review Nov 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My favourite hotel in Johor Bahru Malaysia
Aside from location hotel room was so big the price is cheaper compare to boutique hotel.
The Front Desk Staff names Zara is kind helpful and very accommodating.
Walking distance from immigration, and City Square Mall.
There's a lot of food choices surrounding the hotel
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Make an early booking this hotel is always fully book
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NizamMasood wrote a review Apr 2021
Desaru Coast, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location : I am local to the area so I know GBW is in a prime location. Walking distance to the city and near to all the things you can do all day long be it eating or movie or strolling around bazaar karat. Love the location.

Check in: Smooth, less than 5 mins. Jaya had been helpful with the whole process. I requested for a higher level room, she said no problem. And we got level 16. She tended to our needs very well. Kudos to Jaya.

Room : I got the higher level that I want and the view is amazing. The disliked part is the construction site view but the hotel cant do anything about that of course. The bathroom is spacious and the amenities are complete. Took less than 30 secs for the water to turn from, freezing to warm. The wardrobe is big and I like the furniture.

Cleanliness : Lobby area, spotless. Room, spotless. Good job housekeeping workers.

Around the area : I just know that there are small hawker area behind the hotel the moment I exit the car park. Conveniently located and super good price. There are massive chinese hawker area too just nearby.

Breakfast : Modest choices. I like the curry, taste so good. The flow of the breakfast hall is also smooth. Overall, it is not too crowded.

Satisfaction : 9 out of 10.

We had a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Higher Level
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Faisal Aljunied wrote a review Aug 2022
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife booked the biggest and most expensive room via Agoda. I checked in with my friend on 2nd Aug 2022.
The moment I entered the room, the furniture was old but I was still okay with it. But I was shocked to see the condition of the toilet! The bathtub was rusty and the side was moldy and black. The sink was filthy black. This room should be blocked by the staff as it was not even qualify to call an executive room.
I was already embarrassed with my friend coz I told him that the hotel is 4 star so it should be decent and clean.
To my disgust the pillow cover has red stain on it RED STAIN!. I was so speechless by then and wanted to cancel it but my friend was kind enough to accept the condition of the room coz he didn’t want to trouble me.

How can a 4 star hotel presented that kind of room to a customer. It was executive room some more!!! Honestly it was not worth any cents and even 3 star has decent and clean room.
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Date of stay: August 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kal S wrote a review Dec 2022
Singapore, Singapore
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Poor hotel ... outdated ... the service elevator takes forever..

Worst part .. there are cockroaches at night.. booked the executive room .. and it's bad.

There isn't a bidet in the toilet .. wallpaper peeling off .. chairs are dirty.. it's like living in the 80's...

Call it 4 star .. no where close to a 2 star I am sorry to say
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rolls Ace wrote a review Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our Religious Group El Shaddai, booked the function room for 85paxs, for our Christmas Party 2023,The room was very good high ceiling, very good air conditioning system. The food and drinks is overflowing, nice food , with many desserts, ice cream, and many more 70 Rinnggit per person with a lot of choices . All staff was accommodating ,friendly and helpful big thanks to Ms Sarah of Front desk , The place near JB Immigration and surrounded by big malls, with free shuttle service .Highly recommended
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Book Early
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sweetgemz wrote a review Jul 2022
Singapore, Singapore
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a old hotel.. For the price, you get wat you pay.
Check in was fast and easy. Service staffs were very friendly.
Room is very spacious, with comfortable bed and pillows.
Breakfast is good and enough to keep you full. A good thing is that there is an egg station.
There is also shuttle services to and fro City Square and Mid Valley mall. Just that you need to book 1 hour in advance.
Hotel is walking distance to the CIQ and near to Pasar Karat too.
Overall, we love staying here and will come back again.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from mmm8ilovehotels
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom22 contributions28 helpful votes
There are ramps into and accessing each floor, however I am not sure of the gradient and whether this would prevent access to the car park. At the front of the hotel, there was some limited parking which one could possibly request to be made available.
nurAWLIYA asked a question Apr 2018
Alor Gajah, Malaysia24 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi. Thank you in advance. Do they have bathtub in executive queen room?
Answer from Bhavani Prabakaran
Johor Bahru District, Malaysia25 contributions10 helpful votes
Yes
Answer from xplorermind
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia345 contributions27 helpful votes
If am not mistaken RM100 for 2 nights.
Answer from Masheetaa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia118 contributions23 helpful votes
no spa service..
Johor Bahru District, Malaysia149 contributions39 helpful votes
You can ask at the reception or help desk.
Que Ann wrote a tip Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions70 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If u on budget, then u book this hotel "
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Rolls Ace wrote a tip Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Early"
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Rolly A wrote a tip Nov 2023
14 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make an early booking this hotel is always fully book"
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Zahara B wrote a tip Mar 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plesse avoid booking this hotel. "
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NizamMasood wrote a tip Apr 2021
Desaru Coast, Malaysia197 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Higher Level"
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PRICE RANGE
C$47 - C$56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru
LOCATION
MalaysiaJohorJohor Bahru DistrictJohor Bahru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
222
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Frequently Asked Questions about GBW Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to GBW Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Drum Up JB (0.5 km), Laser Battle (0.5 km), and Johor Bahru City Square (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at GBW Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at GBW Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at GBW Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at GBW Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to GBW Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tosca, Double Tree By Hilton Johor Bahru, Makan Kitchen, and JH Lovely Sweets Indian Vegetarian Food.
Are there opportunities to exercise at GBW Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at GBW Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does GBW Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at GBW Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to GBW Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kranji Beach Battle Site (4.2 km).
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