Let’s face it — many tourists come to Johor Bahru just to visit LEGOLAND Malaysia. But hotels in the vicinity tend to be pricey and so, it is no surprise why the V8 Hotel tops our must-stay list. Located in the Nusa Bestari Commercial Centre, Skudai, V8 Hotel is only a ten-minute drive from LEGOLAND Malaysia and much more affordable option for families. One reason why we absolutely love the V8 Hotel is its ample amenities and services for your family, including a swimming pool playground so fun, your kids would be reluctant to leave the pool! Not only is it family-friendly, the stylish hotel is also about just a 20-minute-drive from Johor Bahru city centre for more sightseeing and you guessed it, shopping!
Johor Bahru, or just JB to keep it casual, is not just a border city to cross over to Singapore. The capital city of the Johor state, is the fourth largest city in Malaysia and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. After Kuala Lumpur, it is the southern hub of financial services, commerce and retail. There are plenty of things to do here in JB, such as riding the ferris wheel at Danga Bay, shopping for pre-loved items at Pasar Karat or café-hopping at Jalan Dhoby.
Packs a punch in value
The stylish hotel offers 190 rooms perfect for couples, business travelers, families and big group travelers.
We can’t emphasize more on how V8 Hotel packs a punch when it comes to value. The room is well-equipped with standard amenities such as toiletries, LCD TV with programs enough to do channel-surfing, and last but not least, a king-sized bed, which is so inviting after an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Upon entering our room, we were happy to see how bright and airy the room was.
Since we already had lunch before arriving at the hotel, we were not yet hungry. But it’s good to know that the hotel has an extensive room service menu, serving dishes such as chicken chop, fried rice and sandwiches. The prices are quite affordable too, ranging from RM20 to RM45. Room service is available from 11.00am to 10.00pm so it’s convenient when we’re having late night cravings!
The ceiling-to-floor overlooks the commercial centre, and in the evening, we managed to catch the sun setting in the horizon. We felt so relaxed after that!
Pool playground that’s hard to leave
A winning point for this hotel is the swimming pool playground with a slide that leads you straight into the waters! With this pool playground, your kids get to use up more energy (if LEGOLAND Malaysia isn’t tiring them out already), while you can catch a breather by relaxing at the poolside. Be warned that your kids may have a hard time leaving this pool, though!
JB city centre may not be too far away, but sometimes, it is nice to just stay in and not crack our heads thinking where to go for dinner. Not only does the V8 Hotel has a restaurant that serves mostly local cuisine, Muslim travellers would be comforted to know that the hotel’s kitchen is halal-certified. For dinner, we opted to try the Citarasa Kampung buffet spread which serves authentic Malay cuisine. The dishes included Penang laksa, gado-gado (blanched vegetables served with peanut sauce dressing) , puyuh masak lemak (quail eggs cooked in turmeric coconut milk) , sambal petai udang (prawns with petai beans and chilli paste) and various kinds of vegetables cooked Malay-style.
The dinner buffet is also quite affordable, costing RM22.90 for adults and RM18.90 for children below 12 years old. With such variety of Malay cuisine options and delectable desserts, we would certainly recommend having dinner here if you’re tired after spending a day out!
Overall, we had a pleasant stay in the hotel and would definitely consider it for our next trip to Johor! The short drive to the Senai International Airport, and various attractions in JB makes V8 Hotel a convenient stay for any kind of traveller.
See & Do
The LEGOLAND Malaysia theme park needs no further introduction! The adventure-filled land promises a lot of fun for the entire family and it could also be an educational trip for the kids. As the only LEGOLAND in Southeast Asia, the theme park is a must-visit when you’re in JB. Make sure to take a stroll in the park with models of Asian cities and landmarks made entirely out of LEGO bricks! Check out our comprehensive guide on LEGOLAND Malaysia here.
7, Jalan Legoland, Nusajaya, Johor
Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm
No trip to any city in Malaysia is complete without a visit to a night market. The JB Bazaar, or better known as Pasar Karat among the locals, is a place where you could find antique collections and various items such as clothing, bags, shoes, gadget accessories and food. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re bound to find here it. It could get quite crowded on weekends, but mingling with the local community is part of the fun!
Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru
Opening hours: 8.00pm – 12.00am
Johor Premium Outlet
From night markets, we moved on to get some high-end shopping done at Malaysia’s first premium outlet. The European-style shopping outlet offers a wide variety of designer brands such as Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo at special, reduced prices! Do we see some shoppers drooling already? Sulky kids in tow because you are spending too much time looking for a steal? There are also outdoor playgrounds for the kids, so you don’t have to endure too much whining from the kids while you do some shopping!
Johor Premium Outlet
Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura, Kulai, Johor
Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!