Amari Johor Bahru Hotel: The Most Comprehensive Review Yet!

After its soft opening in May this year, Amari Johor Bahru recently opened all its facilities in November. Thanks to the great folks at Amari JB (special shout-out to Bobby!), we were hosted to a wonderful stay at this brand new gem, right next to City Square JB!

2bearbear @ Amari Johor Bahru
2bearbear @ Amari Johor Bahru

If you take a look at this map, you’ll realize that Amari Johor is located in the heart of all the attractions, foodie haunts and shopping malls of JB…

Amari Johor Bahru Location Map
Amari Johor Bahru Location Map

Located at No.82C, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (right opposite Komtar JBCC), the new Amari Hotel in Johor Bahru has the perfect access to shopping (and movies) at City Square JB as well as foodie/cafe havens at Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Dhoby/Tan Hiok Nee. All these are just a stone’s throw away – one of the many benefits of staying at Amari Johor Bahru.

Amari Johor Bahru Hotel Facilities

Besides its excellent location, Amari JB Hotel also boasts of facilities that includes a brand new swimming pool…

Swimming Pool Amari Hotel Johor Bahru
Swimming Pool Amari Hotel Johor Bahru

As you can see from the pictures, there are a couple of rooms with pool side access! Perfect for a stay with the kids. Right next to the swimming pool is the gym…

Amari Johor Bahru Gym Facilities
Amari Johor Bahru Gym Facilities
Gym Towels & Drinks available at Amari JB
Gym Towels & Drinks available at Amari JB

The gym has all the frills of treadmills, gym machines, free weights (complete with full sized mirrors) as well as gym towels and water provided at its premise. Just change into your sporting gear and you’re ready to go.

The Amari chain of hotels originated from Thailand. Hence, you’ll be able to see the fusion of Thai and Malay influences in the decor. Together, they project a modern yet fun-loving attitude of what Amari JB is. As with all Amari hotels, its signature spa is known as Breeze Spa.

Hallway to Breeze Spa Amari JB
Hallway to Breeze Spa Amari JB
Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru Hotel
Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru Hotel
Christmas Package at Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru
Christmas Package at Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru

If you’re staying at Amari Johor, be sure to visit Breeze Spa for a well-deserved treatment. Choose from any of the 5 mood massages, curated for today’s sophisticated travellers. They include the Dreamy, Serene, Rejuvenated, Invigorated and Energised spa massages.

Inside Breeze Spa Amari Hotel JB
Inside Breeze Spa Amari Hotel JB

This time, Kate chose the Rejuvenated massage while Tom chose the Dreamy massage…

Treatment Room of Breeze Spa Amari JB
Treatment Room of Breeze Spa Amari JB

We started with a foot scrub in warm water before proceeding to the massage tables in the couple’s room. The masseuse were both professional and well-trained. From the strokes during this massage treatment as well as the management of towels (for warmth and privacy), we could tell that we were in good hands (pun intended!). In addition to the usual body massage, the treatment also included a mini face and head massage which rounded up this relaxing trip to Breeze Spa. Definitely one of the top treatments we’ve had in Asia (Bali included!). For the love birds, a couple’s jacuzzi is located right next to the massage table. A perfect sanctuary after a relaxing massage…

Couple's Jacuzzi Amari Johor Bahru Breeze Spa
Couple’s Jacuzzi Amari Johor Bahru Breeze Spa

Other facilities at Amari Johor Hotel includes a ballroom (from the former Lido & Rex Cinemas), a library as well as meeting room ala Googleplex where retreats and meetings can be held in a fun and interactive manner. The lobby is also well-adorned with a beautiful facade. At our time of visit, the Christmas decorations also started…

Lido & Rex Ballroom JB Amari
Lido & Rex Ballroom JB Amari
Fun Meeting Room Johor Amari Hotel
Fun Meeting Room Johor Amari Hotel
Library Johor Bahru Amari  Hotel
Library Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Lobby of Amari Johor Bahru
Lobby of Amari Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations Lobby of Johor Amari Hotel
Christmas Decorations Lobby of Johor Amari Hotel

Junior Suite Amari JB Hotel

During our stay, we were hosted at Amari Johor Bahru’s Junior Suite. At 51 square metres, the Junior Suite boasts of expansive views of the Johor Straits, a private balcony and also access to the exclusive Executive Lounge at level 20.

Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite

Of course, the other premium that the Junior Suite affords is space. Definitely lots of space if you love prancing around the room like us! πŸ˜›

Sofa in Junior Suite Amari JB
Sofa in Junior Suite Amari JB
Business Desk in Junior Suite Amari Johor
Business Desk in Junior Suite Amari Johor

As mentioned earlier, we thoroughly enjoyed the views from the Junior Suite. Not only are you able to “monitor” the traffic conditions across the Causeway, you’re also treated to amazing sunrise daily…

Sunrise as seen from Amari Hotel Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Sunrise as seen from Amari Hotel Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Expansive views of Johor from Amari Hotel Junior Suite
Expansive views of Johor from Amari Hotel Junior Suite

As expected of a luxurious Junior Suite, you’ll get not one but two sinks in the form of His/Her Vanity sinks as well as a bath tub, complete with rain shower facilities! Giving a touch of luxury to this stay at Amari Johor Hotel…

His and Her Vanity Sinks Amari Junior Suite
His and Her Vanity Sinks Amari Junior Suite
Bath Tub and Rain Showers in Junior Suite Amari Johor Bahru JB
Bath Tub and Rain Showers in Junior Suite Amari Johor Bahru JB

Wifi is included and IPTV is available, including channels from Singapore, HBO, Discovery Channel and Disney Channel for the kids πŸ˜‰ After settling into our room, it’s time to check out the other highlight of staying at Amari Johor Bahru – the Executive Lounge!

Executive Lounge Amari Johor Bahru

If you’re staying at the Executive Club, Junior Suite or One Bedroom Suite, you’ll be given special access to the Executive Lounge of Amari Hotel. Executive Lounge Privileges include

– Private check-in and check-out (at level 20 of Amari Johor Bahru)
– Complimentary late check-out until 15:00 (subject to availability)
– Customised pillow menu
– Complimentary daily buffet breakfast (and ala carte breakfast menu) from 06:30 to 10:30
– Welcome drink upon check-in
– Daily cocktail hour
– Fruit juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks served all day

Inside Executive Lounge of Amari Hotel JB
Inside Executive Lounge of Amari Hotel JB
Business Desk Amari Hotel Executive Lounge Johor
Business Desk Amari Hotel Executive Lounge Johor

If you have access to the Executive Lounge, you can choose to have breakfast at Amaya Food Gallery (Level 6) or at the Executive Lounge, or both! πŸ˜›

Breakfast at Executive Lounge Amari JB

For breakfast at the Executive Lounge, besides a small buffet spread, you’ll also be able to have a personalised ala carte breakfast. On our second morning, we tried out the Eggs Royale and Banana French Toast…

Banana French Toast Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Banana French Toast Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Eggs Royale @ Amari Johor Executive Lounge
Eggs Royale @ Amari Johor Executive Lounge

We loved the Eggs Royale with its combination of textures and flavours from the salmon, mushrooms and onions. The toast was fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outsidew. Yum! It’s a pity though that eggs benedict was not available at the Executive Lounge. Perhaps, the next time when we’re there, Eggs Benedict would be available! Nope, the eggs above were not poached πŸ™

At the buffet breakfast area, salads, pastries, cereals and coffee (latte/cappuccino) are available. There’s even a selection of local delights such as porridge, nasi lemak and fried kway teow! The nasi lemak and fried kway teow were really really (yes, see the excellent description used?) good. Kudos to the chef!

Fried Kway Teow Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari
Fried Kway Teow Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari
Porridge and Condiments at Executive Lounge Amari JB
Porridge and Condiments at Executive Lounge Amari JB
Pastries Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari Johor Bahru
Pastries Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari Johor Bahru
Cereals for Breakfast at Amari Johor Executive Lounge
Cereals for Breakfast at Amari Johor Executive Lounge
Coffee and Selection of TWG Teas at Amari JB Executive Lounge
Coffee and Selection of TWG Teas at Amari JB Executive Lounge

From 5pm to 7pm daily, Amari Johor Bahru’s Executive Lounge holds the cocktail hour with complimentary drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic) and a wide selection of food (not just finger foods)…

Cocktail Hour at Executive Lounge Amari Hotel Johor Bahru

Unlike many other hotel cocktail hours we’ve been to, Amari Johor does it right. Not only does it serve an extensive menu of drinks (including red/white wines, beers, cocktail & sake?!), the food options are not only limited to “hors d’oeuvre”, it was an all out meal! There was salads, mains, finger foods, pastries and even desserts! :O

Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Menu
Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Menu
Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Menu 2
Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Menu 2
Salad Fruits Cocktail Hour Executive Lounge Amari
Salad Fruits Cocktail Hour Executive Lounge Amari
Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Amari Johor Pastries
Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours Amari Johor Pastries
Desserts Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour
Desserts Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour
Cheese Selection Amari Hotel JB Executive Lounge Cocktail
Cheese Selection Amari Hotel JB Executive Lounge Cocktail
Hors d'oeuvre Executive Lounge Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Hors d’oeuvre Executive Lounge Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Dessert Spread Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Dessert Spread Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Burgers and Hot Dogs Cocktail Hours Executive Lounge
Burgers and Hot Dogs Cocktail Hours Executive Lounge
Fried Spring Roll Amari Executive Lounge Johor
Fried Spring Roll Amari Executive Lounge Johor
Fried Noodles JB Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Fried Noodles JB Amari Hotel Executive Lounge

Drinks at Johor Bahru Amari Hotel Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours

The wide selection of drinks includes wines, beers and even sake. Coupled with the extensive selection/variety of food, the cocktail hour at Amari Johor Bahru’s Executive Lounge was definitely one of the best we’ve seen…

Amari Hotel Johor Executive Lounge Alcohol Selection
Amari Hotel Johor Executive Lounge Alcohol Selection
Red wine cocktail hours Executive Lounge
Red wine cocktail hours Executive Lounge
Amari Cocktail & Sake at Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours JB
Amari Cocktail & Sake at Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours JB
Selection of white wines at Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Selection of white wines at Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel
Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel

The best part? The views while enjoying the great food and drinks at Johor Bahru’s Amari Hotel…

Views of Johor/Singapore from Executive Lounge of Hotel Amari
Views of Johor/Singapore from Executive Lounge of Hotel Amari

Johor Bahru Amari Hotel Dining Options

There are three main dining options at Amari Johor Bahru. Amaya Food Gallery is the main restaurant where meals are served throughout the day. Amaya Cafe is where you can enjoy cakes, drinks and the delectable afternoon tea set. For a venue to chill out in the evenings, Dip Bar by the pool serves up drinks, canapes and appetizers as you enjoy the city skyline…

Amaya Cafe Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Amaya Cafe Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Dip Bar Amari JB Hotel
Dip Bar Amari JB Hotel
Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru
Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru

During our stay at Amari Hotel, we enjoyed a buffet dinner at Amaya Food Gallery. Also a signature of Amari Hotels, the Amaya Food Gallery is a restaurant with emphasis on local street foods as well as the open kitchen/live cooking concepts. This provides a interactive cooking experience for diners at Amari Johor Bahru πŸ˜‰

Salad Selection Dinner Buffet Amaya Food Gallery Johor
Salad Selection Dinner Buffet Amaya Food Gallery Johor
Roast Lamb Buffet Dinner Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor
Roast Lamb Buffet Dinner Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor
Live Cooking Concept Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Live Cooking Concept Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Bar in Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru
Bar in Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru
Dessert Spread Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru
Dessert Spread Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru
Kate's Dinner Buffet Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery
Kate’s Dinner Buffet Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery
Tom's Dinner JB Amaya Food Gallery
Tom’s Dinner JB Amaya Food Gallery
Freshly cooked bowl of chicken noodles Amaya Food Gallery
Freshly cooked bowl of chicken noodles Amaya Food Gallery

To top things off, there was a live band performance, singing contemporary hits. The ambience was immediately livened with this band playing in the background. Awesome singing guys!

Live Performance Amari Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery Buffet Dinner
Live Performance Amari Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery Buffet Dinner

Breakfast at Hotel Amari JB

Besides having breakfast at the Executive Lounge, we also had the option of having breakfast at Amari Johor Bahru’s Amaya Food Gallery. These were some of the food on offer at Amaya’s breakfast buffet…

Breakfast Pastry Selection Amaya Food Gallery Johor
Breakfast Pastry Selection Amaya Food Gallery Johor
Signature Nasi Lemak Buffet Breakfast Johor Amari Hotel
Signature Nasi Lemak Buffet Breakfast Johor Amari Hotel
Fruit Juices at Breakfast Amari
Fruit Juices at Breakfast Amari
Appetizers Amari Hotel Buffet Breakfast Johor Bahru
Appetizers Amari Hotel Buffet Breakfast Johor Bahru
Local Delights and Eggs Station @ Amari Johor Bahru Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery
Local Delights and Eggs Station @ Amari Johor Bahru Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery
What Kate had for Breakfast Buffet
What Kate had for Breakfast Buffet
Delicious prata and rendang chicken Amari Hotel JB Breakfast
Delicious prata and rendang chicken Amari Hotel JB Breakfast
Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor
Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor

Thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast buffet spread at Amari over the two mornings. As the price of stay at Amari Johor includes this breakfast buffet, it makes the stay here that much more worthwhile.

In and Around Johor Bahru Amari Hotel

As mentioned right at the start of this post, besides the enjoyable stay at the hotel itself, it is also a springboard to all the attractions and foodie joints in Johor Bahru!

City Square Mall opposite Amari JB
City Square Mall opposite Amari JB for shopping and movies!
Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel for cafes!
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel for cafes!
Jalan Wong Ah Fook Food Joints JB
Jalan Wong Ah Fook Food Joints JB

With easy access to popular food joints at Jalan Wong Ah Fook, trendy cafes at Jalan Dhoby/Tan Hiok Nee and walking distance to shopping options at City Square Mall and Komtar JBCC, Amari Hotel JB is definitely a great base for visits around Johor Bahru!

How to Get to Amari Johor Bahru Hotel

Although Amari Johor is conveniently located opposite Komtar JBCC, it will make it easier if you follow our instructions here…

Traffic Crossing Behind Komtar JBCC
Traffic Crossing Behind Komtar JBCC

Cross this traffic light right behind Komtar JBCC. Make sure to wait for the green man to come on and all the cars to stop before crossing.

Lift up to Amaya Food Gallery (Lobby Level of Amari JB Hotel)
Lift up to Amaya Food Gallery (Lobby Level of Amari JB Hotel)
Lift Entrance of Amaya Food Gallery Level 6
Lift Entrance of Amaya Food Gallery Level 6

After you cross the traffic light, turn right and you’ll see the restaurant Morganfield’s. Here, you have two options to reach Amari Hotel. For the first option, you can take the lift (see 2nd grey pillar in picture above) just next to Morganfield’s restaurant up to level 6. That is where the restaurant Amaya Food Gallery is (see lift entrance above at level 6). Walk through the restaurant and you’ll reach the lobby of Amari Johor Bahru.

The second option is to walk through the shopping mall entrance next to Morganfield’s. Follow the signs up a flight of escalator and walk through the sliding doors next to 7-11 and make a left turn. You’ll then arrive at the concierge (level 1) of Amari JB. At the lift, head up to level 6 and you’ll arrive at the lobby where you can check in to Amari Hotel Johor Bahru.

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