The misleadingly named Holiday Villa is actually a 25 storey building, about 15 minutes’ drive from JB town centre, with standard – if fairly large – business type rooms. It had been open for just one month when we stayed, and there was quite a bit of evidence of that: construction work going on at the ground floor and first floor shopping areas to-be; car park paint job in progress at the time; and worse, lots of construction remnants in the room. It doesn’t breed confidence in the cleaning staff to see masking tape and newspaper in the shower (plus grout and plaster spills and scrapings). However the rest of the room did seem clean enough. As I said, the room (Superior King room, so lowest quality) is larger than other similar hotels. It has a window wall with a long bench seat which is comfortable enough for short periods of enjoying the view.

Bed, Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru

The bed is quite firm and I slept well. There’s a desk and chair for working, though the Internet makes that problematic. TV has English sports and news channels (1 each) but no English language film channel. Tea making facilities and a fridge rather than a minibar. The bathroom is big, with a large powerful shower (though incredibly the shower head is already quite clogged with limescale). It also has – operated by a dedicated electrical circuit – a blind which you can raise if you want to watch your loved one in the bathroom.

Peeping window, Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru

Breakfast was a buffet of mainly Asian food, plus cereals, cold cheese and meats, salads and fruit. Staff were OK, though we received a wake up call we didn’t ask for (fortunately we were already awake, otherwise I might have been a bit harsh with them). There is a rooftop pool with good views over the city. The multi storey car park in the hotel is free to guests, though you have to go first to reception on the ground floor, then to a parking machine on 2nd or 4th floors, before you can then leave.

Lobby, Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru

A few more negatives, I’m afraid. This hotel was surprisingly noisy for a new build. We could hear people in the corridor, plus hear our neighbours’ TV and talk. It was a bit dark in the room, as it only has underlighting. Terrible wifi which cut out about 15 seconds after connecting each time; serving only to interfere with 4G connection. Worst I’ve experienced, perhaps, on the grounds that bad wifi is a lot more annoying than no wifi. Do not use this hotel if you want to be able to work! Finally, and this is an inexcusable (if frustratingly common) pain, my keycard didn’t work on the second day, meaning I had to go back down to reception to get it fixed. With all that said, it wasn’t a bad stay, but I decided I’d try elsewhere in JB until teething troubles are over – maybe it’s ok now. We had a ‘new hotel’ rate at RM260.

Desk, Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru

Address: 260 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, JB
Telephone: 072903388

Bathroom, Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru