Mutiara Johor Bahru

Text Lin Zixin

One of Johor Bahru’s premium business hotels, the newly refurbished Mutiara Johor Bahru is fuss-free and centrally located accommodation suitable for that short getaway from Singapore.

Rating: ★★★
Price: $$
Couple quota: ♥♥

Price guide
$ – Less than S$200 a night
$$ – S$201 – S$350 a night
$$$ – S$351 – S$500 a night
$$$$ – S$501 – S$600 a night
$$$$$ – More than $600

At a glance

Plus points
+ Prime location in the heart of Johor Bahru
+ Easy to get to
+ Comfortable and fuss-free

Minus points
– Interiors are run of the mill
– Little attractions nearby
– Views are mediocre


Though rooms are comfortable but without surprises, we liked the Junior Club Suite that is especially family-friendly. On top of a double bed for the parents, the room also has a specially designed corner for children with double-decker beds, a PlayStation and other toys to guarantee a cosy and entertaining stay. Choose from Junior Club Suites with themes including Soccer Mania, My Secret Garden and Sweet Melody.


The hotel’s Meisan Szechuan Restaurant serves excellent Chinese cuisine while the Seri Mutiara Restaurant serves an equally palatable buffet of local and continental dishes. Check out the Polo Lounge as well for some late-night drinks and live music till 1am.


There is a lack of outdoor activities nearby due to the hotel’s city location but you can sweat it out at the hotel’s gym and swimming pool.


Girls, listen up! Choose to beauty up your talons with manicure and pedicure services right next to the hotel or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating message at Manja Spa just across the road. Prices start at RM88 for 60 minutes of Javanese massage that is pure heaven for your work-weary bodies.


Mutiara Johor Bahru is just minutes away from the best of Johor Bahru’s shopping. In the area are The Holiday Plaza, Plaza Pelangi, City Plaza and so on.

In the area

A stone’s throw away from the hotel is Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman, the world’s first Hindu glass temple. Originally built in 1922, the temple was subsequently adorned with coloured glass in-lays and reopened in October 2009. Be dazzled by the shining spectacle that is reportedly 95 percent glass.

Getting There

Mutiara Johor Bahru is a breezy 15 minutes away from the Johor-Singapore Causeway and should not take more than an hour from Singapore if the traffic is smooth. If you don’t drive, public transport is convenient as well. Apart from the bus service 170, you can also take a direct taxi across the causeway from the taxi stand at Queen’s Street, just off Bugis. Prices are S$10 per head or S$40 per trip.