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Capri by Fraser Hotel Residences at Johor Bahru: Best Hotel in JB, M’sia

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

I really find myself enjoying the short getaways to Johor Bahru in Malaysia because there are many hidden finds and places with good local food to try out. Need I say that the price is too good to be true too?

However, due the long queues at JB Checkpoint, we ended up spending the whole of our afternoon queueing to get across the border. Thus, doing a day-trip to JB isn’t very ideal. It is actually better to stay there for one night. Besides, accommodation is equally affordable. My only qualm is the lack of well-maintained and clean modern hotels.

I got the best hotel deal on Agoda

But this time, I managed to come across this new swanky hotel under Fraser Hospitality called Capri by Frasers. I snapped up a really good ideal on Agoda and only paid SGD58 per night for a twin sharing room.

All thanks to Agoda’s best price guarantee policy which allows me to get an even better deal when the price drops. You just had to do a screenshot of the webpage with all the relevant details and submit it through Agoda’s website. Once it is approved, they will match the lowest price quoted and then refund you the rest.

But you have to follow the rules and regulations carefully. I got rejected several times initially but once I understood where the problem lies, they agreed to match the price.

Capri by Frasers Hotel, Johor Bahru

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

So worth the deal

I was euphoric when I reached the hotel because everything – from the interior to services – is exactly what we’d expected. In Singapore, one night at a similar 4-star-hotel will cost about $200. In comparison, the costs per night here at Capri by Frasers in Johor Bahru is about four times cheaper.

Location: Near but not so near

Based on Google maps, Capri by Fraser hotel is literally right across the road from Johor Bahru Checkpoint. But the thing is the road that separates the checkpoint and hotel is rather complex and difficult to cross. To make things worse, it is not easy to find your way out and walk out of the checkpoint towards the hotel. Thus, most would recommend taking a Grab from JB checkpoint or CitySquare JB to the hotel. It costs about RM5 per ride. And it takes about 5 minutes for us to get there. Until they have constructed some kind of pedestrian crossing, it is best just to ‘Grab’ your way there.

Checking-in

Because the deal is too good to be true, there are already many Singaporeans and tourists who knew about this. Thus, I have read reviews about the slow check-in at 3pm and how some guests have to wait til 4 pm for their rooms to be ready.

Since we knew that the rooms would not be ready yet and there might be a queue, we checked-in around 4 pm. There were about 5 to 8 people queuing at the counter, waiting to check-in. In particular, there was this family of three who were rather unhappy about their late check-in. Let’s just say that the way they treated the hotel staff is rather disrespectful. After all, this isn’t a 5-star luxurious hotel. So, we shouldn’t expect much either.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

We waited for about 15 minutes or so before we got our room card. Do note you are required to pay the Tourism tax of RM10 per person to the hotel as well.

The Lobby

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review hotel lobby

Hotel Facilities

Capri by Fraser is an ideal hotel for business people; there is a club lounge on Level 40 as well as several meeting and function rooms on Level 40 and Level 41. There is even a 24-hr gym, pool and laundrette.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review lift floors

Our Studio Deluxe Twin Room (38 Sqm)

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

The configuration of the rooms on that floor is weird. We have to walk through another door before we can find our room. But I am not complaining because the room looks super new, fresh and clean. After all, this is a newly-launched hotel which opens sometime back in June this year.

We stayed in the most basic room type – studio deluxe twin. To me, this room looks rather superior. It is relatively quite spacious for a twin room too.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel Room Studio Deluxe Twin Room

Our not-so-scenic view

CIQ Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Checkpoint JB hotel

Our room was facing JB checkpoint. It was nothing too spectacular about our view but we were just really impressed with our room and the bathroom, in particular.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

Room Facilities

This twin bedroom has a mini well-equipped kitchen which has a microwave oven, dishes and utensils. The room also features a door-less wardrobe which gives a more spacious and modern look.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

Flatscreen HDTV

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

There are many channels to watch and you can even find more information about their room services and facilities on their TV.

Study Area

Need a little space to get some work done? There’s a cosy area at this corner of the room where you can get some work done.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Study area

Leave Your Plugs and chargers At Home

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Clock with USB port

I love it when hotel rooms have USB port so that I do not have to bring my charge or plugs. All I need is just a USB wire and that will do.

The Stylish Bathroom

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review bathroom

We were both amazed by the touch-button embedded in the mirror. It switches on the lights lining the sides and edges of the mirror. When the mirror lights are on, the mirror looks as if it is glowing. Cool, huh?

Off to the shower area

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review bathroom

The hotel provides bath amenities from Malin+Goetz, a luxurious skincare and bath brand. Their products incorporates the use of natural ingredients and thus are probably more gentle on the skin. It is such a treat to be using Malin+Goetz shampoo and bath products because they smell so good!

hotel Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review bathroom Malin+goetz

Small Modern Kitchen

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Kitchen area

You probably can really cook in this small kitchen area but you can microwave pre-cooked food or enjoy your take-away meal right in the room.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Kitchen Area

Beyond the room

Hi-Tea at Delite

Need a quick cuppa or muffin? You can have a quite bite here at their cafe called Delite. They offer a range of pastries, hot food as well as beverages.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Delite cafe

A regular doughnut costs about RM9+. It is a little costlier than the regular bakeries in Malaysia but still relatively affordable.

hotel Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Delite Cafe

24-hour Gym

As long as you have your room card with you, you can enter this gym anytime at your convenience. It houses many fitness equipments including weights, treadmills and even exercise mats.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Gym

I could imagine myself working out a good sweat here but too bad I did not bring my sport shoes along. Besides, we came to JB for one sole purpose – to eat.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Gym

Spin and Play Room (Laundrette)

If you are staying longer here in JB, you’d be glad to know that there are self-service washing machines here. The laundrette is located on the same floor as the gym.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Laundry room washing machine

No coins? There’s a coin exchange machine right there.

hotel Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review coin exchange machine

While waiting for your clothes to spin dry in the washing machine or dryer, you can kill time by playing some games on their PlayStation console.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review spin and play room playstation

Swimming Pool

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review Swimming pool

There’s also a really nice pool to dip in but it is pretty small and it oversees the checkpoint.

Complimentary Shuttle Buses

Wait…what? Free shuttle buses to CitySquare mall and Mid Valley megamall? These are the additional perks for staying at Capri by Fraser. However, there are no shuttle buses ferrying hotel guests back to the hotel. Currently, the shuttle buses only dropped off guests at the following locations: CIQ Drop-off point, Galleria Kotaraya, KSL mall, Mid Valley megamall and RF mall.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review shuttle bus

Capri by Fraser Shuttle Bus Route

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review shuttle bus route

Sadly, there aren’t any food centres or shops that are within walking distance. But we found this Prata shop called Restoran Afrida which sells really Indian bread like Prata and Thosai for less than a buck! Each Prata only costs 10 cents!

We went there for supper and I’ll glad that Sam dragged me along. It is like a 15 to 20 minutes walk from our hotel.

Restoran Afrida prata

My Verdict on Capri by Fraser

Overall, it is a pleasant stay at Capri by Fraser. It’s the best hotel in JB so far in terms of value. This hotel residence is comparable to any reputable 4-star hotels in Singapore. I would think that Capri by Fraser is comparable to Hotel Jen Tanglin by Shangri-La hotels in Singapore. We would probably stay a couple more nights here if we can afford to spend more time in JB.

Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru Malaysia Hotel Residences Hotel review

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