Monday, May 15, 2017

A Weekend at Doubletree by Hilton, Johor Bahru

Happy Monday!

We were in Johor last weekend, as Hubby's friend got hitched. It's been a while since anyone our age got married, so it was a pretty big deal for us to attend to celebrate the newly weds. Since I hate doing long distance day trips in the car, I proposed for us to spend a night in JB, so we could breakdown the trip to bearable distances. I also wanted to jenguk JPO for some early Raya shopping. Surprisingly, Hubby agreed!

By the time we left the lovely wedding at Kluang, it was close to noon. We made a short stop at JPO before we continued to the hotel. Hence when we arrived at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, it was very late in the afternoon. Check in was a breeze and the kids were thrilled to receive the hotel's signature cookies. I especially loved the exceptionally friendly check in staff; he gave us his name card and said, "If there is anything wrong, please call me so I can make it right." Awwww... I was completely sold! Also he had another surprise for us; our late arrival turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the hotel was overbooked and they had to upgrade us to a suite!

It pays to be loyal to Hilton Honors! 

It was the One-Bedroom Suite, to be exact. The suite features a separate living room and bedroom. Measuring 64 sqm in size, the suite is comfortable for a small family, just like us! There is plenty of room for the more adventurous kids to sleep in the living hall (on the sofa or a roll-away bed for a fee) but ours insisted on cramping on our king sized bed instead. If you have a bigger family, you can also opt for a connecting room. (Ian started knocking on the connecting room door and asked, "Who's there???" *super cute*)

Cheeky Ian testing out the lazy chair.

The spacious living room.

A work desk and a coffee/tea corner too.

There is also a small work desk and a counter with basic coffee/tea making amenities in the living hall. The window overlooked the swimming pool, so much so that the kids started stalking the activities happening down there and used it to their advantage. "Mummy, there are still people in the pool; can we go??"

Comfortable work desk.

The entrance to the bedroom.

The view of the swimming pool from our living room.

The bedroom comes with a comfortable king sized bed, an LCD TV, plenty of wardrobe space and an impressive en suite. Although the bathroom has a speaker for you to 'listen' to your TV, it was transmitting the voice from the show on the TV in the living hall, instead of the bedroom. I don't know whether this can be changed, but we didn't bother to check it out.

King sized bed in the bedroom.

Plenty of wardrobe space in the bedroom and continues into the bathroom.

Why are you boys on my bed???

The bathroom is marble from tile to ceiling. It has a standalone bathtub and a glorious walk-in rain shower. More wardrobe space too. Water pressure was extremely good. Amenities from the Crabtree and Evelyn Aroma Active range.

Loveeeee the modern bathroom.

The boys had a grand time in the bathtub.

I wish I can have this at home!

Breakfast at Makan Kitchen was excellent. It features a wide spread ranging from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine, to your comforting American breakfast favorites. Since the hotel was fully booked, we actually had to queue to get a table! But it was well worth it; servings were generous, the varieties diverse. The kids enjoyed the soft serve ice-cream dispenser while Hubby raved about their croissants. Me? I was just happy to try a bit of everything. We took more than an hour to try everything in the buffet line. By the time we dragged our feet back to the room, we were absolutely full! But did that stop the kids from begging us to go to the swimming pool? Of course not!

Signboard directing you to the various food havens.

The boys stuffed themselves silly with sugary treats.

A quick stop for some warm milk before we headed to the swimming pool.

While I supervised the kids at the swimming pool, Hubby went for a quick run at the gym. He was mighty impressed with the treadmills; they were connected to the Internet so you could watch your choice of YouTube or whatsoever while running!

The swimming pool was nice but nothing to shout about. The kids pool and the lap pool were decent, and there were a few lounge chairs in the pool itself, which was quite a creative touch. Just beware of 'ulat bulu'; I found at least 4 crawling at the potted plants near the swimming pool.

The adult lap pool.

Ian posing by the kiddy pool.

Last photo before we checked out.

Our stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru was extremely short, but an enjoyable one. We will definitely return! Anddddd... we ended our trip to Johor by making yet another stop at JPO. *such a shopaholic* *giggles*

Ian trying to look interested at JPO while Mummy shopped to her heart's content.

What are the odds of meeting a friend at JPO! 

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