Working in my current company requires me to go outstation for Center visit twice a year to Johor Bahru and Penang. 2 days ago, I made a trip down to JB from KL for a working visit to our Center at Plaza Pelangi. As the room rate for Grand Paragon has increased much from my last visit to JB (about 2 years ago), I opted for other 3 stars hotel nearby Plaza Pelangi to stay overnight. In this blog, I would like to share my overnight stay experience at Grand Sentosa Hotel.
Grand Sentosa Hotel is located in Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru. The hotel is situated in a shopping mall which was refurbished recently. from what I understand from my colleague, this used to be a run-down building, now given a totally new facelift. From the outside or if you’re travelling along the main road leading to the hotel, one would not be able to see much signage to the hotel. In fact, I don’t recall seeing any signage at all to the hotel. Even the hotel’s signboard looks small from what you can see from my photo below. A bigger signboard hanging above the main entrance of the hotel would have given it more prominence. Even the taxi driver who took me to the hotel from Menara Pelangi mistakenly drop me off at Sentosa Hotel (which look like a dodgy place) opposite the Grand Sentosa Hotel.
Small signboard at the entrance of Grand Sentosa Hotel
View from across the hotel
Advertisement wall banner a few doors away from the hotel’s entrance
Grand Sentosa Hotel actually have some nice “neighbours” as it’s surrounded by shops and eatery places. You have Overtime, Old Town White Coffee, Watson’s, Guardian & The Store as its neighbours. So, if you’re looking for food, some toiletries and simple shopping, they’re just beside the hotel. By the way, this hotel is just a basic hotel. No in-house restaurant, cafe, gym or swimming pool.
Overtime – Hang out place next to the hotel
The hotel’s lobby is clean and spaciously designed. It has a comfortable lounge sofa and some red sofa chairs for guests who are waiting for checking in or just simply waiting. As the hotel just opened for business somewhere end of last year, the furnitures still look new and pleasing to the eyes.
Nice cozy sofa at the lobby
Equally comfortable lounge sofa at the lobby area
Checking into the room is pretty standard nowadays with the activated touch card you get from the Check In counter prior to going into your room. Grand Sentosa’s card come with simple yet classy designed in my opinion.
Grand Sentosa Hotel room’s access card
The rooms accommodation are from the 1st to the 4th floor. Upon stepping out from the lift, the guest will come across a small lobby area at each floor for the guests to relax on a few sofas available. Free wifi is available at every floor but do call the front desk for the password.
Common area at every floor outside the lift
The rooms come in 4 options – superior, deluxe, suite & family. My room on the 4th floor looks pleasing when I stepped in. No funny smell or anything that’s annoying to your nostrils. Since it’s a 3 stars hotel, the furnishings are also basic. No sofa or painting on the wall in the Superior room. It comes with a LCD TV though. Samsung if not mistaken – roughly about 21” my guess. There’s no minibar. There is a mini safe deposit box though in each room. This comes in handy for tourists who would like to keep their valuables or passports in the room while going sightseeing.
Superior room with king size bed
This is the bed you sleep on for RM125 nett a night from Booking.com
Free wifi in the room
My only complain about the room is its bathroom. The shower area to me is badly designed that shower water don’t really flow off well into the drain hole. While bathing, you have the stagnant, soapy water on your legs. The contractor did not do a good job in ensuring the water flow off properly when you’re bathing. As such, after the bath area dries up, sometimes you can feel the floor is kinda slippery due to the soap residue. Other than that, I do not have any major complain/comment for the room.
Overall, for a 3 star hotel, Grand Sentosa is a pretty decent place to put up for the night with many eating places around and a local supermarket just around the corner to cater to some simple shopping. Since, Grand Sentosa is attached to the Plaza Sentosa shopping mall, the guest can also do some shopping while killing time and also bring home some goodies/local delicacies from the shops around the hotel.
For more information of the hotel, visit www.grandsentosahotel.com or