Welcome Stay

Facade of the Mutiara Johor Baru
Stepping into the Mutiara Johor Bahru is like coming home because familiar faces greet and welcome me by name. 

As the first international class hotel in Johor Bahru, this hotel went through several name changes and upgrading over the last 28 years but one thing remains unchanged – it’s hallmark of warm and welcoming hospitality. 

Come to think of it, I book my friends into this hotel so often that I know its telephone number by heart!  But now I discovered that one of the changes in the hotel’s recent renovations is its new telephone number.  I’m terrible with numbers but I guess it’s not too difficult to memorise 330 0300, Mutiara JB’s new telephone number!

The Deli Corner with Mutiara Terrace in background
The creative fresh-flower arrangement in the lobby is always a conversation piece and as I finish admiring it, my attention is drawn to the colourful display of cakes, breads and pastries in the sparkling new Mutiara Terrace & Deli Corner. 

Behind this impressive deli island, the once familiar Seri Mutiara Restaurant is now transformed into a spacious and stylish dining room with “live” cooking stations and interesting buffet serving areas.

Spacious super-size single beds in deluxe twin room

My room is fitted with new carpets and curtains and the super-size single beds in the deluxe twin room gives me the impression of a larger room but the sleek flat-screen television that replaced the bulky television cupboard certainly creates more space. 

While guests at the Club Floor enjoy more complimentary privileges and services, the hotel also has well thought-out features in rooms specially designed for the disabled.  In these special rooms, beds are of a convenient height and the peephole on the door is placed for easy access by wheelchair-bound guests.

Junior Club Suite designed in family-friendly theme
For family bonding and total peace of mind, families with kids below age 12 can enjoy the Junior Club Suite designed with a room-within-a-room, furnished in three different themes – Football Fever, Musical Notes and Secret Garden. 

This cosy kid’s alcove is fitted with double-decker beds, cuddly toys, board games and a desktop Play Station with an exciting selection of games to keep the kids occupied for hours.  So while dad is at work, mum can catch up with some reading because she knows it will be hard to get the kids out of the room!

The Mutiara JB is primarily a corporate hotel mainly servicing the oil and gas industry and remains popular with families of these professionals during weekends and holidays.  The hotel provides a convenient service in making tour bookings for city sight-seeing and to the Integrated Resorts across the Causeway.  Tickets to Universal Studios in Singapore’s Sentosa Island are pre-purchased and such day trips are fast gaining popularity among hotel guests.

Mutiara’s 24-hour stay privilege is a convenience for business travellers who check-in late and allows them to maximize their stay and enjoy the many facilities in and around the hotel.  There are many hotels in the city but with exceptional service quality and personalized attention, it’s not surprising that the Mutiara JB remains the preferred hotel for many. 

Fast Facts


Mutiara Johor Bahru
Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 607 – 330 0300      Fax: 607 – 331 8884
Email: adminjb@mutiarahotels.com
Website: www.mutiarahotels.com

Getting There

Easily accessible from the Tebrau Highway, the main road that connects to the North-South Highway from the North and with Johor Bahru city and Causeway from Singapore.

Main Attraction

Excellent location with convenient access to business, shopping and entertainment, complemented by established transport system to Singapore, airport, ports and industrial areas.

First Impression

Clean and comfortable ambience with friendly staff.


Total 332 rooms and suites in the Tebrau Wing and Pelangi Wing with Club Floor facilities, specially equipped rooms for the Handicapped and uniquely designed Junior Club Suites for families with young children.

F & B Outlets

Meisan Szechuan Restaurant still serves the most authentic Szechuan cuisine in the city and its signature man-tou fried buns are a must with Szechuan hot and sour soup.  Dinner and drinks in Capri the Continental Restaurant comes with live music entertainment while the Polo Lounge rocks with live band performances up to 1am.  Chill out with snacks, drinks and ice-cream at the Poolside Bar or indulge in a mouth-watering range of cakes and pastries from the Mutiara Terrace & Deli Corner.  The spanking new Seri Mutiara Restaurant serves daily lunch buffets with dinner buffets on Fridays and Saturdays, and High Tea buffets on weekends and special holidays.

Overall Service

Attentive and unobtrusive.


Convenient high-speed internet access in all rooms, a Business Centre, ballroom and function rooms, swimming pool, non-smoking floors, Club Floor facilities and Fitness Centre with sauna, steam-bath and massage or aromatherapy services.  Guest Shops with hairdresser, beauty parlour, fashion boutique, florist, souvenirs and fine watches.  Concierge services including city shuttle arrangements and tour bookings to places of interest in Johor and Singapore.

Places within walking distance

The adjacent Holiday Plaza Shopping Centre with Spa Manja just across the road and local street food at Taman Sri Tebrau Food Centre.

A version of this article was published in The New Straits Times, Life & Times in August 2010

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