Recently opened in December 2012, Hotel Granada Johor Bahru is located in Bukit Indah, within walking distance of a variety of shop lots and even an Aeon shopping mall just down the road. The area surrounding it is largely completed though there are a number of condominiums and shops in development.
I checked in with my colleague some time in the evening. Our room was prepaid before we arrived, though we were asked to give a RM100 cash deposit which was returned to us when we checked out the following morning. Our room was going for RM208 a night, though they do have promotion rates from time to time. I liked the decorations at the lobby itself - the marble floor gave way to dark carpets as we made our way to the elevators, and the wall paintings were vibrant, splashed with deep, rich colours.
Our room was a deluxe twin unit, the smallest of all the room types offered at the hotel. The room was just big enough to fit two single beds, a narrow study desk and a flat-screen TV attached to the wall. I didn't explore all the channels available, but there was enough to keep us entertained before bedtime, including some Singaporean channels.
Despite its small size, I found the room to be very cosy. The beds were quite comfortable and I had a good night's sleep. Looking out the window gave us a view of the petrol station across the road and an in-construction apartment building. Other room options available include the executive deluxe room and junior suite, which are bigger in size - the latter comes with a small lounge area.
I really liked the ensuite bathroom here; it came with both a hand-held and an overhead shower, the kind that makes you feel like you're standing under a controlled rain cloud. Everything in our room was sparkling clean, and I even like the way they package the complimentary toiletries, in little cardboard boxes.
We had to be up early the next day, so it was a real relief knowing that breakfast was on the house. There's nothing quite like the comfort of knowing there will be hot food awaiting you in the morning. The hotel's resident restaurant is the Olla Restaurant, located just inside the main entrance. The buffet breakfast starts at 7 am, so we went down at about 7.45.
There weren't that many people at the time, so everything was pretty relaxed. The selection was not bad, with the standard local fare of nasi lemak, fried kuey teow and porridge. There were also sausages, turkey ham, hash browns, salads, cereals and an assortment of bread. Also like most hotels, you can order eggs from the omelette station.
I had a taste of most of the food served, and it's not bad. The nasi lemak was nice though the sambal was more sweet than spicy. The rendang was very tasty but the chicken itself was too tough. These two comments aside, I took my own sweet time to enjoy the rest of my plate and an omelette, which isn't pictured above. I wanted to try more of the food, but by the time I finished my first round, I was stuffed.
Our short stay here was very pleasant, and I have no complaints whatsoever. We even got some discount vouchers with our keycards for the hotel spa - RM20 off for a full body massage. I later discovered that the full price of one is RM70. Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to give it a try which is a shame. The hotel also has a gym and steam room, though I didn't get the chance to explore. Maybe one day I'll visit here again.