When it comes to booking a family holiday, there is one factor that Malaysian families, particularly those with young children, would definitely look into: the swimming pool.
Be it for a short staycation or a getaway to a far-flung corner of the country, swimming pool is usually where the crowd would congregate, the venue where they splash, swim, giggle, scream, lounge, sunbathe, loiter and sometimes even picnic with loved ones. It is the classic setting for a family outing in Malaysia. But what if the hotel also comes with affordable rates and decent food options? Budget-conscious families will certainly be pleased to discover such a place. And one of the hotels in Johor Bahru, Johor, which meets the needs of such families is Silka Johhor Bahru, a value hotel brand by the renowned Dorsett Hospitality International.
The hotel is located within the Plentong district, therefore has a slower pace than Johor Bahru city centre, the state of Johor’s capital. Thus, if you expect to be in the centre of everything, the hotel is definitely NOT for you. Instead, this is where you would go if you want to have a little bit of peace yet still not missing out on the action – the location is neither too far, nor too near, being five minutes’ drive from the E22 Expressway (Senai-Pasir Gudang-Desaru Expressway), 10 minutes from the North-South Highway, less than 20 minutes to Johor Bahru City Centre, and 30 minutes away from Legoland Malaysia Resort, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Johor Premium Outlets (JPO). Besides, with Tesco Extra Hypermarket and Giant Plentong Hypermarket located within an earshot from the hotel, getting things that you forgot to bring along for the trip – for instance, milk for your child or phone charger – couldn’t be any easier.
The hotel’s 248 rooms are value-for-money and divided into four categories: Superior Twin, Deluxe, Family Suite and Silka Suite. All rooms are minimally furnished yet comfortable, making them a safe environment for little children. Additionally, they also come with their own decent-sized shower and bathroom, a 32-inch LCD TV with comprehensive local and international channels, a work station, a tea- and coffee-making facility, high-speed Wi-Fi coverage, a mini fridge, and an ironing facility to my liking.
The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Checkers Café, is where guests may go to feed their empty tummy, offering a selection of Asian delights such as Oxtail Assam Pedas and Sauted Black Pepper Beef with Ginger, including Western fare like pastas, pizzas and mouth-watering grilled dishes. Checkers Café is also where the buffet breakfast is served. On the same note, Kapitan Corner offers an al-fresco dining experience serving local comfort food, while D’Bar features a pool table, a small plate menu and speciality cocktails for its discerning guests in the evening.
Silka Johor Bahru has a range of meeting rooms and a banquet hall that caters to dining, function and event needs. Recreation facilities, moreover, come in the form of full club facilities that include a well-equipped gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, and of course, a swimming pool that is huge enough for many groups of families to swim at the same time.
In conclusion, Silka Johor Bahru is well liked for its affordability and ample facilities that not only fit the needs of families on holiday, but also corporate guests attending meetings and even locals longing for short stays to relax during weekends or public holidays. The average nightly rates here are between MYR95 and MYR310 per room.