I stayed in Attrus Bed & Breakfast for a total of 5 nights when I visited Johor Bahru. Aside from having a great location, this hostel I found is suitable only as a place to sleep for the average traveller. I talk more about it in this review.
The hostel beds are clean and comfortable, but the rooms are a small.
Equipped with good mattress, white linen, nice pillow, and a blanket that’s thick enough to keep you warm in the middle of the night when the A/C is blowing.
The A/C machines are controlled by the guests and aren’t shut off during the day like some hostels. So if you’re a bed dweller during the day, this works for you.
Each bed has a roll down shade for privacy, but it’s the screen type where when you turn on the lights in your bunk, everyone will be able to see you through your shade.
Also, they are all equipped with your own universal power outlet with 2 USB outlets, and your own light switch to control the light above your bed.
Make sure to bring ear plugs with you (or purchase them at the front desk) because during the night there is music pumping from a bar nearby, and it doesn’t stop until 3-4am.
Unfortunately if you’re a traveller looking to meet other travellers, this is NOT the place to be.
For the 5 nights I was there, it was rare to see any travellers who were not long-term residents or workers from the restaurant down below. The restaurant on the ground floor is part of the hostel owner’s business and they use the hostel’s “common area” as a lunch room for all the workers.
The common area is laid out more like a cafeteria to accommodate a lot of people at one time. It’s furnished with cheap Ikea plastic chairs and long tables, so it’s not very comfortable to relax in.
This is important enough for me to make a separate heading for it, since it felt a bit uncomfortable.
The washrooms and showers here need maintenance and upkeep.
Here are a list of things that I’ve noticed:
- Some toilets are broken and do not flush
- Bidet hose are left hanging on the ground
- Shower stalls have mold on the shelves
- On level 3, the men’s washroom water pressure is very low (it was better to go down to level 2 to shower and level 1 to use the toilets.)
- The lights in the washroom stalls are too dim, it’s as if the lights are not turned on.
- Feels and looks dirty everywhere
- ALWAYS wear slippers throughout the hostel
- Cutleries and dishware if you need them
- Toothbrush, towel, and slippers provided at check-in
- Hair dryers
- Microwave and toaster oven
- Free coffee (no creamer) and tea
- Hot/cold water dispensers on every floor
- Small locker outside your room to lock things up, monitored by CCTV cameras
- Small and medium sized lockers inside the room to lock your bags/luggage
- Restaurant and cafe downstairs on ground floor
- Food court / two large malls nearby
- Card access to room
- Washer & dryer access for a fee (5RM each)
Why you should choose to stay at this hostel:
The location and clean beds are the best thing about this hostel. That’s it.
If you’re looking to make a day-trip to Singapore, this place is just a 10 min walk to JB Sentral where you can catch a bus/train across the bridge.
A lot of the “top things to do in JB” are around the area, so you can sightsee all of them within a day or two.
Afterwards, come back and just crash.
Things to note:
- The reception desk closes at 8:30PM. If you plan on arriving later than 8:30PM, you will not be able to check-in and will be forced to cancel. No refunds guaranteed.
- Elevators are turned off after 8:30PM, you will need to use the stairs.
- There is loud music every night from a bar nearby – ear plugs are highly recommended if you choose to stay here.
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