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2016 Malaysia: Hotel JEN Puteri Harbour / Hello Kitty Town?

June 24, 2016

Went for a short three-days-two-nights trip to Johor some time back in early April. The Boyfriend and I had been talking about going to Legoland for quite awhile and finally decided to do so for his birthday this year.

Since it’s his birthday, we decided to turn it into a mini staycation and booked a room at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour. Made our booking through Hotels.com and two nights stay at the Deluxe Room cost us SGD360 (after tax, and after utilizing a SGD30 discount coupon).

Our room came with complimentary breakfast, and you probably wouldn’t believe but we couldn’t wake up in time for breakfast on both mornings. #moneywasted

We probably should have just gotten the room without breakfast and save a few bucks.

Oh well…

To get to Legoland, we initially thought of getting bus tickets from tour agency. Went to check out the price and it was around SGD25 / pax for two ways? Based on what I was told, we can either board the bus at Singapore Flyer or at Jurong East Big Box.

Then my sister suggests that we could take a bus from Jurong East interchange which will cost us merely SGD4 / pax. We eventually decided to do that because not only it was cheaper, it also gave us the flexibility of deciding what time to go in and out. If we were to book the bus tickets from the tour agency, we will have to stick to the specific timings given to us.

The good thing about taking a “public” bus is that they’ve quite a few timings for the departure from Jurong East Interchange. We board the bus at 10:50am and enter Malaysia via Tuas Checkpoint.

Yes to comfortable seats.

The bus that we took only brought us till Malaysia Checkpoint and after clearing immigration, we then have to take another bus to Legoland / Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour.

Thankfully there’s clear signage around to direct us to the right bus.

Or when in doubt, just ask the bus driver.

The bus we took actually passed by Legoland first, then to Hello Kitty Town / Puteri Harbour where the hotel is located at. Managed to reach our hotel slightly before noon, so essentially the journey from Jurong East to the hotel only took us an hour.

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor
Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7 560 8888
Website: https://www.hoteljen.com/johor/puteriharbour/about/

Check-in was done at level 2. Look how pretty the place is!

Because it was the Boyfriend’s birthday, the hotel actually gave up a complimentary upgrade. Instead of Deluxe Room, we were given Deluxe Harbour View Room. I really appreciate the kind gesture even though we didn’t really spend much time in the room to enjoy the view.

Deluxe Harbour View Room

 

The room is really nice, clean, bright and spacious. Basically everything I would ask for a hotel room. It also came with all the necessities like tv, mini-fridge, bathrobe, ironing board, etc.

Definitely a good place to stay if you’re visiting Hello Kiity Town and/or Legoland! Did I mention that Hello Kitty Town is located just right next to the hotel?

After taking a rest, we then went down to the concierge to ask for shuttle-service to Legoland. The bus is available daily from morning till 7pm, (at every one-hour interval). We missed the bus at 1pm so we booked the one at 2pm. (Remember that you’ve to book in advance because they can only take up to a certain number of people per trip. Hence if the capacity is full, you will have to choose other available timings.)

Since we still have some time before the arrival of the bus, we decided to walk around the vicinity.

Vending machines found below the hotel.

There’s a Starbucks right around the corner.

DC Comics Super Heroes Café / Retail Store

Entering Sanrio Hello Kitty Town:

Well, we didn’t actually go into Hello Kitty Town because we felt that we’re too old for that. Based on what I saw online; the place is ideal for kids or Hello Kitty lovers. Since we were neither, we decided not to go in. What we did instead was to check out the café and retail store that is located on the first floor (open to public).

Retail store:

Aside from Sanrio characters, they also have sections allocated for Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Pingu and Barney’s merchandise. Unfortunately, I didn’t seem to have snapped any pictures for those.

We left shortly after, grabbed lunch from Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks (there’s one right outside), before boarding the shuttle-service to Legoland.

Decided to split the post into two parts because there will be close to two hundred pictures in one blog post if I will to combine both together. So keep your eyes peeled for the next blog post.

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