I have been asked whether its better to stay in Johor or Singapore if you want to enter Singapore for a weekend of shopping/ sightseeing/others. And its been a constant debate on which is better. There is actually no right or wrong answer. However, here's my take it it..
Staying in Singapore is of cos going to be more convenient. Shopping, sight-seeing is all so near considering that Singapore is such a small island. But it will definitely going to cost you much more. Yes, there are some accommodation options which are reasonably price but that would meant giving up on the comfort, location and the pleasure of staying in a hotel
Staying in Johor is inconvenient. You will need time to travel and get through the hassle of immigration. However, accommodation is way much cheaper. For a smaller price, you'll get a much bigger and nicer hotel room without forgoing the comfort.
Here's where Rockstar and I stayed the last time we had to travel to Singapore.
Pariss Hotel is located in Taman Nusa Bestari, just 15 minutes drive to Singapore via the Tuas link.
The hotel is directly opposite a Giant Supermarket, and surrounded by Tesco, Jusco, Sutera Mall and many other food and entertainment establishment.
Entering the room, we were greeted with a reasonably sized room, much bigger then a lot of other hotel rooms we have been before. It's air-conditioned, has all the basic necessities and we even have an LCD screen that shows various channels, including Singaporean channels. Rockstar and I watched funny Singaporean and movies late into the nights.
Toilet comes with a glassed rain shower cubicle. Basic amenities were provided like soap, shampoo, shower gel, tooth brush, hair-dryer and others. However, I could spot some mould building in the corners and some things were falling apart too.
I like huge bed and this king sized bed is just so good, slightly hard yet comfortable. But the pillows were too thin. I wish that could provide fluffier pillow.
Room came with a safe and some extra pillows but we didn't use them as they seem to be a little dusty and stale-smelling.
Kettle were provided. Coffee and tea were complimentary from the house. Free wifi is also provided.
Breakfast came included with the room. Layout of the breakfast area has a modern Indian/ Middle Eastern vibe with big floor length windows that allow lots of lights to spill in the room. Clean, sleek, yet warm at the same time. However, food was a different matter. Very basic with a fusion of western and Indian. Cold and untasty, it was horrible.
If you decide to stay there, my advice is to skip the breakfast and head out for some other better local food.
All that came with a reasonable price of RM115 (via Agoda) per night for a Superior King room. They have other room options and also a Honeymoon Suite name "Love in Pariss Suite". We were both happy with the overall accommodation. To add to that, the staffs were all pleasant and provided us with good service.
So if you were to ask me, I would say staying in Johor beats staying in Singapore any time Unless of cos if I strike the lottery and could stay in any fancy pansy Singaporean hotel I like :)
38, Jalan Bestari 7/2,
Taman Nusa Bestari,
81300 Skudai, Johor,