If you are looking for a mid range hotel then the Tropical Inn is within walking distance of the KTM railway station, the bus terminal and the Gateway To Singapore (customs building) making it likely contender with good transport connections.
Local transport connections aside, the Tropical Inn Johor is also well placed for travelling gastronomes with an abundance of restaurants and hawker stalls selling a wide variety of cuisines all in the local vicinity.
My recent stay in Johor Bahru was for a family visit to Legoland and one of the reasons we chose this hotel was its close proximity to the JB Bazaar on Jalan Segget.
After returning from our theme park day out we set out to explore the local neighbourhood surrounding the hotel.
The night market JB Bazaar proved quite a lively choice, there was the usual market stores you come to expect in Malaysia with the added bonus of some street entertainment.
A few musicians were playing some songs and there was even a karaoke with some locals belting out their favourite tunes in the middle of the street!
So did this hotel live up to my expectations?
We had driven down from KL and the free parking was advantageous considering this was the city centre of Malaysia's second largest city.
At reception the staff were very friendly giving us a warm Johor welcome and I also found them to be very courteous and helpful in answering questions.
We stayed in a Superior Twin room which was spacious enough and we found the room to be clean however, upon entry to the room we were hit with a full on nasal assault from the musty smell of the room.
The room smelt stale and was not the best first impression to a hotel room I have ever encountered.
One mistake we did make was paying RM15 for the breakfast, because to be perfectly frank it was lousy, especially considering all the tasty alternatives in the local vicinity.
The nasi lemak was so-so, the char kuey teow was tasteless, the porridge and salty vegetables were also bland and there was no fruit variety with only star fruit available.
The star fruit was ready to be served from a small plate that was finished in 30 seconds but the breakfast staff took 10 minutes to replace before the small portion was again claimed in less than a minute.
Whilst staying in Johor's Tropical Inn I noticed that the City Square Mall and the Persada Convention Hall are also within walking distance and it got me thinking that there are a lot of good reasons for people to stay in this hotel.
As a consequence of this maybe the Tropical Inn hotel Johor has become complacent in its customer relations and impressing guests with quality cuisine for breakfast and fresh smelling rooms is not high on their agenda.
The Tropical Inn 3 star hotel is providing its Johor Bahru guests with good service but is let down by its poor quality breakfast and rooms that are in need of reinvigoration.
As dusk draws in a multitude of eateries open in the surrounding roads around the Tropical Inn. It is certainly worthwhile exploring and trying some of the local delicacies such as Johor Laksa or one of the many varieties of noodles available.