12 hours in Danga Bay

I made a whirlwind trip to Johor Bahru recently.  Since it’s a very short trip, I decided to try out the Tune Hotel in Danga Bay.  Tune Hotels is a chain of budget hotels that is part of the Tune Group, the private investment group of Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

The booking was made through their website.  One thing I like about Tune Hotel website is they state clearly what the room rate covers.  So you know what you are paying for and you can choose if you need other additional services like air-conditioning, TV, hair dryer, towel, etc.  So essentially you paid for the services you want.  Booked a Double Room for one night with a 12-hour air-conditioner service for only RM74.00.

We arrived at the hotel at around 9.30pm.  Check-in was efficient and we were given the remote-control for the air-conditioning together with the room key card.

The narrow corridor to the rooms

The room, as expected, is small and very basic but it’s clean.  Deco is simple and clean.

There is a collapsible shelf and a rack to hang clothes.  There is a 32 inch flat screen TV in the room but we couldn’t switch it on as we didn’t purchase the service.

No hairdryer nor TV

The remaining time on the air-conditioner

Most important is the bed was comfortable and we had good night’s sleep.  The wall is quite thin though, might be an issue for light sleepers.

The bathroom is also quite small but it’s clean and there is even a shower cubicle.  The best part is that there was a rainforest shower head with very good water pressure – a godsend after a long day to wash away the day’s grime and tiredness :).

The clean but bare bathroom, no toiletries provided

The small shower cubicle

The rainforest shower head with very good water pressure

After a good night’s sleep and less than 12 hours later, it’s time to check out.  Check-out was very efficiently handled as well.

The lobby

PC terminals are available (for a fee) at the lobby for guests

Then it was time to hunt for breakfast.  There is an Indian restaurant adjacent to the hotel but I was doing some research and found this place called Breakfast @ 7 which has a few reviews.  We decided to head out towards the place instead.

Shops opposite Tune Hotel

Found the place quite easily, it’s located just in the row of shops opposite the hotel.  In fact, it’s only a short walk from the hotel.

Breakfast @ 7 on the 1st floor and 7 Spice, a restaurant serving Indian food on the ground floor

When I saw there is idli on the menu, I didn’t have to think twice what I wanted for breakfast.  It’s quite difficult to find idli in Klang Valley or maybe I am going to the wrong places.

As they were puffy, they looked big but it’s empty inside.  They were a bit tasteless but the thick dhal and good fish curry made it just right.

Apart from Breakfast @ 7, there are other eateries nearby too.  We left after having breakfast and that was how I spent 12 hours in Danga Bay.

Another row of shops near the hotel

Overall I find Tune Hotel to be perfect for an overnight or short stay.  You get what you pay for, nothing more, nothing less.  However the location of the hotel is not near the city centre, so it would be more convenient if you had a car.

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