As it's in a residential area in a semi-dry country, Jomi Homestay is never going to be a partying hostel. It is most definitely for the budget-conscious, with prices half of the other places in Johor Bahru. The hostel is a basic and very budget place with just twelve beds (so book your reservation in advance!).
The hostel is about a thirty-minute walk from the city centre/immigration and no bus passes the door. It's a little difficult to locate, so a taxi is a good bet. The nearest landmark is the National Mausoleum and the city library is only a block away. The nearest shopping center and supermarket is about one and a half kilometers away. There are several cheap eating places about three hundred meters away.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm is accessed straight from the main door and private-room guests must pass through it. There are no bunks, just low beds; there's no air conditioning, just powerful ceiling fans, which are more than sufficient. There's some hanging space but no lockers, and there are enough power sockets for everyone. The best private room is also simple but quite spacious and comes with a PC). The other private rooms have only partitioned walls which are only about two meters high and do not reach the ceiling.
There are two bathrooms, both old but clean, but there's only cold water at the time of writing, though the owner is planning to install coin-operated hot water soon. Bring your own toilet paper or use the water spray, as is the local custom.
There is no indoor common area and the patio in front of the house serves as reception, common area, and kitchen. Tea and real coffee are supplied free.
This small old house has only basic facilities but is priced accordingly. Given the pricing, the good quality free Wi-Fi (some pricey popular hostels could learn from this) and refreshments, it delivers value. The owner is helpful and knows the city and southern Malay peninsula well. Security is quite good. It's not too far from the Singapore border where the main city is situated. The city does not have much to attract tourists but it's a useful stopping-off point before or after Singapore, and this hostel is a viable option for budget travellers wanting to see Singapore on the cheap, though with a bit of effort.
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