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“cheap & basic” 4 of 5 stars
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K.H. Soon Resthouse
Kiau Lian Building | 140 Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam   |  
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“cheap & basic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I stayed one night in the dormitory room and the price is $18 per person. For this price in Brunei, of course I don't expect anything special. But if they can provide a free wifi, it would be better.

The sharing toilet is clean, water pressure is good, hot shower is working fine and the staff also quite friendly. So I don't have any complaint for this rest house.

Room Tip: $18 for dormitory, $35 for private room with sharing toilet, $40 for private room with attached bath...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Good location, very strategic, near to everywhere at brunei. nothing compares price than other resthouse except yputh hostel which closed until 2014. a good choice for travel by water park from kianggeh, just 1 blok for travel by 1 brunei dollar bus. near yayasan mal, mamak deliciuous food, just 1 blok from masjid omar.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We only had one night in BSB and would not stay another night if given the chance. Positives are - very cheap $40 double room w/o bathroom, close to bus station and attractions, large rooms. Negatives - dirty sheets, dirty toilets, staff hardly speak English, no wifi (but can get from coffee shop across the road), didn't cater for European toilet style, only cash on arrival, no response to emails before arrival, up flights of stairs, very basic rooms with dirty walls and floors, no common area, very thin foam pillows

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We planed to stay at Pusat Belia, but found it closed to travelers till the end of 2013. So we checked other choices including Terrace Hotel and K.H. Soon and decided K.H Soon because it's relatively cheap(twin room $45/night with bathroom&AC) as well as closed to the city bus terminal. Everything worked well except a mild leakage from the bathroom(a step higher than the room's floor), which made the room floor all wet.
It's 2 minute's walk to the bus terminal, which is quite convenient for individual backpacker. Meanwhile Saifuddien Mosque,water village pier, Brunei Museum, Yayasan Complex are all within walking distance.
This resthouse is on the 3rd floor of a building beside Brunei Hotel. It's not easy to find for first time comers. Just take a $1/pax private car taxi ride to reach it if you are around.

Room Tip: Air conditioner can be a source of noise, check whether it's within your tolerance before decidi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. It was appalling. I wanted to stay in Pusat Belia, but yeah, as mentioned on Trip Advisor, it is closed until Dec 2013. This place was the second cheapest place in Brunei, but jesus, if you're only here for a night or two, then GO ELSEWHERE!! It is SO OVERPRICED. Horrible. There is no common area, so it is hard to meet other people (that is if there is other people, there didn't seem to be that many staying when I was there).

And be careful of the Manager, Danny. He is a complete tool. Avoid him at all costs, he will rip you off to all hell. He is a terrible person, but he will come across lovely and friendly (as all con artists in Asia), whatever you do DO NOT go on his tours or let him take you to book any other tours.

Apart from that, the hostel staff were average, the rooms were extremely basic, the shower and bathrooms were average and there are no lockers to store any valuables. And although it says 24 hours, they shut the gate around 12 or so, which is fine, unless the staff member on duty is asleep and won't wake up to the (annoyingly loud) sound of the gates bell. The countryside in Brunei (Rainforest) is gorgeous and the country is gorgeous, but this hostel is appalling and it completely ruined my stay.

Room Tip: Avoid this place at all costs.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed here for one night which is all we would want to. We stayed in the dorm, which was the same size as the privates (all massive) but had 5 single beds in it. Cost was $18 Brunei Dollars each. We had A/C which worked well enough to cool us. One of the fans didn't have blades in it, lol. One shower has hot water, ALL toilets are squatters and are not the cleanest. Some bathrooms have mirrors, others don't. It is a bit creepy seeing some of the private rooms having the remnants of an iron gate to presumably lock people inside?
I would only stay here for 1 night if you are really needing to keep your costs low, otherwise, pay more and stay elsewhere.
On the plus side, it is a great location, 2 blocks to the bus station, across the street from the day market, 10 minute walk to the mosque and 15 to the Regalia museum.

Room Tip: Dorm room has 5 beds, private rooms have two beds in a huge room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

There is a lot of bad press about this place and to be honest I think it is unfounded. Yes it is very expensive for what you can get for the same money elsewhere in SE Asia ($18 BND for a dorm bed) but you're not elsewhere, you're in Brunei and it is an expensive place. Compared to the other places on offer it is very reasonably priced and for your money you get clean bathrooms comfortable beds and air conditioning. It's not great for a long term stay but for a couple of nights it definitely does the job and the staff are also nice and helpful. Genuinely no real complaints. This place is just fine!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kiau Lian Building | 140 Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Location: Brunei Darussalam > Brunei-Muara District > Bandar Seri Begawan
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Ranked #19 of 21 hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan
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