Travelling in Brunei on your own like me is no way easy because public transport is not reliable and always not available. Taxi (I was told only 40 taxis in the whole country) is not available as such on street but you have to call or order in hotel. The other public vehicle is minibus which I have to wait for 30-60 mins always and they cease service at around 6pm. Having learnt the previous bad comments on the free airport shuttle provided by this hotel, I chose to take a taxi by myself which costs BND25, so expensive for such ride of 15 mins only!
Hotel is well located. There is a bus (actually minibus as each car affords ~16 passengers) terminal within 7 mins walking distance. The minibuses are purple all charging BND1, no.1 goes to the Mall and Night Market in Gadong area which takes driving time 15 mins, no. 57 or 58 to Empire Hotel 45 mins, no.39 to Brunei Museum 10 mins. Royal Regalia Building, open market (tamu), water village, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and adjacent shopping complex with supermarket are all within 20 mins walking distance. You can also book the hotel van to anywhere eg it charges BND12 for return trip from and to Gadong night market.
About the internal of this hotel, it's dated, basic, acceptably clean. No provision except a towel, two glasses, a soap. TV channels are few, air con functional. Window locks are broken (I have viewed 3 rooms and all rooms are so) and thus thief, if any, can slide the window open and enter (though I believe it's a safe country as everybody is so rich, I feel unsecured rather).
It's a quiet hotel in a quiet city. Few people appear on the street once it turns dark around 6pm.
To me, this hotel of course is not great, but acceptable anyway. What do you expect from a country which is not keen on tourism? People here are rich with oil.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jubilee Hotel is a budget commercial hotel located in the city centre and central business district. It is also walking distance away to some of the most exhilarating tourist attraction in Brunei. We are offering the cheapest rates in the heart of the city, Bandar Seri Begawan. All our room rates are inclusive of complimentary breakfast, airport-hotel-airport transfer, early check-in time at 6am and extended check-out time till 4pm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jubilee Hotel Bandar Seri Begawan