We were told that we should dress conservative in Brunei. I would have to wear longer dresses or pants and long sleeves. So we didn't know what to expect when we arrived in the airport. The hotel had promised that they would send somebody to pick us up from the airport.
So indeed a very nice friendly gentlemen was waiting for us at the exit of the airport and he took us to a mini van and would take us first for a city tour before we would go to the hotel which was very nice.
In the hotel they had already mentioned in an email that they would give us an upgrade upon arrival so we were given an executive suite which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area full equipped kitchen and even a washing machine was there. Breakfast was included in the price, also free Wifi. The rooms/ apt are very nice.
We had a good night sleep and the breakfast was very basic but ok, the Manager said they only did such a small breakfast because most guests are there on business and long term. But the entire team was very friendly and we could ask to use the mini van to take us around in the city and we also visited the Empire hotel with it.
The hotel is very well located so most of the musea, mosques are walking distance as well as some of the malls and the Kampung Ayer.
We took a boat tour through the Kampung Ayer which is worth to see.
I was so well dressed to visit a mosque but still when we wanted to visit the man in charge made me wear an abaya so we didn't enter.
I had my entire body, arms and everything covered and had an headscarf but no entry unless with those abayas.
We did enjoy our stay in Brunei, very friendly people although some strict rules.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capital Residence Suites is situated at the edge of central Bandar Seri Begawan. This secluded property is a convenient venue for private visitors, families and business travelers who are looking for space and convenience. We are located about 8 KM or 10 to 15 minutes drive from the Brunei International Airport and are walking distance from many others features around town. Some of these include the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the Gadong Night Market and the Kianggeh Day Market, Temburong Water Taxi jetty, Royal Regalia Building, Yayasan Shopping Complex and the Water Village. ... more less
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