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The Brunei Hotel
Reviewed December 15, 2013

This hotel is in a great location withing walking distance of many of Bandar's sights of interest. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet is has a nice variety, and is included in the room rate. The room we had was a bit small, but the bed and pillows were most comfortable. Iwould not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

I stayed here on stopover on the 10 December 2013. The pre-arranged hotel shuttle picked me up from the airport (BND 30pp). It's a great location for water taxis, food market, and bus terminal.

The room was clean, tidy, and well-maintained, with crisp sheets and great air-conditioning. A little oasis from the humidity outside.

The service was fantastic from the waiting staff to the receptionists. They all seem to take pride in their jobs and the service they provide and I would sincerely recommend The Brunei Hotel on their staff attitude alone.

I've read other reviews on here about the food being average, so I was happy to find those reviewers were trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel for something to criticise, or improvements have been made, because the food was exceptional. It was fresh and tasty, beautifully presented, and the restaurant was very clean and relaxed. I had breakfast (buffet), lunch (beef rendang) and dinner (steamed chicken and rice) at the hotel and was very satisfied each time.

I was also very much appreciated that they allowed me to use the lobby wifi for free until the taxi they arranged for me to return to the airport arrived (BND 25). They offered me a table in the restaurant if I preferred but I chose the comfortable lobby couches.

A little added extra - if you go to the bus terminal keep an eye out for Danny, the bus information assistant. He's really helpful with general tourist information too, not just buses.

Room Tip: I had room 114, no complaints at all.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Brunei Hotel is located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) although it hardly looks like a city center cos BSB is very quiet. Only 5-10 mins walk from very beautiful Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, almost a door step away to bus terminal and lively morning market where you can also catch a water taxi to Kampong Ayer, or water village.

Hotel is quite decent (much better than typical 3 star hotels) and I have no complaints at all. Buffet breakfast is 3 star quality and somewhat lacks variety. Having said that, the same restaurant offers more menus for dinner, which can be a good dinner option as there are not too many restaurants found in the city.

Already staying twice at Brunei Hotel, I will not look beyond it when re-visiting BSB. Closely located to Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is all that matter to me as I love to photograph the beautiful mosque.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Attended a conference here in Brunei. Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights from 18th to 22nd. This boutique themed hotel has all the amenities one might need in a hotel. The room is clean, nicely decorated, bathroom very well maintained, the coffee house provides good breakfast ( well, at least enough for me ). It is just a walking distance to lots of restaurants that serve indian and local food, major banks and Kampung Ayer jetty. There's a bistro that opens 24hrs just 100 meters away and they serve nice western food and not forgetting the famous 'tamu kianggeh' wet market next to the hotel. The hotel's located in the more quiet area of the city, walk for 3-4 hours and you'll cover most of this city. If I were to visit Brunei, this will be the hotel.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

I stayed here 1 night on my way through as we had a long stop (20 hrs) between flights. The room was lovely, VERY clean and the bed was very comfortable and good quality sheets and bedding.
We got a late check out but our flight wasn't until the evening. The hotel held our bags for us after we checked out so we could go and do some quick sight seeing without carting our stuff everywhere.
Recommended to stay at this hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Did not reserve a large bed for me despite making the request on agoda at least 4 weeks before and checking in early at 3 pm. So disappointing. Room was so so only and the hotel is so old fashion. Internet access requires a password for each device although they provide it for free. Breakfast was simple as what you would expect from a 2.5 to 3 star hotel. Would not recommend to stay unless you are looking for a hotel in the middle of town. The whole hotel including its corridors are air-conditioned from different split units. Hated that part when you request for another key card you have to sign on a piece of paper for it and when you check out, they checked for 2 key cards in front of you as if you are a thief and would want to steal their blank old key cards.

Room Tip: just stay way from the hotel
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had to spend a night in Bandar Seri Begawan the capital of Brunei because of flight connections.
We stayed at the Brunei Hotel in the centre of town. Looked recently renovated. Lovely clean and spacious modern room. Great service. Can't understand why you'd stay elsewhere less convenient to the city.
We took a night tour organised via Royal Brunei Airlines (but as we discovered, the hotel could have arranged this) and can recommend this, as it included a boat trip around the water village area, the giant Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, etc.
We also visited the local night food-market and this was another highlight on this tour. If you are staying here and want to try local food of a high standard that is predominantly BBQ'd this is for you. Great place to meet the locals and sample their foods.
The tour ended with dinner at the Port View Seafood Restaurant overlooking the central port. Fabulous food. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: This hotel was spotless and modern. Situated centrally and competitively priced.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Brunei Hotel

Address: 95 Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8811, Brunei Darussalam
Location: Brunei Darussalam > Brunei-Muara District > Bandar Seri Begawan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan
Price Range: $74 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Brunei Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of the city, The Brunei Hotel provides easy access to the business district of commercial houses, banks, airline offices and the scenic waterfront and other imposing landmarks are only a short stroll away. ... more   less 
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