The Hotel has one of the grandest lobbies I have ever seen! You walk through the double doors and are warmly greeted by the bell boys and concierge before being overwhelmed by the large marble and gold pillars, golden mirrors and a breathtaking view over the sea where you can make out the distant oil rigs.
The deluxe rooms are the absolutely massive with a huge 8ft front door and king bed fit for a King. The bathroom was equally amazing with everything apart from the toilet and bidet being made of either black or white marble. All the rooms in the west wing face the sea however it is really only from floor 4 or above where you can really see the sea.
Breakfast was served in the Atrium Cafe which was ideal for business travellers due to its location near to the reception and main wings however it would have been preferable if breakfast was served at the Pantai restaurant by the sea front.The atrium cafe has the potential to look regal and fit in with the rest of the hotel however the addition of fake plastic trees and colorful tube lighting took away from the ambiance. Unfortunately many of the facilities including the main pool, the cinema and the spaghettini restaurant were closed which we were not informed of until reading on the notice boards or finding out ourselves.
The Country Club had an excellent selection of sports and the Golf course is worth a game however it was a shame that as hotel guests we had to pay for most of the facilities though we were staying for a short time which meant the place felt deserted most of the time. The Bunkers Bar at the sports club was ideal for light evening or lunch meal and the staff were extremely friendly.
All the staff at the hotel ranging from the reception to the waiters at the Restaurants were extremely welcoming and always made time to chat with guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the north eastern tip of Borneo on the doorstep of one of Asia's oldest rainforests, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is Brunei’s most prestigious beach resort offering unsurpassed 5-star luxury.This palatial resort hotel, which astounds visitors with its spectacular 12 storey marble and gold lobby, is set in its own private 180-hectare (445 acres) estate of manicured gardens and an 18-hole, floodlit Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Country Club. Each of the hotel’s 522 opulently appointed guest rooms, suites and private villas has a view of the ocean, lagoon, gardens or golf course, while standard throughout the hotel are Imperial king-sized beds made with the finest linens, and over-sized marble bathrooms with walk-in shower, deep soaking tub with gold taps and luxury amenities. The Empire Hotel & Country Club also extends the kingdom’s regal hospitality with an impressive range of international restaurants, spa, world-class golf and sporting activities, and international meeting facilities for top level MICE gatherings, making it a resort ideal for family, romantic or business vacations. The Empire Hotel & Country Club is a member of WORLDHOTELS and recipient of numerous prestigious international awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Empire Hotel And Country Club
- Empire Hotel Brunei