Empire Hotel and Country Club is the best place to stay in Brunei. Although it's a long way from BSB, just staying in the hotel and using its facilities would justify your visit to the country state.
The hotel rooms are luxurious and huge. The bed itself is enough reason not to get up as it's one of the comfiest I've slept on. The bathroom is lavish. We have a great view of the ocean (we're on the seaview building) and everything is just so peaceful and quiet.
However, the hotel lacks simple touches that would have made the stay extra special. We've also discovered some minor things that are probably overlooked by the management. The WiFi in our room didn't work and we were told that we can use the next door's connection. The kettle in our room is broken. The drain in our shower is blocked and we had to wait a while for the water to subside to continue showering.
As mentioned, simple touches would have been better being a 5 star hotel. Like, say, some additional stuff in the bathroom like bubble bath (as they do have nice tub), cotton buds and the likes (they only provide you with toothbrush and paste), etc.
Breakfast was good, nothing exceptional, and did its job in making us full. We haven't used any of the facilities but the pool and it was alright.
Despite all these 'comments', it's still a good experience staying at The Empire.
- 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