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Hotels in Brunei Darussalam
Hotels play an important role in tourism, not just in creating jobs and contributing to a stable economy but also to show hospitality, service and style to visitors, encouraging repeat visits which are so important to the success of tourism. After all, happy memories and word of mouth are the best public relations a destination can have.
Brunei's hotels and service apartments range from three to six-star type establishments. All provide every type of comfort imaginable making a visitor's stay an enjoyable and relaxing one.
Regardless of whether the hotel is a three-star or a six-star establishment, most rooms in Brunei provide air-conditioned comfort, ensuite bathrooms, TV with remote controlled satellite programmes, direct dial telephones, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Some hotels even provide in-room internet access facilities as well.
Brunei's premier hotel is still the Empire Hotel and Country Club, a sprawling piece of six-star property in Jerudong with its own Jack Nicklaus golf course and a private lagoon. Of the country's five-star hotels, the newly refurbished and renovated Sheraton Utama sports a more ritzy appearance.
The international class hotel now has a contemporary porte cochere and an elegant lobby and reception desk, Health Club and pool terrace. Their restaurants too have been rejuvenated and added to, while their new ballroom can now accommodate a higher capacity of guests.
The budget conscious will find Grand City Hotel - a 79-room 3-star establishment - most appealing, as room rates are extremely reasonable. The two-year old hotel Grand City Hotel with well-appointed rooms provided with TV, coffeemaker, bathtub, and hairdryer and IDD telephone is located within the shopping and dining area of Tungku Link (Jalan Batu Bersurat) in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Dining would not be a problem at Grand City Hotel because in addition to the many nearby restaurants that guests can avail themselves of, the hotel also has a halal Chinese restaurant upstairs.
Over at Tutong, Halim Plaza Hotel, is offering a range of accommodation such as Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suites and Service Apartments at very reasonable rates. Comfortable and clean, Halim Plaza Hotel is the first and only hotel in this district.
Hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan Centre of the Capital
For visitors who prefer to stay - literally - in the heart of the capital to be within walking distance to business and commercial houses, banks, airline offices and just 15 minutes from the airport, no other hotel offers a more central location than Brunei Hotel.
The classic international hotel fulfils all the modern requirements of comfort, convenience, and communication with tastefully appointed guest rooms, restaurant and meeting facilities.
All of Brunei Hotel's rooms and suites come complete with the full amenities such as air-conditioning with individual control, satellite TV, colour television, IDD telephones, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities, in-room safe deposit box, and multi channel piped-in music.
Their Mawar Coffee Garden has the perfect setting for privacy - be it for business or pleasure. The restaurant serves both western and Asian food.
Brunei Hotel is equipped with the complete facilities for seminars, conferences and functions. Supported by a full range of modern secretarial services, these rooms seat up to 100 guests theatre-style and is the perfect choice for successful presentations and meetings.
Over at Gadong, the Centrepoint Hotel - already an outstanding landmark in Brunei due to its popularity, location and long years of establishment - has more than 200 rooms and suites to cater to guests.
Providing elegant accommodation, excellent cuisine, extensive sports facilities and outstanding conference and banquet facilities, Centrepoint Hotel is an excellent choice for the visitor with shopping and dining in mind. Centrepoint is located in the centre of the country's busiest shopping area, just across the road from The Mall, Brunei's largest and most sophisticated shopping complex to date.
Centrepoint promises a comfortable stay to all guests as all the rooms and suites are equipped with individually-controlled air conditioning, IDD phones with voicemail and bedside control panels for the TV. The Executive Suites on the fifth floor are furnished with deluxe amenities such as kitchenettes with refrigerator and four-plate electronic stoves in several configurations.
For dining, the hotel features two of the best restaurants in Brunei - Seasons Cafe serving Asian and western food and Dynasty Restaurant offering top class Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting. Takara, the third restaurant serves a wide range of Japanese cuisine while The Piano Lounge upstairs is the place for cakes and pastries.
Centrepoint has numerous function rooms of various sizes to easily accommodate gatherings of 20 rights up to 600 persons. The Secretariat Room offers secretarial services and also serves as the focal point for conference organisers and delegates.
Opposite Centrepoint, The International Class Hotel at the Mall offers luxurious rooms, convention and meeting areas amidst a perfect blend of shopping, dining and leisure elements.
Also in Gadong, but a little away from the busiest area is Traders Inn, a relatively new establishment in the new commercial development area of Kampung Mata-Mata. Quite centrally located, it is 10 minutes away from the Brunei International Airport and 10 minutes from the heart of the capital. Surrounding the hotel are supermarkets, department stores, banks, shops, restaurants and a surau.
Across the road, a brand new shopping complex called Warisan Kampung Mata-Mata offers even more shopping choices to guests.
Traders Inn has 84 rooms, a Coffee Lounge, a Foot Reflexology Centre to improve blood circulation, improve/increase metabolism, relieve fatigue/tension and promote health and vitality and a Business Centre equipped with IDD-enabled telephones, fax machines, internet access, secretarial services and scanning and printing services.
Not too far away lies the VOCTECH International House which plays a supporting role for all the training programmes and related services of the Centre.
All participants of SEAMEO VOCTECH's programmes are accommodated at the VOCTECH International House.
In addition, the House offers its facilities to the public and to any organisation that would like to hold seminars, conferences or meetings in Brunei. All guest rooms are air-conditioned with a private bathroom, telephone, TV and a refrigerator. The Rasa Ceria Cafe serves local and western dishes while those who would like to get about in Brunei are offered transportation facilities depending on the individual's choice of either a 28-seater bus or a 15-seater van.
Conference facilities include versatile state-of-the-art conference halls and three comfortable meeting rooms.
The VOCTECH International House is a mere 10 minutes from the airport and Bandar Seri Begawan, half an hour to Jerudong Park, half an hour to Muara Port and its beaches and about 90 minutes from the Oil District of Belait.
Located five minutes away from the Gadong shopping area is Riverview Hotel, one of Brunei's leading hotels.
This 130-room establishment offers fully air-conditioned accommodation with individual control in each room or suite, direct IDD telephones, TV with satellite and local channels, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar, and an in-room safe deposit box.
Their dining outlets offer the finest in cosmopolitan dining while the 24- hour Riverbank Cafe and room service provides meals round the clock. Their function facilities can cater to large and small events and often meets every expectation when it comes to planning and organising meetings, conventions or wedding banquets. Outside, a magnificent swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and children's playground provide outdoor recreation.
Orchid Garden Hotel is a 164-room, business class hotel located near Brunei's prestigious stadium and sports complex, the International Convention Centre, Government offices and the Brunei International Airport.
There are 160 fully air-conditioned standard and deluxe rooms and suites with satellite TV, IDD telephones, and mini bar and so on.
The quiet elegance of this hotel alongside their reputation for good food, their function rooms and grand hall make it a popular choice with guests. The Orchid Garden also has a fully equipped fitness centre with a large spa, swimming pool, therapeutic massage centre, saunas, exercise equipment and trained instructors.
The nearest hotel to the Istana Nurul Iman, the Crowne Princess Hotel, is another popular spot for both business and leisure. Situated just 2.5km from the city centre, this hotel is surrounded by department stores, a supermarket, shopping centres, a bowling alley, restaurants, banks and a post office.
The Crowne Princess Hotel has 117 well-appointed guest rooms, each with colour TV, satellite TV channels, fridge, IDD telephone and in-house video. Guest rooms range from standard and deluxe to full-fledged suites.
The Shahbandar Restaurant, a superb restaurant serving authentic Asean cuisine with more than 40 different exquisite dishes of appetizers main course and desserts to choose from, is one of the reasons why guests flock to the Crowne Princess. The function rooms which can accommodate up to 80 persons are the perfect choice for business meetings and social party requirements.
Further away from the capital lies the playground of the well-to-do. Jerudong Park with its separate and specialised leisure areas is literally a stone's throw from the Holiday Lodge, a boutique hotel that is in a class of its own.
Offering a cosy environment, the Holiday Lodge has 107 fully air-conditioned rooms and suites and penthouse. Each room is fitted with access by electronic key card, coffee and tea making facilities, individually controlled air-conditioning, colour television and remote control with popular channels, IDD telephones with voice main service, mini bar and internet access facilities.
The popular All Stars Sports Cafe - the premier sports theme restaurant in Brunei Darussalam with a fulfilled America Cafe concept, offers a menu with a wide selection of local and western dishes, beverages and creative cocktails to complement its good music, table games and friendly service.
For the discerning aficionado, the Havana Club Cigar Divan provides the smoothest Cuban and Dominican cigars, great Latin America music and the finest coffee selection available.
Upstairs, Mills Coffee House provides all-day dining while outside, a swimming pool with a children's section provides fun in the sun for guests. Their Brunei Hotel Dewan Shahbandar can accommodate up to 120 persons for a sit-down dinner function and is ideal for any kind of event, be it a seminar, meeting, conference, private or social function.
The Good View Hotel, just five minutes away from the multi million-dollar Jerudong Park Playground and the growing commercial township of Jerudong provides comfortable yet economical accommodation. Room amenities include satellite TV, air conditioning, room service, IDD-enabled telephone, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities. For dining and leisure, there is the Rainforest Cafe, a bar, swimming pool and a coffee shop.
Hotels in Kuala Belait
The Riviera Hotel with its elegant and luxurious setting is the most upmarket accommodation in the Belait district. Beautifully set next to the flowing waters of Brunei's largest rivers, the hotel is just a minute away from Kuala Belait's thriving business and commercial areas.
There are many facilities for the busy businessman or tourist. Their Business' Centre, equipped with computers with word processors, internet connection, photocopiers, fax machines, IDD enabled telephones and stationery also provides visitors with scanning, printing as well as secretarial service.
After a busy day, guests can unwind at Harun's Gym across the street. Riviera hotel guests are given a special discounted rate for the use of Harun's Gym's equipment. Or they can arrange for their flights or for inbound and outbound tours with Freme Travel Services and the Royal Brunei Airline Ticket Sales Agent located at the hotel.
The Riviera's guest rooms are of exceptional quality. Altogether, there are 15 standard rooms, nine deluxe rooms, three junior suites, two sub-penthouses and a main penthouse, all decorated with the best of finery in the latest styles.
All guestrooms and suites are complete with individual air-conditioning control, satellite TV, IDD telephones, mini bar, complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities, in-room safe deposit box and of course, room service all day long.
For dining, Shahryza Restaurant, already famous in Kuala Belait for its fine dining experience, offers Asian as well as Continental specialities.--Courtesy of Brunei Year Book
Hotels in the Capital Bandar Seri Begawan
SHERATON UTAMA HOTEL
Reservations Tel: +673 2244272
THE CENTERPOINT HOTEL
Reservations Tel: +673 2430430
Reservations Tel: +673 2242372
VOCHTECH INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
Reservations Tel: +673 2447992
Reservations Tel: +673 2241128
ABDUL RAZAK HOTEL APARTMENTS
Reservations Tel: +673 2241536
Reservations Tel: +673 2442828
Reservations Tel: +673 2228070
Reservations Tel: +673 2262676
KOMPLEKS MOHAMMD YUSOF HOTEL APARTMENTS
Reservations Tel: +673 2235532
Reservations Tel: +673 2238238
Reservations Tel: +673 2243554
Hotels in the outskirts of the Capital
ORCHID GARDEN HOTEL
Reservations Tel: +673 2335544
GRAND CITY HOTEL
Reservations Tel: +673 2262676
HARMONI RIA GUEST HOUSE
Reservations Tel: +673 8844127
Hotels in the Jerudong Area
THE HOLIDAY LODGE
Reservations Tel: +673 2611618
EMPIRE HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB
Reservations Tel: +673 2418888
Reservations Tel: +673 2612168
LR ASMA HOTEL
Reservations Tel: +673 2612218
Hotel in Tutong
Reservations TeL: +673 4260688
Hotels in Kuala Belait
Reservations Tel: +673 3335252
SEAVIEW RESORT HOTEL AND APARTMENTS
Reservations Tel: 3332653
THE SWISS HOTEL APARTMENT
Reservations Tel: +673 3331668
Reservations Tel: +673 3334341, 2224342, 33313455/6/7
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