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Apek Utama Hotel

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Simpang 229, Km 2, Jalan Kota Batu, Bandar Seri Begawan BA2711 Brunei Darussalam
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#13 of 23 hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan
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We are a family run hotel and cater for all. We provide 60 air-condition and ceiling fan rooms for the comfort of our guests. Each room is very spacious and comes with private bathroom (en-suite) and just located a stone throw away from the famous Brunei water village. Ae are only a few kilometre away from major attractions such as, Brunei Museum, Technology Museum, Maritime Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Mosque, the Handicraft centre, Yayasan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah complex, The Royal Regalia Museum, Traditional market, Jame Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, Tasek Lama Recreational Park and the Royal Waterfront. Please contact us by phone or e mail to get a special price. Do qoute Trip Adviser for special rate
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Salon
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
24-hour check-in
Parking
Wifi
Car hire
Shared kitchen
Shops
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Iron
Coffee / tea maker
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Flatscreen TV
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, Filipino, Indonesian and 2 more
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Iris E wrote a review Sep 2017
211 contributions63 helpful votes
As far as the room is concerned, it was spacious and good overall. The wifi worked well enough in the room, and since I didn’t have a local sim since I was only in BSB for 2 days, this was helpful! The location, however, is too far from BSB city centre, so there is really nothing around this area. BSB city center is reachable by water taxi and the pier for the water taxi is a 10 min walk away from the hotel. Breakfast is available all day and it’s self-serve – just cereal, oatmeal, bread, coffee, tea. The pantry has the things you need so you just make yourself breakfast then clean up after yourself. All of this was fine, but for me, it was a bit uncomfortable staying here as I barely saw anyone at the hotel; it’s an odd atmosphere. I know there were a couple of other guests here as I saw some going in & out. But no one is ever at reception nor any staff present (you have to phone them if you need anything) and the place didn’t feel secure. The front door is always unlocked & open. This security became an issue for me when someone here gave my room # to a local “tour guide”, who ended up bothering me, knocking on my door, late at night then into the early morning hours! Long story short, I met this “tour guide” earlier in the day in BSB & he talked to me for only a few minutes. He was giving a boat tour & was with 1 female guest & their boat happened to stop next to my boat. I was traveling solo. I was surprised to later find this “tour guide” at my hotel door so I asked him how he found my room. He said people at this hotel know him & said I was his guest (which I’m not) so they gave him my room number. From my experience, this is not how normally guesthouses, hostels or hotels work, in order to ensure safety of their guests, and I’ve stayed in lots of places. If there is someone looking for a guest, that person should wait while reception/hotel staff talks to the hotel guest directly. But that’s not how it was for this hotel. So for this security reason, I can’t give this place a good rating, nor would I recommend a solo female traveler to stay here.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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CathJoven21 wrote a review Aug 2017
Metro Manila, Philippines14 contributions
Well, Apek Utama is one of the average hotel I've visited. It is quiet for sometime but at night you'll hear people praying loudly. They say there is free breakfast but they offer sliced bread, coffee Or oats, It's your choice what to pick at the pantry. There is no room service everyday even Money changer.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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The Roaming Renegades wrote a review May 2017
Melbourne, Australia439 contributions169 helpful votes
The room was pretty dirty and didn't smell great, blood in the bathroom and basically run down. There was no AC and just a fan, it was really sweltering in the room. Pretty noisy at night with people arguing and fighting in the hallway, made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Staff never there! Pillows like rock and pretty expensive for what it is! WIFI was awful. Cat was nice though!
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sofian L, Manager at Apek Utama Hotel
Responded 18 Aug 2017
Dear Guest, We're sorry if we made your stay in Brunei uncomfortable. We will try to improve the room and staff member. Thank you again for your honest review.
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vanelic wrote a review Feb 2017
Zagreb, Croatia381 contributions154 helpful votes
Accommodation in Brunei is very expensive so finding this hotel was great. It is located 2km from the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. There is a 1$ local bus (no. 39) that until 6pm stops just in front of Apek Utama. You can even walk. It is some 20min easy walk to the centre. Room was big but it looked much nicer on the photos. The photos were done long time ago. This hotel shows its age all over it, from common areas to the rooms. Painting pealing from the wall, worn sofas, old noisy air condition units, water heater in the bathroom not working etc. It should definitely be updated. Free wifi is advertised but most of the time it wasn't working. You connect but it is so slow that you can't download even a single email. Ok to stay if you are on a tight budget.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jussi81 wrote a review Jan 2017
Hyvinkaa, Finland18 contributions8 helpful votes
I know the price per night is not bad but even considering that some basic things were not in place here. We staid for two nights and includes breakfast was only available on the first morning. Pillow cover was not changed and I put a towel on it not to be able to smell it. WiFi was only working in some areas of the hotel and even there it was awfully slow.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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PRICE RANGE
US$23 - US$36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Brunei DarussalamBrunei-Muara DistrictBandar Seri Begawan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Apek Utama Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Apek Utama Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (7.3 km), Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (2.0 km), and Tasek Lama Recreational Park (3.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Apek Utama Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Apek Utama Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Apek Utama Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Apek Utama Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Riwaz, Kaizen Sushi, and Roti Culture.
Does Apek Utama Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Apek Utama Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Apek Utama Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Apek Utama Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Arabic, Indonesian, Malay, Filipino, and Tamil.
Are there any historical sites close to Apek Utama Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Istana Nurul Iman (4.2 km) and Mausoleum of Sultan Sharif Ali (5.1 km).