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Apek Utama Hotel
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  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms

  • Air conditioning

  • Balcony/terrace

  • Blackout curtains

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Nearest essentials

Airports
  • Brunei International Airport (BWN)
  • 8.7 km
  • Limbang Airport (LMN)
  • 14.8 km
Public transportation
  • Bandar Seri Begawan Bus Station
  • 1.9 km
  • Bandtoo Sdn Bhd Rimba Depot Bus Station
  • 10.5 km
Hospital or clinic
  • Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital
  • 3.3 km
Pharmacy
  • Guardian
  • 2.0 km
Convenience store
  • Deksha Mini Mart
  • 4.2 km
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM
  • 2.5 km

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Room comfort and quality6.8
Service7.0
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3.2
Iris from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 2 nights in August 2017
Poor location; poor security; no staff
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
Reviewed September 13, 2017
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5.6
Trang from Vietnam
Solo traveler
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 5 nights in June 2017
Doesn't meet my expectation
After check-in, I could not find the front desk staff, can only Whatsapp them to ask but they are quite responsive so it was fine. When I checked out, they came to take the key and disappeared again. The kitchen really needs renovation, utensils looks a bit dirty. The room is clean but has "old house" smell, the air-con and fan are a bit noisy. BUT this hostel is very close to Pabo Soto (1 of the must-try soto restaurant in Brunei), able to walk to Brunei centre (Bandar bus station) and a few museums. They also offers free use of washing machine (though the machine cannot automatically get the water in and sounds as loud as an airplane is taking off or landing).
Reviewed July 03, 2017
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7.2
Lucia from Slovakia
Couple
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 1 night in April 2017
Very good
one of the cheapest option in bandar sari, good for one or two nights
Reviewed July 01, 2017
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5.2
Anna from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 1 night in May 2017
Out of town
Brunei is expensive , this was the cheapest I could find on the site. Check out air bnb You have to catch a bus which stops at 7 Or a long a long sweaty walk of 20 mins nobody around to anwer the door
Reviewed June 10, 2017
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6.8
Jenn from Malaysia
Group
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 1 night in May 2017
More throughout cleaning could be done
Room size and bathroom space was quite decent. Kinda dusty on some parts of the floor, the bed smells, slightly clogged bathroom sink drain. The location is few kilometers away from many of the places of interest but it is not recommended to walk on foot, as the roads heading to town were narrow and did not have walkway for pedestrians. There were buses (number 39) passing by at the front of the hotel entrance, or if you prefer to get an "unlicensed" taxi, the staffs were very helpful to call in a "taxi sapu" for you.
Reviewed May 23, 2017
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4.4
Emily from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017
Not as described
We chose this hotel knowing it was out of town because it supplied breakfast. However, the breakfast was just bread. No butter or jam! The kitchen was also dirty and there were used tea bags in with the other tea bags! Room was dirty and very dated, did not feel clean. We couldn't wait to leave. Terrible value for money, even in Brunei.
Reviewed April 13, 2017
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4.8
zaili from Malaysia
Family with young children
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 1 night in March 2017
we were not welcome
there was no person at the front desk at all time.frustrating tv in one of the room was not working there is no one to assist us there,frustrating
Reviewed March 27, 2017
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5.6
Ben from United Kingdom
Group
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017
Ok place to stay on a budget
Easy to find from airport - buses are easy to navigate and locals knew the hotel. Wifi was slow but worked - shower was cold - beds uncomfortable and felt like could break at any point. Cheap to get around on a taxi boat - too humid to walk into town and prob a bit far - not much round the hotel although there is a supermarket. Make sure you take toilet roll everywhere including hotel as none available. Pleasant stay and good when on a budget
Reviewed February 26, 2017
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9.2
Caitlyn from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 3 nights in February 2017
Loved this Place! Relaxing
I loved my stay at Apek Utama -- it was relaxing and charming. The rooms are excellent and large for the price. The family who runs it is lovely & they also own a good local restaurant across the street. There's another restaurant on the waterfront that's quite good, and a grocery store that's open until 10 pm. The wifi is good & they have a 24 hour kitchen stocked with bread and cereal. The only potential downside is the location: it's about 2 km from BSR. Fortunately, there's a water taxi across the street & you can walk if necessary. Overall, my stay was super relaxing and I had a great time. My favorite part was their tiny kittens that lived in the garage-- so cute and happy!
Reviewed February 09, 2017
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6.8
Shameem from Bangladesh
Couple
Standard Room with TV
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Good budget hotel
Can use shared kitchen and refrigerator. Breakfast is also available as a complementary basis. Restaurant and departmental store are available nearby.
Reviewed February 05, 2017
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