Apek Utama Hotel
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Apek Utama Hotel

Simpang 229, K/M 2, Jalan Kota Batu, Kota Batu, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, BA 2711
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    6.6
    Good
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    9.2
    Exceptional

    "I loved my stay at Apek Utama -- it was relaxing and charmin..."

    Caitlyn

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    February 9, 2017

    Things you’ll love about Apek Utama Hotel

    Things you'll love

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Currency exchange

    • Garden

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    6.0
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    Nearby
  • Mercu Dirgahayu 601.93 km
  • Teng Yun Temple1.96 km
  • Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market1.97 km
  • Malay technology Museum1.98 km
  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifudden Mosque2.38 km
  • Royal Regalia Museum2.51 km
  • Tasek Lama Recreational Park3.12 km
  • Istana Nurul Iman3.86 km
  • Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque4.46 km
  • Jerudong Park14.72 km
  • Value for money7.2
    Distance to city center2.0 km
    Location rating6.0
    Nearest airportBrunei International Airport (BWN) - Brunei Darussalam
    Distance to airport8.1 km

    Rooms available at Apek Utama Hotel

    Family
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed or 1 single be...
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    Standard Room with TV
    Standard Room with TV
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    • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds and 1 queen b...
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    Budget Double or Twin Room
    Budget Double or Twin Room
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Shower
    • 2 single beds
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    Standard Room without TV
    Standard Room without TV
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Country view
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      What people love about Apek Utama Hotel

      • 7.2
        Very good

        "One of the cheapest option in bandar sari, good for one or two nights"

        Lucia

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        July 1, 2017

      • 9.2
        Exceptional
        Spaciousness

        "The room is big and the pantry is quite well stocked"

        Ruchie M.

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        July 25, 2018

      • 6.8
        Good
        Breakfast

        "Breakfast is also available as a complementary basis."

        Shameem

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        February 5, 2017

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      6.8
      Good

      "Room size and bathroom space was quite decent."

      Jenn W.

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      May 23, 2017

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      6.0
      Review score

      "the staff is friendly good in english and malay"

      Saada

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      February 3, 2017

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      Agoda Reviews (132)Booking.com Reviews (59)
      Cleanliness6.5
      Facilities6.1
      Location6.0
      Room comfort and quality6.8
      Service7.0
      Value for money7.2
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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Ruchie from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 1 night in July 2018

      refurbished building”

      from the exterior it looks new but some parts of the interiors are refurbished. Value for money for Brunei prices. the room is big and the pantry is quite well stocked.20-30 mins. walking from the waterfront since there is practically no public transport in Brunei. this hotel is a self service hotel as the reception desk is usually empty but everything is conveniently placed even maps and bus schedules so no need really to ask.

      Reviewed July 25, 2018
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Carlos from Philippines
      Couple
      Stayed 4 nights in April 2014

      Clean, Quiet, Helpful staff”

      Peaceful, Clean, Kitchen

      It was very pleasant, the owner(Sofian) was very helpful and has a good command of the English language. The room was clean and requests were acted promptly. The free use of kitchen was great, we can have coffee, heat-up food and drink cold water any time. it was great.

      Reviewed May 06, 2014
      9.2
      Exceptional
      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
      7.2
      Very good
      Vedran from Croatia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

      Great price for Brunei but the hotel should be updated”

      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.

      Reviewed February 05, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Leif from China
      Couple
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 1 night in January 2017

      Nice hotel”

      We looked at another "backpacker" g.h. downtown in a better location, which was 25% cheaper, but the room quality there was much lower than here. So we think that this place is good value for money. And the location is not so bad. We walk or hitchhike to town every day. Hitchhiking is very easy!

      Reviewed January 28, 2017
      5.7
      Mi from Vietnam
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in December 2015

      Cheapest hotel in bandar but far from centre”

      Cheapest in Bandar, friendly staff

      I stayed in Apek Utama 1 day only, this was cheapest hotel in Bandar that I found out on Agoda, but its far from centre, u have to take bus, taxi water to centre...and if no bus u have to pay for expensive transportations to centre ( I could not find out the taxi from centre back hotel at 8p.m, the way I got back, the local help me found out the transport service in The Brunei Hotel with 15B$). Its on highway, very dark at night and no eara for walking. The staffs was so friendly but they were not attendent much in lobby, i didnt see them when i need to ask something.

      Reviewed December 31, 2015
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Maria from Philippines
      Couple
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 1 night in August 2015

      staying at this hotel”

      Location, staff, value for money

      We had a great and memorable stay in brunei made possible by staying at this hotel😘 Location was very accessible in the city center either by bus or water taxi in 5mins ur in the city center. We were able to explore brunei its history, mosques, night market and native food by the paid toured arranged in the hotel with the owner/staff will offer their service at lowest rate. Surely be back and recommend this hotel😘

      Reviewed September 14, 2015
      7.3
      Very good
      Josef from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 3 nights in August 2015

      Satisfactory”

      Location, Price, Staff

      Considering how expensive other hotels in BSB were, this was a good deal. It's only 1 water taxi ride away from the city center (Pintu Malim jetty), or 1 bus ride (bus # 39, Pintu Malim stop). The staff were very nice.

      Reviewed August 22, 2015
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Abigail from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Stayed 4 nights in August 2015

      Great stay”

      Staff, quiet location & value

      We stayed here for 4 nights, and I would recommend it. We slept very well here, and weren't disturbed by any noise outside as it's in a pretty sleepy location. This is not a bad thing though, as there is a water taxi to the main city just 5 minutes walk from the hotel, costing 1 Brunei dollar per person per trip. We didn't have any Brunei currency on us when we arrived, so the girl on reception (I really regret not asking her name!) lent us 5 dollars to get a water taxi into town to use an ATM. This girl was so helpful for our entire stay, but the other staff seemed to have limited English, and unfortunately she wasn't there all the time. Free breakfast was toast, and there was no bread left for the last two days of our stay, but we weren't too bothered so didn't ask for more. They have a washing machine for free use, soap included, which really helped us out. There were ants ALL over the kitchen, and a beetle under the bed, but apart from that it was pretty clean. I would stay here again, for sure.

      Reviewed August 19, 2015
      4.7
      Jesusa from Philippines
      Group
      Family
      Stayed 3 nights in August 2015

      Quiet hotel to stay in”

      Quiet, not crowded, strong wifi signal

      It was ok but not what we expected. The toilet and shower room is very empty. There is not even a hook or space to put your towel or clothes. No bath soap or toothbrush. The bed smells very old. Towels were new as they smelled new like the ones from the factory. The staff doesnt talk to us and the fridge is smelly also. But the place is very quiet and has good wifi. A bit far from the city proper. The place is big but i hope they enhance it more for the guest to enjoy their stay.

      Reviewed August 16, 2015
      8.3
      Excellent
      Tuong from Vietnam
      Group
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

      Good place, value for money”

      Cleanliness, friendly, value for money

      You must catch a bus to go to the city center. About 2 kms. But the hotel is very good. You will feel like home. You have free breakfast, coffee, tea... Everything is ok. I think you should choose this hotel for your trip in Brunei.

      Reviewed July 23, 2015
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Tuong from Vietnam
      Group
      Family
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

      The best hotel in Brunei you can choose”

      good room, worth money, friendly

      The staff is professional, friendly. But you shouldn't stay in Ramadan. You must go to city center by bus because the taxi is very rare and expensive. The staff is very friendly, they take me to the airport when i'm late for the flight. The shared kitchen in hotel is good. You can drink free coffee, tea or eat sandwiches. I think you should stay in this hotel when you come to Brunei. That's a good choice!

      Reviewed July 18, 2015
      8.3
      Excellent
      Katja from Sweden
      Family with young children
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 6 nights in February 2015

      Friendly staff”

      I got really ill during my stay. The owner couple drove me to the hospital and waited until I got help. The hotel is being renovated and the rooms are clean.

      The hotel is located 2-3 km outside city center. You can take a water taxi near by. On the way to the water taxi we did sometimes see baby crocodiles in the water :-) There is breakfast available all day.

      Reviewed February 26, 2015
      8.0
      Excellent
      laaland from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 1 night in January 2015

      Brunei is nice ”

      I had the whole place to myself. Good tv, nice and quiet and cool with just the fan on as Brunei is real hot, even for an Australian

      Friendly helpful staff and clean room hotel but building old and a but of tropical damp. Good shower and toilet after the Philippines. Neat tidy breakfast room and WiFi good in the communal areas but nut so good in the room as stated on add. You get what you pay for and as a budget hotel it's fine. The water taxi ride to town is a blast. Just 5 minute trip and felt like Dr no from James bond...Just needed a gym tuxedo and a few villains chasing me. These little speedboats should be the drawcard. rfor tourists in Brunei. The most fun transport system in the world I have experienced at 2$ a ride

      Reviewed January 31, 2015
      8.7
      Excellent
      Matt from United States
      Solo traveler
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 1 night in October 2014

      Highly recommend”

      Great tavel experience, helpful staff

      The staff have created an atmosphere that caters to the traveler. They have a kitchen for use and have taken time to provide a lot of little details that make for a nice travel experience. The hotel is a couple of kilometers from the main area of the city, but it was worth the little extra travel.

      Reviewed December 08, 2014
      6.0
      Lanni from Malaysia
      Couple
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

      Not good location”

      Helpful staff but far from the city

      The location is really far from the city centre, cannot be reach by walking distance. Far from any restaurant. The room is not really clean and the condition is not so good. One best thing is only the staff - who rent her car to us for a whole day. Without the car, its hard for us to go anywhere. Taxis in brunei is limited.

      Reviewed October 22, 2014
      6.0
      Xiaomin from China
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in September 2014

      Big Room; Not very clean; Location not convenient”

      Big Room; Not very clean; Location not convenient

      The hotel helped me auto-upgrade to a room with TV. However, its location in BSB is far from other tourist attraction and it is not convenient at all. It needs to walk around 15 min to the water village quay. But around the hotel, there is no restaurants and shops. The hotel has no airport pickup service, no hair dryer and no SIM-card to sell(i can't find SIM-card sold in airport). Besides, the hotel room is not very clean. There are big ants on the desks and toilet, and a cockroach debris on the room floor. The hotel staffs are difficult to reach out as they are always not at the reception. Overall, if you opt for budget hotel in BSB, you can look for another hotel near yanyansa shopping mall(which is in a much convenient location to most attractions) with only S$30 per night.

      Reviewed September 28, 2014
      8.0
      Excellent
      Thi from Vietnam
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in May 2014

      Good enoug”

      Clean room, Friendly staff, Good Travel Info Package

      I was staying at Apek Utama Hotel for one night only. The morning I left, I asked the owner of the hotel to help me call a taxi. He asked his friend to drive me to the bus terminal and took me 5 BND for really short distance. Moreoever, the hotel is located quite far from center. Except for those things, it was quite good, the hotel.

      Reviewed August 08, 2014
      8.0
      Excellent
      Alexander from United Kingdom
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in July 2014

      Amazing, owner v. helpful, comfy bed affordable”

      1. The owner Sofian was amazing, gave me a free lift into town, did everything i asked , lovely man. 2. Comfiest bed I think I've ever had! 3. Strong wifi (4. Help yourself breakfast was available)

      Brilliant. Little far from town, but the hotel and owner made up for it. The room was pretty basic in western eyes but it had a massive comfy bed, a TV, closests, locked drawers, a fan and a wet room bathroom. There wasn't anyone at reception ever. You had to call then, or add them on whatsapp and they drove over which was a little weird, but hey, foreign land foreign culture. Sofian the owner was amazing, he answered all of questions, gave me lifts into town, reviews tips and recommendations, ordered me taxis (and when the taxi didn't come he took me instead for the fee). Strong wifi, hot water, clean room. There was also breakfast available..all day! It is a help yourself service, basically a kitchen with food and you can have cereal or toast of whatever's there, loved it. It's a 20/25 minute walk into town or you can take a water taxi (only when the tide is in) to town for B$1. I would totally recommend staying here!

      Reviewed July 12, 2014
      3.7
      Sopheak from Cambodia
      Group
      Standard Room with TV
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

      Owner of hotel is very friendly. Hotel is very old”

      Owner of hotel is very friendly & kind. He told us where should I go to visit & about transportation. We can use kitchen like our home.

      It's silent place and everything in hotel is very old, some of equipments in room & bathroom were broken n didn't work. Everything made me sad but I was happy with owner's hotel cos he was very friendly n told us where to visit somewhere in Brunei.

      Reviewed July 03, 2014
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