Checked into the hotel after a lengthy long haul flight from London, reception was big and airy and air conditioned, which was nice as it was 32 degrees outside and the humidity was through the roof!! The check in process was painless and the staff very friendly. Your bags were taken to your room by the bell boy.
Big disappointment with my first room, I'm a non-smoker and the policy for the hotel is no smoking inside the building, however smokers had opened the window to smoke and used the small balcony as a dumping ground for the ends, the pile was quite substantial and the air con in the room was dragging the smell in from outside. A quick visit to reception got me a different room and also one with a sea view. Very nice, basic but nice, comfortable bed, bathrooms are a bit dated but functional, there are the usual extras in the rooms including a fridge, a TV, internet (although this was very patchy and didnt work for 2 days), kettle and hair dryer.
Breakfast is included in the cost of the room, but as luck would have it the restaurant and kitchen were closed for total refurbishment, you can get a breakfast but it's very basic, the same went for evening meals, which due to the work being carried were limited on what was available but were cheap but very tasty.
We decided to try a few local eating houses whilst in Brunei and couldn’t get over how cheap it was to eat out, a meal at a Chinese Restaurant in nearby Seria cost a mere £4 and at another place we tried a plate of Seafood Singapore noodles, 2 cups of cappuccino and a slice of blueberry cheesecake, came in at a very hefty £6, unbelievably cheap!!
As a Muslim country you cannot obtain alcohol, so if you want to drink you have to bring it with you, although I heard a rumour that some hotels in the capital are selling wine with food although I cannot substantiate that claim. Also even though it is primarily a Muslim country there is no single faith, people are expected to respect individual faiths whatever they may be.
As the trip was work related I'm not permitted to divulge in what I do, but I can say that this was the first time ever in the country and it was quite an experience, one worth repeating.
The heat took a bit of getting used to but after a few days it felt comfortable.
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