The hotel was built in the late 60’s and reflects the architecture of the period, hence looks somewhat dated from the outside, though was probably quite ‘trendy’ when built..
Upon entering we were met with a strong smell of cooking which I guess came from that days lunch and didn’t give the best first impression. Our room was fine however. Spacious, cool,clean and modern if fairly bland—rather like a typical western chain hotel. It was slightly frayed at the edges eg a few scuff marks on the wall by the suit case shelf but generally was fine. I would guess it had been refurbished in the last year or so.There was a safe, fridge and TV. We overlooked the main road but actually slept really well. The only noise we experienced in two nights was an early morning council employee using a vacuum cleaner device on the road outside. There is a nice pool at the rear of the building and a bar/ restaurant. We didn’t spend any time in the bar but I noticed it had a ‘wurlitzer’ style juke box and some nice black and white photos of the hotel when it opened in 1968. The hotel is on the edge of the City Centre and is an easy 10 minute walk to the waterfront. There is free internet and printing and the staff were friendly and generally helpful.
One negative was that , knowing that there are few taxis in Brunei we asked reception to book us one to go to the airport. We said we needed to be at the airport for 2pm so the receptionist said we’d need the taxi at 1.45. I asked if that would give us enough time if there was any traffic and he said ‘there is no traffic’. At 1.45 we arrived at reception and asked where the taxi was. The same receptionist said ‘I’ll get the hotel transport. What time do you want it?’. We were then charged 20 Brunei dollars which was probably more than a taxi and had no time to argue or make alternate arrangements. We set off at 2pm and surprise, surprise, hit traffic on the way to the airport. Luckily we had built in plenty of additional time. The moral of the story is don’t rely on the reception if on a tight schedule! In summary, I thought the Terrace Hotel was fine for a couple of nights in Brunei. It was clean and comfortable and the price we got was very good for the standard of room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eighty air-conditioned guest room. Each with private bathroom, colour TV, hairdryer, electronic safe, kettle, IDD telephone and refrigerator and access free wireless. We are close to the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. Walking distance to SOAS Mosque, HM Yayasan Complex and Royal Regalia Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Terrace Hotel Bandar Seri Begawan