Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Brunei Hotel to open after facelift

By Lyna Mohamad

The Sultanate's first and oldest hotel will soon be opening its doors under as a boutique hotel, under a new name, The Brunei Hotel, and a new management.

A facelift converted it into a 65-room boutique hotel that will offer intimate and personalised accommodation, services and facilities for local and international travellers at an $88 special promotion rate per night in all superior rooms, breakfast included.

Choices Restaurant will have 80 per cent western cuisine from 7am to 11pm.

The hotel's meeting and function rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art public address system.

The rooms open to a view of the famed Kampong Ayer, named Venice of the East 600 years ago, when stilted houses stood on the Brunei river, as it is today.

The hotel's location gives easy access to commercial houses, department stores (Kota Mutiara, Milimewah, Hua Ho), the Yayasan, Darussalam and Wisma Jaya complexes, the scenic waterfront, banks, airline offices, the Kianggeh morning market by the river, the Royal Regalia Museum, the Arts and Handicrafts Centre, international restaurants and cafes, banks, airline offices, the bus station, and taxi stand, and the jetty for water taxis, and the golden-domed Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque, and park, Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien, named after His Majesty's late father.

On 95 Jalan Pemancha, (formerly known as Jalan Chevalier), the four-storey building across the centuries-old Water Village in the heart of the capital was a three-star hotel when it was opened by His Majesty's late father decades ago.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Sunday
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