Best hotels and hostels in Brunei Darussalam

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ulu Temburong National Park

    Ulu Ulu Resort

    Ulu Ulu Resort is the only accommodation actually inside the park. The upscale riverside lodge edges into the forest, with comfortable dorms and stylish private villas that resemble kampung (village) houses, linked by covered wooden boardwalks. Wildlife moves freely through the compound. Prices include transfers from BSB, meals and activities such as jungle walks and a 4.30am sunrise visit to the canopy walkway. In Malay, ulu (as in Ulu Temburong) means ‘upriver’ and ulu ulu means, essentially, ‘back of beyond’. The remote location is ideal for bird watchers, and many species can be spotted without leaving the grounds. Resort activities range from guided jungle walks (by day and by night), canopy walkway visits, treks to forest waterfalls, kayaking and inner tubing and guiding birding. There's also a small nature centre and cinema where nature documentaries are screened. Day trips (B$163 per person) are also available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Brunei Hotel

    A smart hotel with a surprising amount of flair for businesslike BSB. The well-lit rooms have clean lines, wood-effect floors, colourful cushions and good-sized windows. A decent breakfast buffet is part of the deal, and a free shuttle runs to sights around the city.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Pusat Belia Youth Centre

    This renovated youth hostel is great value, with clean, well-kept, single-sex dorms, a terrace cafe serving light meals, and a swimming pool in the compound (admission B$1; 8.30am to 6pm).

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Empire Hotel & Country Club

    Pharaonic in its proportions and opulence, this 522-room extravaganza was commissioned by Prince Jefri as lodging for the royal family guests and transformed into an upscale resort. Behold the US$500,000 crystal camel! The Emperor Suite comes with its own pool and even the cheapest rooms have remote-control everything, hand-woven carpets, gold-plated power points and enormous marble bathrooms.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Rizqun International Hotel

    The Rizqun is more sophisticated than you’d expect for something attached to a shopping mall and has all the usual business-class amenities on hand, including a gym and a decent outdoor pool. The opulent lobby is pure Brunei, with marble, wood and stained glass, and the 7th-floor lounge has great views of the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Radisson Hotel

    This Radisson chain hotel, on the edge of the city centre, flies the flag for international standards. The sparkling lobby exudes comfort and wealth, as do the business-class rooms. Amenities include a pool, a fitness centre, a spa and two restaurants. Guests enjoy a free shuttle to Gadong and the city centre thrice daily.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Joy Rest Station

    Good budget accommodation used to be as rare as hen's teeth in BSB, so this centrally located, waterfront guesthouse is a welcome addition. The sparsely decorated rooms are unlikely to thrill you, but the staff are friendly and there's a tonne of helpful sightseeing info on the wall of the lounge.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Capital Residence Suites

    Set in a quiet compound northeast of the waterfront, this hotel is lifted by friendly, helpful staff and a free shuttle service that transports guests around BSB. Standards of interior decor rise with the room price: the spacious suites are like small apartments, with sofas and a micro kitchen.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Qing Yun Resthouse

    Though most rooms lack natural light and the oddball decor blends artificial grass, geometric plastic panels and timber to curious effect, the location here is hard to beat. Rooms with TVs and fridges are great value at the price.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Home Stay Nur Rahim Kampong Ayer

    If you wish to experience traditional water-village life, stay at this Malay stilt house, run by a friendly local family. Rooms are simple, but clean and come with clunky, prehistoric TVs. Meals available on request.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Jubilee Hotel

    Outdated and bordering on retro, the Jubilee has a couple of things going for it: the central location and the helpfulness of the staff. Everything else is rather underwhelming: worn furniture, below-par cleanliness and spotty wi-fi. 'Superior' rooms come with kitchenettes. Prices include transfers to and from the airport; let the hotel know in advance.

  • Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan

    Terrace Hotel

    An ageing tourist-class hotel with 84 rooms that are a little worn in places but clean, and come with marble bathrooms. It also has a great little private swimming pool surrounded by plants, tiny gym and a couple of pool tables (four games B$5). In a good location just 800m north of the waterfront, near the Tamu Selera hawker centre.