The Holiday Lodge Hotel

December 18, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel
Lot 27192
Jalan Pulau Kubu
Jerudong
Bandar Seri Begawan BS555
Brunei



http://www.theholidaylodge.com/


Casual, Comfortable But Aging Hotel


(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Visited: Dec-2013
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 5
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $200 per person.
- $150 Accomodation 4D3N
- $50 Room Service



Nearby Attractions: Brunei Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Kampong Ayer, Royal Regalia Museum, Cement Wreck, Jerudong Park Playground, Jame' Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Istana Nurul Iman, Tomb Of Sharif Ali, Malay Technology Museum, Tomb Of Sultan Bolkiah, The Empire Hotel And Country Club, Australian Wreck, American Wreck, Rig Reef, Bolkiah Wreck, Blue Water Wreck


Hotel Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Swimming Pool, Laundry Service, 1 Restaurant (All-Star Sports Cafe), Postal Service, Shuttle Service, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Internet Surfing, Swimming, Tour Arrangements


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The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel


Introduction
Located about 20 - 30 minutes drive from Bandar Seri Begawan International airport, The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel in Brunei is located in the surburb of Jerutong, within walking distance of the Jerutong Park Playground. Roughly the same distance from the city center of Bandar Seri Begawan, The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is positioned as a casual, family resort, and offers shuttle services to get around to most of the major attractions in Brunei.



Ambience
Ambience within The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is casual and minimal. The place shows signs of aging everywhere, from the decor to the furniture. The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is slated to undergo major upgrading works in 2014, to modernise the place. Part of the appeal here is the large swimming pool, and the majority of rooms face it.



Room
I stayed in the Standard Room at The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel. The room is rather small, as is the bathroom, and like most places in Bandar Seri Begawan, also shows signs of age. While comfortable, the lighting is rather insufficient throughout the room, except at the living room work desk. Basic and functional, though lacking in certain small amenities, which will have to be requested from the reception, such as hand towels, plates, or ironing board.



Food
Food at The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is average. There is only 1 eating place, the All-Stars Sports Cafe, which supposedly has a 'sports' theme, but looks rather run down. Food is decent, and portions are nicely sized, though the menu is very limited. There is an in-house menu for events / functions, though the food on that menu isn't available on the regular room service menu.



Service
Service at The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is casual, friendly and welcoming. At times, the number of staff actually outnumber the guests in the hotel, so service is attentive and very efficient. Requests get carried out quickly. In particular, the service during conferences / meetings is very professional and efficient. Also, the shuttle service to various attractions around Bandar Seri Begawan and Jerutong is very convienent, especially with the limited number of taxis in Brunei.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities at The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel are limited, mainly consisting of free wi-fi and the swimming pool. Types of services such as medical, babysitting, business centre and others are non-existent at the current moment, but may be implemented as part of the upgrading and rebranding in 2014. The restaurant is also due to be upgraded and the menu expanded. The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel is just 5 - 10 minutes walk away from Jerutong Park Playground, as well as a local convienence store and the Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque.



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The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 01 - Exterior Facade


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 02 - Bathroom


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 03 - Bedroom


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 04 - Living Room


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 05 - Interior Facade


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 06 - Swimming Pool


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 07 - All-Star Sports Cafe


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 08 - Event Dining Area


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 09 - Conference Room


The Holiday Lodge Hotel / Star Lodge Hotel 10 - Stained Glass Lobby Window





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