Although Bandar Seri Begawan is only an hour drive away from home, we decided to spend a night at the Rizqun Hotel last weekend.
My brother was in town for an exhibition and we thought it was an excellent reason to have a short holiday and as I quote Eu, “Stay in a HOTEL!”.
Rizqun Hotel is relatively new in the country and the best part about this place is that it adjoins a shopping mall unimaginatively called “The Mall”. So when the kids were napping, I left them with their father and went downstairs to shop.
The going rate for this 5 stars hotel starts from B$3++ but at that time, there was a local rate of only $168 nett inclusive of breakfast for two.
We were very pleased with the room as not only was it spacious, we got two queen-sized beds for a twin room and you can just imagine the bed spring being tested occasionally by two bouncing-loving kids.
In fact, not only can Qi vouched for the bed’s bounciness, she can confirmed that the carpeted floor was hard enough for her to cut her lips when she fell.
The bath tub was popular with the kids and during our two days stay, they managed to enjoy the tub twice.
Once was straight after a much anticipated trip to the swimming pool – which according to my husband lasted less than 5 mins as Qi refused to leave my husband’s arm and Eu refused to even put her feet inside the water – until the next day.
Speaking of the pool, although there is a grown-up pool and kids’ pool, there were very limited towels – and I don’t think this is something a hotel that claims to be 5 stars should suffer.
I also thought they should install a small playground for kids like the one at Berjaya Times Square as when we woke early in the morning and were itching to leave the air-conditioned room, there was nowhere to go for fresh air.
The breakfast spread was fine with plenty of Asian and Continental choices – no salmon sashimi though.
There is a DVD player (which I wish I’d known so I could bring the kids DVDs as the only channel for them was Disney Channel).
I asked for a 3 pm check-out and I was likely to get it with one staff when another staff interrupted and insisted that they could only give up to 1 pm. He later grudgingly gave in to my insistence that I get at least until 2pm. So if you were to ask for a late check-out, look for the front office staff who looks friendly and you’ll get 2pm check out with no problem.
Anyway, we checked out by 1 pm anyway as it was time for lunch and where else did we head to but Escapade Restaurant which is a few blocks away – to indulge my brother in some Japanese food.
All in all, our stay here was pleasant and I hope there will be other excuses for us to come back – such as another exhibition that is happening early next year!