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Pusat Belia Youth Hostel
Manila, Philippines
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26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“The best place to stay on a budget in Brunei!”
Reviewed 3 February 2011

Since hotels in Brunei are scarce and expensive, Pusat Belia is probably the best place to stay for just 10 BND a night. Just take a bus (1 BND) from the airport to the hostel. Most Bruneians can understand English so just ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at Pusat Belia and you'll be fine. The reception area is usually unmanned so you might have to stay for a while and someone is bound to find you. It was so hard to find information about the hostel online so I wasn't able to book. It would be best if you contacted the supervisor directly (see the attached photos for his number). There is a computer shop at the hostel but it closes early - 5PM.

In terms of the room, it was alright. Boys and girls were separated. The room had 2 double deck beds. Luckily, I had the room all to myself. The pillows and mattress were fine but the room smelled like cigarettes. The air conditioner was working while the closets had a lock so you can leave your stuff there safely. There was a common bathroom with 2 showers and 3 toilets. Please don't expect any 5-star amenities here. There was no toilet paper nor hot water but the bathroom was well-maintained with most of the trash coming from guests who don't have the courtesy to clean up after themselves.

The location of the hostel was fantastic! You can easily walk to everything in the BSB city center. As a caution though, the hostel locks the gates near the dorms by around 9PM until 7AM. Not to worry, you can still enter through the main gate at the far left of the building. Upon check out, don't forget to leave your key at the box near the reception.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 December 2010

Girls and boys dorms. My room was a four bed dorm. I didn't book just turned up. So clean I was really pleased. The matresses were new and water pressure in showers was great. Bandar is so small everything 5 min walk away. Don't expect staff to help with tours etc, the reception is rarely manned, this is a budget place. I also missed the bus but haggled with a taxi driver who took me into town from Ferry port for ten dollars. It seems normal and sage to hitch here too. I got a couple of lifts.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

My friend and I were travelling for a few weeks around Asia and wanted some place relatively cheap to stay - and Pusat Belia seemed like the only place under $100 a night.

Finding out information about the Pusat Belia seemed a bit of a mission, but following the advice on here, I e-mailed youthhostel.551 (at) hotmail.com and made a booking for a few nights.

We caught the $1 bus from the airport to the city centre, and then walked to the Pusat Belia (which you pass on your way into the city - it's only like a 5 minute walk). I'm pretty sure there is a bus stop right by the hostel, but we didn't think of that until it was too late.

This place is fantastic! My female friend was in a dorm that slept 10, and shared it with a few old ladies. The mens dorms have a lot more rooms - I got one with two bunks to myself for the whole time. Rooms have a really decent air con too. Toilet and shower facilities were clean. There is no hot water, but if you have a shower towards the end of the day the water is quite hot anyway. As with almost every bathroom in Brunei, there is no toilet paper. Don't despair - the Sheraton Utama is 1 minute up the road, and the bathrooms in their lobby have toilet paper :)

There is a pool on site to use at the hostel - admission is $1. It's quite big and very refreshing.

The youth hostel is in the most convenient place, it's so central - everything is within 10 minutes walk. Rooms have lockable wardrobes to store possessions in. Felt very safe leaving stuff there, and would definitely recommend this place to all.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 November 2009

u only pay BND 10 for one night. it's the cheapest rate u can get around town. the place is clean and practical. don't expect a 5 star service, it IS a hostel. boys and girls sleep in separate rooms. for every BND 10, u get a bunk bed. if u are lucky, u can get the whole room all to urself. there are 10 beds in one room.

pusat belia is near to bus & taxi station. it is also near to food centre and yayasan complex so u won't have to worry about getting food and sundries. they provide internet cafe downstairs. it's really cheap - only BN 50 cents per 1/2 hour. best of all, the swimming pool has just been renovated when we got there!

nearby places of attraction: royal regalia, yayasan complex, kg ayer, sultan omar ali mosque.

do drop them an email before getting there; to book a bed as well as to inform them of ur expected arrival time, otherwise u might have to wait for hours before u can get ur room key.

be careful with cab drivers who would tell u that the place is:
i) closed for renovation; or
ii) only for students
cuz it's not true. therefore, email the place before u go there.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Pusat Belia Youth Hostel

Property: Pusat Belia Youth Hostel
Address: Simpang 336-17 | Jalan Kebandsaan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Region: Brunei Darussalam > Brunei-Muara District > Bandar Seri Begawan
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Ranked #2 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Bandar Seri Begawan
Number of rooms: 10
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