We had seen some reviews raving about Blue Lime as THE place to stay in Phnom Penh. Certainly, the rooms are very nicely decked out and the poolside area is pleasant. It was slightly underwhelming, though, in comparison to other hotels we had stayed in.
The location could hardly be better, with the National Museum practically a stone's throw away, and the Royal Palace just beyond. There are also plenty of excellent shops and restaurants nearby.
Our room, despite being nicely decorated, was a bit on the small side, with not a lot in the way of storage space for clothes or luggage. The bathroom was also situated on the other side of the balcony, making it somewhat inconvenient for toilet visits during the night; it may also have contributed to the bathroom being very hot and humid, in comparison to the hugely efficient air conditioning in the room.
The poolside area is nice, though a little bit dark due to the leafy canopy provided by the trees. While this obviously means decent shade from the sun, it could perhaps do with a bit of pruning to let a bit more light in.
The breakfast was undoubtedly of very good quality. In fact, I had some of the best coffee here that I had anywhere in the country. Less pleasing, though was the meal we ordered at lunch time upon our arrival here; we waited a good 30-40 minutes for a burger, which was very disappointing when it arrived.
On the whole, the staff were very friendly and helpful, though a bit more reserved than at other hotels we stayed in. Brownie points for allowing us to stay two hours past the normal check-out time as we had an evening flight home.
Blue Lime is certainly a good hotel, and worth staying at. I was just left with a nagging feeling that it could easily be made so much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Lime is a 23-room urban accommodation, with a lush exotic garden and a swimming pool. It is located right in the historical center of Phnom Penh, between the National Museum and the Royal Palace. The rooms, garden and pool are modern minimalist, with concrete furniture, all covered by a free 5Mb/s wi-fi. Four of the rooms have each their own private plunge pools. The bar/restaurant serves food in the garden lounge and one can enjoy its cocktails directly in the pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Lime Phnom Penh
- Blue Lime Hotel Phnom Penh