Stayed here for 3 nights at the ned of September 2013 and then for another night after time in Siem Reap. The place is in a fantastic location right on the waterfront and just down the road from the King's Palace and close to all the action of Phnom Penh waterfront area. The staff here are fantastic and can honestly say I feel I made new friends with a number of them. They were genuinely friendly.
My room was large and comfortable with a view of the river. The room has an old fashioned teak feel about it and was clean and comfortable. The downstairs area sells beer and has great food.
The Khmer Royal also has a "sister" hotel in Siem Reap, The Neak Pean, and although I had booked somewhere else for my time in Siem Reap I felt so comfortable at the Khmer Royal I cancelled that booking and booked and paid for the Neak Pean through the Khmer Royal. With my booking I received free bus fare from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, transfer to the bus station at Phnom Penh and had someone from the Neak Pean waiting for my at the other end to transfer me to the Neak Pean.
During the first 3 nights the section of the road to the palace including the hotel was barricaded off to traffic and pedestrians apart from those who had a reason to be in that part of the street due to protests against the re-elected government - protesters wanted to take a letter to the king asking him not to convene there new parliament due to allegations of fraud in the elections. Protests were peaceful and I spent many an afternoon down t the bar on the street observing the protestors and police at the barricades - so my little section of the waterfront was very quiet at the time. When I came back for my last night in Cambodia and Phnom Penh the road had been opened and the area was bustling and humming with people ad traffic again.
I loved my time in Cambodia and Phnom Penh and my time at the Khmer Royal. When I go to Phnom Penh again I will definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khmeroyal Phnom Penh Restaurant & Bar Open-aired lunch and dining on the Basac & Mekong riverKhmeroyal VIP. upstair with AC. the best views on riverside, just step out a few minutes to King Palace, national museim & silver pagoda.The Khmeroyal menu introduces generous flourishes of traditional real Khmer flavors. While the menu is still built on Khmeroyal main-stays such as Angkor & Cambodia national draft beer with free salt-chili roasted peanut, deli-fresh sandwhiches, buger and khmer-made pizzas, the heart of the menu remains a finely crafted blend of Asian, Mediterranean and Western-influenced flavours.Open Bar on river serves all kinds of can cold drinks and beer, Kifo drinks menu and beers & wines in 24 hours, with comfortable chairs to sit and relax, look to Basac & Mekong river and a lot of tourists walking on riverside.Open Daily 6a.m. - MidnightHappy Hour 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. ... more less
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