- I took a bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, and then a tuk tuk from bus station to the hotel costing $5 for a 10min ride. Did emailed hotel in advance and asked about cost. Driver didn't overcharge me.
- Hotel is far away from food outlets and Downtown unless you use the infrequent free shuttle bus or pay for a tuk tuk to Downtown ($5). Not advise to walk at night because there are no street lamps in most parts of the roads. However you do have the advantage of being away from all street vendors, touts, beggars etc.
Check In & Check Out: On arrival, I was disappointed there were no bellboys standing outside to help with my luggage. After a long bus ride (6 hours), it would be nice to at least get a welcome drink and wet towel. Seconds later, someone came up with one! Check-in & out were smooth and fast. No issue.
Bedroom: Stayed at 509. Suite is huge and has two massive windows. One overlooking the roof of hotel bar and other overlooks the hotel pool. But if you look further out, you see the ocean.
Bathroom: Has a bath tub and shower. I really like the shower pressure.
Breakfast: They kind of provide an international style buffet. I fully recommend the crispy bacons.
Spa: Had a one-hour crystal facial ($57.18 including tax). Very expensive in comparison to other places on the high street but I love the surroundings and each treatment room is huge and has a view of the ocean. Definitely treat yourself!
Lifts: During my 4 days, one of the lifts was constantly out of action. Hotel wasn't hugely busy so no waiting for me. They did try to fix it once but broken down again.
Free PC: Two PCs with internet connection in their Business Centre and completely free! Remember to clear the cookies, cache et after use in case your personal details are saved.
- Cant seem to find the DO NOT DISTURB sign anywhere, although I did see one guest room having one.
- If you can ride a motorbike, recommend you go and hire one because it will definitely save money going around town.
- Hired a tuk tuk for half day via Ana Travel on Serendipity Beach Road. His name is Mr Setha and he speaks OK English. I told him in advance the places I wanted to see/go. It costed me $30 and I bought him lunch (my own decision). A bit costly but he was trying to make a living and I wasn't going to argue over $5. He got rid of some beggars while I was walking around Wat Leu which was nice.
- Recommend you eat outside of hotel because they are lots of nice and cheaper restaurants. Use the free shuttle bus and then a tuk tuk coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Independence Hotel Resort & Spa is an oasis of calm and luxury in Sihanouk Ville, Kingdom of Cambodia - one of the finest locations in South East Asia. Unspoiled sands backed by lush vegetation encircle the hotel. The full delights of the resort, spa and private beach are ready for you to enjoy. Set in the charming tropical beauty of Cambodia's premier beach destination, with 35 hectares landscape and 300 meters of private beach, Independence Hotel Resort & Spa provides you a luxurious refuge that opens out onto breath taking panoramas. Provided 8 differences categories of 128 units, with 3 function rooms, 2 Restaurants and 2 bars. The Volley ball, sunset cruises and kids play-ground are available on the beach. Home of Jouvence Spa: Cambodia's Premier Spa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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