The hotel appears to have 4 rooms and I stayed in two of them. The penthouse room was quite spacious, clean, had two queen or king sized beds and would have been more than satisfactory if there hadn't been really loud destruction going on next door. I say destruction rather than construction because someone was using a jack hammer on the common wall most of the day and that's far louder than normal construction noise. The room has a spacious terrace which unfortunately is closed off and frequently has construction debris falling on it. The balcony room was much smaller nut the balcony was open, was a pleasant place to site and will probably have a river view when the scaffolding next door is taken down. The bed was OK for one person because I could move around to avoid what felt like wooden braces in the mattress. Definitely not suitable for two people. The shower was anemic and came down over the slanted end of the bathtub so that it was difficult to get directly underneath it. Spent over half an hour sprawled on the floor trying to get the room safe to open and close reliably. The manager can jimmy the key to get it open but it really is broken. The nice thing was that the floor was very clean and so I didn't get dirty working on the safe. The jackhammers are a bit less noisy here than upstairs. But the wifi comes from either the floor below or the floor above and isn't very good. What takes me 15 minutes to do on the internet back in Vietnam took over two hours here. There are two other rooms on this floor which seem to be neat and clean but have no windows.
***The real serious problem with this hotel is that from midnight to whenever they open the restaurant up in the morning you are trapped inside behind two steel gates both of which require a key to open. There is a staff member who sleeps in the area and you are totally dependent on him to let you in OR OUT. If there's a fire better hope that the guy with the key is awake and in good enough condition to unlock the gates or you're done for. Considering that this is a restaurant/hotel I would consider that the possibility of a fire is not remote.***
A better breakfast is available half a block away on the corner. I tried one dinner there, the mixed BBQ. It was OK but nothing special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Local Riverside Guesthouse/bar/restaurant is conveniently located at Phnom Penh's popular riverside area (bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, markets, nightlife, parks) and is within walking distance to most major attractions in Phnom Penh- 5 minutes walk to The Royal Palace, National Museum, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Central Market and more... Only a 5 minute walk to the Night Market. Restaurant serves excellent Western and Khmer food and the bar serves coffee, tea, fabulous cocktails, draft beer, wine and all soft drinks and juices. The second level has three recently renovated (2011) guesthouse rooms complete with flat screen TVs, bathtubs, in room electronic safe, mini fridge, king sized or twin beds- fast wifi and room service is available. All rooms available to rent per night or on a short-term basis. Downstairs is also a lounge area with two 42" flat-TV's and 2m wide screen connected to cable TV and internet + music performance space with guitar and anyone is welcome to grab an instrument and have a go. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Local 2 Hotel Phnom Penh