Firstly I should say that if you want to avoid being pressured to go on a tour then you should probably stay somewhere else. These guys never give up - on our first day here they asked what we were doing - we told them that we had to go to the hospital (my partner needed a vaccination) to which they asked if we would not rather see some sights instead... Every time you enter or leave the hotel it's the same deal, refusal and rejection means little to them.
That being said, this is a very clean, comfortable and reasonably priced place to stay. The staff are friendly but they are trained to hound you mercilessly and this can put a strain on your relations with them. We decided that we wanted to rent a scooter rather than take a tuk-tuk to Phnom Sampeau. Since they only have manual bikes for rent and we wanted an automatic (try Gecko Motos for this) they insisted that a tuk-tuk would be far 'more interesting' for us. In a sense their persistence is admirable but it can also feel a little bit like disrespect.
Laundry is cheap here and wifi is free, but for those without their own computer, internet access can be found for a better price nearby. Our room was cool, clean and comfortable, with an excellent selection of international channels on the TV. We had to haggle but eventually we got the room for two dollars less than their initial asking price - great value for what we got. The rooftop restaurant isn't great - instead we recommend the coffeehouse a few doors down for their excellent breakfast.
We had friends who stayed in Chayya Hotel, the Royal's main competitor in town. They were less than pleased with their stay there. We would recommend the Royal to anyone coming to Battambang.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Hotel Battambang is a Real Cambodian Running hotel, offers accommodation in Cambodia. Royal Hotel Battambang is an oasis of calm and peaceful retreat, located in center of town and away from the busy streets. The hotel is one of the finest hotels in Battambang and offers a beautiful panoramic green view on the rooftop garden and a restaurant serving Khmer and Western dishes. ... more less
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