The Blue Lime is a very beautiful hotel - well cared for, with a resort-like feel, with palm trees, cabanas and a lovely pool.
The hotel has walking access to the national museum, and is a 5min tuk-tuk drive away from the central market.
We opted for a room with a private pool, which turned out to be unnecessary. It gets no sun during the day, and as it's in a sheltered, high-walled area, it's quite cold. The room itself was fantastic though - spacious, with a high ceiling, including a fan an air con. So go for a superior room, but wave the extra cost of a private pool.
Two bottles of drinking water were supplied daily, and the bathroom included individual soap, shampoo and conditioner. Breakfast was fantastic, with a number of western choices (though the asian choices were slightly limited). The passionfruit juice was incredible.
We ate off the hotel's menu one night, and were very happily surprised - while I can't vouch of the western menu items, the cambodian items were very tasty and well-prepared. Better (and slightly cheaper) than many of the surrounding restaurants. Cocktails and drinks were competitively priced, and it was lovely to sit in the cabanas by the pool in the evening.
Wifi signal was strong and consistent.
The only slight complaint I have about the hotel was the attitude of the staff - obviously we lucked out, considering other reviewers found them to be helpful and pleasant. When we arrived, exhausted from a long leg of bus travel, we were greeted by a manager, who promised to tell us about the location of the hotel/what it was close to/etc in the morning - as we were just keen to go to bed. However, over the three nights we stayed, we never saw her again.
It didn't really matter, as we could find our own way pretty well.
However, when we booked a bus to Siam Reap from the front desk, we found the staff to be a bit cold and unfriendly, like they couldn't be bothered. We got the same attitude on our one other encounter with the front desk staff, when we asked how to walk to a nearby restaurant.
So that was a bit of a let down - possibly because we're a young couple, but we felt like we were treated a bit like a bad smell.
Taking other reviews into account though, it does seem like we did just luck out. And it would be worth going back, just for their passion fruit juice.
- 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