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“Average in most ways”
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Royal Inn
Ranked #143 of 281 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Reviewed February 16, 2014

My room was windowless and fairly airless, I was forced to have aircon on most of the time. Shower screen was broken and bathroom was not as clean as it should be. Staff were very friendly, but did not always have detailed information needed for tours etc. Breakfast was good with a western or asian option. Location was an easy tuk tuk ride to anywhere you wanted to be.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Ended up staying about a week on and off. If you're able to get these rooms at about 20$ (they sometimes have promotions) like I did, then they are a pretty good deal. If you pay the full price (about double), then it is definitely not worth it because its location far from ideal. To reach the riverside requires a very good 45 minutes or more by walk (about 30 minutes to the palace), and after doing it once you will most likely always use a motorbike or tuk-tuk (a must at night time). If you've never been to Cambodia, that may be a good thing, so practice your bargaining skills (getting to the riverside should be no more than 1$ by moto and 2$ by tuk-tuk). Unfortunately, if you want to return to your room at any time during the day, this adds to the total room cost rather quickly (for example, if you factor in 2 return trips to the room's budget, you could easily add 10$ to another room that is better located and does not require transport all the time).

The rooms are nothing special (I had standard, superior and deluxe and besides at one point or another and besides minor differences in size, the only obvious difference was that the deluxe had a coffee heater. Funnily enough, it was the one I liked the least because the room has windows on the street and it can be pretty noise), but the beds are comfy and they are way above average if you compare them to the numerous mouldy rooms of hotels that should have been destroyed long ago all along the riverside. They are relatively clean and good size, but look nothing like the pictures (hats off to that guy), and you can tell that it slowly but surely going downhill with rusty showers, baths and old blankets and towels. I never found the bathrobe or slippers, but survived nevertheless.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, the surrounding area which can be quite seedy with its numerous massage parlours, day and night, but it did not affect my stay in any way. The same can be said about most areas and hotels anyway (some of them being much worse). The main problem, as I mentioned, is the distance from anything worthwhile.

Breakfast is the usual boring eggs and bad bread with very little jam/butter, but a big bonus for good Americanos. I wish they'd offer cheaper rooms with no breakfast, but that is one of my very common arguments. Come on people, when do you ever get a great breakfast at a guesthouse?

Staff, especially the breakfast staff, was super friendly and rooms were cleaned daily.

Overall, I would recommend for a those on a medium-budget with a couple of night.

P.S. Oh, and the Internet sucked, so I'm glad I didn't really need to use it during my stay. They really need to do something about that, it seems to work perfectly everywhere else is the city!

Room Tip: While nice, the deluxe rooms are the noisiest because they face the main street.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is a fairly clean, basic hotel. Decor is jaded - holes in bed covers, bathroom need re-grouting at least, lamps fixing, but comfortable enough. The roof top is pleasant, but not open late. Breakfast very basic -western breakfast was just eggs and bread, not even a fruit plate. Staff mostly very friendly, and most service excellent, but caught one receptionist who was slow to respond watching blue films on the computer, completely visible from the hall leading to the elevator (yes really, right at the front desk), and one morning, although breakfast was supposed to be served from 6 and they knew people were eating early to get buses, the restaurant was completely dark and a girl had to go and get so Elbe before she could order.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

The room was clean, the staff were super friendly, including the tuk tuk drivers.
However there I run out of positives.
It's in an awful area and in one evening - going to my room, the rooftop bar and back to my room I met 2 men with partners they'd clearly just picked upon the street. It made me feel really uncomfortable and I chose not to continue my stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank averagej0anne
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

What i enjoyed much is the roof bar. Very calm and refreshing, after a day walking around town.

The location is near lots of restaurant accessible on foot. The nearby very popular Sabu Sabu sushi buffet restaurant is very nice and accessible on foot.

Service is nice and welcoming, if you need information about something ask at the desk and the staff will get it done. It's a nice place to relax after a harsh afternoon and before going out for the evening.

Room were ok and clean. And calm enough so i could even get some work done.

Room Tip: Do not hesitate to ask check the room before checkout to chose one that fit your taste.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank JeyWorkAtParkway
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Hi if you are looking for a clean room, not to far from all the city sights with helpful staff & decent breakfast. You cannot go past the Royal. We arrived at midnight, arranged prior via email. No problem at all for the staff.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Tracy A
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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

we stayed at this hotel for one night. we really enjoyed our stay.

on checking in the staff were very friendly and efficient. we were taken to our room and it was very clean and the bed incredibly comfy. it was nice to have a bath and the shower was good.

we ate at the roof top bar in the evening. the food was exceptional and very cheap. the views lovely and the staff very friendly they also gave good service. i do believe the boys should have had more support. even though they were fantastic and apologised for delays there were two of them going to get the food and at the same time having to make alot of customers drinks.

breakfast was good but the choice limited

although we didnt venture out of the hotel the area was not ideal and in the evening judging by what i saw in the day i may have felt uncomfortable.

nevertheless this hotel was cheap and good value for money. definately eat at the reasturant

thanks!!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank travelfanatic23
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Address: 128D8, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #143 of 281 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Price Range: $25 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new Royal Inn Phnom Penh hotel now offers a range of simple, newly built and elegantly furnished rooms and suites, designed to bring affordable comfort and convenience to business and leisure visitors. The Royal Inn is conveniently located close to the Phnom Penh Center and just minutes from the Royal Palace, close to tourist sites, business centers, shopping and restaurants. ... more   less 
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