we checked in at around 6pm for one night. tired, exhausted and a little under the weather from the all the travelling and heat from koh rong and sihanoukville.
pascale, the lady owner was exceptionally wonderful and pleasant. checked us in and told us that we got a room in the second building which is smaller but we can shift to a bigger room available the next day for the same rate. so we agreed to look at the room the next day.
a cambodian guy brought us over to our room in the other building and we were surprised to see how tiny it was, with no minibar and no safe as advertised online. so we agreed to check the bigger room the next day.
that night, we met the partner of pascale, who doesnt seem to understand much english. everytime we asked him some questions, he would try to sell us his fish or seafood bbq (which was extremely overpriced)! even when we asked about the safe and minibar he would exclaim 'best fish/seafood in the world'. we got annoyed and moved on along the riverside.
the next day, we went for breakfast but pascale was not there yet for us to check the room (btw, expect to be woken up at 5am from the music played loudly from the building next door daily). the cambodian guy then asked what our plan was and when we told him we'd like to stay on and check the bigger room, he immediately said 'cannot, you didnt tell me last night'. we were surprised at the response when we clearly had made our intention clear that we wanted to stay on and check the other room.
we walked around the corner and found a little gem called the columns. checked in there and were very happy there for 3nights. as we were checking in, we found out 2 other couples had moved from la java blueu to the columns as well due to lots of unhappiness. sounds about right.
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