The Blue Lime, Phnom Penh
Right smack in the city center, in an alleyway.
Whenever I travel to a new city I try to find accommodation that is close to the city center so that everywhere is walking distance and convenient for food hunting. My favorite choice of hotel selections would be the boutique ones followed by hotels that come with best reviews from its’ guests. When I was visiting Phnom Penh for the first time, my sister recommended me The Blue Lime hotel which was right in the city center and within walking distance of major attractions (Check out 14 Places to go around National Museum area). It was a good choice especially since I wasn’t familiar with the roads around the area yet. The only thing that I needed to remember was the yellow “Alleycats Cafe” signage which can be seen from the main road. From there, we had to walk in to an alley where the hotel was located.
Cozy and private.
From outside, the hotel looked dodgy and I was worried that we had gotten the wrong location as we approached the brown gate which was shut. Then the security guard pushed it open and a short walkway appeared surrounded by green plants. We walked in to the hotel lobby feeling pleased with the cozy surrounding. We were given a room on the ground floor (in the lobby area) that didn’t come with a window (this was due to our budget of course) but the room had that came with concrete furniture like the dressing table and the extra lounge chair/daybed, TV, refrigerator, air-condition, ceiling fan, private washroom and free wi-fi.
There are 23 rooms in the Blue Lime such as the standard, the private mini garden view and the private mini pool rooms. From the lobby we were able to see the restaurant area and the blue swimming pool. A few rooms on the right had balconies with access to the swimming pool while the ones upstairs come with patio chairs and table for a view of the garden below. There’s also deck chairs and small huts with cushions for anyone who wishes to lounge at the swimming pool area. Non-hotel residents are able to use the swimming pool facility with a fee of $4 per person and you can swim there the whole day. Breakfast was included in the hotel price and you can choose either western or Khmer meals on the menu. My personal favorite is their fresh passion fruit juice for a morning jolt.
The hotel provides ample of information on tours around the city as well as local cultural performances that they’re able to arrange for you with the local tuk tuk drivers. If you miss home there’s always the business area or desks with computers for you to send emails to your loved ones. This is free of charge for hotel residents of course. All in all, if you’re looking for a boutique hotel stay in the city, consider the Blue Lime where it’s cozy, private and comes with friendly staff.
Here’s how to reach them:
|Address:||#42, St. 19z (off Street 19), Phnom Penh, Cambodia (behind National Museum)|
|Contact:||+855 23 222 260|
|Check-In Times:||2:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||12:00 pm|
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.