This hotel has a small single shopfront entrance, so easily missed if you're not familiar with the area. The street in front of the hotel is cluttered with parked cars, tuk tuks & motorbikes, much like the rest of Phnom Penh. Fortunately the taxi driver knew where the place was, and I had a map & directions as backup.
The hotel staff were on hand as soon as the taxi pulled up outside the hotel, and picked up my suitcase as soon as it came out of the taxi. Checkin was quick & efficient, I handed over the booking coupon from the travel agent, they photocopied my passport, and I went straight up to my room. No lift, this hotel has only three floors. I had booked for a single, but in the end I got a double. This was one of the rooms at the side of the hotel, so no balcony. No problem, I didn't travel to the other side of the planet to sit on a balcony. The airconditioning seemed slow to cool the room at first, but the next evening it performed much better, so possibly the room had been vacant for a day or so. I set the temperature at 25C with the ceiling fan on slow during the day, & switched the fan off at night. This still got a bit chilly at night, even on the lowest setting. There was a large flat screen TV, I found Channel V for music (number 7 on the remote). The room had good lighting, I counted 16 lamps in the room including the bathroom. But there were four switches at the bedside with different mood configurations, so possibly not all meant to be switched on at once. The bedside lamps were dimmable. Free drinking water in the room topped up daily, plus tea & coffee making stuff, and a minibar. The bathroom had good hot water, bathroom goodies including toothbrushes, soap, & shower cap. A comfortable kingsize bed, clean, with a medium density mattress, on a solid unsprung base. Hotel is guest-friendly. The hotel looks like it was built a long time ago, bathroom fittings are badly fitted or broken, the composite flooring is cracked in several places. A leaking water pipe behind the bathroom mirror had rotted the bottom edge of the mirror frame, and leaves a small pool of water around the sink. However, the room as a whole was clean, and the staff were friendly.
Breakfast was at the Fish restaurant a couple of doors down the street towards the waterfront, 7-10am, a choice of cooked or continental. I thought the amount served was adequate for breakfast.
I had a late flight, but had to check out of my room as it had been booked for that night. I managed to get another room for a shower that evening, this turned out to be the only single room in the place. This room was smaller than my double, with a smaller double bed. No ceiling fan. A good sized walled balcony, with balcony furniture, wide enough for a bit of discrete sunbathing. I noticed small monkey pawprints up the wall alongside the balcony, cute, but LOCK the balcony doors when you leave the room if you don't want these small creatures to get into your room and trash the place!!!
Taxi from the airport cost $9 fixed price, and took about 20 minutes late at night. Return taxi ride to airport took about 30 minutes, late evening, I paid $9 again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in May 2009, River 108 is a modern, 12-room, boutique hotel located just off the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh. ... more less
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