The Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh
Reviews - The Blue Lime Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: Belgium
- Traveller type: Culture Vulture
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ROOM: We were assigned a top floor room with a large balcony overlooking the pool, the neighborhood and the top of the royal palace. The balcony was well furnished with lounge/bed like seating, a small table, plants and a very nice hanging light fixture. The room was very spacious with a large bed, a large daybed with throw pillows, ample lighting, full-length wall-mounted mirror, desk/chair, TV with ample channel selection, in-room safe and a small refrigerator. Everything functioned properly without any problems! The room décor is very cool and sleek that works well with the bright colors of fabric used on the daybed, pillows, lamps, drapes and wall hanging. The desk had a vase with fresh lotus flowers, three red bowls and a small red tissue box. One bowl stored a hairdryer the other two came in handy for organizing personal items. There was a small shelf on one wall to place tops and walking shorts. It had a rot iron bar with plenty of wooden hangers for garments. There were no drawers, but a small shelf under the TV functioned perfectly for socks, etc. Housekeeping maintained an immaculate room. The bed was slightly more firm than we prefer, the bedding was fresh and crisp and the overall sense of cleanliness was enhanced by the absence of carpeting (no dingy stained carpet here!). We loved the décor of the room! We dislike hotel rooms with giant TV armoires, oversized desks and useless benches so our room at Blue Lime was complete proof that such furnishings are a waste and serve only to rob guests of space. Less is indeed more! Although the drapes blocked out the exterior light there was a lot of light coming through the bottom and sides of the front door door-frame at night. We remedied this by placing the daybed throw pillows on the floor and draping the bed throw sash from the top of the door down the side. It was no hassle and simple to deal with. (This was room #12 and after being able to see into a number of other rooms throughout our stay we determined it was the largest and best laid out room!)
Do note that there is not elevator so if stairs are an issue you should request a room on the main or second floor. The staircase from the 3rd floor to the 4th/top floor is on the steep side (reminded us of Angkor Wat) but the reward was the view of the National Museum and the Royal Palace from the window at the top of the stairs!!! The stairs were not an issue for us.
SHOWER ROOM: Continued kudos to the designer of the rooms at Blue Lime as the shower room (bathroom) was creative, well thought out and spacious thanks to the fact that they did not clutter it up with bath products or a bathtub. Instead of an ugly tub the room has a true walk-in shower (floor surface is same level with main bathroom area floor/no step-over). The shower has a clear glass door, a wall of glass blocks, sleek wall tiles and a hand-held shower. We loved the shower door knob! Water temperature was good, but the hand-held would not stay in the wall-mount holder properly. This made showering slightly awkward as the water flow was not out into the roomy shower area but inwards towards the wall the hand-held was affixed to. Also, the water pressure was only just sufficient for showering, but the fact that it is a hand-held shower enabled one to completely rinse off. The room itself had a large mirror above the washbasin. It has an additional light fixture above the mirror and natural light is provided by two small windows on either side of the mirror. The sink is modern, but with cold water only. There is lots of counter top space even with the extra touches of a decorative ceramic starfish and two vases. One vase had another beautiful fresh lotus flower. (Do mind the tiny lip in the flooring at the shower room entrance or you may trip of stub your toe… not that we did!)
RECEPTION AREA: Clean, well furnished with comfy sofas and four no-fee computer stations. Hotel staff removed their footwear before entering the lobby area, but guests are not expected to do the same. The computer speeds were very good and the desk/tables and chairs are beautiful in simple design. The front desk staff is very warm and friendly. There were some communication challenges and some requests for local information were not fulfilled due to lack of knowledge. In fact it seemed that we had a better level of knowledge of the city. This had absolutely no effect on our experience! However, we did question the taxi service that was used to take us to the airport. It cost $2 more than the car service we selected from the airport to the hotel. The quality of the car and driver the hotel provided was very poor compared to the service from the airport. We suggest the hotel look into using a better quality taxi service.
BREAKFAST: El fresco table service!!! What more could one ask for? The complimentary breakfast consists of fresh breads, preserves, fresh fruit, fruit juice, coffee/tea. It is good quality and ample portion to start the day. One can order eggs, etc. at a cost. (For a change of pace we ate breakfast at a noodle cart to the right of the hotel on 19 street and had local coffee at a small place on 214 street. We also enjoyed a good Khmer dinner at a large place on 214 street. We could see the place from our room it has a large projection screen and music… fun nearby and local experiences).
POOL: Wonderfully comfy cabanas amid lush tropical plants/banana trees (with bananas). Each cabana is set back a little further than the one before it so they are in a row, but at an angle. There is foliage and each cabana has drapes that separate the cabanas from each other and this creates a very private seating setting. There is more foliage across from each cabana which adds to the sense of privacy. The pool area also has six loungers. There are plenty of towels. There is also a toilet with shower at the back area of the pool. One can order F&B that is served to the cabana or lounger and on real china and in real glassware! There is music piped in around the pool to add to the relaxed ambiance. The mood was very relaxed and adult. There were no children during our stay. The hotel allows the pool to be used by non-guests at a fee. There were a number of non-guests using the pool during our stay but they never compromised the quality of the surroundings and we always were able to get a cabana. The pool area has free wi-fi. (The last cabana along the right side of the pool was our favorite).
OTHER: We really were pleased with the hotel location. On our first day we hired a tuk-tuk to the Central Market for $2. This gave us enough sense of the area that we explored the area by walking back to the hotel from the market. In fact, (much to the chagrin of the tuk-tuk drivers in the alley outside the hotel) we walked a great deal and found the city easy to navigate by foot. For example, we walked from the Russian Market to the Tuol Sleng Museum and more towards the hotel. From the hotel one can easily walk to the riverfront, the national museum, the palace and central market. Street 240 is also nearby and has some great places for shopping, eating and Spa Bliss for a nearby upscale massage. Street 214 (the block behind the hotel has a number of options for local food and street 184 has some bars and lounges. Frizz, Khmer Borane, Friends and Romdeng (recommended restaurants) are all within walking distance of the hotel. (FYI: the FCC El Fresco Café opened a new location across from the market and are planning more locations too).
OVERALL :The Blue Lime is Sublime!
i loved itfrom chrisicas
i cannot imagine people being friendlier and more helpful than at the blue lime. they solved every problem we had, very willingly and beautifully.
this hotel has a little jewel which is its swimming pool which is fantastic and cozy. we swam under the rain with its lush trees and greens.
it is also perfectly located behind the national museum and very close to the waterfront.
rooms are cool, young and urban. you can always complain about something but the genuine feeling is that we could not have stayed at a better place. really suited me!
We booked a standard room for $40US a night, which looked great on their website, however when we were shown our room it did in fact look the same, but it was very damp, and smelt like wet concrete. We asked if there were any other standard rooms lefts in the hotel however the were fully booked, except for a superior room which would cost an extra $10US a night, which would be at our own expense. I found this quite frustrating, since the price is quite high and the standard of the hotel did not match it. Due to the badness of the damp and smell (the bed felt wet!) we decided to move to the other room, which was much more nicer. They did not give us a discount, even when we asked because 'no one fill up the room'. We were given 2 small bottles of water to compensate, but this offer of compensation was not good enough. Apart from the issue we had, the lounge and pool area of the hotel is really nice, the garden is very beauitful and deserves some credit. The breakfast was ok. There have been some com plaints about the showers in this hotel, but it seemed fine for us (we were on the 4th floor). The room cleaners seemed very friendly though.. it seemed to be only the workers at reception. I would not reccomend this hotel if you are looking for that warm Cambodian hospitality that you can get in any other hotel. After talking with fellow travellers around the area, we discovered there are many hotels similar to this in standard with better staff so if anything I reccomend you look around first.
This rainy season has been worse than the previous ones and a lot of water was coming from the neighbor's roof to our wall. We have recently installed a water collector on the neighbor's house. Then, we completely removed the plaster and paint of all 4 walls and put a special waterproofing cement. We repainted it all in white (while other rooms are painted with gray lime). We hope that the wall will be finally drying completely dry.
We are also installing a second door so it is better isolated from the reception.
Most of the guests love our reception staff. But it is true that they have difficulties in dealing with complains and stressful situations and their reactions often become inappropriate... Like offering as a compensation two small bottles of water (2 x 0.20 USD) can be perceived as insulting. We will try to do better next time!
great place and lovely staff!from annetteo
Geraldine,the asst. manager was also lovely,nothing was too much trouble for her.
You might want to avoid the 2 rooms on the ground floor as I would imagine they could be quite noisy.Probably the best rooms are the ones with a balcony overlooking pool area.
All in all it was a super little hotel,made even better by a great team of staff.any minor work they were doing poolside was very discrete and management very apologetic about it.Well worth the money and better than staying riverside where they are digging up the whole riverfront!
Oasis in excellent locationfrom ilonanita
Staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, service was brilliant. Free internet available in the lobby. Brand new pool, not overcrowded (hotel guests only, as opposed to the Pavilion, where anyone can go against a fee of 5$).
We were 'warned' that it is modern, but I don't see why - it has tons of flair, facilities are excellent - Would stay there again any time!
Fantastic stayfrom moderndaybuddha
Do not let the exterior fool you in anyway, once you enter Blue Lime, you are transferred into a different world. Away from the rush that is Phom Penh into the quiet serene of a calm swimming pool and lazy day beds to lounge on.
Staff were always ready at hand to serve you in anyway. Once we checked in, they were prompt in adding on a third bed in our room. The way the rooms were set was just perfect. The balcony was a good place to chill and soak in the environment of Phom Penh.
The bathroom that was away from the main room was a nice touch. Plus the place was immaculately clean and the feel of the place sometimes felt like home.
Plus the fact that Blue Lime is conveniently located near St 240 and Sisowath Quay, the latter is just a short tuk tuk ride away if one does not feel like walking, and many other tourists attractions makes it so ideal.
I would definitely recommend people heading to Phom Penh to stay in the Blue Lime.
Great stayfrom ping86
i couldn't be happier with my choice as everything went perfectly. Geraldine, the receptionist was very friendly and helpful as we threw her many questions regarding phnom penh. she seemed very accomodating and even wished me an advanced happy birthday which was really nice.
The room was very satisfactory as well. The size was just right for 3 adults and very clean with everything in working order, the little balcony joining the room and bathroom was a nice touch, overlooking the pool and no complaints for the bathroom either.
Breakfast was basic, fresh passionfruit juice, rolls and bread with marmalade and butter, platter of fresh fruit, coffee/tea.
So ditch the characterless, generic chain hotels and give this charming little boutique hotel a go!
Very highly recommended.
A pleasant stayfrom ItchyFeeet
A couple of negatives. The restaurant menu was rather limited with hardly any choice for vegetarians. Also, the pool area had exposed wires on the wet ground which could be very dangerous if touched. Finally, at night all rooms keys seemed to be left on the reception counter with no security so accessible to anyone. However, as this is a newly opened hotel, I'm guessing these are just minor teething problems that will get better soon. Overall, a pleasant stay.
We have had some electrical leakages on the lighting wirering in the garden and we pulled out everything. I guess that the guest stayed with us when we rewired before the system was put back in place. The entire circuit is earthed, has a leakage breaker and a overuse breaker. The wires run 20cm under the earth.
The pool lighting has a leakage breaker, is earthed and is all in 12 volts.
The room keys are to be hung in a special case behind the reception. Late on that one but should be done today!
s a gemfrom PutriBayu
I could see the roofs of the Royal Palace and the National Museum from my window; and looking down, the pool beckons.
I was wondering where the bathroom was when I first arrived. I opened a wooden door and voila -- you actually have to get across a small balcony to get to the bathroom! I thought that was super cool; the only downside is that I could only undress once I was in the bathroom, and not before getting in -- unless I decide to unleash my exhibitionist tendencies, which would not be wise in a predominantly Buddhist country. The water pressure in the bathroom was quite low though, and I had difficulty pumping out the bath gel. There are no elevators, so it can be a bit of a climb if your room's on the top floor -- like mine was -- of this four-storey building. Still, it adds to the charm of this hotel.
Breakfast by the pool was simple but laidback and pleasant -- three different types of bread served with jam and butter. The homemade passionfruit juice was a nice refreshing change from the orange and tomato drinks you typically get for breakfast at other hotels.
The only thing that bugged me was the unwelcomed presence of a large cockroach in the room on the morning that I was checking out. But hey, it's not going to deter me from coming back; I've had this problem before at other boutique resorts in Southeast Asia, including Bali.
And besides, with an opening rate of $40 a night, I can't remember when was the last time I paid cash for my hotel accommodation...definitely value for money....
As for the shower pressure, we are using gravity based solar water heater, without any involvement electrical pumps. As the tanks are located on the roof, the pressure on the last floor just beneath, is indeed not very high.
Room was nice but the reception not so.from thatsalot
We thought the reception was not friendly and was not welcoming at all, a little snobbish even, but the room and bathroom were spacious, nice and clean.
Top Local Tips for Phnom Penh
TUk TUks Always make sure your driver knows exactly where to go, you will need to guide them as many have little english language, and they say yes to everything. Show them on a map or point in the directions you want.
Finding the hotel If you are staying at the Blue Lime it's a good idea to have the address handy because the tuk tuk drivers don't know it yet. It is tucked away up a little no through road and secluded from the street by a large wooden sliding garage type door which means it is quiet.
Other names for The Blue Lime Hotel
- blue lime phnom penh
- blue lime hotel phnom penh
- Address: 42 st. 19z (off street 19) - Phnom Penh - 1000 - Cambodia