King Fy (pronounced fee) is the tall, thin, grey-blue building on the riverbank that towers over downtown Battambang.
Opinions vary – it’s a bit of an eyesore, though it could have been a lot worse, and architecture aside, as a hotel, it’s pretty good. The rooms are comfortable; they aren’t huge, but all have good views, free tea and coffee, minibars, WiFi, air-con, cable TV and even power showers. The complementary breakfast is excellent. Staff are consistently friendly and helpful, the location is good and the view from the top floor is stunning, with the breezy rooftop bar hard to beat for a sundowner with a 360 degree view of Battambang and far, far beyond. There’s a pool on the ground floor and restaurant on the first – the former is somewhat dingy but check out the odd wall paintings around it. The country scenes of cascades and deer are oddly finished off by a final panel showing Khmer Rouge atrocities. Rooms are either superior or deluxe, with the latter having slightly more kitsch decor and costing $1 more, while river-view rooms cost $5 more than non-river view. For what you get, King Fy is a good deal.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.