Oct 12 2012
A hotel attached to a casino isn’t normally the kind of place we would recommend, but the Victory Beach Hotel is an exception. Credit for the hotel’s popularity with non-gambling types has to go to managers Verona and Douglas McColl, whose first Sihanoukville venture, the Coolabah Resort near Serendipity Beach was an immediate success with travellers looking for a family-friendly environment in Sihanoukville — something that was in short supply at the time.
Don’t let the fact that the Victory Beach Hotel is part of the growing Queenco Casino & Resort complex put you off. Although you can enter the casino from the hotel lobby, it’s easy enough to ignore if you want to. The relaxed hotel ambience remains undisturbed by the close proximity of the casino.
Modest rates for sumptuous rooms are part of the attraction of the Victory Beach Hotel. Even standard rooms are tastefully decorated and include private bathrooms, air-con, cable TV and daily housekeeping. At US$25 a night in the low season (1 May-15 October) and $35 per night in the high season (16 October-30 April), that’s good value. Extra touches like safes and fridges in every room add to the value.
Room rates go up incrementally from there. For an extra US$10 ($15 high season), you can get a “superior balcony” room or for US$50 ($65 high season), a mini-suite with a separate bedroom and living room, each with its own en-suite. For the ultimate, go for the beachfront suite. At US$85 (low season) or US$110 (high season), it may be the best beachfront value for money in Sihanoukville.
Whether you’re a guest at the hotel or not, it’s worth going out of your way to have a meal at the A’Chaar beachfront restaurant. Time your arrival for just before sunset and be treated to a view to match the well prepared and presented fusion cuisine on offer. If you’re there for breakfast or lunch, it’s easy to slip into a lounge on the beach after your meal and forget you came to Sihanoukville to see the sights.
If there’s one thing lacking at the Victory Beach Hotel, it may be a swimming pool, but the tranquil Gulf of Thailand is right there at your feet.
The Victory Beach Hotel will probably appeal more to travellers looking for hassle-free, Western-style luxury than to those who want to be in the centre of the Sihanoukville action. There are no major attractions nearby, but that may be part of its own attraction. A self-contained resort, it’s the kind of hotel where you can spend quiet time relaxing between excursions.
If you’re planning on visiting Sihanoukville in the high season and you’re keen on this hotel, it’s probably a good idea to book your room at the Victory Beach Hotel well in advance — it was booked out over Christmas and New Year 2011-2012.
Victory Beach Hotel
Victory Beach, Sangkat 3,
Krong St, Sihanoukville
T: (077) 996 590
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