A popular comfortable spot
Set on the quite busy Street 63, Blue Corner is an oasis of calm hitting that under $50 sweet spot that can be difficult to fill in Phnom Penh. With well–sized rooms, excellent staff and a cute swimming pool, there is a lot to like about here.
Upon arrival, our main concern was traffic noise as the hotel sits at the intersection of Street 180 and Street 63, with the latter being a quite busy thoroughfare, but the hotel is wrapped in a relatively tall wall which seemed to keep the buzz of the traffic under control (save the odd errant horn). By the time we were being shown a room, the traffic noise has pretty distant, though light sleepers will probably appreciate ear plugs all the same.
The building used to be a Red Cross building and when it was converted into a hotel (in 2014 according to their website), one of the restrictions was that the building itself was not permitted to be changed—though we assume the Red Cross version wasn’t blue. The result is an interesting building that works really well as a hotel and which also has a restaurant on the second floor.
The blue theme continues throughout the property. The superior room we were shown has blue drapes, blue covers on the bedside lamps, blue decorative pillows on the bed and a blue sofa—at least you won’t forget where you are staying! The room was of a good size and the bathroom (shower only) was immaculate. Facilities include flat screen TV and free WiFi.
What really adds to the value here is the swimming pool. It is of a moderate size, but at this price point for Phnom Penh it was an unexpected bonus. The hotel emphasises its family—friendly outlook and there were at least a couple of families staying when we passed through. Location–wise the hotel is roughly a 15 minute walk to the Royal Palace and the river (heading east) and also about 15 minutes north to Phsar Thmei. Recommended.
Address: 37 Cnr of Street 63 and 180, Phnom Penh.
T: (023) 979 888 ; F: (023) 966 270
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'18.54" E, 11º33'47.55" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$38||US$38|
|Superior double room||US$45||US$45|
|Deluxe double room||US$55||US$55|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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