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Independence Hotel, Resort & Spa
Ranked #11 of 76 Hotels in Sihanoukville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2012

We were very impressed by the hotel and it's amenities, the private beach in particular. It was an absolute pleasure to gain some respite from the street life of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and away from the main tourist beaches. If you want to sample Cambodian family oriented beach life and good food it's only a short stroll up the beach, not that the food and service at the hotel is'nt great! We stayed in one of the deluxe rooms away from the main building and apart from a couple of very minor faults with globes, found the rooms to be very spacious and comfortable and surrounded by the beautiful grounds. The sunsets can be spectacular! Thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We spent three days in this old hotel that has been retrofitted with some newer appliances. The rooms were quite nice but the sea view is only possible from the top floor due to the big trees. However, I like trees so that isn't a negative thing for me. The television was undersized unless they were trying to keep the sixties theme in the room. We went out the first morning to find men's underpants on hangers all along the public balcony railing. The swimming pool was stagnant and about the same temperature as the air. I felt like I was in a big square bowl of soup. The private beach is a huge plus and the grounds are to die for. The breakfast was quite nice.
Truthfully, I think the Ministry of Tourism has been generous with the stars.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Our first time to Independance Hotel is very enjoyable. There are many ways to enjoy this hotel: beautiful private beach with soft white sand (little wawes, great warm water in mid-April), great swimming pool with separate section for little kids, spa, gym, long scenic walk by the sea, magnificient big trees surround the hotel and bungalows, excellent buffet at breakfast. The staff is very welcoming and make you feel important. As soon as we arrived they offered us wet towels to wipe ourselves followed by a fresh orange juice and believe us, with the heat in that country, we really needed it. Tuk-tuk is always available in front of the hotel.
Security is great as we went out to a club one night and came back to the hotel at 2 am to see at least 3 security gards well alert and that made us feel really secure that early in the morning.
We had a big modern room in the bungalow area near the beach. The washroom had bathtub and shower separatly and ceiling with skylight (amazing). There is an area at the beach where you can do some fishing and if you are lucky enough to catch a good size fish, the cook at the kitchen will be glad to cook it for you ( well that is service ).
We will come back with our daughter who would enjoy observing the nature from sea (crabs and fish are observable from the bridge) and land (birds, many many monkeys, many plants, trees).
Enjoy your holidays at the Independance in Cambodia!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

The private beach is superb - clean, beautiful white sand, warm sea, almost empty, secure and hassle-free. For this and the sunsets, I would love to stay at the Independence again.

We were on the 5th floor of the main building - this gives a sea view and convenience for the hotel amenities, and is worth paying a little extra for. The room was spacious and the furnishing very tasteful - it retained the 1960's stylishness but is modern in function.

The electrics would benefit from an upgrade; the central control panel is a little eccentric - most of our lights fused, and the electrician was unable to get the lights on and the room safe working simultaneously.

The hotel is quite isolated (partly, though not entirely due to the wonderful spacious grounds), so expect to take a tuk tuk to reach tourist activities away from the resort.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

This hotel trades on the fact that it was the 1st large one in Cambodia, and that Jacqueline Kennedy stayed there in 1967. They deliberately keep things quiet which makes the beach atmosphere superb if you like it that way which we do. If you want jet skis et al, go elsewhere.

The beach is stunning, with the softest, whitest sand I've ever experienced, and lovely, shallow, clear water.

However, they seem to be concentrating on building up their new building stock of modern villas, and the main building is starting to need a bit of TLC.

Food in restaurant is excellent, but we warned, you're at least a 10 minute drive from the main town if you want to see anything else.

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Additional Information about Independence Hotel, Resort & Spa

Address: Street 2 Thnou, Sangkat No: 03 | Khan Mittapheap, Sihanoukville 855, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Sihanoukville
#7 Luxury Hotel in Sihanoukville
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sihanoukville
Price Range: $126 - $364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Independence Hotel, Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Independence Hotel Resort & Spa is an oasis of calm and luxury in Sihanouk Ville, Kingdom of Cambodia - one of the finest locations in South East Asia. Unspoiled sands backed by lush vegetation encircle the hotel. The full delights of the resort, spa and private beach are ready for you to enjoy. Set in the charming tropical beauty of Cambodia's premier beach destination, with 35 hectares landscape and 300 meters of private beach, Independence Hotel Resort & Spa provides you a luxurious refuge that opens out onto breath taking panoramas. Provided 8 differences categories of 128 units, with 3 function rooms, 2 Restaurants and 2 bars. The Volley ball, sunset cruises and kids play-ground are available on the beach. Home of Jouvence Spa: Cambodia's Premier Spa ... more   less 
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