Independence Hotel Sihanoukville Review – trying the pods

Entering the Independence Hotel Sihanoukville estate is a different experience from any other hotel I have stayed at until now. The Independence is more than a hotel, it is a place where you will be surrounded by dense tropical vegetation, where you can take a quiet walk along the alleys while discovering the hotel’s beautiful architecture. With its own beach, the Independence hotel is exactly what you need if you are searching for luxury combined with tranquility.

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1. History

Girl at Independence Hotel Sihanoukville garden gate

With a rich history, the Independence Hotel is considered the ‘Grande Dame’ of Cambodian hotels. The hotel was firstly opened in 1964 and its name is a symbol of the Cambodia’s independence from France. Once with the Khmer Rouge regime, the hotel was closed. However, in 2007 the hotel was brought back to its former glory and it now stands tall and watches over the Independence beach.

Drone shot at Independence Hotel Sihanoukville

Over the time, the hotel has received many prestigious guests, one of them being Jacqueline Kennedy. If you want to live a piece of the hotel’s history you can book the Jacqueline Kennedy Suite.

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2. New Concept – Pods

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville wooden pods

The Independence Hotel has many options of accommodation to choose from, suitable for all tastes: deluxe rooms, suites, villas, studios and pods.

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville wooden pods interior

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville wooden pods interior

I had the pleasure to try the new Independence Hotel pods. They are located in the middle of nature, in a separate area but with full access to all the hotel’s facilities. The pods are built from wood, matching their surroundings. I loved the fresh smell of wood and their smart design. Even though the pods look quite small, you still have all the comfort of a normal hotel room but in the middle of nature. The rooms have TV, air conditioning, a table, chairs and a fully equipped private bathroom.

Since the Independence Hotel estate is quite big, you will have a golf cart at your disposal and a driver to get around.

Independece Hotel Sihanoukville driver

3. Breakfast

Independece Hotel Sihanoukville Sunset Restaurant

Everybody wants a room with a view but what about a breakfast with a view? You can enjoy an amazing breakfast with a breathtaking view at the Sunset Restaurant. The dishes are tasty, varied and the staff will make sure that you will have a great time.

4. Pools

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville ocean view pool

Independence Hotel Sihanoukville ocean view pool

I must admit, I have a thing for beautiful pools and the Independence Hotel has two of them! You can choose between the Patio Pool, near the reception or the Ocean Infinity Pool. The most impressive one is by far the Ocean Infinity Pool. I loved all the layers of water and the sea view. This is the perfect place to forget about all the worries and enjoy the moment.

5. Staff

From the moment you will enter the hotel, you will be welcomed by the friendly staff with a drink and a cold wet towel – just perfect for hot days. If you need to book a taxi or maybe you want to get the free shuttle to the city, do not hesitate to call the reception.

6. Book Now!

I had an amazing stay at the Independence Hotel in Sihanoukville and I am sure you will too.

To book your stay, click here.

May the travel bug bite you!

Disclaimer: I was welcomed at Independence Hotel Sihanoukville as a guest. As always, all opinions are my own and they reflect my true, unbiased experience. This post contains affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.

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Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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