12 Tuesday Aug 2014

Modern Boutique Hostel Opening Later this Month

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — August 12, 2014 — Sla Boutique Hostel located on #15, Street 174, Phsa Thmey III, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh is expected to have its soft opening on August 22.  The hostel is one of the newest tourism ventures by local businessman, Vatanak Chheng, who is the president and owner of Imperial Rina Group or commonly known as IRG.

“I am very excited about this new venture,” says Chheng.  “There isn’t anything in Phnom Penh similar to this right now.” The hostel hopes to attract budget-conscious travelers looking for a clean and modern community environment to stay while visiting.

The hostel will have 51 beds split into 12 rooms featuring female, male, and co-ed dorms.  In addition to the rooms, the hostel will also have a community kitchen, lounge area, and a bar area for guests.

For more information, please contact Mr. Tchan Sin at [email protected]

01 Sunday Dec 2013

Refection on My Stay at Nature Lodge

For the long holiday, Water Festival in Cambodia, my friends and I went to visit Mondulkiri. We chose Nature Lodge for our accommodation in the Senmonorom area of Mondulkiri province.

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge provided a relaxing retreat on 6 hectares of beautiful greenery  in Sen Monorom of Mondulkiri Province. Guests could enjoy a refreshing dip in the spring located just steps away from the lodge.

Nature Lodge Village provided cosy rooms and standalone bungalows with private terraces and comfortable lounge areas. Everyone enjoyed the view of the surrounding mountains. Some bungalows had 2 separate bedrooms and a large bathroom.

The resort was a 10-minute drive from Sen Monorom City’s Bus Station and 2 km from town centre. Phnom Penh International Airport was situated 370 km away.

My Point View When I first visited 

This resort has a so beautiful landscape as comparable to the landscapes in Europe or in America. If you have been to Europe, you would felt that place was similar.  During our visit, there were lots of guests came to stay.  Many visitors were from South Korea, China, Malaysia, America, Australia, and France.  Mostly they made their bookings with travel agencies and online hotel booking websites.

I stayed in a twin-bed room which had a great view of the mountain. We had a wonderful time staying there. At night, my friend was shocked because there was a frog on his bed, and this was not a bad experience. This frog made us laugh together.  Moreover, when I went to the restroom, there were many ants in there. This was a great experience in my life to stay and sleep with those bugs.

The Restaurant and Cafe served a wide variety of foods, ranging from Mediterranean, European and Cambodian dishes. The Bar and Lounge offered a selection of wines and local drinks.

The Nature Lodge gave me a great experience and it was worth the stay.   —  By Leny

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Walk Street at Nature Lodge

Walk Street at Nature Lodge

Sit in a circle @ Natur Lodge

Sit in a circle @ Nature Lodge

Book this Nature Lodge at Senmonorom, Mondulkiri

T: +855 23 99 57 25 , E: [email protected] , W: [email protected]

22 Sunday Sep 2013

Travel Checklist: What Need When You Travel

Traveller

Traveler

Are you a first or frequent traveler around the globe? Yes, I am. Being a traveler, I have learned from experiences through my journey that there are many same things I should always travel with because they make my life so much easier. This is a list of my personal travel must-haves; use it as your personal checklist when I travel to anywhere!

What could you bring in your travel bag to make your life better? Here is a check list of mine. Travel can be stressful and need to plan carefully. You want to get your flight on time and be ready for it. And, you want to make sure you have everything you need in hand, but nothing more than that because you are the one that has to move your luggage(s) and carry-on from door to door.

Below is a list of all of the things that you may want (or need) to have at your fingertips during the course of your trip. Continue reading

12 Thursday Sep 2013

Key Term for Staying At Hotel

In hospitality industry, there are many keys term that are used. Today I would like to introduce you some key terms for making hotel reservation.

– Single Bed room = one bed for one person.

Single bed

Single Bed

Double Bed room = one bed for 2 people

double bed

double bed

– Twin Bed room = 2 beds for 2 people

twin bed

twin bed

– Triple Bed room = 2 or 3 beds for 3 people

Triple bed

Triple bed

Triple bed for 3 people

Triple bed for 3 people

This room above also counts as a triple room too because this room type fits three people. What we need to notice is that it has one double bed for 2 people and one single bed.

If your have any question, please feel free to comment and share this article to other readers. I also encourage you to check on our website: www.dream.myirg.com to learn more about room types.

18 Tuesday Jun 2013

Online Hotel Booking in Cambodia

IRG presents its online hotel booking website.  According to the statistic published by the Ministry of Tourism, there is an increase in the number of Cambodians traveling overseas for the past five years.  These travelers are Cambodian business entrepreneurs, government officials, and our friends and families who wish to see the world has to offer.  Our travel agency understands the need of our travelers when it comes to finding accommodation.  We have worked with many travel agency partners in Phnom Penh to provide the travel technology that would allow our partners to make hotel booking worldwide for our travelers.  With a great success, IRG now rolls out the new and improved online hotel booking website that serves both to our travelers and travel agency partners.

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Below are videos that we have created to demonstrate our users on how to use our hotel booking website.  We hope you enjoy these clips.  Please comment.

Learn how to manage your booking here.

Learn how to search for near by places or address from your selected hotel.

15 Saturday Jun 2013

Raffles Hotel Le Royal – Phnom Penh

Hotel Le Royal is one of the iconic accommodations in Phnom Penh.  Opened in 1929, this hotel was home to many high profile clienteles — Charlie Chaplin, Jackie O, André Malraux, W. Somerset Maugham,  and Barack Obama.   In 1997 the hotel is later changed its name to Raffles Hotel Le Royal under the management of Fairmont Raffles Hotel International.   This luxury five star hotel lives up to its reputation, offering one the finest foods from its the kitchen of Restaurant Le Royal and serving the most exotic mixology cocktails from the Elephant Bar.

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Besides its luxury accommodation, foods and drinks, this hotel provides the perfect space for business meeting and conference.   Meeting arrangement is often treated with the highest professionalism and you are sure that Raffles will leave you stressfree through out the entire process.

Personally I had meetings held at the Le Royal as large as 100 people and as small as 10 people.  Restaurant Le Royal had always been great in delivering both western and Khmer dishes catered to both our international and local guests.

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Elephant Bar is another perfect after work meeting hangout spot.  This piano bar is always popular among local expats.  I find the atmosphere so welcoming and easy to relax.  From Jackie O signature drink, the long whale bone beer glass, the pool table, the piano, to the finger foods, this bar has the marriage of luxury and business hangouts.

For this month, stay with Raffles Hotel Le Royal at our exceptional long residency rate.
RAFFLES RESIDENT RATE
State Room (33sqm) US$ (ask for price) per month
Newly renovated retaining the elegance and stylish ambience of the classical heritage of this historic hotel, offer guests a choice of views, rooms overlooking the beautiful tropical gardens and swimming pools of this oasis of tranquility in the midst of the capital city from the balconies in all rooms.

Executive Suite (66sqm) US$ (ask for price) per month
Newly renovated, with elegant and stylish appointments that ensure total comfort in this home from home. With a large bedroom and separate sitting room and Kitchenette. The Suite is perfect for those requiring space and comfort.

Inclusive of:
• Daily buffet breakfast at Cafe Monivong restaurant
• 24hrs high speed complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
• 20% discount on F&B (excluding Room Service and special promotions)
• 20% discount on spa treatments (excluding special promotions)
• 20% discount on telephone calls
• 40% discount on laundry & dry cleaning
• Access to Raffles Spa, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, fitness center and swimming pool

T: +855 23 99 57 25 | F: +855 23 99 75 15 | [email protected]

29 Tuesday Jan 2013

Where to stay in Sihanoukville

Chinese New Year is just around the corner.  People living in the cities are planning trips to the beach.  In Cambodia, there are four coastal provinces — Sihanoukville (or Kompong Som), Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong; though Sihanoukville is the most popular destination of the four.  Located only 250 km or 3 1/2 hours drive from Phnom Penh city, Sihanoukville is an easy day trip to do.

Having the longest coastal beach in Cambodia, most popular beaches in Sihanoukville are Sokha beach, Ochheuteal beach, Independence beach, Victory beach, Otres beach, and Ream National Park beach.

Accommodation in Sihanoukville varies from high-end beach resort to bungalow style.  Here are our top choices of accommodation for 2013.

Resort and Hotel:
1. Sokha Beach and Resort
2. Independence Hotel and Resort
3. Holiday Palace and Resort

Boutique Hotel:
1. OC Boutique Hotel
2. Pagoda Rock (on a hill)

Guesthouses and Bungalow:
+ Beach Bungalow (Otres beach)

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

24 Thursday Jan 2013

Nearest Trendy Boutique Hotels to Old Market/Pub Street, Siem Reap

In the past three years there has been a sprawl of development in the boutique hotel around Siem Reap city center.  Lately the city’s property keeps going up in value, it is sometimes very difficult for hoteliers to invest in any hotel development near the city center.   Although the demand for boutique hotels is still on the rise, there is only a handful of these boutiques near the center of town.

Karavansa Boutique Hotel and Karavansa Residence are among our top choices for boutique hotels in Siem Reap.  Both places are located across from one another.   Walking from the hotel to the Old Market or the Pub Street takes less than 5 min.  The hotel features a sleeping quarter in an old french colonial building, a rustic traditional Khmer house style restaurant, a rooftop pool, and a front yard green garden.  Their service is as superb as any five stars hotels in Siem Reap.  Our experience staying at this hotel has always been very pleasant.

Karavansara

La Niche d’Angkor Boutique Hotel is one of the nearest boutique hotels to the Old Market and the Pub Stret.  It is located on the infamous Wat Bo Road.  By foot this hotel is about two blocks from the Hip Hop club, situated on the roundabout right across from the Old Market.  What we like best about this hotel is its large-size swimming pool.  Since this is a boutique hotel with limited rooms, the pool never feels crowded.

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Other Boutique Hotels near the Old Market and Pub Street:

+ Pippeli Pensione

+ Soria Moria Boutique Hotel

+ Frangipani Villa Siem Reap

+ Viroth’s Hotel

21 Wednesday Nov 2012

A new way to book a hotel online with IRG

Our IRG team has been preparing a new face for our hotel booking website.  We anticipate the new interface to be up and running in this coming December.  Below are some screen shots highlighting the new features.

1. In this screen shot, online visitors can quickly identify TripAdvisor ranking and hotel star ranking. All prices display here are final, including taxes and services.  Therefore customers won’t be surprise when you reach the booking payment stage.  

A gallery displaying hotel availability.

2. On this map displaying hotel availability, online visitors can pinpoint the location of interest or address by simply entering into the text box provided and click on the “pinpoint location”.  The number of hotels helps our users to see easily on the map where each hotel is located.

A map displaying hotel availability.

 3. On the homepage, online visitors can see which hotels are last viewed and are most viewed, and which cities are most viewed.

Most Viewed Hotels

All these great features are integrated to help serve our online customers better.

21 Tuesday Aug 2012

The Sothea – luxury boutique hotel in Siem Reap

The Sothea, once was called Alila Sothea Siem Reap, sprinkles light and romance as I reminisce about this place.  It’s true beauty, with Bali influence, is indescribable.  Located on National Highway 6, the hotel is built with a giant enclosed limestone wall, all covered in green leaves and vines.  At night, a glimpse of light flickers on the tiny wooden sign, THE SOTHEA, barely noticeable to the passing cars.   The word grandiose may be the right word as you enter the main front entrance.  A wall of paintings, some seem largely displayed and framed while some hang in disarrayed patterns, descending water steps creating a square moat surrounding a green patch of grass in the middle, and an open sky enclosure are at your presence as you pass through the main gate.   Running water from the water steps mimics the sound of dripping water drops, entertaining guests as they are greeted to the check-in counter.

While looking pass the check-in counter, a view to an outdoor pool is within reach.  I’ve attached a photo below.

The Sothea Hotel Siem Reap

Rows of pool lounge chairs are escorted along both side of the pool.  At the end of it, a giant white marble stone in the shape of a sleeping woman is placed in the middle.   The rooms surrounding the pool have the most exquisite access to it.  If you’re lucky, the rooms open to the pool with a floating deck.  On a hot summer day, the guest can lounge on their private floating-on-water deck or simply jump into the pool from their deck.

The room is another indescribable sight. The floor and ceiling are covered in dark-color wood, well polished that you can almost see your own reflection.  A white cover bed sheet gives a high contrast against the dark-color wood floor.  The furniture looks like they were selected from the Pottery Barn category, hand-selected for this Victorian style room.   I never forget the white porcelain shower tub with its animal-like shaped legs, silver in color, pronged on four corners on top of the bathroom floor.  The sense of calamity is washed away as soon as you set your foot into the bedroom.

Having stayed at The Sothea, I think 5 stars is understated for this hotel.