Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Renakse manager refuses to leave hotel

Renakse manager refuses to leave hotel

Renakse manager refuses to leave hotel

KEM CHANTHA, manager of the Renakse Hotel, will continue to defy a government request to vacate the historic property by the end of September, she told the Post on Tuesday.

"I am staying here to see what they will do because they are not respecting the law," she said. "I want the government to recognize my right to stay."

Kem Chantha has operated the hotel for more than two decades, and her lease is valid until April 2050, she said.

But a notice posted last week on the hotel's front gate said the property, owned by the Cambodian People's Party, had been sold to Alexan Inc and will be developed to provide housing for government officials.

Kem Chantha said the government offered US$200,000 in return for their breaking her lease.

She added that officials gave her no advanced notice of the sale and have offered only a fraction of the value of the hotel.

"My company could have offered much more than the $3.8 million I was told they accepted from the new owners," she said. The Renakse Hotel's nearly 7,000 square metres of property has increased in value as land prices citywide have skyrocketed in recent years.

"I want the government to recognise the injustice of this, and I won't leave until they do," she said. Government officials could not be reached for comment. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong