The Independence Hotel was built in 1964 and inaugurated in the year 1968. This hotel is said to be one of the foremost accommodation in Sihanoukville. This hotel symbolizes the early days of Sihanoukville. French architect M. Mondet of Leroy and Mondet had designed this hotel. Earlier this hotel was built with 45 rooms and seven storeys. The main feature of the rooms was that the rooms were located on the same side of the hotel facing the ocean. Later when the rooms were completed, another 50 bungalows were constructed on the ground to cater to the increasing number of guests. HE Norodom, the Prime Minister and King of Cambodia had done the interiors of the hotel himself. This hotel was forsaken when the Khmer rulers came into power in the year 1975. This hotel is called as ‘Hotel Pram-Pul Jawn’ by the local residents.