This hotel really is an oasis in the middle of Phnom Pehn.
The pool area is wonderful, with 5 great separate cabana areas surrounding the pool. There is really nice vegetation and it is fabulous to spend an afternoon pool side, being relaxed and cool.
The restaurant area is adjacent to the pool, and they can also serve you food and drinks right to the cabanas on the other side of the pool. There is a decent menu for a small hotel, and the food is good, fresh and great value. We ate there most of the time. The breakfast is good, with a choice between an American breakfast and a yoghurt/fruit type breakfast. The servers are efficient and fun.
The rooms are large, with really unique decoration, mostly concrete, ie, the wardrobe, desk etc. The bathroom is large and well laid out. Water pressure can be sporadic, so try to take your showers outside peak times, ie, shower before 7.00 am and after 9.00 am. The mattresses can be very hard, so request a soft mattress upon booking.
The staff are really great, most with a very good command of English. They are efficient and friendly. Management is always on hand if there are problems.
The only problem with the hotel is that they let in non guests to use the pool (for a fee). This practice is wide spread throughout Phnom Pehn. This hotel tries not to allow groups into the pool area and the cabanas are reserved for hotel guests, however, the pool fee paying clientele can block walkways as they lie trying to catch the sun. The management will ask the pool guests to leave if they misbehave so have no hesitation to tell the manager if they non hotel guests bother you.
I would have given this hotel 4 to 4.5 stars if the practice of allowing people to use the pool was not in place.
I will definitely stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Phnom Penh and the 252, the boutique hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Pearl of Asia – step in, lean back and relax. With 19 spacious and stylish rooms decorated by Tendance Khmère©, the swimming pool surrounded by a leafy tropical garden, the bar and restaurant, we aim to make your stay extraordinary and unforgettable. The 252 is conveniently located in a quiet area close to the striking Independence Monument and within walking distance to the popular Street 278 with its shops, restaurants and bars. The Quay Sisowath, the Royal Palace, the Central Market and the National Museum are within 5 minutes drive by tuk tuk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 252 Hotel Phnom Penh