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“Very nice Villa”
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the 252
Ranked #11 of 264 Hotels in Phnom Penh
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Cascais, Portugal
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“Very nice Villa”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Very nice Villa with nice service and friendly staff. We had a triple room with nice size, good bathroom and a balcony, no elevator and we stayed on the 1st floor but no problem at all. Very good breakfast and restaurant, in a walking distance to Major attractions in the city.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear Mica,
Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay here at the 252 and we hope to welcome you back next time you are in Cambodia.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Phnom Penh is a great city to visit, easy to get around, even on foot (depending on your definition of easy). It is a lot of fun, with great restaurants (more on that in a tic) but its loud and grimy and very busy. Its therefore great to have a hotel like 'The 252' to come back to each afternoon. This hotel is an absolute oasis for really quite a modest price. There is a large pool with individual cubicles with cushions and table along one side (never all used when we were there) and a great on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is free and very generous. Only ate here once or twice (we stayed a week in total) but the food was excellent.
The standout of the hotel though are the staff, without exception they were friendly and helpful, from the French owners to the guy on the gate and the cleaners.
The rooms are polished concrete throughout which could seem cold but the colour touches in the room made it not so. We were on budget holiday, normally trying to pay no more than $30 a night so this hotel was a treat, but all things considered the price of $65 a night was good value.
Certainly one of the best places we've ever stayed. Only small downside was that couldnt pick up wifi from the lounge chair side of the pool,

Oh and the owners also have a separate restuarant called La Tabla a couple of streets away. Oh boy, really good food.

Room Tip: Our room on the 2nd floor seemed to have better wifi than the one on the 1st floor (we stayed there...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Adrian,
Thank you for your kind review on TripAdvisor. It was a pleasure to have you with us. We are glad that you did not regret your choice and that you fully enjoyed your stay here at the 252. With regard to the wi-fi, we had several issues during this time and even though we called in the company, they were unable to fix it. In the meantime we have changed provider and our wi-fi is working properly again. Please apologize the inconvenience.
We hope to have you back with us in the near future.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We booked one day in advance the room. What a lovely retreat in central phnom penh. If you enter the gate it is an oasis of peace and quietness. The pool is excellent, plounge several times after a busy day in the city. (Visit killing fields and tuol sleng)
The rooms are very spacious and modern. Concrete material and nice colors, i loved it. Everything is clean and works well. Nice was the entrance door. The first time i could left my stuf with a peacefull mind in the room. The door is as heavy as the door of a banksafe with lockings on al sides.
The personel is very very helpfull with everything.
The breakfast was reliable with good choice. The location is pretty central, and by tuk tuk everything is easy to reach.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Robert,
Thank you for your nice review on TripAdvisor. We are happy that you enjoyed the oasis of peace and quietness here at the 252.
We hope to welcome you back with us next time you visit Phnom Penh.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

This is up there with the best experiences I've ever had at a hotel! Where to start!! The staff and owners are so nice and helpful. We stayed here for 5 nights in total (3 nights the first visit then 1 night two other times) This was spaced over 3 weeks. On two occasions I left items behind but they held onto them for me as they knew I was coming back!! Great service!

The food was great too. I ate here a few times.

It was such a nice pool to chill out by. We felt guilty some days as we didn't want to leave the pool!!

The rooms were lovely. We stayed in 3 different rooms and they were all as nice as each other. The showers were really powerful :)

I really recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Phnom Penh. If I am ever back I will 100% be staying here.

Room Tip: They seem to be all good rooms!!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear guest,
Thank you for the nice review here on TripAdvisor. We are happy that you felt at ease here at the 252 and that you enjoyed some relaxing moments in the cabanas around the pool. We hope to have you back with us next time you are in Phnom Penh.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Other reviewers have said it all: amazing value, staff, design, pool puts it over the edge to great. They even make a very good margarita, recommend for happy hour. This was our favorite stop in Cambodia. Only slight negative is that I booked a manicure/pedicure and the woman never showed up. Not a big deal for me and staff was super apologetic.
Phnom Penh is an awesome city that gets a bad rap: you just have to explore a little and this is an excellent base from which to do it.
Paid $50 for a double, march 2014: highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Talia,
Thank you for your kind review on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here at the 252 and the margaritas ;-) Please apologize again for the manicure/pedicure, the lady is usually very reliable.
We hope to have you back with us soon.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

The 252 gives that special, indiscribable feeling which makes you want to stay!. This is a great boutique hotel. Spacious rooms, fabulous pool area, outstanding service, very tasty a la carte menu. Overall, a lot of attention is paid to details, and to your needs. On a par with the Hyatts and the Hiltons for a fraction of the price. The only minus is the neighbourhood which isn't very nice, but then again, this is Phnom Penh...

I read reviews about hard mattresses. For Southeast Asian standards the mattresses are absolutely normal. Besides, you can have your mattress replaced with a softer one if you find it too hard.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear guest,
Thank you for your nice review here on TripAdvisor. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here at the 252 and we hope to have you back with us next time you are in Phnom Penh.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The rooms are a good sizes and clean, however its location leave a lot to be desired. at least 15 minutes from town and restaurant. The breakfast was a bit short on choice compare to other hotels we stayed at on oue trip.

Room Tip: value for money, look around you might find better
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stéphane C, Owner at the 252, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear guest,
Thank you for your review. The hotel is located in Boeung Keng Kang 1 which actually is the city center. Street 278 is within 5 minutes walk and offers a range of restaurants and shops. With regard to our breakfast, we serve either the traditional continental breakfast with eggs and toast, mini-baguette with butter and jam, and some fresh fruits, or the healthy Swiss breakfast with yogurt, cereals and fruit salad, and mini-baguette with butter and jam.
We hope to welcome you again next time you are visiting Cambodia.
Best regards,
Stéphane
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Property: the 252
Address: Street 252 #19, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Phnom Penh
#7 Family Hotel in Phnom Penh
#13 Business Hotel in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — the 252 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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