We only had one night in Phnom Penh on this occasion, so it is hard for me to comment on the location of this hotel - but I think fairly central. Plenty of convenience stores nearby. The pool and outdoor bar / restaurant are lovely, and it certainly feels like an oasis in a busy city. You would never guess it was behind the wall, but as soon as you enter it is peaceful. The staff are lovely and we were allowed an early check in.
Really the only issue we had was with the rooms - and just general stuff like doors locking etc. They are a little tired (third floor more so than the others - and also the third floor had shared balconies which is not ideal), but definitely quite a groovy design. For this price range, I can see that this place is a good option. Unfortunately the door in our first option would not lock. Next room (ground floor) was musty. So we upgraded to a deluxe room (ie, balcony), but the door to the balcony would not lock. Eventually we got the 4th room which was fine, just a bit musty in the bathroom, which we think was the drains. We didn't think the air conditioning would be strong enough to genuinely cool the room - but were proven wrong (and bought the staff a drink to admit it!). Had a nice meal by the pool, and great sleep. The very helpful people there booked our bus ticket for the next day.
So - in summary - just check all the stuff in your room works, and be ready for a nice place that is just a tad tired. But life by the pool is lovely. And the people even better. After all - this is Cambodia!
- 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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