I booked this hotel, as maybe many others have, given its1 of all hotels in Phnom Penh rating. It has many plus points, the staff, its true are very nice, and guy on the desk, Stephane is helpful and very pleasant, always ready to give you his advice on where to go, how much a tuk tuk should cost etc. Its clean, modern and has a nice boutique feel about it. However I found the rooms a little strange. I like minimalist interiors, but this is perhaps a bit too much. True, there is a Flat screen TV, fridge, safe, nice bathroom in black slate, but it lacks something. It is basically concrete, the bed is concrete, the wardrobe is concrete, and of course the walls and floor are concrete. Resulting in loud corridor noise, and a strange cell like feel to the rooms. They have been specially designed but I just feel some modern art on the walls, maybe an oval rug to take the coldness out of the floor would all enhance the experience.
That said, the breakfast was great. By the pool, no choice which suited me fine. Eggs, Bacon, Toast good coffee (in a cafetiere), juice and rolls with jam and butter - come on guys what more do you want for breakfast. All incl at $50 per night for a twin room.
Its a little out of the action, we took four tuk tuks back and none of them knew where it was. The fact the name is the same as the street helps. Take a card from reception when you go out with the address in Khmer.
Above all else, do take their taxi service from the airport. For $12 its a steal, and do use their driver to take you round. he is a lovely guy. His name is Theary Leab, he speaks good English and there is nothing rip off about him at all. No carpet shops, diamond factories, brothers garment store tours here. He took us to all the sights, temples, killing fields etc, over a 6 hour period for 35 bucks. Not once did he suggest somewhere where he might make some money and we did not wish to go. 100% recommended. A really nice guy who enhanced our stay at the 252. Do use his service and ask for him by name at reception, you will not be disappointed.
All in all, a fine stay, I hope the hotel does well, its unusual, but great value for money.
- 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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