A small, nicely-located hotel with a very friendly and helpful staff.
First, the positives.The rooms are of a good size - clean and well-maintained - and the swimming pool is lovely. The lighting is a little gloomy and our room could probably have done with a couple of bedside lamps for reading, though the overall feel was very relaxing, so that probably depends on your personal preference. The staff were very helpful and allowed us to check out a little later than usual to coincide with a late pick-up, which they also booked for us.
Negatives? I would say that the exterior of the hotel looks a little tired and didn't really fit in with my idea of a boutique hotel, though some new poolside furniture and a lick of white paint would sort that out quite easily. In addition, the swimming pool has signs dotted around prohibiting diving or jumping into the pool, however during our stay a group of guests were doing just that throughout our breakfast and the staff didn't do anything to enforce the prohibition. This was very annoying. Finally, the owners and staff are clearly animal lovers, as there was a large dog lounging in the reception area and at least one cat weaving between our legs at the breakfast table. This is probably fine for guests who are fond of animals, however for those of us who are not, cats and dogs can give the impression of dirtiness and it wasn't a great introduction to the hotel when we first arrived. This is something I would suggest the owners at least bear in mind for the future.
Overall, I'd say we were reasonably happy with Circa 51. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the swimming pool is very nice, and the hotel is in a very convenient location. I'm not sure that I would recommend the hotel to other people, but our overall experience was generally positive.
(NB I would prefer to rate the hotel as 'Good', but the TripAdvisor rating system only gives the option of 'Average' and 'Very Good', so I'm afraid it's a case of rounding down to 'Average'.)
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- Also Known As:
- Circa 51 Hotel Phnom Penh