The stellar reviews received by King Grand are certainly well deserved. I stayed 3 nights last month and it’s hard to find serious fault with this new boutique hotel.
Check-in was a breeze. Reception was friendly & helpful and speak good English. I had asked for and was confirmed, via Agoda, a double; however, with the aid of the attentive and discerning reception, I was able to opt for a brighter, higher (5th-floor) twin with an attractive view of the neighbourhood, incl. notably of the Mekong & Tongle Sap River junction --something magical about that confluence of lake proportions, what with all the greenery juxtaposed to bustling commercial traffic. Nice, too, that you could open the screened-sliding door onto the narrow balcony and allow a crack of fresh air to flow in. Good mattress: I slept very soundly in the twin by the sliding door window.
Three quibbles: Negotiating the narrow space between the further-in bed and the wall in order to access the wardrobe and washroom was a bit annoying; as it was to discover, in this otherwise state-of-the-art hotel (e.g. security cards for elevator and rooms), the basin sink provides only cold (ok, cool) water. I was informed the former won’t be an issue with the somewhat larger rooms in the soon-to-open new wing of (?) / companion to (?) Grand Boutique. (I believe it’s a separate bldg.) Not sure about the water issue. Finally, the 7th-floor sun-deck lounge, though quite lovely with a splendid view, is just that: the accompanying ‘pool’ is really just a tub to climb into, so have no illusions about any kind of swimming pool. I believe the new bldg. will offer pretty much the same (perhaps on somewhat a larger scale?) in that regard.
Breakfast a` la carte was excellent. Excluding potatoes, you can choose freely among no shortage of items. It would be nice if they could do poached eggs. Reasonable coffee: espresso machine…with refills (!).
Finally, the GM, Mr. Sivam Raman, is a real gentleman: approachable, eloquent and very hospitable & informative.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- King Grand Boutique Hotel is a sanctuary for tourists and corporate guests who expect excellent hospitality and friendly service. Whether you're on business or pleasure, the King Grand Boutique Hotel is a luxurious haven, elegantly furnished to provide you with a comfortable stay. You can enjoy a wide range of facilities and traditional Cambodian hospitality in King Grand Boutique Hotel. Experience ultimate luxury and bask in the splendor of elegance at the King Grand Boutique Hotel, the perfect base to explore the legendary Phnom Penh City and undiscovered treasures in Cambodia. It is located in the heart of the city where you can walk to anywhere in a minute. ... more less
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