After a rough flight with an hour of sleep, mum and I were so happy to see the happy Rambutan staff waiting for us at the airport. Once we got to the resort, we saw nothing but the friendly staff welcoming us to their resort. This resort is truly different to other resorts I have been to as the reception is outside and as soon as you step into the resort, you can immediately experience modern art and traditional Cambodia all at the same time.
I have stayed here for 4 nights and throughout my stay at the Rambutan Resort, not once were any of the staff members reluctant to help me in any way. To prevent you from getting ripped off by the tuk tuk drivers on the streets, the resort can organise a tuk tuk for you at a great price! (main city area is only US$3 away by tuk tuk). The room is very clean with modern designs but the grey flooring adds a Cambodian feel to everything, which I loved. The housekeeping was done immaculately each day and the TV in the room has a variety of international channels.
The food is very clean and delicious, always providing both Asian and Western food options. The cocktails are also amazing - highly recommend the Rambutan Mojito!
During my stay I was lucky enough to interview the owner of the resort (Dirk) and the general manager (Tum) about the resort for my blog. Like every other staff at the resort, they were more than willing to give me some information about the resort and provide further information about Cambodia for those who are interested in visiting in the near future.
Here is the transcript:
Tell us about the facilities that the Rambutan Resort provides for its guests:
First of all, we have a swimming pool for our guests, which is located next to the resort restaurant so that guests can easily order drinks and food and enjoy by the pool. We also have two massage rooms, the Japanese style room and the Chinese style room. In our penthouse, we have a Jacuzzi and most of the other rooms have an outdoor bath which means our guests can take a bath on their private balcony or garden, and that is so much nicer than staying indoors. Most people think that it is somewhat ridiculous to have an outdoor bath but trust me - it is much nicer.
How many rooms does the resort have and why are they so special?
We have 19 rooms in total – 5 standard rooms, 5 deluxe garden rooms, 8 deluxe pool view rooms and 1 penthouse. I think one of the things that make our rooms so special is that we have an outdoor bath in most of the rooms, which most other resorts don’t have.
Tell us about the location of the resort:
We are located in BKK1 which is a special area code that is more of a residential area and is very quiet and not too crazy busy like the riverside. It is very close to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, you can also walk to the Russian Market so there is a reason why we have chosen this area and that is because it is so quiet and close to the Central Phnom Penh.
What are the top 3 must do’s/must see’s of Phnom Penh?
I will say all the tourist areas like the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, I also think the sunset cruise around the river is amazing and the lady boy show in Blue Chilli (on street 176), which is very popular amongst everyone. There are many tourist attractions in Phnom Penh, such as the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields which everyone visits when they are in Phnom Penh, but the sunset cruise and the lady boy show are definitely a unique experience.
Why would you recommend people to travel to Cambodia?
I think Cambodia is unspoiled but still developed enough to have a pleasant holiday for everyone – regardless of whether you are looking for a simple or a luxury holiday, we provide all variation. There are many changes going on, which I think is interesting because many other countries have finished developing and there aren’t many changes happening.
Overall, mum and I had an amazing time in Phnom Penh all thanks to Rambutan Resort. I will not even consider looking at other places to stay in Phnom Penh, since I can get a 5 star experience with a very decent price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sister property of Rambutan Hotel & Resort in Siem Reap located in the middle of Phnom Penh's chique and quiet BKK1 area, just walking distance of Toul Sleng and Russian Market and a short ride from all other activities. All rooms have TV, air-con, fan, writing desk, rain shower, fridge and all amenities. All deluxe suites have a private outdoor bath in garden or balcony. The Penthouse suite overlooks the city and has a large private Jacuzzi. Salt water pool, bar, restaurant, spa and free breakfast (large choice) complete the Resort. Set in a city environment with a green garden makes it the perfect city oasis for a short getaway or holiday. ... more less
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