I picked this hotel in Phnom Penh because it's a sister property of the Golden Banana/Rambutan resort in Siem Reap, and I got a good deal by booking both. The Rambutan is quite stylish with a modern, boutique hotel vibe. Very functional and comfortable room.
The location is great. It's in a residential neighborhood, on a quieter street away from the busier main drags of Phnom Penh (and those main drags can be very, very busy.) I was able to walk from this hotel all the way to the central palace area and Sisowath Quay in about 20 minutes. Not a lot of people seem to walk in Phnom Penh, so I felt like I was a farang curiosity to locals.
The neighborhood is upscale, with a number of coffee houses and restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk. Definitely less of a scene than the hotels at Sisowath Quay. When I came back from sightseeing, it felt like I was coming back to my own quiet retreat. At night, the area was refreshingly quiet, for being in the middle of a big, buzzing city like Phnom Penh.
The experience at Rambutan felt a little less personal than at their sister property in Siem Reap, but that could well be more the difference between a big city and a smaller city. Overall, this would definitely be my pick for a return visit to Phomh Penh.
- 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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