If you’re looking for Luxe in Phnom Penh, look no further. Here are my top tips for beautiful beds, sparkling service and something special. And ....naturally all hotels listed have a commitment to responsible tourism or sustainability through programs that give back to the local community and ensure a light touch on the environment.
- Sofitel Phnom Penh (5 stars) is very luxurious and quiet, with superb service. Set in the middle of a large green space it boasts 2 pools and 2 gyms and also has a spa. Ask for a pool view room. The alternative is a view over the large Aeon shopping centre next door, which could also see you woken up by truck deliveries all night.
I love it because it's a peaceful respite from the craziness of the city, but it you want hip and happening, you might prefer one of the other options below.
Rooms are around $295 AUD per night
- Raffles Hotel Le Royal. (5 stars) The grand dame of Phnom Penh, Raffles has been around since 1929 and is where Jacquline Kennedy once stayed (see the entrance foyer below). From a pebbled circular driveway, you walk up a small flight of stairs and in through a white colonnade facade. The Elephant Bar is where all the diplomats and wealthy ex pats hang out. Check out the US Embassy opposite. If you had any illusions that US power and influence was on the wane, the size of the building might make you reconsider.
Rooms are around $380 AUD per night
- Plantation Resort Hotel. (3-stars) A happening and hip boutique hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Plantation Resort Hotel is tucked behind a high white fence in a street just behind the Royal Palace. You enter to peaceful water fountains and calming pools of water. It has a great boutique and a very swish cocktail bar or you might just prefer to retreat to a private day bed around the palm fringed swimming pool.
Rooms start at approximately $125 AUD per night
- La Rose Hotel. Sustainable travel organisers, Soulful Concepts, recommend La Rose Hotel. The hotel is comprised of 2 separate properties - 4-star La Rose Boutique hotel and 5-star La Rose Suites, which has larger rooms. The spa and pool are located at La Rose Suites, which is a complimentary tuk tuk ride away from La Rose Hotel.
Room rate start at approximately $120 AUD per night