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“Well presented with a few niggles” 4 of 5 stars
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#70, Street 244, Chhay Chomneas, Phnom Penh, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #86 of 233 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Beijing, China
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“Well presented with a few niggles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

We stayed here on our way through PP on the way to Siem Reap.Location is just by the Royal Palace so it is great for the centre of town. Its down a small alley behind the British Amabassaors house. Its very well presented in a boutique style and its terraced restaurant is a great location to unwind. The food is very good and reasonably priced, breakfast was also excellent. The staff were very friendly and attentive. A few little things let it down. For example the extra bed was a mattress on the floor; they knew we were a family but hadnt prepared for this, e.g. mattress, extra towels and the bathroom was showing signs of wear lose tap, broken shower head holder etc. Not big issues but these basics should be as good as the presentation and the food!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, UK
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

Stayed here for three nights and then returned for a final night later in our trip - would not want to stay anywhere else as we had such great service here.

The hotel is a real oasis in the middle of busy Phnom Penh - set down a small street just behind the Royal Palace so very central but feels peaceful and restful. The rooms are beautifully done - very simple in style and with fresh flowers in the room on arrival.

What made this hotel for us were the little touches - for example, when we arrived our bags were whisked to our room and after we had checked in they brought an amazing lime juice and chocolate brownie chocolates to our room. We also loved the breakfast which was included in the room rate - you could choose anything from the a la carte menu and we never left hungry or unhappy! Great coffee, juices and a huge choice of amazing dishes! The attitude of the place is all about relaxing too - we were told that breakfast was served "any time from 6am...until whatever time you get up" and there is a "Quiet, guests sleeping" sign in reception until every room has surfaced (!) so you'll never be disturbed.

The staff were also lovely - very friendly and happy to help us in any way they could. One waiter explained that many of the staff are also ex-street kids being trained by the hotel in hospitality and put through school at the same time so not only is this is a lovely place to stay but you also get to give something back to this lovely country at the same time.

Cannot recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

I was originally booked to stay at Boddhi Tree Umma but when I arrived I was told that there was a problem with the internet reservation system and that there were in fact no vacancies at Umma, but they would put me up at Aram for the same price. My room at Aram was wonderful, huge comfortable bed, elegant furniture, balcony, flatscreen TV... couldn't ask for anything more. A small (but perfectly good) breakfast was included and I ate at the restaurant there twice, which was really lovely. Yes, expensive by Cambodian standards but still very cheap by Western standards, and well worth it. The staff are so lovely, I can't praise them enough. They couldn't do enough for me. The location is great, right near the Royal Palace and some great shops and cafes on St. 240. Definitely recommend, having said that, I probably wouldn't stay here if I had to pay the full price.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

The place itself is expensive but ok. The very big problem is the Manager.
We turned in our clothes for laundry and they returned ruined.The bill for the laundry was about 70 USD (in Cambodia is a crazy price). When we asked explanations, the staff callled the manager on the phone (he is never on site....no wonder why) and he was extremely rude to me and my wife and threatened us to call the police if we didn't quit complaining for our clothes... "so you will get a taste of how my friends in the police handles things here in cambodia and deals with people like you"...these were more or less his words. Do not go there because if you have any problem of sort, you will get in real troubles.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

We found this small hotel to be a wonderful little refuge. The friendly staff made our stay there very special. The room was clean and quiet, the bed was big and comfortable, as was the decor. We even had a flat screen TV, which we definitely did not expect in Cambodia! The only strange item was that the shower wasn't enclosed - so the entire bathroom got wet when you'd take a shower but that was no big deal. The food in the little cafe was divine - from the freshly made juices you could get for your breakfast to the Glass Noodle Salad we had one lunchtime that was delicious. They booked a bus trip for us to Siem Reap and made everything so easy for us. It's a delightful little place and not too far (walking distance) to some interesting historical sites.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WAshington, DC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

I just searched for the Aram contact information to pass on to a colleague, and was horrified at a few of the write-ups. I am a frequent traveler, both upscale and budget, and this place stands out. It is truly delightful. Simple elegance. No, nothing over the top, but elegant in a truly Bhuddist sense. Everyone working there was truly accomodating, from the owner to the kitchen help, catering to our many questions and special requests. The kitchen is great.. yes, a bit pricier than some other parts of the city, but nothing outrageous and again, subtly elegant presentation, spices, etc. The owner gave us outstanding touring advice, rerouting our trip from tourist traps to outstanding outdoor adventure; and went we foolishly left our travel documents in his safety box, miraculously arranged to get them safely to us in the south. His other properties aren't nearly as elegant (or pricey) but their restaurants are also exceptional.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2009

I stayed at the Boddhi Tree ARAM for two days in October and was very impressed! The location was good but by Western Standards the immediate area was kind of shady in that there were poor residential housing and dingy commercial areas surrounding it. Having said that, it is part of the charm of Cambodia and I felt safe. The staff were top notch and VERY service oriented which is a welcome from the typical coldness of Western hospitality. Basically the staff put hospitality back into the word.

Yes it is expensive in relative terms, but I found the accomodations wonderful with a very comfortable bed and excellent decor. If you are a business traveller this might not be the best in terms of amenities, but for a leisure traveller wanting to get away from it all, the service and accomodations exceeded my expectations and in Canada, a comperable experience would not be found for such a price. They also have a great assortment of tea's and personal touches (hand made soaps) included.

If you are looking for a place with a wonderful and relaxing ambience with top notch personal service (a small restaurant with excellent food is on sight) that is an EXPERIENCE, than the ARAM is hard to beat while in Phnow Penh.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: #70, Street 244, Chhay Chomneas, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
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Ranked #86 of 233 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Number of rooms: 12
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