I didn't care for this hotel. It's in a poor location, located in a bit of a slum out in the Tonle Bassac area. It's impossible to walk anywhere from the hotel (not that you would want to) because the hotel door is up a 200 meter driveway from the street.
They were building a nice parking garage when I visited, and I think this hotel would be a much better choice for someone with a car vs. someone who is relying on public transport. If you don't have a car, and you want to go somewhere, you have to wait while the doorman calls the front gate to flag down a tuk tuk, then the tuk tuk putters up the 200m driveway, then the tuk tuk offers to take you somewhere for triple the regular price because you are staying at a rich hotel far from everything and there are no other tuk tuks there for you to bargain with.
The interior of the hotel is nice enough, but the staff to guest ratio seemed to be about 3:1 when I was there, which was a little odd. The staff was nice.
The rooms are good, but the bathrooms are pretty bizarre and not conducive to privacy. The toilets are in strange glass "fishbowl" seating area inside the bathroom. If you want privacy you have to close the outer bathroom doors, which is not ideal because the wardrobe and in room safe are inside the bathroom doors. Also, the toilets didn't have those typical Southeast Asian bidet sprayer hoses that I have come to love so much.
I didn't use the pool, but I noticed that it is next to an unattractive canal, as you can see from the photo. They need more landscaping in the pool area to block that view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is set riverside amongst landscaped gardens in the old quarter of the city, neighbouring the largest Mall in Cambodia, Aeon Mall. This stunning well located 12-storey colonial style hotel is close to key attractions, embassies and the central business district. Along with 201 luxurious rooms and suites with Mekong or Bassac river views, this 5-star hotel offers an array of chic restaurants and bars, an upscale spa, two swimming pools, a sports club and the finest conferencing facilities in Cambodia ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel Phnom Penh