Just returned from a 2 night stay here at the Plantation on the way back from Siem Reap. We decided to tag a couple of days on to our break in the capital.
We arrived on the early flight from Siem Reap meaning we got to the hotel at around 10.30am. We expected to just drop our cases and have to check in later.
No our room was available for us which was a real bonus. After a quick check in we were shown to our 2nd floor room overlooking the pool. A nice bright modern room with a couple of strange features but all in all good.
So the strange features.... Lets hope you are not staying for more than a couple of days and require space to hang clothes. The wardrobe consisted of a hanging bar in the corner of about 1ft long. No drawers either just a couple of shelves. Not the end of the world
Also the shower is in the same room as the bed etc with just a brick wall screen, a bit odd, also the shower was poistioned in the corner of the wall so you had to kind of lean to one side and point the shower head to the opposite wall, then stick your head under. All a little weird but again no big shakes, water was hot and you can shower. The final oddity was when we came to close the curtains in the evening, the curtain literally fits the window JUST by the nearest cm. so light floods in on the mornings. Just slightly bigger curtains needed.
Other than this the room was all good. comfy bed, mosquito net safe etc etc as you would expect.
Again for such a good quality hotel, no turn down service, now I know I can manage to get in bed myself without someone coming and turning the corner down for me but I think this is the norm in every hotel at this level. So we were surprised to return in the evening.
Breakfast was a buffet affair and just about passable. this is the one area that they need to work on I think. a basic selection of poor pastries, salad, cold meat, cheese. When I say selection, I mean one of each. Two juices that were virtually empty all the time. very weak tea and coffee. The hot selection was random to say the least. baked beans on one day with potato croquettes, rice, fried noodle, and a basic dim-sum. You wont starve but nothing great.
Good selection of food available during the day to just grab while around the pool.
The pool is a great feature here, with individual Salas and plenty of beds around a cooling clean pool. great after the heat and dust of the streets.
We had dinner in the final night in the restaurant. Great service sat outside on the roof terrace under the fairy lights and lush climbing plants.
Food was good, very good if on the small size for portions. I had the NZ fillet steak and it was cooked to perfection, so tasty however the sides are tiny and I mean tiny, Thankfully when ordering I cheekily asked if I could have two different ones, Its a good job. Do it!
The fish was also cooked to perfection with crispy skin and tender flesh ( so I am told by the other half) all for a princely sum of $55 including a bottle of wine. Great for a hotel
A highly recommended stay in the city.
On a final note I would make sure you either carry your keys with the hotel address on them or write the hotel address on paper and carry with you. We found that all but 1 tuktuk driver did not know the hotel location until we showed them. They had not heard of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Plantation Urban Resort & Spa is a 70-room charming and colonial style hotel, located behind the Royal Palace and National Museum, in the heart of Phnom Penh's tourist quarter.It is set up in a lush and exotic garden with a main 20m natural stone swimming pool and a second funky red pool & bar. Facilities include restaurant, two bars, spa, fitness and a shop exclusively dedicated to Cambodian products. An art gallery is surrounding a lotus pond in front of the reception.The Plantation has been listed in the World's Top New Hotels of 2012 by Condé Nast Traveler and has won many awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Plantation Hotel Phnom Penh