I was taken here after being told that the only free room at Villa Samnang is a windowless room but I think I would still prefer that windowless room. First I spilled my drink over the bed and it took some time before the cambodian receptionist finally understood that I need a maid to clean up. The second thing that bothered me was wood flooring which had a 5mm space between the boards and was filled with dirt and thus there were plenty of ants. And while travellers appreciate simplistic or practical design but there's nothing practical when the toilet door is just two bamboo curtains hanging freely which were already smelly. Such designs never work for toilets and neither is it okay to put a sink next to the bed. It's only okay if it's an "open bathroom design" like at The Plantation, and not a sink next to bed, but even The Plantation had proper doors on the toilet.
Otherwise the place looks nice and it has a quite old look, maybe the doors are from the '80s but nothing fancy. I think the manager is that french guy or maybe he's just a receptionist. I read the place has staff trained by a french NGO, so it's not one of those bad places that good travellers want to avoid. The staff was friendly and the maid professionally cleaned up the room and made up the bed without wrinkles.
I just wish that someone would feed that cat that hangs around inside the villa and comes meowing in the evening to your door if the light is on.
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- Villa Srey Boutique Hotel is a cute and charming villa hotel in the quiet side of town. Tranquility and serenity are the key features of this accommodation. Western and Asian design, plus a small but refreshing swimming pool and open-air urban tropical garden, located in the heart of Phnom Penh. This colonial villa has been entirely refurbished with all modern amenities.A must see ... more less
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