The Frangipani Fine Arts Hotel is in walking distance to the kings’ palace and the river side district with many art galleries, restaurants and bars. The hotel is difficult to find as it is situated in a alley.
The hotel is built by connecting three houses linked with stairs. I got a room on the third floor. The rooms in the upper floors are difficult to reach. The hotel is unsuitable for physically challenged people. There is no lift.
My room on the top floor was very hot. It was clean but already coming into years. The bath room is separated from the living quarter by a curtain. Very unpractical is to place the toilet paper in a basket and not on a holder in reachable distance. The aircon is too weak; as there is no door between the room and the bathroom, the whole surface has to be cooled. There is no cupboard or shelves. I lived literally out of my suitcase during my 4 days of stay. Wi-Fi connection is free but breaks down every few minutes. In the room are placed a flat screen TV with some English language programs, a safe, a fridge and a tea kettle.
The view from the room on iron bars and barbed wire reminded me more on the S21 camp than on a Fine Arts Villa. I preferred to keep the curtains shut. Breakfast is served in the garden. Guests are asked to fill an order form. The choice is limited to 4 sorts of egg, 4 different fruits and 4 breads incl. Toast and croissants. The ham and bacon is of mediocre quality coming from a tin and has a sugary taste. The coffee was brewes freshly with an espresso machine. Plan 30-45 minutes for breakfast, as the service is extremly slow.
My recommendation for a stay is with certain restrictions; but for the price of USD 50.-, I could not expect to find Haven on Earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Phnom Penh, Pearl of Asia in 1920s and the Frangipani Fine Arts Hotel, the boutique hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh. Ideally situated at the heart of Phnom Penh City and just few minute walk from the riverfront, along Sisovath Quay and the banks of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, this leading Phnom Penh boutique hotel is within easy reach of tourist attractions and Phnom Penh landmarks like Royal University of Fine Arts, the National Artefacts Museum, the resplendent Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the quaint streets dotted with charming cafe, designer shops, and art galleries of Phnom Penh. This charming accommodation has a long been a favorite in Phnom Penh for both business and leisure travelers and also makes an ideal base for sight-seeing tours of Wat Phnom, Independent Monument, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Russian Market, dazzling sunset boat cruises along the Mekong River and other touristic and lively areas. All well decorated and comfortable guest rooms with their large spaces and furniture as well as standard amenities at the Frangipani Fine Arts Hotel would give you a comfort and feel of home away from the home. The Room is well equipped with modern amenities and you can choose from 3 different categories of rooms – twin junior suite room, double junior suite room and double suite room. The Fine Arts Restaurant on the ground floor offer fine Royal Khmer and French cuisines and offer a large selection of wines. ... more less
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