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Almond Hotel Phnom Penh
Ranked #64 of 281 Hotels in Phnom Penh
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

I don't understand how I could be so wrong picking a hotel ranked so high by trusty tripadvisor. It is as charmless as a Motel 8, and looks and smells from inside more like rooms in a (cheap) restaurant than hotel rooms with a restaurant attached. For less money, we stayed and absolutely loved Kabiki in the same town with bigger room, lush garden and much better location. The moment the taxi stepped, I realized the mistake and started regretting that I did not stick to Kabiki on the return trip from Siem Reap. The only positive thing is their bathroom works best among all other 4 hotels we stayed in Cambodia, in addition the unfailing friendless of local Cambodians (well, taxi and tuk tuk drivers in Phnom Penh seem to be the exceptions).

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 17, 2009

I stayed in a single room no window but room was fairly big and had everything needed. Staff good, breakfast great, good location.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 2, 2009

I stayed there three times in February on a business trip. The rooms are nice and clean. No problems there at all. They have three kinds - one with windows, one with only like a sky-light high on the wall, and a suite. I stayed in the first two. The one with a window faces the road and is kind of noisy, given the Cambodian propensity for honking all the time. The rooms are slightly larger too. The third category is sufficient, if you need quiet, and you save some money too. The first two times of my stay the elevator was out for a day each, which is kind of a drag if your room is on the 4th floor. But once it was repaired, there was no problem. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, which is surprisingly fast and very convenient for the business traveler.
There is a Chinese restaurant downstairs that offers both Chinese and European fare. The quality is good, though not excellent. There is also sidewalk seating, separated from the road by potted plants. I found it nice to relax there with a beer after a day's work. The restaurant also seems to be the current in-place for upper-class Cambodians. During my stays they always had tourist groups from Europe and the U. S., which sometimes makes it a little difficult at breakfast time, but if you go before before 7.30 or after 8.30 you will be fine.
The staff is always very courteous and helpful, sometimes service is a bit slow, but then, you are in Asia.
The location is excellent too. You are near all the major attractions, if you are a tourist, and can get to your meeting places quickly, if you are a businessman, traffic permitting.
They had a special for $40 plus tax for the normal room, and $50 plus tax for the superior room, which is a real bargain in my view. That hotel is a very good choice for the budget-minded businessman and normal tourists. You won't find backpackers there - a real plus - nor the seedy kind of tourist you find at the riverside hotels. A very well-managed hotel. I will stay there again and do recommend it.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Thank PanaceaFlorida
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

Overall, very satisfying. I stayed for 7 days here. Clean, affordable, with free Wi-Fi. My room had reliable hot water, a refrigerator, a queen-size bed, cable TV, air conditioning. Service was pleasant and efficient -- Cambodians are a smiling, friendly people. I had most of my meals in the hotel -- not bad -- ranging from $4 to $8 (I didn't try the more expensive dishes). Will definitely book here again if I ever come back to Phnom Penh.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Thank pachelbel
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

Rooms are spacious and spotless,good air con,beds,pillows,linen and towels.Restaurants are good although a bit pricey compaired to eating out,the choices for the included breakfast was quite good.
The staff are well trained and tripping over each other to keep the guests happy,i never waited long for anything i requested.
The hotel is just out of the tourist area on the riverside but no more than 5 minutes and a $2us tuk tuk ride away.i would recomend this hotel to anyone who prefers to be a little bit away from the main action of a very busy city where it is a little bit quiter and more relaxed.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled solo
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Thank bigfella63
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Reviewed December 29, 2008

This is a fairly new hotel, but unfortunately with some rough edges. The rooms are very nice, but our biggest complaint is with the showers. For some odd reason they installed the shower head about one meter high, which makes them almost useless. The hot water only lasted about 2 minutes, didn't matter what time of day. The restaurant food was adequate (we ate there because the breakfast was included), but they never got our order correct the three days we stayed there. Clearly some of it was language related, but even when we pointed at the menu they still brought the wrong item. Service was also very slow.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed December 12, 2008

Heard of Almond from some friends. Though location is not as center as that along the riverfront, the hotel provides tut-tut for our convenience. The fact that our room was clean and everything works plus the bonus was, we had a private balcony overlooking beyond some official buildings to the Mekong river. The breakfast though not as elaborate as that of the buffet at hotel, they provide us a few choice for set breakfasts. The local Khmer set of local noodle was perfect. The tv channels was ample and even had wifi free. Perfect for people like me who simply cannot do without checking my emails. The price is very reasonable. Surprising to find a nice chinese restaurant here at the hotel. Though not as renown as those that's branded, but the basic facilities are there and for a business traveller like me who doesn't have a big budget for hotels, this charming hotel is great. Definitely will recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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Thank patti-seth
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Additional Information about Almond Hotel Phnom Penh

Address: N 128F Sothearos Blvd | corner of Russian Embassy, Phnom Penh 12101, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Phnom Penh
Price Range: $42 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Almond Hotel Phnom Penh 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your ideal hotel for your visit to Phnom Penh! The Almond Hotel is a walk away from landmarks such as Independence Monument and the Royal Palace, Embassy area, shopping area (Aeon Mall), Convention center ( Diamond Island). Visit the local tourist attractions including Wat Phnom, the national museums and the beautiful riverside along the Tonle Sap, Bassac River and Mekong Rivers. Arrange Phnom Penh city tour, guides, St21( Toul Sleng Museum), Killing field, Visa extension, air tickets, hotel in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, 24-hours doctor on call. ... more   less 
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