From the moment myself and my girlfriend stepped foot into The 252, we knew we'd made the right decision on where to stay in Phnom Penh! Before we arrived, the hotel arranged for a friendly Tuk Tuk driver (who was so good we used him for the rest of our stay - ask for Mr Lim No 5!) to pick us up from the bus station, something which took a great weight off our shoulders when arriving tired and late in the evening in an unknown city.
The hotel is situated on a quiet, unassuming side street, but what really takes your breath away is the oasis you are met with when you open the sliding door from the street and are greeted with a beautiful swimming pool and bar area that immediately makes you feel as if you're miles away from the hectic pace of life going on in the streets around you.
The staff were impeccable, always serving us with a smile on their face and the owner was a pleasure to deal with. The hotel really couldn't do enough for us.
All the Tuk Tuk drivers outside the hotel were well behaved and what really took the stress out of hiring one of the them was the fact that the hotel had a price list in reception that had been pre-agreed with all the drivers, so you were always guaranteed to get the hotel rate and were never going to be ripped off...something that makes life in Asia that little bit easier!
The rooms were lovely and some of the best that we'd seen on our trip throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. All mod cons (TV, Wifi, air con etc) and the boutiquey feel was very evident with the overall decor. The restaurant food was also delicious and the free breakfast top notch.You could have a continental breakfast (eggs, bacon, fruit, bread and jam) or Swiss with fruit and muesli etc.
My girlfriend and I were wracking our brains but we really couldn't find anything to fault The 252 on. My only slight criticism might be that the current literature says that massages are available downstairs in the pool area (no hours of availability mentioned), however when you come to arrange one they are only done in your room and only between 10am-5pm if you give prior notice. I really am nitpicking here though! I honestly can't recommend The 252 enough and would love to stay there again if I come back to Phnom Penh in the future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Phnom Penh and the 252, the boutique hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Pearl of Asia – step in, lean back and relax. With 19 spacious and stylish rooms decorated by Tendance Khmère©, the swimming pool surrounded by a leafy tropical garden, the bar and restaurant, we aim to make your stay extraordinary and unforgettable. The 252 is conveniently located in a quiet area close to the striking Independence Monument and within walking distance to the popular Street 278 with its shops, restaurants and bars. The Quay Sisowath, the Royal Palace, the Central Market and the National Museum are within 5 minutes drive by tuk tuk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 252 Hotel Phnom Penh