This is my second time to Phnom Penh. I love Cambodia more than any place I have been to in Asia. The last time I was here I stayed at the FCC hotel which was good and had a view of the Mekong which was a plus. No view here, but let me give you the 411 on this place.
When we arrived we were tended to by no fewer than five employees. I couldn't believe it. And it wasn't trite or fake. They really meant it. I mentioned to the head guy "the trip took almost 20 hours from my home" and he said "Welcome this is your home now". Nice.
I had heard that this was the former residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia. It looks new inside. Lots of marble and impeccably furnished.
The room I had was fairly huge. The shower was fabulous. The TV was a new flat screen. I can't think of anything else I could ask for. They gave us a very nice fruit dish in our rooms. What's interesting is all the fruit on the dish I had never seen before. Pretty exotic.
The location is very central. You can take a tuk tuk anywhere for just a couple bucks. If you want a driver or guide contact me and I will give you the best guy who I have kind of adopted. He is typical of the best of Cambodia. A gentle soul that really cares. Just writing this makes me want to jump on a plane.
Forgot to mention you can get an in-room massge. My therapist was incredible and as I recall it was around $15 for an hour. It was so great I had her stay another half hour.
Don't forget to go to the famous nightclub called "The Heart of Darkness" and buy one of their t-shirts. If you want to live on the edge you can go to an airborne military base (not much of a base) and shoot anything from an AK47 to a grenade launcher. I tossed a grenade, and my friend Joe fired a grenade launcher. The people that run it are very cool and remembered us from last year.
I like a view of the river, but will give it up to stay here. It is that good. As the manager said to me, it is now my home in Phnom Penh.
One more comment on Cambodia. Land here and hire a prvate car to take you to Angkor Wat. You can do it for $100. The trip takes close to six hours a I remember but you will see the people and how they live on the way.
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- Welcome at the historical Residence of the American Embassy in Phnom Penh. Unique charming Boutique hotel, White Mansion is located in the heart of the city, only few steps away from all major highlights and business area, in a quiet environment. As a gift, all Privilege rate bookers will receive a complementary pick up from airport with a private car, a relaxing Welcome Khmer Massage, a delicious unlimited Eric Kayser breakfast (serve daily from 6am until 5pm!), a welcome drink, a welcome fruit plate, Early check-in and Late check-out whenever available, free use of the minibar in the room, unlimited WiFi and at last but not least full flexibility with free cancellation up to 24 hours prior checking day! ... more less
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