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FCC Phnom Penh
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

We stayed for 2 nights in the Mebon room and thoroughly enjoyed the whole FCC experience. The set up isn't like a typical hotel, and this adds to the charm of the place. The bars on the top 2 floors are a lovely place to unwind with an Angkor beer and catch the breeze. The hubbub of random tourists coming and going makes it an interesting but safe place to be and is one of the nicest bars in Phnom Penh.
The Mebon room itself was well furnished with a comfortable bed but the lighting could be improved. Bathroom was large and clean and came with good soap.
Breakfast was large and scrumptious.
Staff are friendly and unexpectedly organised our bus tickets to Siem Reap for us which meant we had more time to enjoy ourselves
My only disappointment was that the souvenir tshirts of the FCC were sold in American sizes. The small was the equivalent of a European large!!!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

I stayed here for one night (April 12, 2010) while I was visiting friends who live and work in Phnom Penh and I wanted to try this place from the hotel perspective.

I’ve been a frequent visitor to the FCC, both their flagship Phnom Penh location and sister property in SR, but have only been to the restaurant and bar parts of the hotel. This is the first time I’ve actually stayed in the FCC as a hotel guest.

The FCC has two big things going for it: 1) The location and 2) The restaurant.

Overview: This is a small hotel; they call themselves a “boutique hotel”. As is common in Phnom Penh, this hotel is small in physical size. I recall there are about a dozen traditional rooms in total; each room has its own Cambodian themed name. There is also one two-bedroom apartment. It’s located right across the street from the Tonle Sap River with nice river views for selected rooms.

Lobby / Check-in: Like most Cambodian hotels, the welcome is warm and polite. There is more than enough staff and after completing registration and payment details a porter/general helper took my bags and escorted me to my room.

Room: My room was on the second floor and was a Standard (the first of the three different room levels). It was of decent overall size and adequately, yet sparsely furnished. The floor was done in a dark finished teak-like wood with accents all around the room.. The Standard level rooms face the National Museum (and not the river) and do not have balconies. The Deluxe level rooms have river views and balconies.

My room had one large muti-use desk with phone and ample power receptacles, a small table to hold your bags while they are open, a basic stocked mini-bar (at typical hotel pricing) and TV with several Khmer channels, Thai/French/Japanese programming and an English all-movie channel. There was also a set of sitting chairs and a small coffee table.

The bed appeared to be an American Queen or comparable in size. Like most beds in Asian hotels, it was on the firmer side of the spectrum, but not excessively hard nor uncomfortable by any means. I did sleep quite soundly as usual. The sheets were quite soft to the touch. There was also a lightweight duvet which was sufficiently warm and more than ample given the natural heat and humidity of Phnom Penh. My room temperature, air conditioning and fan speed could be changed within pre-set limits from an in-room control panel.

Bathroom: The ensuite bathroom was nicely equipped and outfitted with a tub/shower combination. The water pressure was excellent and it ran hot very, very quickly. There was also a sink with ample space for toiletries and a standard toilet. All the fixtures were new.

Everything in my room and bathroom was in proper working order and was clean and sanitary as I would expect.

Hotel facilities and Amenities: As is common with smaller Phnom Penh hotels, there is no pool or much in terms of hotel “amenities” per se. The big amenity to this hotel is it’s famous in-house restaurant and bar.. The food here is quite good with a large diverse menu and reasonably priced by Phnom Penh western/international food standards. The bar draws a large crowd daily and there are excellent views from the outdoor patio of the river. Food and drink service can be arranged in-room during restaurant operating hours.

SUMMARY: This is a nice small hotel for sure. But be sure you understand what it is—and what it isn’t. It’s small, so you do get a certain level of attention that you may not see at one of those mega-hotels. It doesn’t have many of the traditional amenities- like a pool- that larger hotels might have. It’s not designed as a ‘business’ hotel and does not have typical business support functions or resources. I will say that there are other hotels with comparable location that are priced better than the FCC—I do think that you are paying somewhat of a premium for the “FCC” name. This is really a good, simple place to come, relax, have a great meal and drink or two and take in the excellent view..

PROS: Great location, simple and uncluttered rooms and a great dining and bar. River views that are almost unparalleled.

CONS: The rooms are basic with not a lot of ‘frills. Not a lot of amenities in-house. Rooms are priced at a premium to comparable accommodations in the same geographic area.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

For $160USD a night for a panoramic suite I was expecting much more from this hotel. Location wise, it is at a very busy part of town. Immediately outside is a main road (lots of touts and tuk tuk drivers) and the Mekong river (not much to look at if you asked me). It was described as a minimalistic hotel by lonely planet- so minimalistic infact that the room did not provide complimentary tooth brushes nor a razor! When I queried this I was simply told they do not provide one. There is a small jacuzzi on the roof top which was also quite disappointing. The bathroom was quite badly designed ( I kept walking into the mirror) and the black carpet made it hard to judge depth when stepping down or out of bed! Yes I was impressed with the remote controlled curtains and single blade fans but the overall stay left a bitter taste. The blaring traffic outside and the modern minimalistic design of the hotel made me uneasy the whole time. For a bustling city like Phnom Penh, I suggest staying somewhere with a pool and near the embassies where it may be quieter and more relaxing. If you enjoy the night life, then this may be the place for you.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

We stayed at the FCC Hotel (Phnom Penh) for a total of 5 nights over 2 weeks. The staff were helpful, friendly and competent. The hotel reception was very well managed. The breakfast was huge - and good quality. The room (Bayon) was clean and comfortable, with a great balcony and view of the riverfront. A great place to watch the Boat Festival races. The highlights were the location and the atmosphere. Having the bars and restaurant at the top of the hotel created a great atmosphere but was very noisy until about midnight. But, it was great to be able to pop up to the bars for a beer. The tuk tuk drivers hanging around outside were friendly and good fun. Overall, a great atmosphere, very noisy at night, good fun place to stay for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

We had rooms "Bantay Sreay" and "Bayon", and were quite delighted. They were spacious,comfortable and appealing to the eye. The former has views to the Palace and the latter overlooks the Mekong. We were there during the River Festival so we can't say anything about the normal level of noise.

The public areas are just as charming. The Reception Desk was not. It could almost be described as a closet under the stairs. It can be both gloomy and stifling.

The staff were efficient and helpful. I'd go again, and I'd certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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