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Boddhi Tree Aram

Expensive but a worthwhile splurge

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What we say: 4 stars

Set in the heart of Phnom Penh's colonial district and within a short walk of both the Royal Palace and the riverfront, Boddhi Tree Aram is the most luxurious of the three Boddhi Tree properties in Phnom Penh. It's down a busy, slightly stinky alley, filled with fruit vendors, playing children and gambling old men that leave no room, thankfully, for noisy cars and motorbikes. Around the corner is Street 240, with its many upscale shops and restaurants -- including Rubies, Frizz, Tamarind and The Shop -- providing a nice, soft landing into what can otherwise be an overwhelming city. Set in a renovated 1950s house, Boddhi Tree Aram boasts soaring ceilings, airy rooms and interiors painted a soothing off-white, a comfortable balcony cafe and a rooftop terrace from which fireworks over the riverside are visible on any holiday. Rooms, while not massive, are immaculate and well decorated (though we'd swap the TV for a minibar) with piping hot water bathrooms and a comfortable common area/lobby. As with all Boddhi Tree locations, WiFi access is complimentary. Little flourishes throughout differentiate Boddhi Tree Aram from some of its competitors, but first and foremost, we found the staff here to be outstanding. One waiter regaled us with his personal Khmer Rouge-era tragedy while another invited us for dinner at his parents' house. It's not cheap -- you'll get a property for half the price with a swimming pool elsewhere in Phnom Penh -- but you probably won't have the same glowing service nor be housed in such a lovely building (it was the Spanish owner's home before he transformed it into Boddhi Tree Aram). The hotel lowered its prices in early 2009, and while it was overpriced before, now it seems about right. Recommended. Reservations essential.

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70 Street 244 Phnom Penh.  T: (023) 211 276 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Superior - Single 44 USD 62 USD
Superior - Double 62 USD 68 USD

Added to Travelfish on: 17th November, 2007
Last visited or updated on: 12th March, 2014

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Boddhi Tree Aram
70 Street 244 Phnom Penh. 
T: (023) 211 276

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