Boddhi Tree Aram
Expensive but a worthwhile splurge
What we say:
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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Contact details:70 Street 244 Phnom Penh. T: (023) 211 276
Email them at: email@example.com
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: 20th May, 2009
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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 3 ratings and 3 reviews
We had a wonderful 2 nights here during our stay in PNH. Awesome venue... just around the corner from the palace, river and new children's playground which was a delightful place early morning/late afternoon for our girl (4yrs) to interact with Khmer children. No words needed to make a see-saw bounce! The staff were very professional and courteous, making little extra changes to our room to accommodate Anna. Her futon bed would suit a child up to about 6yrs in its length. We had a room with a little balcony which we could section off with a heavy curtain which gave us some space to read books after child's bedtime. The price is XX-y in Asia-terms but given it's less than a roadside motel in Australia, its style and quiet and friendliness more than makes up for the price. Breakfast was simple yet tasty (bread, jam, fruit salad). You could order more things off the menu. It was served a few doors up (the hotel is split over two residences) amongst bougainvillea and lush verandas. Reception very willing for us to use their computer to check email. Laundry is expensive, but the street behind it is full of laundry shops who wash per kilo rather than per item. St240 is a great place to eat out at night. Thank you for a wonderful oasis in our trip.
Boddhi Tree Aram reviewed by pigott (Total reviews: 2) on
Good for an upgrade
We booked a room at the Boddhi Tree Umma for US$36 for a double on the same day via telephone. When we arrived there they told us that we were upgraded for the Boddhi Tree Aram for the same price. The room was beautiful and since it was December 24th we wanted to treat ourselves with some extra comfort. I would not pay US$62 though. The staff were very nice and the location was good. The batteries of the air-con were low so we had trouble to turn it off during the night, breakfast was just bread and bread and bread with just a tiny dot of butter and jam.
Boddhi Tree Aram reviewed by ksza (Total reviews: 7) on
Nice - But hidden costs
It is a very nice place, but there are a few things you might want to know. First the price when we visited was 88 USD per day, And on top of that came some kind of VAT (the only place I've seen that in Cambodia) of 15%. That we only learned when we payed. The restaurant is nice, but you will pay 3-4 times as much as in a good restaurant in town. Laundry was also 3-4 times more expensive than any other place we stayed in Campodia. If you are willing to pay that much and can bear with small flaws from the very young staff, that was not overlooked by any form for management when we were there (November 2008), you are in for a treat.
Boddhi Tree Aram reviewed by Bent (Total reviews: 2) on
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