Style and substance
What we say:
Set across half a hectare of prime central Phnom Penh real estate within a five-minute walk of the Tonle Sap, Royal Palace and the chic cafes of Street 240, the lovely Plantation delivers creature comforts and solid value.
Reception occupies a classy building that dates to the 1930s and once housed the Ministry of Labour. Rooms however are situated in three separate wings a good way back from the road -- the cheaper rooms surround a neatly manicured garden while the others are clustered around a clean 20-metre swimming pool that's open only to guests and is one of the city's most beautiful. There's also a 12-metre shot-red-tiled swimming pool with an attached bar, which we've dubbed 'the outsiders pool' as it's open to the public.
Tastefully designed standard rooms cleverly make the most of their slightly compact space -- the bathroom is open so make sure the friend you're travelling with is a good pal (though the toilet door closes). The rooms have spotless tile floors, Khmer silk throws, good-size functional desks, comfy beds, free WiFi, LCD TVs, safes, small garden terraces and walk-in showers. Pricier rooms offer more space and are perched poolside. Our only gripe -- and it's minor -- is that the curtains don't quite completely cover the windows.
Staff are helpful and professional -- we left a Kindle in our room and it was returned to us when we went back an hour after check out to find it.
It's tough to beat the combination of value, facilities and location that the Plantation offers -- we really didn't want to leave after an afternoon poolside. Note that even after checkout you're permitted to use the main pool and spa facilities, making for a civilised way to to freshen up before heading to the airport.
Rates generally seem to be cheaper through Agoda.
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In depth reviewRead a more in depth review of The Plantation on the Travelfish blog.
Contact details:28 Street 184, Phnom Penh. T: (023) 215 151
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Standard - Double||65 USD||65 USD|
|Superior - Double||85 USD||85 USD|
|Deluxe- Double||100 USD||100 USD||Pool view $130|
Added to Travelfish on: 28th December, 2012
Last visited or updated on: 30th January, 2013
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