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The 252

a funky friendly vibe

What we say: 3.5 stars

Super-smart style, a relaxed vibe and great staff are just some of the reasons this place was fully booked out the last time we went to take a look at it. The first time we saw it, it was one of those happy little accidents when we were looking for something else, but on stumbling in we were instantly taken with the snazzy little cabanas and air of elegant indolence around the pool. We had to go back.


Hidden magic.

And then we found that the friendly, funky vibe around the pool continued into the 19 well-designed rooms spread across three storeys. The air-con, hot-water shower rooms were compact but cool and we’d say this is one of the hotels that rode the crest of a wave of new-style boutique hotels in Phnom Penh, with its no nonsense polished concrete storage, bedside tables and bedheads softened by Khmer silk accents and Roman blinds. Included are iDevice docks, flatscreen televisions, DVD players, safe and tea and coffee-making facilities — pretty much what’s become standard at this price point.

This place reminds us just a touch of The Plantation, with its poolside shelters and Continental vibe, but on a smaller, more intimate, and slightly hipper scale and with a bit of a 1960s feel. Stopping for a cooling lime juice at the poolside bar, we watched the staff at work and were given a clean demonstration of efficiency, responsiveness and friendliness.


A little oasis, really.

The location is quite close to the Independence Monument, though a five-minute tuk tuk ride to Street 240 and riverside. With many more hotels opening up further south in BKK1 though, this is probably a slightly better choice, as you’re well out of the way of the incessant drone of the tile cutters at work.


Stylish and bright.

If this is about your budget but you’d like to try something a bit different, you don’t have to pay much more to stay at lovely The Sangkum, though that’s in the Wat Phnom neighbourhood. If bed linen is important to you, the most sumptuous we’ve found in town at slightly higher prices (though with no pool) is The Willow in Tonle Bassac.

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19 Street 252, Phnom Penh.  T: (023) 998 252 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Triple air-con private b'room 50 USD 70 USD
Standard - Double 40 USD 55 USD
Superior - Double 45 USD 65 USD

Added to Travelfish on: 29th July, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 21st November, 2015

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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T: (023) 998 252

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