Jun 17 2013

Review: Rambutan Resort, Phnom Penh

Published by at 11:33 am under Accommodation

Down a tree-lined road in a quiet neighbourhood of Phnom Penh, Rambutan Resort is a fresh addition to Phnom Penh’s offerings. The blank white exterior hides a cool, modern layout with a sociable pool and friendly staff. A little off the usual tourist radar, the area has several coffee shops and local restaurants within walking distance, but wheels are required to get to most of the capital’s attractions, with the Russian Market and S-21 museum the closest sights.

Cushy number.

Cushy number.

Arriving in the covered courtyard, staff are on hand with a smile, a cold towel and an iced drink. The hotel’s sense of style is immediately obvious — polished concrete, slate tiles, quirky art and live bamboo conspire to make a relaxing restaurant hangout by the pool. Ah yes, the pool. Clearly designed for drinks with friends, the organically-shaped saltwater pool has steps all the way around, perfect for sitting and chatting while you work your way through the $4 cocktail menu.

You ain't seen nothing yet.

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

When you drag yourself away, there’s a choice of 19 air-con deluxe or standard rooms arranged over three floors. Rooms are spacious with concrete floors that are cool under your feet, a separate rain shower and toilet, mini-fridge, safe and more funky art on the walls. Open the balcony doors and you’ll find … a bath! If you’ve never had an open-air soak before, now’s your chance. Some of the rooms have a pool view from the balcony but your bathtime privacy is maintained with wooden screening.

Standard double or twin rooms go for $55, while the deluxe double or twins are priced at $75 — there’s an opening deal offering a 30% discount for now.

Branded towels and pillows - fancy!

You won’t forget where you are.

Rambutan Resort is the Phnom Penh offering from the owners of the Golden Banana in Siem Reap, and their experience in keeping guests happy shows. The fast WiFi and impeccable service, plus the reasonably priced menu of Khmer dishes and Western cuisine (mango salad with smoked fish $3, penne carbonara $6.50) mean it’s a pleasure to hang out here. The resort is proud to advertise as being gay-friendly and the relaxed atmosphere quickly puts visitors at ease.

Lined up for lounging.

Lined up for lounging.

Rambutan is perfect for those seeking a relaxed base in Phnom Penh, and who don’t mind taking a 10-minute tuk tuk ride to visit more central attractions.

If you’re looking for a pool and boutique life a little closer to the action, try The 252 off Monivong Boulevard or Hotel Nine in Tonle Bassac.

Check rates & availability at Rambutan Resort on Agoda.com.

Rambutan Resort
29 Street 71, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: (017) 992 240

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