The Plantation

The Plantation

Style and substance

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Set across more than half a hectare of prime real estate in central Phnom Penh, The Plantation hides behind a white wall on Street 184, spitting distance to the Royal Palace, National Musuem and cafe chic Street 240.

Travelfish says:

Rooms are at once functional and stylish, with crisp colours punctuating an otherwise serene neutral palette. You won’t get the personal attention of the smaller hotels in the capital, but if you like anonymity and efficiency with a dose of chic, and your budget stretches this far, The Plantation is a fine option.

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So many sights to see. Then there’s this pool. Good luck choosing.

Previously the Ministry of Labour, the front building dates back to the 1930s and now houses reception and the business centre. The hotel’s 70 rooms are then stacked in three separate buildings behind, two of which overlook the very tempting 20-metre swimming pool, flanked at one end by the main restaurant and on both sides by little cabanas for two. Squirrelled away as you enter reception to the left is a second 12-metre pool and an attached bar, with a top-notch gift shop as well.

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 desks, comfy four-poster beds, free WiFi, LCD TVs, safes, small garden terraces and walk-in cement showers.

Pricier rooms offer more space and are perched poolside. Our only gripe — it’s minor — is that the curtains don’t quite completely cover the windows; we also had a lot of mozzies hiding away in the open cupboard in our ground floor room (may just be a seasonal thing).

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Beds are none too shabby.

At least six different room types are offering, beginning with a single superior with no view that can be snared for $85 when they offer a promotional deal, or a double for $95, through to a deluxe double with a pool view for $180. Agoda rates were similar when we stayed here but it’s always worth checking. We think the pool-view rooms are a little over-priced and there's better value to be found elsewhere in the city.

If you’re keen to get out and about to dine, the hotel is close to the restaurants along Street 240, such as The Shop, try ARTillery for coffee, or sample fancy Khmer at Romdeng. If The Plantation seems a little too large, the nearby Pavilion, part of the same group of hotels, delivers the goods and is a little more intimate.

Contact details for The Plantation

Address: 28 Street 184, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 215 151;  
Web: http://theplantation.asia/
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'36.79" E, 11º33'49.25" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Superior single room
No view. With view $98
US$85 US$85
Superior double room
No view. With view $108
US$95 US$95
Deluxe single room
Pool view $170
US$115 US$115
Deluxe double room
Pool view $180
US$125 US$125

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