Some tucked away good value
Set in the heart of Phnom Penh’s royal district and within a short walk of both the Royal Palace and the riverfront, Prantara Heritage Suites offers smart rooms in a tucked away spot.
This small hotel—formerly the Penh and before that Boddhi Tree Aram—is down a busy little alley, filled with food vendors, playing children and gambling old men that leave little room, thankfully, for noisy cars and motorbikes. Around the corner is the British Ambassador’s residence and Street 240, with its many upscale shops and temptations providing a nice, soft landing into what can otherwise be an overwhelming city for some.
Set in a renovated 1950s house, Prantara boasts soaring ceilings, airy rooms and a comfortable balcony breakfast cafe. The air-con rooms, while not massive, are kept clean and are simply decorated. Amenities include desks, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, fridge with minibar and bulk toiletries (as in, soap/shampoo on the walls). WiFi is speedy and free. The bathroom is probably the oldest looking part of the room, but the water is hot so we won’t complain too much.
Our room also had a glassed in balcony, which struck us as being quiet unusual, but it did keep the room even quieter. Through the windows we saw a hornbill in the trees beside the Ambassador’s house—never seen one of those in Phnom Penh!
In its current incarnation, Prantara is pretty good value, though if you need a pool you’ll need to stay elsewhere—at least the price reflects that. Their deluxe triple room could work for families with small kids.
Address: 70b Street 244, Phnom Penh
T: (069) 862 967;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'52.36" E, 11º33'38.52" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$21||US$21|
|Standard double room||US$26||US$26|
|Superior double room||US$32||US$32|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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