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Rambutan Resort - Phnom Penh 3.5

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Pros

  • Near lots of restaurants and shops in a trendy neighborhood
  • Modern rooms with industrial-chic vibe, contemporary artwork, and lots of space
  • All rooms include rainfall showers, minibars, and design-conscious furniture
  • Small on-site swimming pool with plenty of shaded areas
  • Stylish restaurant and pool bar with Khmer and Western cuisine
  • Breakfast included in the room rate
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, and DVD players are available on request
  • Small two-room spa with massage treatments
  • Located on a quiet street away from the tourists and crowds
  • One of the area's most gay-friendly properties
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout, and free private parking

Cons

  • Outside central tourist district 
  • No gym or fitness center

Bottom Line

The Rambutan Resort is a lovely boutique hotel located near the Russian Market and the hip BKK1 neighborhood -- full of restaurants, bars, and shops. There are only 19 rooms at this tiny, three-and-a-half pearl property, but they're large with artsy industrial poured-concrete floors, rainfall showers, and contemporary artwork; some rooms have stone bathtub pools on the balconies or in the garden. All rooms include flat-screen TV's with satellite channels, DVD players on request, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast. The resort has a small swimming pool and a restaurant that serves both Khmer and Western fare, as well as a petite spa offering massages. The hotel sits on a quiet street, and is a bit far from the riverside and central historic area of Phnom Penh, but its rates are reasonable considering the size of the rooms. For another fashion-forward boutique property, travelers could try the White Mansion Boutique Hotel.

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Scene

Relaxed, gay-friendly urban resort offering a chill-out escape, and attractive artwork

The Rambutan Resort, like many of Phnom Penh's boutique hotels, looks unassuming from the outside -- it's a small low-rise building hidden behind a sliding gate -- although it does have cool wrought-iron signage marking the entrance. The gate slides open to reveal the small lobby, which is a concrete walkway with a few bicycles, plants, rattan chairs, and sofas with cushions where guests can sit while checking in. There are also some lovely contemporary portraits along the wall, a preview of the attractive artwork that is found throughout the property. The hotel has a relaxing vibe, and many guests spend the day chilling by the pool and bar. Known as one of Phnom Penh's most gay-friendly hotels, the Rambutan Resort is in a trendy neighborhood, making it popular with independent travelers seeking a homey and chill, urban escape.

Location

On a quiet street in Phnom Penh's trendiest neighborhood, near restaurants, bars, and shops 

The Rambutan Resort is located in the southern part of BKK1, Phnom Penh's most trendy and attractive neighborhood, which is home to countless numbers of snazzy restaurants, bars, and shops. On a quiet street with little traffic, the hotel is a bit far from the riverside and central tourist district, but these areas are about a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride away, and the hotel is within walking distance of the Russian Market and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Phnom Penh International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Modern industrial-style rooms with chic art; outdoor pool tubs in Deluxe Rooms

The 19 rooms at the Rambutan Resort include Standard Rooms, Deluxe Garden and Pool View Rooms, plus one Penthouse Suite. All rooms blend an industrial look with contemporary art and offer plenty of space. Stylish poured-concrete floors, white walls, and designer furnishings like Eames plywood loungers or Plexigas lamps give them a trendy finish. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with a satellite channels, safes, minibars stocked with wine and beer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, beach baskets, bug spray, robes and slippers, and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are air-conditioned and come with fans, and the open-floor plan bathrooms have separate walk-in rain showers and toilets. Deluxe Rooms go a step further, with granite alfresco bathtubs, while Pool View Rooms have tubs right on the balconies, along with rattan chairs. Garden View Rooms have private garden terraces in the back, with pools surrounded by tropical foliage. The Penthouse Suite -- on the roof -- has a large balcony overlooking the city, plus an outdoor hot tub.

Features

Free breakfast and Wi-Fi, and a small, attractive saltwater pool with adjacent courtyard restaurant and bar

The Rambutan has a small curved saltwater swimming pool that shares courtyard space with the resort's restaurant and bar. The pool area has a mix of sun loungers and cushioned shaded enclosures, offering sun and shade throughout the day. The pool itself has a small waterfall on one side, and along with the adjacent Rambutan restaurant, which serves Western and Khmer specialties throughout the afternoon and evening, is a pleasant place to chill. The bar is lively, adding to the atmosphere. The hotel also has a small spa, with two massage rooms. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and breakfast is included in all room rates. 

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Address

#29 Street 71, Between junctions with streets 398 & 400, Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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