Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s hotel review: Impeccably clean “Salita Hotel”

Day 41,  SE Asia trip, Feb 2011
Phnom Penh – Cambodia: day 3

It is now our 3rd day in Cambodia and we have left the province of Siem Rep where we last visited Angkor Wat temple and arrived in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. As part of our organized tour package from Viet Nam through Viet Travel, our accommodation in Phnom Penh would be Salita hotel.

Land seems to be limited in the capital so our hotel sits on a much smaller lot vs. the one we stay in Siem Rep. It’s still centrally located so it’s just a tuk tuk ride to the Central market or other attractions in the area. By comparison, the current hotel would be 3 stars comparing to our 5 stars resort hotel in Siem Rep.

Front entrance to hotel

Our double room

The room price is included in our tour package. However, at the time of my check-in, this room would have cost me between $35 – 40 USD per night, air conditioned. If you’re traveling with a partner, you can definitely split the cost and each of you would pay only $20 max, per night. The stay included a FREE buffet breakfast .

The vanity area

In room fridge and lounging area

 

Bathroom (uhmm….nice soft white towels included)

Came with a bath tub and personal grooming products

• Air-conditioning
• Flat Screen TV
• Cable/ Satellite Television
• Hair Dryer
• Mini Bar
• Safety Deposit Box
• Wi-fi Access
• Slippers
• Telephone
• Restaurant Service
• Bathtub hot and cold with shower

Pluses: 

  • On-site restaurant
  • Breakfast buffet included in the price
  • Centrally located and short distance to major attractions(see below)
  • Impeccably clean.
  • Awesome wi-fi connection

Minus:

No swimming pool to cool off (well, I’m comparing with our stay in Siem Rep). In truth, if it did, I wouldn’t have time to use it as I was enjoying the night scene in the capital. There’s a huge casino in town and the lounge have an awesome Cambodian singer who can really rocks, and of course, live band. I loved that the D.J. played my song, by request in less than half an hour wait.

7Km to Airport
– 0.60km to Royal Palace
– 900m to National Museum
– 400m to S-21 or Toul Sleng Genocide Museum 
– 600m to Independent monument
– 500m to Russian Market and Olympic Market
– In walking distance to Shopping, mini mart, restaurant and Super market

Summary:

This hotel was included in my organized tour package and was the only hotel I’ve stayed at during my few short days in Phnom Penh. Therefore, I cannot compare if it is better or worst than other hotels in the area. However, in comparing between Cambodia vs. Vietnam, Cambodia won the competition in all categories: price, amenities, comfort and customer service. For a deluxe double twin bed, at $40 a night (breakfast buffet included), you can definitely do Phnom Penh – Cambodia for $30 USD day. Major attractions, sightseeing such as royal palace is only $3 USD entrance fee. Definitely a check book friendly country in my opinion. If I ever return to Phnom Penh, I would not hesitate to check-in at Salita again. By the way, the images from their website is exactly how everything looks in person at the time of my stay. I just visited their website (11/27/2012).

Salita Hotel
#70, St. European Union,
Sangkat Boeung Kengkang II,Khan Chamkamorn,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
www.salitahotel.com

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