Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. It is a city of kind and warm people. People who have been through unimaginable conflict, war, and hardships. Phnom Penh is finally seeing some stability and now the city is in a flux of reconstruction. It has grown to become the nation’s economic, industrial and cultural center. A lot of Chinese money has begun pouring into the city and now you are seeing a new modern skyline being built among the slums, temples and French colonial buildings. Since the 1990’s there has been a boom in growth and tourism. The tallest skyscraper is the Vattanac Capital Tower, with the Rosewood occupying the top 14 floors of this 39 story building. It is the 1st skyscraper and the most iconic modern structure in the city and is a symbol of the new Cambodia. Adjoining the hotel is the Vattanac Capital Mall, a high-end host of world-class brands. The Rosewood Hotel brings ultimate luxury to the charming city of Phnom Pehn.
The tasteful interiors are cooling with dark woods, travertine marble, neutral tones, interlaced with brass details, leathers and mosaic tiles. The hotel has 175 rooms, including 37 suites of the utmost comfort. Although the hotel is modern and chic, it still retains a Cambodian aesthetic throughout. Our suite was outstanding, and huge by other hotel standards, with floor to ceiling windows that gave us panoramic views of the Mekong River, and surrounding city. The modern architecture of our hotel stood alongside ancient temples and open-air markets. The master bathroom was large, and marble-clad, with double sinks, a separate bathtub, a separate shower room, and a private toilet. Mobile phone charging pads with bedside controls for lights and drapes. It was equipped with very modern technology. We had a living room, dining room, and powder room as well. It was so beautiful it was difficult to leave the room. But the hotel boasts a 24-hour fitness center and a serene spa with excellent treatments. There is a beautiful indoor pool, and five restaurants to choose from. The food was not outstanding but at a high level for Cambodia and a guest list of a who’s who frequent their establishments. One of our favourite things to do was go to the outdoor sky bar, canter levered off the side of the building, with 360-degree views, and listen to live music while sipping a craft cocktail on a stylish couch.
We were blown away with how lavish the hotel was, not only for a place like Cambodia but for the rest of the world. It may not be quite as polished in terms of service, as other 5-star hotels in Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok, but, the staff are genuinely warm, friendly and professional.
The hotel was centrally located and close to many attractions and must-see destinations. Tuk Tuks were available right outside our hotel door. It is the perfect hotel for the sophisticated traveler and is unmatched with every other hotel in the city. This urban sanctuary has established itself as a Phnom Penh landmark.