Frangipani 1960s Hotel offers rooms that are worn around the edges but very reasonably priced.
Housed in a 1960s New Khmer architecture building (yes, it’s a thing), Frangipani 1960s makes the most of the vintage details of the restored swinging-sixties building, including high ceilings, tiled floors, and a leafy courtyard. The hotel is a little worn around the edges these days, but the low room prices compensate for the wear and tear. Moreover, the hotel is in the center of town, within walking distance from lots of nice restaurants and bars as well as attractions like Independence Monument and the Royal Palace.
A stay at the Frangipani 1960s starts with a cold towel and a welcome drink of fresh mango juice. The staff is very friendly, perhaps because the hotel is so small — there are only seven rooms.
The rooms are large and decorated with typically Cambodia hotel furnishings — silk-covered lamps, krama-covered chairs — and the air is scented with lemongrass. Each has a television, WiFi, and free tea and coffee, as well as a mini-bar. Breakfast is served in the courtyard, which is shaded by, you guessed it, frangipani trees. The hotel offers continental, Asian, and American breakfast options, with a side of coffee, tea, and fresh fruit.
The Frangipani 1960s has several room types: double, twin, triple, suites, and studios. The studios and suites are large and have extra features; each one is different but some contain kitchens or outdoor private patios. Your reviewer was upgraded to a studio that was larger than most one-bedroom apartments in Phnom Penh. It had a large kitchen, a couch, and a writing desk, as well as a large bathroom with a bathtub (rare in Cambodia). The room wasn’t the brightest, but a very cute small enclosed patio let in light. And the bed was very comfortable, resulting in almost too much sleep, if that’s possible.
Frangipani 1960s is one of a group of four Frangipani Villa hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and the least expensive of the four. Although many of its rooms are a bit run-down, it offers great value for money in a really central location.
All of the Frangipani hotels have a strict no-sex-tourism policy and do not allow outside guests to stay the night.
The Frangipani 1960s has single, double, and twin rooms, as well as suites and studios. Walk-in rates for rooms range from $35 per night for a single up to $50 per night for a suite, not including 10% hotel tax. Prices on Agoda are about the same, and rooms on Booking.com are often slightly less expensive.
Frangipani Villa 1960s Hotel
25 Street 21, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: 023 727 569; 016 581 045
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