It’s all about location, location, location at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel on Street 178. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district (that’s the riverside neighborhood), Frangipani Royal Palace is on the doorstep of the National Museum and the Royal Palace, and a two-minute walk to the plethora of bars, restaurants, and shopping on the riverside.
The best thing about Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is the central location and the rooftop pool which offers gorgeous panoramic views of Phnom Penh. There are loungers and tables by the pool, and it’s a great spot to enjoy Phnom Penh’s lovely sunsets. They’ve also got a sky bar on the roof, if you want a sundowner to go with your sunset.
Rates include a complimentary breakfast, and wired or wireless Internet. Each room has a large flatscreen TV with cable that include English-language channels. Rooms are equipped with a safe and a mini-bar, and guests are allowed free use of the hotel’s bicycles.
Less impressive were the rooms. Rooms are spacious and have everything a busy visitor would want, including cable TV and a bathtub. But considering the price, the rooms were a bit faded. They were clean, but our room has some peeling paint, which is not what you’d expect in a “luxury” hotel (yes, $80 is a luxury hotel in Cambodia). If you’re willing to stay somewhere less central, you’d be able to find something more luxurious for the price.
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is one of a group of four Frangipani Villa hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Of them, Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is the high-end option in Phnom Penh. Many of the rooms aren’t as snazzy as they could be, but still offer great value for money in a really central location; the hotel is walking distance from lots of nice restaurants and bars, plus attractions like the riverside, Royal Museum, and the Royal Palace.
All of the Frangipani hotels have a strict no sex tourism policy and do not allow outside guests to stay the night.
Walk-in rates for rooms range from $80 to $140, not including 10% hotel tax. Prices on Booking.com and Agoda range from around $60 up to $160. The cheaper rooms online are often $20-25 less expensive than walk-in rates, while the pricier rooms can be more expensive, so it’s worth checking the rates before you book.
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
27 Street 178, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
T: 023 223 320
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