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Apr 10 2015

La Rose Suites Phnom Penh Review

La Rose Suites in Phnom Penh echoes the spa-like design of its sister property La Rose Boutique Hotel, but with five-star facilities. The hotel is hidden behind a high wall that shelters the pool and lounge area from the road. We entered through a tunnel of vines and twinkling lights and walked into the dimly lit lobby. Staff met us at the entrance to take our bags and urged us to take a seat.

The hotel is in a convenient location to explore popular spots like the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom and the staff organized tuk-tuk drivers for us to make our day trips hassle free.

The Rooms

The quiet comfortable rooms are large with a four-poster bed, desk and seating area, large bathroom and mini bar. The central window filled the room with natural light and a tree right outside maintained a sense of privacy even with the curtains open. The simple designs are unique, especially the big stone bathtub that opens up into the glass shower.

Even more so than the smaller La Rose Boutique Hotel, the rooms at La Rose Suites sucked us in and we felt completely at home. The spa atmosphere in all the spaces and the fact that there are only 25 rooms, combined with the friendly nature of the staff make this hotel an ideal place to spend a vacation in Phnom Penh.

The Food

We were so comfortable in our room we decided to enjoy a working lunch there. We ordered a yummy tuna sandwich and BBQ chicken with a banana smoothie and spring rolls. The food was delivered to our door quickly with all the necessary condiments and silverware. The spring rolls were the same that we had at La Rose Boutique Hotel and were just as delicious. Unfortunately, even though we left for several hours that evening, the plates were never cleared and our room was not cleaned.

Breakfast was served in the dining room and I tried the traditional Khmer noodles. I really enjoyed the dish, but if noodles for breakfast is not your thing, there are several western options that are simple, but tasty.

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During dinner we enjoyed a show of traditional Khmer dancing which is slow and disciplined and performed in beautiful ornate costumes. The dancers train for seven years to master the art and to train their fingers to bend backwards in an impressive curve.

The food was great as well, and Khmer dishes went well with the entertainment. Eric tried a minced pork dip served with several choices to pair with it, including mango, cabbage, carrots, and cucumbers. It was fun to eat and included a variety of new and unusual flavor combinations. Western options like salmon and mashed potatoes are also available.

The Spa

The small spa rooms at La Rose Suites are hidden among the guest rooms. We were greeted at our room by the therapists who handed us slippers and led us away for our massage. There was no tea before or after, and we didn’t get the usual therapeutic feet wash, but the overall experience was very enjoyable. With such a small spa, it seems like this would best be done in the guest room, anyway.

The treatment itself was nice and very relaxing. The rooms are small, but not crowded, and soft music fills the space. I had a very nice facial that kept my skin feeling great for days. Both of us felt completely relaxed during, but not tired after our treatments.

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La Rose Suites is relaxing and quiet; a much welcome hideaway from the busy streets of Phnom Penh. The salt water pool is also an appreciated luxury and perfect for a dip after a day in the hot sun. Beside the pool, a cute round bar serves guests drinks in case they want to spend an extended period by the water. While the night markets and surrounding area provide plenty of dining options nearby, we recommend eating dinner at the restaurant at least once to catch the dancing in an intimate environment.

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Quick Tips

  • La Rose Suites is in a convenient location and most tuk tuk drivers knew where it was
  • Staff is happy to arrange half or full day tours with a tuk tuk driver and bill the trip to your room
  • Don’t miss dinner with traditional Khmer dancing in the hotel’s restaurant
  • For more information and to make a reservation, visit La Rose Suites online

 

Poplar Travels was a guest of La Rose Suites. Our opinion is always our own. 

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Evanne and Eric left jobs in Washington, D.C., headed for Chiang Mai, and look forward to exploring everywhere in between.

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