Suggesting class and respectability, Rose Emerald Hotel in Phnom Penh finds the perfect combination between convenience and elegant design. It is located smack-bang in the center of the city, so going to restaurants, the marketplace, and shopping outlets is just about 10 to 15 minutes of tuktuk ride away.
We stayed in this three-star hotel in Cambodia for two nights and were delighted with its plush room and level of service. Offering simple amenities, Rose Emerald Hotel in Phnom Penh is most ideal for the no-nonsense, the kind of guests who are likely to spend most of their time out and about. Staffs can speak in English, and that counts a lot.
Review of Rose Emerald Hotel (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Things looked promising right from the entry. The wide and sun-lit lobby and lounges were pleasing to the eye. Tall ceiling and white walls made the interior look rather sleek and minimalist. Chic lifestyle magazines and travel guides were available as references, telling about descriptions of places to travel and restaurants to try in Phnom Penh. These are wonderful for those who wish to create or update the list of destinations on their travel itinerary or guests who just want reading materials so they don’t get bored during their downtime.
Tastefully designed, the Superior Double Room covering 35 square meters combine clarity, softness, and a fine mix of colors. White and shades of brown should appeal to both sexes. The room was equipped with modern conveniences we expected from a three-star property, such as reliable air conditioning, free WiFi throughout, vault, TV, and mini fridge.
The Superior Double Room also had a writing desk, quality king-size bed, and comfortable seating. It was, in short, a good room to return to after the exaction of a day of leisure.
The bathroom was well-appointed with a full-sized shower, towels, and basic toiletries, so guests don’t have to worry about packing these things in their travel bags.
Charming young people manned the reception desk, and they were easy to talk with. The doorman was particularly friendly and helpful. Overall, staffs here provided the kind of treatment that makes travelers feel safe and cared for.
The restaurant is housed on the 11th floor. It seemed that there’s no attempt to bag contemporary design awards, as the place looked practical and straightforward for its purpose with plenty of dining tables and chairs across the L-shaped room. Breakfast was served buffet style with both local Cambodian and Western food items. Tastes were okay but nothing out of the ordinary.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
Our room only costs $36/night, and it gave far more than my expectation from a three-star hotel in Phnom Penh. Transplant this hotel to any other city in the world or even in Asia alone, and the room rates would probably be about three to five times as much.
Rose Emerald Hotel is suited for people who are going to Phnom Penh for a business trip and the quieter, more reflective sort of visitor who wants to be handy for everything (culture, history, shopping, food, etc.) without paying luxury prices.