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)

Ambiance: ★★★★☆

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.

Service: ★★★★★

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.

Food: ★★★☆☆

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.

No.36, St.232 corner St 115, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
For inquiries/reservations, call + 855 23 22 32 32, + 855 23 22 13 33, or e-mail
Date Published: 11/11/2015
16 / 20 stars


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30 Responses

  1. Stefanie C

    This hotel looks very beautiful. I love how sleek and modern looking everything is. I enjoy hotels that are like this when I travel because the lack of clutter and busy elements makes it easier to relax and be calm and comfortable when I’m vacationing or traveling!

  2. Jennifer

    that hotel is totally my style, simple, modern, sleek. I love the fresh whites! Their breakfast buffet looks delicious. I love that you can have noodles ad rice with breakfast!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, I think that combination is pretty much Asian. 🙂 We can mix everything with rice–even noodles! This is to make sure that we got our tummies full so we won’t be complaining about hunger when we’re out for adventure.

  3. Crystal Lopez

    This seems like a truly outstanding place. I personally have never traveled outside of the country. This hotel seems to be located right where tourists find comfort with shops, eatery, and other scenery.

  4. miriam

    Wow, thirty-six dollars a night?? I have to go to Cambodia now just do I could check out this hotel. I love the brightness and the colors of the interior. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome. 🙂 If you’re coming to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I recommend for you to book through a travel agent so you can score some better deals for your trip. Preparing early in advance also gets you more discounts.

  5. Gil Camporazo

    It is my dream of visiting places to appreciate their culture, their businesses, and to compare with our place of culture of cultures. Cambodia is not too far, especially when I have budget so to speak and this place and staying at Rose Emerald Hotel is no problem, not extra fees. I am indeed at home.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Everything is properly taken care of. That’s the best thing about good hotels. You don’t have to mind making the bed and putting back things to proper places because the staff can do it for you. Even breakfast is nicely prepared as you wake up in the morning. 🙂

  6. Renz Bulseco

    Been to Cambodia but only in Siem Reap. Just passed by Phnom Penh though. And true, hotels in Indochina are relatively cheaper than here in PH!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      We have also been to Siem Reap and Vietnam and have observed the same. 🙂 Maybe it’s because we’re living in a more modern city in Manila that’s why our hotels charge higher rates.

  7. Tiffany

    What an awesome place to stay. I love the decor and the fact that the room include a fridge – that is always a bonus for me since taking home leftovers from the restaurants I visit is my favorite thing yet….

  8. Rally L.C.

    Reading your article, I just wanna say that for a three-star hotel, the Rose Emerald looks great. Your room looked spacious and cozy. Compared with the prices in US, $36/night seems so cheap!

  9. JenJacqs

    I’ve been to Phnom Penh but only for a short period of time. How I wish I could go there having a good time and visiting all those museums and historical places that I haven’t been too. I will bookmark your post for future plans of going back. 🙂

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      No doubt you’ll have plenty of fun exploring Cambodia. Clearly, there are no words to express our deep regret and sorrow to all the victims and their loved ones during Pol Pot’s regime. You’ll find out more about it in your trip. 🙂

  10. Kiwi

    I love a chic boutique hotel! I would love to visit the country of Cambodia one day! This hotel bed looks super comfy and who can resist a rainshower head?

  11. Dems

    With how it looks, I wouldn’t think it is just a three star hotel! Are their staff English-speaking? 🙂


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