During my short trip to Phnom Penh the other week, I was hosted by La Rose Boutique Hotel and Spa, a relatively new place of accommodation in the city center and one of the top-rated Phnom Penh hotels.
La Rose Boutique Hotel and Spa is located in Preah Norodom Boulevard, one of the city’s main arteries. From here, the road leads directly to the stunning Independence Monument, and further on to the likes of the Royal Palace and Sisowath Quay so the location is pretty strategic. I took a tuktuk ride here and was pretty excited to see how this property ranks among Phnom Penh hotels.
With just 10 rooms overall, La Rose Boutique Hotel and Spa is a boutique property in every sense on the word. The entire building exudes its own charm, especially with the modern interiors and heavy usage of white – very soothing especially when factoring in their spa service.
I stayed in a deluxe room – Room #1 which is the first room after exiting the lobby and dining hall. Similar to the rest of the hotel, the rooms are decked in white to emphasize a relaxing ambiance. My room had a double bed and a single bed which actually could have fit three people. The room was well-furnished with cable TV featuring dozens of channels. The beds come with a reading light which can be activated with a touch – a thoughtful addition if I may say so.
my fruit basket
array of instant coffee and tea
On the desk was a personalized note from the general manager welcoming me to the property. Beside it was a bountiful basket of tropical fruits. I come from a tropical country myself but I was impressed by the variety of stuff placed on the basket. The hotel plays up the luxe, personalized service proposition and so far from what I had seen, it was succeeding.
Now the bathroom is where it gets even more interesting. It is actually split into three parts. The toilet is in one area while the shower is in another. The reason is because the shower actually doubles as a steam room. No kidding – a STEAM ROOM! To be honest, I have never encountered an in-room steam room in any of the hotels I’ve stayed in before so this was definitely a pleasant surprise. The third part – the sink – is actually inside the room but it was done in an aesthetically pleasing way, that it made for a nice touch to the room. Amenities were provided and were in “green” packaging, reflecting the environmentally conscious practices of the hotel.
my first option
The room stay comes with free breakfast which is served ala carte. Guests have the option to choose among 2 types – a western and a Khmer option. Since I was in Cambodia, I of course chose the Khmer option.
my breakfast – grilled beef and bread on the side
For my breakfast, I chose grilled beef, fresh fruits and a glass of orange juice. I was also given a plate of bread even without me asking so I ended up having a very filling meal!
a solution for every need
Like I said previously, the hotel also comes with an in-house spa which offers a wide variety of treatments and spa services. I came back to the hotel later that afternoon after an excursion to the dusty town of Oudong (more about that in my next post) and opted for the Khmer massage. It comes in 60, 90 and 120 minute versions. Since I didn’t have much time left, I opted for the 60 minute version which was priced quite decently.
the massage rooms
While massage places abound all over Phnom Penh, the difference here is that the service in the hotel is definitely a lot more upmarket so guests are assured of clean surroundings and not to mention nice touches to really bring home the point of having a relaxing time at the spa. Honestly, after a long day out in Phnom Penh, getting a massage is almost inevitable!
Overall, I’m glad I chose to stay in La Rose Boutique Hotel and Spa during my stay in Phnom Penh. It’s a great city, no doubt about it. But sometimes the heat and dusty streets can be overwhelming so it’s great to have a relaxing place to come home to at night. The service here is top-notch and personalized. Nothing seems to be too much for the staff here. During my stay, I was actually going to them more on suggestions on things to see and do in Phnom Penh rather than on issues about the room because honestly, I didn’t find any. More than anything, I find the hotel particularly apt for getaways, especially for guests from nearby countries who might come to Phnom Penh for short stays. Those who stay here looking for some RnR won’t be disappointed.
- LA ROSE
- #164B, Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
- Telephone:+855-23 211 130, +855-80 900 900
- Fax:+855-23 210 531