Hotel Review: Frangipani Royal Palace | Cambodia

Phnom Penh is an absolute must on the circuit of South East Asia. On the banks of the Tonle Sap River stands the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King od Cambodia since the 1860s. We were lucky enough to spend our time in Phnom Penh at the Frangipani Hotel, which has a beautiful view over the palace, as well as the river.


From the second we walked in the door, we were greeted with friendly faces and smiles. We cooled off with wet towels and a complimentary orange juice. Our bags were taken from us and delivered to our rooms, which is a bit of a shock when you’re used to carrying everything up 3 flights of stairs – I’m looking at you Italy!

Our room had a gorgeous view of Wat Ounalom and the river further out. Relaxing in the bathroom was one of my personal favourite things. It felt like a spa, the calm blue walls exuded serenity with the vibrant pops of colour ensuring I didn’t fall asleep in the bath.


There is so much to do in Phnom Penh and a lot of it can be reached on foot from the hotel. For the things that are slightly further out, there are always tuk tuk drivers on hand to whisk you around the city.

See our 48 hour in Phnom Penh Guide here.

One of the most spectacular bits about this hotel is sitting in the rooftop pool, preferably in the bubbly bit, sipping an happy hour cocktail and watching the sunset over the city.

The bed was cloud soft and you could melt into it after a hard day of sightseeing. The wifi was great for streaming and skyping, anything that you could possibly want it for.


The next morning we awoke fresh and eager and headed up to the restaurant to fill up on cooked breakfast, freshly cooked eggs, fruit cereal and the all important coffee. Then we set off onto the streets to discover what Cambodia has to offer (which is a lot by the way).

Many, many thanks to D’s parents for treating us to the Frangipani Hotel while we were in Cambodia. Thank you!

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