Pros: - totally quiet street, no trash smell, no cars or motos driving on the sidewalk
- no power cuts, no funny water
- extremely friendly and caring staff
- no Mainland Chinese tourist bus hordes
- garden anesthetic, fruits harvested on premise
- pet cats on premise
Cons: - not ‘girl friendly’, says so right at booking, restated in the arrival form at the hotel
- stairs, no elevators
- loud drunken obnoxious guests not tolerated, lots of Japanese, no cigarette smoke
- bugs and mosquitos because of garden setting
- motodops / tuk tuk s might be intimidated by the armed officer and security gate
- no buffet, fixed breakfast menu
Nestled behind the Embassy of Vietnam, and right next to HE Heng Samrin’s house, iRoha is on a closed off street. The gate with uniformed officer at one end and the no crossing sign at the other keeps out the sights and smells of Phnom Penh street life.
The place has a nice garden setting.
With 3 expensive cats roaming the hotel as mini-managers.
The staff are great. All of them greet guests coming and going. Expect to say hello a lot! They refer to guests as being ‘welcomed home’. I was known as the lame leg foreigner from day one.
This is the manager. He was there talking to the guests at breakfast every morning. All the staff ask how the day went. Missus had a upset stomach on the last day. Staff brought a carafe of honey ginger tea.
The rest of the resort is just like him. Japanese homey kitsch.
With plenty of little homemade signs in English and Khmer.
Lots of nooks and crannies for reading and chilling out.
Unfortunately, stairs. Not the Khmer killer stairs, but a pain to climb.
The breakfast menu is limited set.
The Japanese breakfast is outstanding.
Each set comes with a bowel of fruit, some from the resort itself (these bananas were hanging over the walkway on the first day).
The Khmer food was not so good, others were Ok.
Beds are turned over every evening, with bathrobes laid out, and treats and flowers (different treat every night).
At the end of the journey, the manager wanted to know how was the stay and then accompanied us to the car. Then the manager and staff gave us big waves of goodbye as the car pulled away.
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