Amidst the hustle and bustle that is the city of Phnom Penh, lies a hidden oasis in the form of La Rose Suites. It’s so discreet that our tuk tuk driver drove past it the first time, and when we eventually pulled up, we saw why. Beautiful tall wooden doors framed by leafy vines, it’s like a secret little entrance into another world. And that’s how it felt for our entire stay.

THE ARRIVAL
Walking through those wooden doors, we were ushered down a walkway covered by lush garden and fairy lights, past the sparkling salt water pool, and into the reception. We were greeted with soft music and dim lights, complimented with softly spoken greetings of welcome. La Rose Suites has incorporated a spa influence into their styling which makes every hallway, room and dining area so ridiculously relaxing that it you don’t want to leave the hotel! We were seated for a cold towel and welcome drink, before climbing the curved wooden staircase to our suite on the first floor. 

THE ROOM
Opening the door to the Junior Suite with pool view, we found a generously sized room with high ceilings and timber furniture. The cross of the inspiration drawn from French Indochina architecture and the greatness that is Angkor Wat, creates a contemporary yet still traditional feel to the suites. With pops of tartan, lamps made of driftwood and organic detailing, the suites at La Rose feel like the perfect little haven for your Phnom Penh getaway. The suites are not only visually appealing but are ensconced in a beautiful soft scent from the burning incense which is refreshed every day.

Stepping into the bathroom to freshen up after a morning learning about Cambodia’s history, we discovered floor to ceiling stone, with an enormous bathtub and rain water shower (my favourite!). I write this through sleepy eyes as I’ve just received my complimentary 1-hour traditional Khmer massage, something every guest who checks in at La Rose enjoys on a daily basis. Beginning in the reception with a soft foot massage before being ushered to a peaceful room, this Khmer luxury is one that I will no doubt be trying again!

The free daily mini bar is perfect if you’re reluctant to leave the room (which is quite likely) or choose to order room service from the extensive menu of Khmer and Western cuisine. We selected our breakfast each evening which was promptly ready for us in the dining room in the morning, within the half an hour time window we had allocated.

We returned on our first evening only to discover there had been a nightly turn down service, slippers that felt like little cushions on our feet had been placed on either side of the bed, all the lamps had been turned on, our linen turned down, and water placed with a glass next to the bed. Every single detail of La Rose Suites has been meticulously thought out and perfected, and that is what makes it the most luxurious escape in the heart of Phnom Penh. DSCF0426

THE SERVICE
This 5-star boutique hotel has just 25 rooms, making your stay that much more intimate. The greeting of ‘welcome home’ and a cold towel every time we returned was just the start of the flawless service we received while staying at La Rose. An open door, a warm smile, a question of if we needed help or anything booked; nothing was too much trouble. Management of the hotel are strongly involved in customer interaction, and the staff and management appear to have a fantastic relationship, a family vibe in a 5-star environment. La Rose certainly has mastered the perfect combination of luxury and warmth.

THE FINER DETAILS
La Rose Suites employs 90% of their staff as graduates from Pour Un Sourire D’Enfant (PSE) – “For A Child’s Smile”. This international non-government organisation rescues impoverished children from a life of collecting bottles and cans in the rubbish dumps, and provides them with an education and skills to give them the chance to acquire the best jobs. Staying at La Rose contributes to the development of Cambodia and the support of education for these young Khmer people.

For an exquisite experience, check-in to La Rose Suites in Phnom Penh.
Suites begin at $175USD per night. Book your stay here.

LENSES&LOCALS was welcomed as a guest by La Rose Suites on our visit to Phnom Penh. As always, all opinions are our own.


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