FCC Phnom Penh
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Great Location Overlooking The River
We really enjoyed our stay at the FCC. The central location is excellent, right in the heart of all the activity and the view out over the Tonle Sap River and The Mekong while sipping a cocktail on our balcony was just amazing and a great memory. Our room was spacious enough and comfortable but the noise was a bit of a problem especially early in the morning.
There are lots of restaurants and internet cafes all along Sisowath Quai and the Museum and the Royal Palace are nearby. We also found a brilliant restaurant near the Royal Palace on Sothearos Boulevard called Restaurant Thury. They serve Khmer and Western food and it is excellent. Beautiful Australian steaks if you fancy one, it's great value for money and the staff are really friendly.
There is so much to do in Phnom Penh and the FCC is the ideal location and I would certainly go back again.
Atmospheric but has its faults
Spent 3 nights here having transferred from the FCC sister hotel in Siem Reap.
It is fair to stay that standards here are not as high. Staff generally were uninterested in guest welfare. Check in at reception was exceptionaly slow as is the breakfast service. Breakfast food choice is limited. We had a meal in the restaurant which was ok but again service was slow.
On the positive side, rooms are very good. We stayed in the Kbal Spean on the first floor and found a spacious, clean and well equipped room . Big downside is the noise with the room having poor sound insulation. If you can put up with the noise though it is in an excellent central location ideal for short stays.
Best bit about the hotel is the bar/restaurant area that looks like it has been taken straight off the set of Casablanca! Very atmospheric and a great place to watch the world go by.
Good location but very noisy
I stayed att the FCC in Phnom Penh on twop occasions two nights et the end of November and the five nighst in early December 2006. THe first stay was in room Bantey Sreay and it is towards the back with no balcony and directly under the staircase leading the restaurant and bar thus very noisy up to about 12.30 at night and from the early morning when staff arrive to prepare breakfast. The room was nice but not in the price range of the 50 USD + VAT 10%.
During my second stay i took the largest room Ta Prohm at 85 USD + VAT. It had a balcony with river view and larger. This room does not suffer from noise from a staircase but of course from all other activities in the restaurant above it. The street noise was not due to traffic but to the hoards of motorcycle and tuk.-tuk drivers camping outside the hotel from morning to late night. Making it impossible to sit even during daytime on te balcony.
The staff was overall friendly and helpfull although the set-up is all geared towards running the restaurant and bar not the hotel section. It proved very difficult to get a daily local newspaper. The rental of car with driver is so limited so a guest has tro book at thye latest the day before the service is needed. The boat ride that the FCC was supposed to book ended in total failure with the boat arriving 30 minutes late. Upon departure the security guard had to assist with luggage due to the presence of only a receptionist for the hotel section. The reception is located at the street level and each time I had to apparoch it I was the subject of a barrage of offers for rides from the street. After a couple of days this became a nuisance.
The FCC is fine for a few days of leisure visit and if one wants to hang in the bar until late. For visitors having to carry out any kind of work it is not recommended. For those who need regular sleep it is not recommended. The excellent restaurant can be visited withouth staying in the rooms and that is obviously in line with the policy of the owners. The food is nice but it is not the place to discover Cambodia as it is crowded with foreigners.
The prices are too high for the services offered in partcular given the neglect of the hotel section at the property.
Fine overnight stay...stay longer if you like being below a bar
A fine place to sleep for 1 night for us but after a while the constant moving of chairs from the upstairs bar/restaurant and peoples shoes climbing the staircase right outside of the rooms begin to grate. Clean, pleasant furnishings but didn't feel private at all.
FCC is fantastic. The location is perfect and the hotel is a must visit for any travellor to Phnom Penh.
We stayed in the Kbal Spean room which was lovely and spacious. Bathroom is gorgeous! We originally booked this particular room because of the balcony overlooking the river however didn't end up using it because we were always in the bar upstairs!
Food is wonderful, we enjoyed the breakfasts and the banana and coconut shakes are a must. Staff were lovely and went to the extra trouble of arranging a breakfast pack for us the morning we left as we were leaving too early for the usual breakfast.
I would recommend this hotel for people looking for something different from the big chain hotels, its got a lovely personal feel and its a definate plus to be just down the stairs from such a great restaurant and bar!
Great location and fantastic ex-pat buzz
We spent 3 nights here as part of our 5 week honeymoon and really couldnt fault it. The room that we were in had its own entrance which made it feel like your own home - we liked this but noticed some former guests had questioned its security.... I can't see this as a problem.
Happy hour drinks in the bar overlooking the Tonle Sap River are a must and you can see the local elephant walking home from his day at work!!
Breakfast is fantastic - I would highly recommend the Asian style porridge with chicken and I know my husband thought the cooked brekkie was great too!
Would highly recommend this hotel to others
Foreign Correspondents Club Phnom Penh: Recommended to us by some friends, the FCC was a treat. While not necessarily a great value ($55/night in Cambodia), it was neat to stay at a place with only 6 rooms - you feel like you're part of a small club. The room was elegant; dark wood wardrobes and desk, and a nice king size platform bed with Cambodian silk pillows. The mini bar isn't so mini with full size bottles of alcohol. The spacious bathroom was a real treat with a rain shower and nice sized bathtub. The soaps and shampoos are also provided in reusable containers. Everything was very elegantly decorated. There is an in-room safe, and the a/c worked well. The only complaint is that there could have been more lighting, as the dark wood of the floor and furniture made the room a little darker than I would have liked. Our breakfast (included in the rate) in the upstairs restaurant was delicious (although we never received pastries with it). It is also in a good location - close to restaurants, bars, internet cafes, and the palace/museum. We would stay here again.
Contemporary Colonialism & The Hectic Riverfront - Thumbs Up.
We really enjoyed our stay at the FCC - so nice to be in an individually styled place that is right in the centre of things on the riverfront.
The previous poster almost entirely summed up our feelings of the 'hotel' (it's only 6 or 7 rooms), the convenience of staying here, at one of the bars/restaurants you're sure to want to visit, really does make it a great base for a couple of days in PP.
We paid $70/night inc breakfast for the 'Kbal Spean' room (right at the front, with a large balcony) and were delighted with the 'design feel' of the accommodation. Everything felt new, the bathroom was outstanding for what is the FCC basically is - a 'pub with rooms'.
Our pre-arranged airport pick-up was as smooth as the check-in, and before we knew it we were enjoying a cold Angkor beer whilst watching the sunset from the colonial feeling bar upstairs.
No problems with any hassle at all on the streets of PP, just loads of friendly hawkers, motos & tuktuk drivers wanting to get some business, or kids wanting a little help up in life.
There are numerous places to eat and drink within walking distance of the FCC, but I would recommend 'Friends' in particular (ask any tuktuk driver, it's not far at all). Here we enjoyed great, fresh food prepared by young people who had previously been struggling on the streets but who are now in training and will have a good future benefiting from the rapidly developing tourism industry.
I guess if there is a downside of the FCC's location, being on one of the major streets in PP means if you are a light sleeper (or travel without earplugs!) then you might consider it a little noisy once the morning rush begins. However for us, the location was one of the main reasons for staying here, it was great just sitting watching the hectic street traffic below and the mighty river flow slowly by.
Highly recommended, especially over a chain hotel
The rooms here are genuinely individual and styled in an interesting way. The FCC PP restaurant is available to anyone to walk into, but it makes it whole lot more convenient where you're living next to it, and we loved to be able to sit there in the evenings looking out over the Mekong. If anything it becomes too near, and you can find yourself not wanting to eat anywhere else. Despite notes in the guide book about pushy people hanging around the GCC trying to take you on motots we didn't get bothered at all (and when we did simply saying no thank you seemed enough), and the FCC sorted us our with a trusted driver to take us around for what we'd call a reasonable price. The nice thing about staying here is that you feel like you open your window and you're right in the middle of PP rather than being on the 14th floor of a fortress. All this and it's good value for money. Word of advice: only six rooms, so get in their early with your booking.
Centrally located 3 star hotel
PROS: Great location on the waterfront, popular cafe/bar with great views of the Mekong, decent rooms.
CONS: Not a great choice for light sleepers, in-room Internet not complimentary.
The Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) in Phnom Penh is the sister hotel to the FCC in Siem Reap. The FCC is very much a boutique hotel having only 7 rooms, each with its own design and layout. Some rooms have balconies which come at an additional cost.
The best qualities of the FCC are its location (located centrally on the waterfront which makes it an ideal base for travelers who wish to explore Phnom Penh) as well as the in-house cafe/pub which is popular with ex-pats. The cafe/pub boasts great views of the Mekong River.
We stayed in the Mebon room - one of the newest rooms at the FCC. The Mebon room was comfortable but by no means luxurious. The bathroom (with its rain showers) was pleasant and spacious. The photos on the FCC website probably makes the rooms look more modern than they actually are in reality. We found the staff at the FCC to be competent though not particularly friendly.
The main criticism that I would have of the FCC is the noise factor, especially for those rooms facing the front of the hotel (the Mebon room faces the side street). Heavy traffic is present until late at night and Cambodian drivers like to make very liberal use of their horns! During the day, we also experienced pounding noises from the kitchen above us (from someone using a mortar and pestle) as well as from the backup generator located below us (to cope with the occasional power blackouts!).
The other criticism was that the FCC's website falsely promises complimentary in-room Internet access. The reality is that a pre-paid pass must first be purchased from the cafe at a cost of US$3.50 per hour. Not exorbitant, but something to keep in mind.
I would stay at the FCC again for its location but certainly not for its luxury!
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