The 201-room Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra will
open on 11 December 2010.
Located in an upscale residential
quarter just downstream of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, and close to
both the Australian and Russian embassies, the hotel’s debut will
introduce eight new restaurants and bars to the city, Southeast
Asia’s first, Sofitel-branded So SPA and So FIT, as well as the
top floor executive lounge, Club Millésime, and an
1,800-square-meter grand ballroom anchoring one of the most
ambitious new meetings venues in the region.
“For many people,
Phnom Penh is one of Asia’s great new destinations, generating an
enthusiasm that we’ve seen in the past for places like Vietnam and
the Maldives,” said Didier Lamoot, General Manager of the hotel.
“The Sofitel is opening as a grand manifestation of all that
Despite the recent economic slump
worldwide, visitors to Cambodia have continued to increase, albeit
by a small margin. In 2008, the country’s tourist authorities
reported 2.12 million in-bound arrivals. In 2009, that number
inched up to 2.16 million. Last month, the country’s Ministry of
Tourism reported that in-bound arrivals were up 14% over last
year, a pace that’s likely to accelerate with the development of
the nation’s infrastructure.
The 12-storey hotel occupies four hectares in a
prime, riverside location, near the British International School
and amidst a burgeoning neighborhood of upscale villas. The
airport is 15 kilometers away.
Its fitness complex, the Phokeethra
Sports Club, features tennis courts and squash courts, as well an
outdoor swimming pool, a kid’s club and fitness equipment. Sofitel
So SPA enjoys expansive quarters on the hotel’s third floor,
overlooking the pool and the river.
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