Sofitel Phnom Penh welcomes new 201-room luxury hotel

CAMBODIA – The Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Tea Banh, presided over the grand opening ceremonies last week of the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, the first five-star hotel debut in Phnom Penh since the 1990s.

As a representative of Prime Minister Hun Sen, General Tea Banh noted that the hotel’s opening was bound to improve the country’s “maco-economy” and “social development” and to aid in the reduction of poverty.

The March 29 Grand Opening caps a USD 70 million investment in seven classes of rooms and suites, eight restaurants and bars and one of Southeast Asia’s most ambitious meetings facilities. Its Sofitel-designed spa and executive club are the first of their kind in Southeast Asia. And the Phokeethra Sports Club is opening as one of the Kingdom’s most stunning new fitness facilities.

The Phnom Penh property is the second hotel in Cambodia for the Phokeethra Group. Its Siem Reap hotel has won worldwide renown for its service and is a perennial favorite on the lists of Southeast Asia’s best hotels.

Opened in 2007, the Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap has hosted the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open for the past four years.

“The Sofitel team and Phokeethra Group have the same goal,” said the Phokeethra Group’s Mr. Supachai Verapuchong, and that is “to create the best service and facilities” of any hotel in Cambodia.

After a morning, ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the hotel, hundreds of guests returned in the evening for a gala dinner and a dance by Cambodian apsaras.

Ambassadors from seven countries, including Australia, France, India, Japan, Laos, Russia and Thailand attended the Grand Opening.

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