"Far above the chaos of the streets"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 31, 2011
This hotel is something of a mystery: it appears in no guidebooks or local tourist materials. But, that lack of publicity makes it a real find.
First of all, the other reviewers are correct: the hotel IS very hard to find. If you arrive during the day (before 6pm), go through the arch with the blue sign that says "Orussey Market". Walk straight back and go up the stairs. On the 3rd floor, you will find an elevator. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor (confusing, yes, but the 3rd floor of the market is the Ground floor of the hotel).
If you arrive after the market closes, as other guests have noted, you must walk through the parking garage (look for the giant neon ORUSSEY sign that is missing at least half the letters). Yes, walking up the ramp is inconvenient, but it also means no one is wandering in by accident.
The hotel was built in 1991, but it looks like it was built yesterday. The room we stayed in (532) was spacious and very clean. Apparently, the hotel exists for vendors doing business in the market to stay when they travel in from China or Vietnam. We saw very few other people in the hotel.
Although it was "expensive" by Cambodian standards, we found the price very reasonable for an A/C room with free bottles of water, lots of channels on the cable TV, and BY FAR the greatest gym I have ever found in a hotel. Seriously... the front desk will not mention it, but on "Floor 1" is a membership-gym that is free for hotel desks. If you are a guy, you can reach it by walking through the Men's Steam Room (yes, they have saunas and jacuzzis available as well). Women have to detour through the pedicure area. Regardless, the guy has tons of free weights, a half-dozen machines, mats and balls for core-work, a bike and some treadmills, as well as a big picture window that looks out over the city.
The (much cheaper) Capitol Guesthouse is directly across the street. They operate Capitol buses as well, which means you can catch a bus to virtually anywhere in Cambodia j