Monday, November 1, 2010
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra was on my viewing list today. They are expecting their very first guests in the first couple of weeks of December but by my reckoning they have got a helluva way to go before they are ready to welcome paying customers. A race against time sums it up perfectly. With a workforce of over 200 men in hard hats, a few rooms have been completed and are available to inspect but literally everything else is a work in progress and with just over a month to go, I think they'll need to double their workforce to get it all done. They will boast 4 international cuisine restaurants, two swimming pools, tennis courts, the largest ballroom in the country (holding nearly 2,000) and the top four floors will be their 'club section' where everything is more expensive. Their main aim is to be up and running for the Asean Tourism Forum taking place on next-door Diamond Island between 15-21 January, so failure is not an option. They were good enough to open their doors for a quick look-see this morning. It is what it looks like at the moment, a building site, but it will provide a much-needed niche in the top-end accommodation options in the capital once its completed, though with views from every window looking out onto other building sites surrounding the hotel, the initial views won't be especially pleasing on the eye as you sip your cocktail on the 1st or 12th floor.