Monday, November 1, 2010

Race against time

12 stories high, the new 5* Sofitel is aiming to be finished in a month
The building site that is the new 201-room 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.
The Hanuman team on inspection duty. LtoR: Guillaume, Kimhean, Nick, me and Danielle.
The imposing front entrance to the new Sofitel Phokeethra
A view south from the 8th floor. The 2 apartment blocks are called Star River.
The view north, with Diamond Island on the right and Nagaworld on the left



Anonymous James said...

Isn't the Star River project on indefinite hold?

It won't make for a good view if it stays in that state!

November 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the initial views won't be especially pleasing"
For the foreseeable future - Star River is 'on hold' until the real estate market improves. Don't hold your breath ...

November 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I lose track of all the big construction projects taking place in PPenh, though there did seem to be some activity at the two River Star blocks (yes, it looks horrendous) - unlike the Tower 42 project which has definitely ground to a halt, as I can see it from my kitchen door every morning. There is also a large space next to Sofitel that is due to be developed by the Koreans I believe, but its also been put on ice. If that happens it would create merry hell at Sofitel re the noise and view obstruction.

November 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Gold Tower, dear God...

It is hard to find the words, it really is...

It looked like it was progressing well (at least for the monstrosity that it was planned to be) but instead we are left with a North Korean style embarrassment that literally casts a shadow over Phnom Penh.

November 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

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