REVIEW

The 252

The 252 may look like just another pretty space, but the 19-room hotel is as much about doing good as looking good.

By Melinda Page, Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 2:24 PM

(Courtesy The 252)

The 252

About this Hotel

Price From $45

The 252 may look like just another pretty space, with its silk linens and infinity pool surrounded by shaded loungers and potted palms. But the 19-room hotel, which opened in the capital city last year, is as much about doing good as looking good. The Swiss-expat owner Stephane Combre, who moved to Phnom Penh in 2009, was inspired to start his community-minded hotel after working as a photographer for Toutes à l'école, a nonprofit devoted to educating Cambodian girls. Now, he hires reading and writing tutors for his employees (in both English and Khmer), provides job-training courses for the front-desk and kitchen staff, and connects guests with volunteer opportunities in area orphanages. Even those contemporary Cambodian design elements do their part to support the community: The silk cushions, woven rattan lamps, and hand-stitched throws are all from the Tendance Khmere line, made exclusively by local craftspeople in designer Flavien Lambert’s Phnom Penh workshop.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted MC, Visa.

Details From $45; breakfast included.

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