Dara Hotel’s History
Dara Hotel (Dara: ផ្កាយ, “star” in Khmer) is the brand name for an initiative by Cambodian investors who, in the early 2000s, decided to join forces to develop a Cambodian hospitality group. Dara Hotels’ vision is to develop quality hotels in strategic locations across the country.
The first project was a vast renovation of the iconic Independence Hotel (known as Hotel Pram Pi Chhonn in Khmer, The Seven Storey Hotel). The “Grande Dame” of Sihanoukville, which younger generations see as the symbol of their country’s “Golden Age,” was completed in 1964 and was a personal project of late King Norodom Sihanouk. This historic landmark, known nowadays as the Independence Hotel by Dara, is undergoing another phase of modernization.
Dara Hotels then turned its attention to another strategic area of Cambodia: the rapidly growing business and residential district of Teuk Thla in Phnom Penh. Conveniently situated at the Ratana Plaza Mall, near Phnom Penh International Airport and the recently launched Special Economic Zone, the Dara Airport City Hotel & Spa has become a hub for international business travelers and local entrepreneurs.
In 2019, Dara Hotels opened Olympia City Hotel by Dara in central Phnom Penh. Closely connected to the airport, destinations, and hotspots around the city, this hotel provides an all-in-one travel experience in the city. This hotel is also connected to the Olympia Mall, with premium branded shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, a supermarket, and entertainment.
Remodeling and extending a large administration building from the 1960s is underway for Dara – The Sixties. These distinct serviced apartments and penthouses are located a few steps from Wat Phnom, a landmark of the capital city.
Dara Hotels also developed a new luxurious French-style serviced apartment called The Élysée by Dara. The Élysée has 37 apartments located on Diamond Island (Koh Pich) along the riverside and closely connected to shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, and entertainment. The fully-furnished suites have from 1 to 5 bedrooms and all in-house facilities at reasonable prices.
Wellness and Leisure
Along with outstanding locations and quality of service, another of Dara Hotel’s distinctive traits is our wellness facilities. Jouvence Fitness & Spa, our signature wellness brand, is now expanding to several in-town locations such as Dara Airport City Hotel, Olympia City, The Élysée, Sorya Center Point, and Independence Hotel.
Dara Hotels keeps on developing along its fundamental lines – supporting local culture and arts, effectively contributing to the country’s economic growth, and encouraging employment and career opportunities for Cambodian nationals.