After huge investments in
And its not just a hotel around the corner, Jussi Ryhänen decided to take over from the local owner who had been running the place for decades as a place with massage as its top attraction.
ScandAsia met the Finn and his new manager Heikki Ala- Kleme in the middle of the renovation of the hotel and its restaurant, opening soon. The air conditioned restaurant and the restaurant in front of the hotel will be used as a way to change the image of the hotel from a place where men go for the fun, to a more all-round hotel with good rooms, proper services, and an excellent restaurant.
“My hotels in
Some weeks ago he called a Finnish friend he knew from his time in the construction business in
For more than 10 days the two experienced Finns travelled all over
“I really believe in this place. There is a lot to be done to guide guests to Sakura Hotel, but for sure
“When we took over, we had 50 % foreign guests and 50% local guests. Many of the restaurant’s guests have been costumers at Sakura Hotel for one or two decades, and they will still be more than welcome. But in my hotels in
Jussi acknowledges that the massage is a part of the business called Sakura Hotel.
“We are here to run a hotel as well as we can. But we will keep the massage as a service, and later on the hotel and the massage will be separated. Our plan is to move the massage to an attached villa as soon as possible, Jussi Ryhänen explains.
The Sakura Hotels manager, Heikki Ala- Kleme, who got a phone call from Jussi Ryhänen just at the time when he had prepared him self to leave his wife and small son in Phnom Penh, to start another season with his Bar Baari on Victory Hill in Sihanoukville, is a happy man right now. His bar is rented out to three English guys, who is going to re-open under a new name.
“I have a son, Tapio. Today he is 17 months and 23 days. Running a bar until far too late every night is not that pleasant for me, my wife or my son, so the call from Jussi came at the right time. It was very exciting to guide Jussi around, looking for the right hotel or guesthouse. And I am only happy that we ended up with a hotel in
“I have been working with construction in Scandinavia and in
And while we have been talking, Heikki’s acting as an interpreter for his boss Jussi, three typical travellers arrived with all there stuff. Over the same period five single men arrived with absolutely no luggage. Typical massage costumers. At the top of that, Heikki received a booking with pick up in the airport. So maybe the old massage place already reacts to the new Finnish facelift.
After huge investments in