A short walk south of the Royal Palace and trendy Street 240.
First Impressions - hidden behind a wooden door and a high wall, the pool and garden feel like an oasis of calm. The hotel is housed in a tastefully restored 1920’s-era villa, thought to have been built by former King Sihanouk’s mother. Through the undergrowth is a second, more recently built villa.
The 20 rooms all differ, with those in the older villa featuring high ceilings, original floral-motif tiled floors and a scattering of antique furnishings, photographs and fixtures like Bakelite switches that will appeal to frustrated colonialists. The four ground-floor rooms in the newer building have four-poster beds, splashes of silk and, best of all, private 6-meter pools. Bathrooms are underwhelming but perfectly functional.
The pool is open to non-guests, and consequently, overrun with expatriates on the weekends. The staff is friendly but management can be combative. Guests under 16 are not welcome.
Weekday afternoons can easily evaporate while lazing on the day beds nestled in the garden, between cooling dips in the pool - the perfect respite after an enervating morning of sightseeing.
227, Street 19,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Telephone: +855 23 222 280