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The Pavilion

The main building was built in the mid-1920s, allegedly by Queen Kossamak, King Sihanouk's mother. Living here brought her closer to the Botum Royal Pagoda, where she often liked to go to pray. The architecture is an original combination of Khmer and French colonial styles.
227, Street 19, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Overview

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.


Tel: +855 23 222 280



Published on Aug 18, 2009

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