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Where to Stay in Phnom Penh – from Colonial to Contemporary

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Phnom Penh is a sophisticated little city when it comes to accommodation, with a burgeoning boutique hotel scene and plenty of chic sleeps. Here’s where to stay in Phnom Penh, from the colonial Raffles and The Pavilion to the contemporary The Quay and Lebiz.

Sadly, we didn’t get to settle in for very long this trip and try any holiday rentals in Phnom Penh (next time), but we did get to experience some beautiful hotels that fit our ‘home away from home’ style. The hotels below had friendly, welcoming staff, lots of character, loads of space, and are the types of hotels that you’d be happy to check into for a while.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Once upon a time, the grand old Raffles Hotel Le Royal was the most fashionable spot to stay in town. For eighty years, royalty, diplomats and celebrities slept soundly in its elegant old high-ceilinged rooms, lounged by the colossal swimming pools (yes, there are two!), and sipped cocktails to the sounds of piano keys tinkling in the colonial-era Elephant Bar (review here). We got to sleep very soundly and sip a cocktail, but sadly our busy schedule didn’t allow us to do any lazing by the pool.
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Phnom Penh.
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The Pavilion

Located amidst lush gardens behind high walls in a restored 1920s French mansion and set around an enticing turquoise swimming pool, The Pavilion has plenty of charm. Its’ simply decorated, whitewashed rooms are accented by bright colours, and some have private plunge pools. The same owner is currently transforming another historic villa into a boutique hotel called The Plantation, due to open by the end of this year so look out for that one.
227, 19 Street, Phnom Penh.
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The Quay

By contrast, sleek, modern and minimalist, The Quay on busy Sisowath Quay is like a Scandinavian design hotel. Its stylish, hi-tech rooms sport Minotto beds, Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, and enormous black granite bathrooms. There’s a cool lobby café-restaurant called Chow at street level, serving up Asian fusion food, and on the breezy rooftop a buzzy bar with a jacuzzi and stunning Mekong River and Tonle Sap views (reviews here).
277 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.
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The 240

The 240 on 240 Street is in a fantastic location on one of Phnom Penh’s best shopping streets, just a few blocks from the Royal Palace and riverside. The lovely rooms are light, bright and spacious, with bold accents in the form of cushions and features, and the light-filled building boasts a funky café cum organic food shop and an art gallery (see this post). 240 Street itself is an increasingly cool address that’s fun to explore.
83, 240 Street, Phnom Penh. www.the240.asia

Other Hotels worth checking out…

River 108

Not far from The Quay, new boutique hotel River 108, on 108 Street, has a glam Art Deco-inspired style, with silver and gold accents, and, like the Quay, rooms with spacious terraces and river vistas.
Cnr 108 Street & Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.
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Lebiz Hotel

There are no watery views here from these minimalist rooms unfortunately, but the rooms at the front have a fascinating outlook onto bustling 128 Street and Central Market (see this post) is just seconds away. Downstairs there’s a multimedia library and café-bar (see this post). 79F, 128 Street, Phnom Penh. www.lebizhotel.com 

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9 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Phnom Penh – from Colonial to Contemporary”

  1. Hi Tim – what should prove helpful is the firsthand account from the fact that we stayed in these properties (except for the last two at the end which I inspected). Frankly, I don’t find rates helpful on blogs because they continually change – depending on season, how far in advance you book, what style of room you book, what package you opt for, whether you choose to have breakfast or not, etc. They go out of date very quickly. Instead, I’ve provided links above so people can simply click through to hotels to check rates at the time they’re interested in booking a room.

  2. I just did a sister story of this for Siem Reap :) And I’m planning on doing on for PP as well, with only one overlap actually! There are just so many amazing places to stay in Cambodia.

  3. We stayed at the Blue Lime last February (with our own PRIVATE POOL!!!!) which was absolutely amazing for barely $70 a night (it was our splurge). On our way back out of Cambodia, after travelling around a bit more, um, roughly, we stayed at the 240. Nice, but the Lime was better. Also, 240 was renovating at the time so it felt like it was in transition.

  4. Can’t wait to visit next month, am staying at You Khin first and then one night in Raffles! Will be interesting to see how it compares to the Raffles in siem reap – which did you prefer?

  5. I prefer Raffles in Siem Reap personally but Raffles in Phnom Penh is also beautiful and the pools at both are sublime. I do prefer the Elephant Bar at Phnom Penh compared to Siem Reap. You’re not going to visit us in Siem Reap?! What are your PP dates. We could be there soon.

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