Pavilion, converted from four historic villas, is one of those hotels you walk into and instantly relax. Trees line the walkway to reception and as you turn the corner, a glorious pool surrounded by pavilions and a shaded restaurant and bar come into view.
The Pavilion is on a quiet main street behind Wat Botum, a 10-minute walk to the Royal Palace and National Museum, and a little further to the riverfront. Street 240, renowned for its ethical gift shops and several restaurants and cafés, is two streets away, and it’s a 15-minute walk to the restaurants and bars of Phnom Penh’s BKK 1 neighbourhood, south of the Independence Monument. Most tuktuk journeys cost $2 (£1.50).
Address: 227 Preah Ang Yukanthor Street (19), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Style & character
In a city where architectural heritage is sometimes dismissed in favour of modernisation, The Pavilion stands out. Hotelier Alexis de Suremain fell in love with this 1920s French-Khmer property, once home to Queen Kossamak, the late King Sihanouk’s mother, and with Khmer staff was transformed into a 10-room hotel. With a further three buildings restored, the 36-room hotel has retained its intimacy and tranquillity. Wooden stairways, ornate railings and local art are part of the décor, while leafy gardens surround the buildings and pools.
Service & facilities
If first impressions count, the beautiful Lush Pool really does impress with its sunbathing pavilions and poolside bar. At the back is the more private Sun Pool, where complimentary coffee, fruit juices and cakes are served all day. The reception area is atmospheric in itself with antiques and wooden furniture, and staff always helpful.
All guests receive a 25-minute Jet Lag Reviver massage in the small spa; treatments are reasonably priced too (60-minute massage $15/£12). There’s an air-conditioned gym and outside the hotel entrance, their Cambomania store sells local jewellery, clothes and cosmetics. The Pavilion also offer free bamboo bicycle hire, and guests can request airport pick-ups/drop-offs in a vintage 1980 Jaguar for $22 (£18).
A spacious four-poster bed, wooden desk and local art and antiques are part of the décor of The Pavilion’s standard doubles. Some have a private patio, and all have air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are spotless; some may feel small due to the restrictions of a historic property, but equally, a minor revamp could lift them from a design perspective.
Deluxe Doubles have pool/gardenview balconies, and there are Private Pool Rooms and the stylish wood-and-glass Jacuzzi Bungalow. Breakfast is available in-room to all categories, and complimentary bottled water provided daily.
Food & drink
The Pavilion’s poolside bar and restaurant is the main spot, but drinks and food are also served at the Sun Pool. Lunch and dinner options include a tasty papaya salad and chicken, pumpkin and cream cheese spring rolls; the fish, chicken and beef satays are also worth trying. For an evening drink, the poolside bar is open until around 10pm.
À la carte breakfast dishes include mini pancakes with scrambled eggs, bacon and maple syrup, muesli with banana, honey and homemade yogurt, and local favourites, Khmer morning porridge and fried rice.
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