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The Pavilion 3.0

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Pros

  • Central Phnom Penh near trendy cafes, boutiques, and Royal Palace
  • Historic 1920s Khmer-French building
  • Lovely garden pool with cabanas and a poolside restaurant
  • Charming rooms have four-poster beds and flat-screen TVs
  • Free continental breakfast 
  • Free 25 minute massage at spa for guests
  • Free bikes for guests to borrow and small fitness center
  • No one under age 16 allowed (a con for some)
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout

Cons

  • Street out front has lots of traffic and overzealous tuk-tuk drivers
  • No kids allowed (a pro for some)
  • Rooms, except the suites, are small
  • Can be hard to book the free massage 
  • Fitness center is just two running machines and a few weights

Bottom Line

The Pavilion is a small adults-only boutique hotel located in the historic center of Phnom Penh near Wat Botum. There are only 36 charming rooms featuring four-poster beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The lobby building is a 1920s French Khmer building built by the King Sihanouk's mother, but the three-pearl hotel's centerpiece is its lovely garden swimming pool surrounded by cabanas and a small restaurant where free continental breakfast is served. The hotel also has a tiny fitness center and spa with free 25 minute massage treatments for guests. The Plantation, with two swimming pools, is another solid boutique option in the neighborhood, though prices may be higher.

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Scene

Historic hotel with royal Khmer-French heritage

The Pavilion, like its sister property, The Plantation, doesn't look like much from the outside. A pair of white elephant statues front the adjoining shop and a small brown door leads into the hotel. Beyond the door, an array of bamboo bicycles mark the entrance to the serene lush garden, with a pool surrounded by cabanas and a poolside restaurant; this is the centerpiece of the hotel. Past the pool, the reception and lobby are housed in a Khmer-French heritage building, which was originally built by King Sihanouk's mother in the 1920s. It retains much of its grace, with thick white columns, whirling ceiling fans, and a patterned tile floor, along with teak chairs, a glass tabletop held up by porcelain elephants, and some fine art pieces. The hotel has an aura of refinement and serenity about it. The majority of guests here are couples, though solo travelers make their way here as well. As children under the age of 16 aren't allowed, it's all about peace and quiet here, and having an urban escape in the center of Phnom Penh's historic zone. 

Location

Five-minute walk to Royal Palace near shops and restaurants

The Pavilion is in a great location right in the heart of historic Phnom Penh. It sits a block from Wat Botum, and it's a five- to 10-minute walk to the Royal Palace and the Tonle Sap riverside. There are plenty of nearby bars, restaurants, and shops, especially on happening Street 240, a two-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is on a busy street with heavy traffic and there are a lot of tuk-tuk drivers who regularly sit outside, which some may find convenient -- others find the constant badgering annoying, but it's part of life in this city. More bars and restaurants can be found in the BKK1 neighborhood and near the National Museum, both trendy areas and within 15 minutes on foot. The airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 

Rooms

Rooms have four-poster beds, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks

There are 27 rooms at The Pavilion, with another nine being added in a villa wing. All rooms have a bright, breezy charm, and while Standard Rooms are on the small wide, they do feature patterned tile floors, four-poster beds, hand-crafted lamp shades, and full length mirrors. Hardwood furniture and window frames look sharp against white walls in all room categories, while colorful patterned textiles provide pops of color. Several rooms have patios or balconies. Amenities include large flat-screen TVs, DVD players, safes, minibars, electric hot water kettles, iPod docking stations, alarm clocks, and free Wi-Fi. Suites are far more spacious, with separate living rooms and large balconies, some of which look onto the palm-filled grounds. There is also one Jacuzzi Bungalow. Bathrooms are narrow in the bulk of rooms, but feature long vanities with raised sinks and trendy antique-style fixtures plus stand-up showers. The Deluxe Suite has a nice rainfall shower. Artisanal soap and hairdryers are provided, along with free bottled water.

Features

Lovely garden pool with large cabanas plus free massages in small spa

The Pavilion has a lovely garden pool, which is surrounded by cabanas that have mattresses and fans, some of which are hidden in the tropical foliage -- it's a great spot to spend the day relaxing, especially on hot afternoons. While the pool doesn't get that much sun, the hotel has opened a new sun pool next door as of August 2015. The hotel also has a tiny fitness center with just a few running machines and a rack of weights. There's also a spa area with three massage tables and free 25 minute massages are included in the room rate. When the hotel is full, though, these may be difficult to book as the time slots are limited. The hotel has two restaurants, including an open-air affair with a bar right next to the pool, where they serve free breakfasts and then a limited menu of Asian curries, western burgers, and some snacks throughout the rest of the day and evening. The other dining option, Tepui, is located off-site. Both Wi-Fi and parking are free here. Guests can also borrow bamboo bikes to explore the neighborhood.  

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Address

227, Street 19, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh 12200, Cambodia

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