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Villa Langka 3.0

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Pros

  • On a quiet side street near popular Street 278, with its restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Local Khmer accents throughout -- from traditional villa setting to in-room textiles
  • Air-conditioned rooms include minibars, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers
  • Suites feature a large terrace
  • Pool set in a lovely garden courtyard with poolside restaurant
  • Free breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Kid-friendly

Cons

  • No fitness facilities or spa 
  • Some rooms have issues with exterior noise

Bottom Line

The mid-range, 48-room Villa Langka sits tucked away around a lovely garden pool, in a quiet area of Phnom Penh near Independence Monument and the busy restaurant and bar scene on Street 278. The boutique-style, air-conditioned rooms have charming local accents and come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast, and half of the rooms are housed in a traditional Khmer villa. The hotel's activity centers on the pool and the adjoining restaurant, which serves a mix of fine Khmer dishes and international fare. Guests might want to compare rates at the Pavilion, which has a spa and gym, and the Blue Lime, although these boutique properties are adult only -- Villa Langka welcomes children.

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Scene

Laid-back, family-friendly vibe with open-air spaces

A low white wall, wooden gate, and a security guard mark the entrance to Villa Langka, with its lovely garden and pool hidden safely away inside. The public spaces at Villa Langka are all open-air, from the lobby to the poolside restaurant. The vibe is inviting and relaxed, with plenty of cushions and comfortable places to sit. The lobby is small, with teak chairs and orange-and-red cushions, and a daybed where guests can sip a welcome drink as they wait to check in. A few plants flank the entrance, and a few computers are available for guests' use. Villa Langka, with its laid-back, cheerful vibe, is family-friendly and welcomes children, though guests include everyone from solo and business travelers to couples.

Location

On a quiet side street near vibrant Street 278 and Independence Monument

Villa Langka is located in the historic, central area of Phnom Penh, just south of Independence Monument on a small side street that connects to several busier streets but is mostly traffic free. There is lots of motorcycle and bicycle parking out front. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the riverside and the Royal Palace area, and the hotel is close to plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops, especially on 278 Street, which is around the corner. Atmospheric Wat Langka temple is a one-minute walk from the hotel, and it's a short tuk-tuk ride to the Russian Market for plenty of bargain souvenir shopping. Several tuk-tuks are always waiting outside the hotel. Phnom Penh International Airport is about a 40-minute drive away. 

Rooms

Contemporary rooms with Khmer accents, plus air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi

There are 48 rooms at the Villa Langka -- half are housed in a traditional Khmer villa, and half are in the hotel's modern wing. Standard Single and Double Rooms are small and basic, with white tile floors, narrow balconies, and bed throws and cushions made from Khmer textiles, but bathrooms are sleek and modern, with white tile walls, granite countertops, and black tile floors. Deluxe Rooms are larger and have carved teak chairs, plus shower/tub combos in the bathrooms. Suites, located in the Khmer villa, have open-plan living rooms with sofas, contemporary art pieces, a large bathtub and storage room, and wide terraces overlooking the pool. Suites also have more personality, with colorful accents, four-poster beds, and attractive decorative tile work. All rooms come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, minibars, safes, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mosquito repellent spray and netting, woven pool bags, and free Wi-Fi. Some guests have complained of noise from neighboring establishments.

Features

Lush garden swimming pool and adjoining restaurant open all day

Villa Langka has a lovely swimming pool that sits within a garden amid tropical foliage, with small, elevated platforms with mattresses and cushions to laze on, and umbrella tables. The hotel's restaurant, Soul Kitchen, is adjacent to the pool and offers tables on the wooden pool deck, plus additional seating in an open but covered area with dim yellow mood lighting. The restaurant's breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, and a range of Khmer and European dishes -- including pizza and Greek salads -- are served at lunch and dinner, with wine, cocktails, and a selection of beers available. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and children are allowed here, unlike other boutique hotels in the area. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day and airport transfers can be arranged for a fee. 

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Address

No 14, Street 282, Phnom Penh BKK 1, Cambodia

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