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“Beautifully French”
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The Pavilion
Ranked #11 of 278 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 July 2014

This is a magnificently colonial French Circa 1930 hotel, that is set inside a beautiful private garden enclosure. Fantastic-service from the staff and very comfortable rooms, love the canopy beds. Very romantic, or quiet for business, the polis a awesome garden setting.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Hands down, this is the place to stay in Phnom Penh! It's location is central to the main attractions in the city, close to the waterfront via tuk tuk, has a WONDERFUL pool, lovely gardens, super kind staff, and great restaurant that we enjoyed for breakfast and afternoon cocktails (didn't have lunch or dinner). This boutique hotel is nestled in a little tropical garden oasis amid the busy city and is such a respite for travelers. We were three traveling around Thailand and Cambodia and found this to be such a lovely place to stay. If you want great value for your money, a nice/clean comfortable room, a beautiful pool to cool down in during the afternoon heat, delicious breakfast to wake up to, and gardens to enjoy...you must stay here. It has charm and is a memorable place to stay! Safe travels.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Justin C
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

This place is beautiful! A quiet, luxurious haven behind the walls surrounding a gorgeous, historical building, lush tropical gardens and pool, with a traditional khmer/classical style. Staff were genuinely friendly and very helpful. Most importantly this establishment supports ethical tourism.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sylvi s
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We had a lovely stay in one of the rooms with a private pool. Very relaxing and worth the money to have your own area.

Bunheat on the front desk was amazing and helped us when we booked our bus for the wrong date. Amazing customer service. Pool area and breakfast was lovely. Thank you pavilion.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We have just returned home from four nights in this exceptional hotel -The Pavilion, Phnom Penh. If you want imposing hotels with large foyers and lots of marble and glass, this is not the place for you. But if you want to step out of the incredibly busy and absorbing Phnom Penh street life into a world that surrounds you with tranquillity, then this is just the place.
Walking through the thick wooden door, guarded by the white elephants, you enter a place that envelopes you in lush tropical gardens, coolness, calm and tranquillity.
The hotel is in a heritage building with the gardens surrounding the large pool off which is set the open restaurant and bar.
We had a room in what appeared to be an annex to the main building with the wonderful luxury of our own 6m X 3m pool (plenty deep enough), set in a private courtyard lined with tropical plants. Our room was extremely comfortable and while on the small side, this did not matter as the pool/courtyard area provided two lounges and a small table and two chairs.
Breakfast, included in the tariff (we paid US$100 a night) and served by the main pool, was more than adequate with fresh fruit, French pastries and cooked menu choices as ordered. The service here was great - very attentive but low key.
Some things to do in the surrounding area - a visit to the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) is a must. You can take a tuk-tuk for around US$2 but it is short walk, around the Royal Palace and across the park to the Mekong, which is really enjoyable. Do not miss Happy Hour - 2 gins and tonic (the right drink for the FCC) is around US$3.50 during Happy Hour. Get yourself a stool on either the second or third level balcony and watch PP life go by. Do not be embarrassed to ask for a free bowl of peanuts. A short walk around the corner from here will take you to Friends, one of the restaurants training street children to work in the hospitality industry. Absolutely worth a visit but you must book or be prepared to line up for some considerable time. There are some great shops around the FCC if you do not want to battle market life.
Around the corner from the Pavilion is The Shop - the not to be missed French bakery. Do what my husband and I did for lunches - buy some bread rolls and dips to take away, call in at the wine shop and buy the super cheap South African cab sav and take this back to eat by your own pool. I am pretty sure life does not get any better.
Along from The Shop and closer to the hotel is Sugar Palm - a lovely little restaurant if you just want to walk out for dinner.
One of the bonuses for us as travellers is that no children can stay at the hotel. This will not suit everyone but, while we love children including our own three and various partners, added to the peace of this wonderful place.
This was a marvellous way to end our two weeks in Cambodia.
On a more serious note:
We did not just do the pleasurable things - we spent half a day each at the Killing Fields and at
S-21 - the prison museum which commemorates the thousands of people tortured and killed in this terrible place. These are hard places to go to but a visit honours the relatively recent horrific history these gentle and gracious people have experienced. The audio commentary available at the Killing Fields is absolutely compelling and it is worth listening to every story. (Please dress modestly out of respect - this is not a visit to a beach or nightclub).

Room Tip: Oh.....go for one of the rooms with your own pool.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We had a very nice time at this hotel. The location is good (right in the heart of the city) and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was a small selection but good. Rooms were boutique style but spacious. Small gym on-site was sufficient.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kelly S
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thepavilion, Owner at The Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Dear Guest, Many thanjs for your review! As for the breakfast at the Pavilion, it is unlimited, so you can choose as many plates as you wish. Here is what we offer:
Juices: Passion-fruit (fresh) - orange, pineapple, apple (box) Coffee: Cambodian black coffee from Mondulkiri, espresso, latte Tea: Lipton, English breakfast, earl grey, jasmine, green, peppermint, Breads: Walnut baguette, muffins, mini croissant, pain-au-chocolat, raisin bread, Butter and home-made pineapple jam, Seasonal fruits, Cereals Muesli with banana, honey and homemade yoghurt Eggs Fried, scramble, omelet, poached, boiled (hard or soft)
Specials: Fried eggs With sausage, ham, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and toasted bread, Omelet your way Choose from ham, cheese, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and toasted bread, Scrambled eggs With bacon, fried tomatoes and toasted bread, Soft or Hard boiled eggs cheese, grilled tomatoes and toasted bread, Poached eggs ham, grilled tomatoes and toasted bread, Mini-pancakes With scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and maple syrup, Vegetarian quiche With zucchini, tomatoes, eggplants, red pepper (15 minutes)
Asian Choices Bai cha bun laey Khmer fried rice with sautéed vegetable and fried eggs (15 minutes), Bor’ bor mouan Khmer morning porridge with chicken (20 minutes)
So a lot to chose from! Cheers, Alexis

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The staff were outstanding, the rooms delightful, we had one with a private pool which was exceptional, you cannot beat the location as you can walk to the markets and attractions easily. the included breakfast was lovely by the pool, the patrons appreared to be expats of the older age group and the overall setting was very serene. Would have liked to have seen a few more Australian wines on the wine list or any whites for that matter as several were not available on our stay, the restauraunt food and drink prices were a excessive but that did'nt matter as we always ate out as the variety of food was immense just stepping out the front door.

Room Tip: Rooms with private pools are worth the money truly romantic.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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thepavilion, Owner at The Pavilion, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Dear Guest, Many thanks for this very good review. Please let me answer about the wines: We have - Australian - 1 kind red/white, French - 2 kinds red/white, Chili - 1 kind red/white, South African – 1 kind red/white, California -1 kind red/white, Argentina – 1 kind red/white. But we indeed are not a wine bar. There is the Red Apron, a wine bar and distributor about 80 meters away which has about 500 kinds of wines to please any amateur. As for the food menu, I will double check all the prices in the next few days, but generaly we try to be in line with the restaurants of the city. Cheers, Alexis

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Address: 227, Street 19 | Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh 12200, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Phnom Penh
#7 Luxury Hotel in Phnom Penh
#9 Spa Hotel in Phnom Penh
#9 Business Hotel in Phnom Penh
Price Range: £54 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pavilion 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It all started when we fell in love with a hidden gem of French-Khmer architecture from the 1920s near Wat Botum, one of the most venerable and original pagodas in Phnom Penh. Renovation and remodeling were led with due respect for the character of a building which had been, as we learnt it later on, a private retreat for Queen Consort Sisowath Kossamak, the late King Sihanouk's mother. Opened on August, 18, 2006 with 10 rooms, The Pavilion has slowly expanded over the years, offering now 36 accommodations throughout three more period buildings that have been added to the property: "The New House", former residence of the chief veterinarian at the Royal Palace; "The New Villa", formerly the private residence of a Cambodian senator, and "The Sun-Pool Villa", our latest addition which used to be lodgings for diplomats based in Phnom Penh. Each one has its own style and atmosphere, with distinctive architectural features such as an elaborate wooden stairway, intricate iron wrought railings, etc… ... more   less 
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