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“Beautiful calm oasis in a convenient central location”
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The Kabiki
Ranked #17 of 267 Hotels in Phnom Penh
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Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful calm oasis in a convenient central location”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

If you ever thought you could never afford to stay in a welcoming calm small boutique hotel in the middle of Phnom Penh, then you haven't been to this hotel. The staff are lovely and for the most part locals. The pool in clean and long enough to swim laps to stretch out after travelling and shopping. We had a slight misunderstanding about our booking and I am pleased to say once that was sorted out I felt just as welcome as previously. We stayed here twice in our tripping around Cambodia and returning we were welcomed "home". The restaurant meals are fresh and adequate, although the Khmer dishes have been modified for Western diners which was disappointing (although understandable). Entering the hotel for the first time can be confusing as it is located next to the Prime Minister's residence and the security boom impedes your progress. The hotel is located behind a high fence. To add to the intrigue we were staying there around the time of the protests about the election results and our 12 year old has strong political and social views. He also has not learned discretion. Kabiki handled all this well. I would stay there every time I was in Phnom Penh if they are not booked out and given the size of the hotel that is highly possible.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

So true what everyone else is saying - The Kabiki is lush, quiet and an oasis in the middle of the city. At the same time it manages to be simple and relaxing, which is a better representation of Cambodia than some huge and over-the-top hotels like what I found in Siem Reap. Here staff are engaging, friendly and personable; when I was sitting at the garden cafe the manager herself was chatting with guests about their experience on a tour she had helped book for them earlier that day. The pool in the garden created a romantic and private feel so that I even forgot I was in the middle of a bustling capital city.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

I stayed at the Kabiki late September. Due to my late arrival, I had arranged the vintage Jaguar to pick me up at the airport. It was nice to have the car waiting for me. I had a large double room with air conditioning and many English TV channels. The breakfast was delicious and served with a smile. The pool was very much appreciated due to the extremely hot and humid weather. The location is very good - central yet quiet. It is close to the street with interesting boutiques and restaurants as well as the palace. The staff were polite and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

The Kabiki hotel is set in a lovely part of Phnom Penh, and the hotel has a lovely garden area with tons of trees and a nice pool. At night the place becomes magical with lanterns all over the garden area.

However, the rooms themselves are quite basic given the kind of room tariff they charge. There are no slippers or robes provided. Only shampoo and soaps are provided in the bathroom. Also our room had a loose tile and no one had bothered to fix it. We also found that the pillows were very hard and our sleep quality wasn't that great.

However the ambiance of the place thankfully makes up for these shortcomings!

Please also be warned that the hotel is family friendly so there will be tons of kids running around or in the pool. So if you are looking for peace and quiet this may not be your hotel. There are also quite a few cats on the property that sit on the chairs and are lounging around so if your allergic to cats, you may want to avoid this hotel.

While the hotel is a stone's throw from the palace and the independence monument (and St.240), it is a good 20 minutes walk from the river side.

While our overall experience was not bad, we would suggest that you look for other options given that the hotel isn't cheap and maybe spend a day enjoying this hotel's pool :)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Stayed here as recommended by a friend. This simple but fab hotel is down a quiet private street near some big villas and a small security garrison. So it feels like it is in a secure spot but without feeling like you are trapped in some western enclave. You really feel like you are in the middle of the city (but it is not noisy) as you can just stroll out of the small compound into the neighbourhood. We did this and tried some excellent food in nearby restaurants. Kabiki is very central and short tuk tuk ride from most things.

The best part of this place is its setting, it feels like a colonial home within its own oasis, complete with a beautiful swimming pool and palm trees. There is a great little bar serving drinks, snacks, and more substantial food if you wanted to eat in.

The rooms are big, and clean and very comfy. And of course the staff are lovely!

I am not sure I will ever get the chance to visit Phnom Penh again, but if I did I certainly stay here again rather than one of the big international complexes.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

The hotel's tag line is "A peaceful oasis in the middle of Phnom Penh" and that is just right.

We arrived during rush hour, having spent about 45 mins in a taxi to get the 11kms to the hotel and we were pleasantly surprised by how lovely, lush and quiet the hotel is.

You step through the gates and leave all the traffic, honking and grime of the city behind you.

Yes, you do have to walk about 100 meters through a security barrier to get to the hotel but there's usually a porter or hotel staff close to the barrier to help with bags.

Rooms and bathrooms were fairly large and clean and they had family rooms, which are great especially if you have more than 2 children. The family rooms on the ground floor have a little courtyard in front with a table and chairs (great for parents who want to have a drink, while kiddies are tucked up inside)

Breakfast is simple and healthy - fresh passionfruit juice, yogurt and muesli, eggs, bacon or ham, fresh bread rolls and a cut fruit platter.

I particularly liked the location of the hotel, about a street or 2 away from St 240, which has the loveliest little boutiques, cafes and restaurants (I spent far too much time on this street, much to my family's dismay)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Just returned from our stay at The Kabiki and can recommend this hotel. The service was good, the pool was nice and the gardens lushly green. A little oasis in a busy city. Hotel location within walking distance of Royal Palace and river promenade in one direction and the Independence Monument in the other direction. Rooms basic but stylish, a good size with bunk beds for the LOs. Breakfast was nice and the homemade jam lovely. Only complaint would be to give the bathroom in room 11 a little TLC - the handle on the shower door was hanging off.
Note: the hotel is near to the PM's residence or office so to go down the road you need to leave your transport and clear security. No big deal, gave a sense that it was safe to stay around there.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Kabiki
Address: 264 22, Street, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Phnom Penh
#10 Romantic Hotel in Phnom Penh
#11 Luxury Hotel in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Kabiki 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After opening our famous Pavilion boutique hotel, we realised, as people with family ourselves, that Phnom Penh needed a resort that was family orientated and child friendly. The historic colonial house we found on Oknha Peich Street with its 3500m2 of surrounding land was perfect. Caring, friendly staff, lots of nature for children to explore, the Kabiki is a place to relax, take a swim and lounge in the sun between days exploring Phnom Penh and the nearby attractions of the Royal Palace, Wat Botum and the riverside. We planted over 500 native trees, many of which we've placed name tags on so you can identify them yourselves. ... more   less 
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