The Pavilion Hotel, Phnom Penh
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Great hotelfrom red_wanderer
Very peaceful and gorgeous to look at. For a hotel like this I would have expected to pay much, much more than the US$50 a night we paid.
I thought the owner and the French woman who worked at reception were
perfectly polite and helpful. They booked a taxi for us to go to the airport.
If I was to be picky, I would say that the room could do with a small
fridge and that they could do with new mosquito nets.
But for the refrigirators, my collegues told me quite a few stories about friges they had put in the rooms. Those stories made me change my mind and I have decided not to install the refrigerators planned originaly. But we do allow the guests to use the one in the bar to store their food.
Fantastic Boutique Hotel, nr 1 in Phnom Penh!from EllaInTheSky
If you need a driver to show you around Phnom Penh or even to organise a trip to Siem Reap, contact Ros at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's a lovely guy who speaks fairly good english, and was the perfect guide for my two days spent in Phnom Penh.
Beautiful quiet colonial house in a manic cityfrom 2Turners
At first Monsieur did not seem very friendly, but eventually we warmed to him, and would really recommend this hotel for its location and ambience. Having travelled around Cambodia for 4 weeks, on our return to Phnom Penh second time round we were unable to get a booking - so please keep this hidden gem to yourself !
The breakfast is Frenchee indeed. We serve tea or coffe, one fresh orange juice, two croissants, as many toast, butter and jam that you wish. But all the rest will be charged....
The two computers are pretty fast - the internet connection is not. Our 64kb/s connection costs 240 USD / month. A 1Mb/s connection we ba charged 9,000 USD!!! The government promisses us an optic fiber connection with Vietnam for next year, with lower rates. Lets just hope it will really happen.
As for my owfull self, some say I am too talkative, some say I am cold. I hope that with a little more experience I can better guess who I am bothering and who feels ignored.
A Hidden Gemfrom simonsmith
a divine haven from the bustling city outside. The bar/food available
was excellent and the staff lovely.
Our deluxe room was airy bright and comfortable although an extra sheet as others have mentioned would have been welcome. We had the deluxe room overlooking the pool.
It is well located but despite this it was difficult for us to pluck up the energy to leave the poolside!
I would not bring young children here as I think they would feel out of place.
As a gay couple we felt welcomed and comfortable in a mixed environment.
Best value hotel I have ever stayed infrom Tigerlily2803
The hotel is absolutely beautiful and the pool is awesome - especially the double loungers. The room itself is a little basic (no minibar, no complementary toiletries other than soap) but it is attractively furnished and the TV has a lot of English channels including HBO! (I live abroad so that was a real treat for me). I had no problems with the hot water as mentioned by previous reviewers. I also felt that the food served at the poolside bar was delicious - I had far less nice meals at the Raffles hotels in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (yes, I know, I should have learnt from the first time) and paid approximately four times as much. The hotel is excellently situated by the best shopping street in Phnom Penh (240 - although that's not saying a great deal as shopping is a very sparse compared to other Asian cities I have visited) and is also near the Royal Palace, the National Museum and so on. There are tuk tuk drivers outside day and night so you never have to wait for transport. Bliss Spa is also very near by and I recommend that too.
As stated by other reviewers, the hotel's policy on sex tourism is highly commendable. I also felt it was very environmentally friendly to have solar-powered electricity. And the AC worked all the time for me! Unlike some of the other reviewers I found the front desk were happy to book taxis for me but perhaps this was a one off, as in the confirmation email it did suggest contacting Bon Voyage travel agency instead.
No hotel is perfect so there are a couple of points I would like to mention. The style of service in France is quite different to that which I would expect in the UK / US, and as the manager is French that seems to be the style of service on the front desk (i.e. they won't necessarily greet you when you walk in, which is a trivial point really, but it does feel strange at first). Also, if you wanted to spend a lot of time in your hotel room during the day my room (no. 1) would have been a bit noisy as it was near the bathroom for pool users. During the evening though this was fine. Finally, the free internet terminals were very slow, although the wifi access must have worked much better, as several people were using their laptops.
Other than these minor points I really loved this hotel and would recommend it to anyone. In fact, I would have happily paid twice as much to stay here, even in Phnom Penh which is a very cheap city. On this basis my boyfriend and I are making a donation to a Cambodian charity as we had such a good time and paid so little for the experience.
Wonderful old Indochina atmoshpherefrom RossE
Quite goodfrom foost
The garden area is beautiful, with nice lounging areas and accompanying fans - a great place to chill and while time away. Wifi is free, which is great. However, it is a tad slow.
Overall, not bad for the price.
As for the pillows and blankets we have quite a lot in stock that are available to anyone that ask.
Why its so inexpensivefrom kinggofg
The place is perfect. Beatiful beuatiful perfect rooms. AC.
So if its so great then why is it so cheap?
Answer: This is not a luxury hotel (it only looks like one). Do not expect 5-star service.
1. They won't book anything for you, they refer you to bon-voyages travel agent, which is not the best option. (although everything worked out for us)
2. The french general manager/owner is, well, french. Its almost like you are intruding by staying at his hotel. At first we were a but put off by him. But once we were there for a bit we understood him better. We actually overheard him talking to some other guests who asked, "why don't you charge more" and he said "then I would get snotty tourists who would complain about things like the AC not working"
A Great Find!from LDG-Vancouver
The hotel has been beautifully renovated, the rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. The rates are reasonable, the location very convenient, just a five minute walk from the Royal Palace and National Museum. In addition, Sisowath Quay, with its many bars and restaurants, is only a 12 minute walk or three minute tuk-tuk ride away.
The pool and garden are absolutely gorgeous and the perfect place to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing. The pool's bar/cafe has a small lunch/dinner menu with mainly French, very tasty fare. The staff is wonderful, very helpful and efficient.
The Pavilion does not allow 'sex tourists' , a growing problem in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and we fully endorse their position on this issue.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Great place to stayfrom ubkvist
We stayed at the Pavillion for three nights in February, 2007. We had a big room with a balcony overlooking the pool and the garden. After having spent the days in the heat of the city we thought that this was an oasis to come back to in the afternoon. We appreciated that the hotel did not welcome "sex tourism". We saw too much of that kind when travelling in Cambodja.
Top Local Tips for Phnom Penh
Street 240 Lovely laidback, slightly boho-ish enclave within big bad Phnom Penh - come here when you're sick of Sisowath Quay!
Avoid the waterfront Contrary to what the guidebooks say, there is no atmosphere on the waterfront. Just the usual tacky tourist stuff you get in Sth East Asia, incl plenty of kids working the streets. Best to avoid this area completely - I recommend 278 St, which has some stylish cafes and bars. 240 St also has a couple of nice bars and restaurants.
Visa Use the e-visa facility in advance - we waited for over an hour to get through immigration. www.mfaic.gov.kh
Other names for The Pavilion Hotel
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- Address: 227 street 19 - Phnom Penh - 1000 - Cambodia
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