Boutique accommodation in Phnom Penh is pretty scarce to rival the favourites such as Pavilion, The Quay, Kabiki and River 108, so when something new opens up it’s well worth having a look to see how it compares with the opposition. Whilst fans of the larger hotels will be catered for with a new 12-story Sofitel opening up near the river before the end of the year, those seeking a more intimate place to stay might be interested in some of the following: The 252 on the street with the same number is smart, stylish and contemporary with polished stone and wood in its 19 rooms. It has a nice pool, restaurant and chill-out pavilions and a view of Gold Tower 42 nearby. The Villa Paradiso on Street 222 is a converted villa, has 10 rooms, each with a distinctive style of their own, a medium sized pool as well as spa, jacuzzi and sauna. We liked its individuality. One of the favourite boutique locations in the city, Villa Langka on Street 282, has just added 19 new contemporary rooms in an adjoining block with a lift. They now have 43 rooms in four categories, wireless internet, buffet breakfast included and a pool that’s a favourite of the local expats too.
La Villa, Battambang’s finest hotel by a country mile, is normally full as it only has seven rooms. However, the management have asked us to let potential guests know that building work next door is ongoing and it can get noisy during the day-time. In Siem Reap, the Angkor Village Hotel is closing from mid-August until mid-October this year for renovations an a general spruce-up. It’s sister, the Angkor Village Resort will of course remain open to welcome guests.
If you are looking for something a bit special and very personal, RiverWind on the far bank of the Mekong River across from Phnom Penh, is a beautiful and luxurious villa that can be your private hideaway, complete with lush tropical gardens, a private swimming pool, timeless sunsets and one or both of the 300 square meter self-contained suites at the property. Update: The owners have now decided to lease the property for a year so this exclusive villa is no longer available.