Boutique Bounty

The pool at Hilary's Boutique Hotel

The pool at Hilary’s Boutique Hotel

More boutique  accommodation in Phnom Penh.

There’s a mini flood of small boutique hotels opening up in Phnom Penh. Two that we saw yesterday include Arun Villas, the brainchild of the folks behind Terres Rouge (in Banlung, Ratanakiri) and Rajabori Villas (Sala Koh Trong in Kratie). Located in the ever-increasingly popular Boeung Keng Kang 1 area of the city, four-storey Arun Villas hosts twelve spacious rooms (six deluxe and six suites) in typical Terres Rouge style (they call it tropical minimal), lots of locally-sourced period furniture, granite-styled bathrooms with an 8×4 swimming pool and restaurant. However, it is still a building site and won’t be open for a few weeks. From what we saw, it looks likely to feature high on the boutique hotspots of the capital.

The second brand new boutique offering we saw was Hilary’s Boutique Hotel on St 302, very close to our own Hanuman office. Fifteen average-sized rooms, with small restaurant, wi-fi and 10×5 swimming pool, it is a nice budget option and has Hanuman links as one of our former full-time guides is part-owner. It opened a few days ago. Soon to be opening its doors will be the King Grand Boutique 2, smaller sister of King Grand 1, with 21 rooms and small pool, restaurant and five more spacious rooms with private Jacuzzi. It’s opposite Khmer Surin in Boeung Keng Kang 1 and will open in the next few weeks. We’ve just heard of Villas Sangkhum, 15-rooms near the French Embassy, which will start life in a few weeks and we’ll soon see the opening of Frangipani’s 72-roomed, seven-storey Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel, which is due to come on board before the end of the year. Phnom Penh is definitely the ‘happening place’ for new boutique hotels this season.

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