“A swish hotel in the heart of town with fabulous views of river and city from every suite, plus a delicious brasserie and hip rooftop bar”
The 21 suites offer an airy traditional style, with loads of space to hide the usual accoutrements of travel. Excellent bathrooms with separate showers are a real treat, too.
The rooms are split over 3 floors, so if you want to avoid the noise of the street, try to book one higher up the ladder. They are all pretty much identical in design, the only difference being size. There are 3 huge Deluxe Suites, and 3 Panoramic Suites on the curve of the building with long wraparound balconies, but we stayed in one of the 15 Junior Suites and thought it something of a palace, so don’t feel you need to splash out to get what you want. All rooms have balconies with super views of the Tonle Sap at its conflux with the Mekong, and bustling Sisowath Quay runs beneath.
You get pressed rosewood floors, creamy yellow walls, desks and modem points, TVs and minibars hidden away in pretty cabinets. There are chunky wooden sofas and armchairs, silky curtains, old prints and contemporary oils. Beds are wrapped in crisp white linen and turned down for you at night. Bathrooms are also big. They come with rather fancy Terrazzo baths and separate power showers. Robes and slippers, air con and bowls of fruit are the finishing touches. Excellent.
The KWest brassiere, located on the ground floor, overlooks the Tonle Sap river and has a small terrace. Breakfast is served informally in here from a menu: freshly-sliced fruits and freshly-squeezed juice, yoghurts and pastries, bacon and eggs. For lunch and dinner the menu very much favours Western dishes (fish and chips, club sandwich, French onion soup, barbequed tiger prawns). They also do a good line in steaks.
The hotel’s gem, however, is the rooftop bar - Le Moon. It’s open from 5-11pm and serves an enticing range of finger food, such as chicken satay, pork skewers, spring rolls and dumplings, as well as offering an exceptional cocktail menu which is the perfect antidote do a day exploring the city in the heat.
Spin around the city and you'll find some stylish restaurants serving great Khmer food. Best of the lot is Mallis, where you either eat around an extremely pretty ornamental pond or trade the view for air con on the first floor. Nearer to home is Metro (100m from the front door), where you can stop for a drink or dig into modern European cooking, overlooking the river. If you head off to see Wat Phnom (a temple on Phnom Penh’s only hill), drop into Raffles on your way back for a cocktail in the Elephant Bar; the piano plays at night.
Children are welcome and will enjoy exploring such a fascinating city and exotic culture. Under 12s stay for free. Over 12s in extra bed sharing a room at an extra cost. Cots are available free of charge in all suites.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking