“A coolly stylish but surprisingly cosy cocoon on the riverfront in Phnom Penh”
There are 8 rooms and 8 suites, all fashioned from the same style bible. Each is a long single design unit with warm teak-effect panelling and floors alternating with pristine white walls, jet-black laminate, creamy vinyl and frosted glass. Most serviced apartments in Bangkok and Singapore aspire to look like this, though not all manage.
The 8 Standard Rooms have only a frosted glass panel to let light in; they lack windows to the exterior and don't have balconies. The 8 Panoramic Suites are magnificent; definitely worth the extra money. Their balconies are small clean decks with chairs and a table (but, being picky, the waist-high balustrade blocks the view when you’re sitting down, and you can't control the ambient illumination at night).
Inside, Arne Jacobson Swan chairs provide comfort, facing the large LCD TV and thunderous Bose speaker on its marble wall-mounted sideboard. A swirly-wallpaper painting breaks up the spare wall behind. The Minotto bed invites you to lounge in the daytime too with a hairy throw and matching cushions.
Where the kitchenette would be in a condo is a raised, tiled platform, a spacious desk overlooking your realm, with a minibar and coffee- and tea-making facilities on either side of you. The impression of a command post is heightened by a bendy reading lamp that looks like a microphone. You are also given a game of solitaire, the meatspace variety with metal balls.
The large bathroom wouldn’t be out of place in a swish nightclub. It has a small but deep bathtub and big shower cubicle, all arranged around a kind of central console with sink, behind which the loo modestly peeks out (with a water-gun, thank heavens). Walls are of dark green natural stone, interspersed with floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Interesting black soap matches the décor, at a guess made with tamarind.
Breakfast is a generous choice of breads or cereal, followed by warm dishes, Asian or Western. The croissant with lemon curd was passable and eggs Benedict were excellent. A small English fry-up was also flawless. There’s fresh juice and tea or coffee.
For lunch and dinner, Chow, the in-house restaurant, serves impeccable modern Asian cuisine; the emphasis on the interplay of fresh ingredients and stylish presentation. Marinated duck salad with Asian vegetables was deliciously crunchy and came in dainty piles on a plate inspired by a prehistoric narwhal boat or some such. It was followed by juicy, deeply flavoured sirloin steak on a bed of onion and potato noodles, with young peppercorns and a little mound of chopped onion on top. Other dishes include Thai-inspired curries and soup. Desserts are of the soy-milk/coconut/pandanus variety that it takes a born Asian to appreciate.
For lunch, there's a set menu of crunchy starters and noodle-based mains, with a drink.
The décor in the restaurant is minimalist: large white chairs set around small round tables with a feature wall down one side, opposite the long bar. Due to the manmade surfaces and the indirect fluorescent lighting, some liken it to eating in an expensive fridge, one with a penetrating smell of lemongrass, to boot. Best to sit at one of two tables in the street, or ask them to serve your food under the stars at the buzzy rooftop bar.
For alternatives, simply wander along the riverfront and see what takes your fancy, or take a motorbike to Comme à la Maison, at 13 Street 57, for a classic French dinner.
Children are welcome, but in truth this is not really a great place for kids as there are no special facilities and it is set up for adults. However, cots, babysitting and extra beds are available on request. Kids 4-11 stay for free in existing bedding and are charged at 50% for meals; 12+ in extra beds are charged extra.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking