Four historic French-Khmer villas dating from the 1920s, and the former residence of Queen Consort Sisowath Kossamak, Pavilion is a charming boutique hotel and a true oasis of calm in Cambodia’s bustling capital of Phnom Penh. Located in the diplomatic quarter, just a 10-minute stroll from the Royal Palace and National Museum, this is one of our favourite boutique hotels in the city, and the perfect spot from which to explore the capital - the hotel even provides bicycles to explore the leafy surroundings.
Hotelier Alexis de Suremain fell in love with the heritage property, in a city which favours modernisation, and opened Pavilion in 2006 as a 36-room hotel set in two villa buildings, careful to retain the intimacy and tranquillity. On arrival at Pavilion, step in from the vibrant streets of Phnom Penh, through a narrow doorway and into luscious tropical gardens, with a shimmering and enticing turquoise swimming pool, almost like a secret garden. Adjacent to the pool is the main house, an old French villa bursting with character, where you’ll find antiques and artefacts, artfully positioned around the charming reception hall.
As this is a former residence, every room is unique, with different layouts and furnishings. Spacious four-poster beds, wooden desks and local art and antiques are part of the décor. Some rooms have airy balconies with French balustrades overlooking the lush green gardens, where you can sit for hours soaking up the tranquillity. Some rooms come equipped with their own a private plunge pool.
There are two swimming pools at the hotel. The Lush Pool is surrounded by shady palms and other tropical flora, next to the poolside bar with sunbathing pavilions. At the back of the hotel is the more private Sun Pool, which is better for those who prefer to catch some rays. Complimentary tea, coffee and fresh juices are served here all day. The poolside bar overlooking the Lush Pool, is the main restaurant where à la carte breakfast is served, as well as light lunch and dinner options.
There is a small spa area where guests can have massage treatments, and all guests are treated to a complimentary massage which is included in their stay. There is also an air-conditioned gym and a small boutique selling locally produced artisan crafts. As the hotel has an over-16s policy, it is not suitable for children.
Pavilion is a charming, small alternative to some of the larger hotels in Phnom Penh.
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