Pavilion Hotel is one of the most popular hotel in Phnom Penh, steeped in French colonial glamour.
Overview of hotel
The Pavilion is an iconic Phnom Penh hotel, housed in several beautifully restored colonial buildings. Although these days it has a lot of competition, it has managed to remain one of the most popular hotels in town, thanks to a combination of colonial splendor and meticulous attention to detail.
Located in the center of the action on Street 19, the Pavilion is just a block away from Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. It’s walking distance from the many shops and restaurants on Street 240.
The Pavilion Hotel has 27 rooms across several different buildings on the same property. Four of the rooms have a private pool, and one has a jacuzzi (plus there’s a non-private pool for those in regular rooms). The main building, with a beautiful mix of French colonial and Khmer architectural features, was built by Queen Kossamak, King Sihanouk’s mother, in the 1920s. The reception building, which is paved with colorful antique Khmer tiles, is buttressed with Greco-Roman columns that bring an air of old-fashioned glamour.
Every room has a large flat-screen television and DVD player, electronic safe, mini-bar stocked with Champagne, and hot water taps and showers. As with many of the older buildings in Cambodia, the bathrooms are on the small side and not as nice as the other rooms, but are stocked with locally made Senteurs d’Angkor natural soaps.
There’s also another large pool in the works that should be ready for next high season. Breakfast is included with each room, a selection of Eric Kayser breads and pastries, fresh juice, and a menu that offers eggs, bacon, Cambodian rice porridge, and several other choices. On check-in, guests receive a complimentary welcome massage at the hotel’s spa, and there’s also a tiny gym with a single treadmill and exercise bicycle.
Pavilion Hotel does not allow guests under 16 or outside visitors. The pool is closed to the public, and the hotel does not allow sex tourists. These rules can seem overbearing, but they have the effect of making the place into a quiet oasis from the madness of Phnom Penh.