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Patio Hotel and Urban Resort

Pricy but swish

What we say: 3.5 stars

Tucked down a small cul-de-sac just off Street 51 by Wat Langka, Patio is a newly built boutique hotel with a little star of a swimming pool. Designed for travellers who want creature comforts while exploring the sometimes gritty city, this is a lovely if pricy urban option. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the party end of Street 51, although the bars and restaurants on popular Street 278 are a two minute walk away and riverside is just a a short tuk tuk ride.

To infinity and beyond!

To infinity and beyond!

The rooftop infinity pool is the hotel’s biggest selling point, a place when city sunseekers can lose hours topping up the tan and tower-spotting. The view includes pagodas, the Independence Monument and several nascent high-rises, and it’s particularly pretty at night. If you’re after a proper swim though, you might be disappointed — this is more for relaxed cocktails and dipping. The pool is narrow and deep with loungers that you can launch yourself off straight into the water.

The Elephant in the Kitchen restaurant serves food between 6:00 and 23:00, but late risers take note — breakfast is only available until 10:00. Dishes are reasonably priced, with a choice of Khmer mains, Asian tapas, pizzas and pasta from about $4.50. Drinks are a different matter — $2.50 for a Coke or $5 for a litre bottle of water feels like someone got overexcited with the profit calculator.

On trend boutique chic, darling.

On trend boutique chic, darling.

Wifi is available throughout the hotel, although it’s strongest in the public areas, with three computer consoles for those travelling unplugged. The 6th floor spa offers traditional Khmer and oil massages and you can order in to your sunlounger by the pool too. The front desk arrange day tours with a car or tuk tuk, as well as onward travel options, although you will get cheaper prices by doing the legwork yourself.

The 45 rooms are accessed by a fancy touch screen lift, a luxury missing in many Phnom Penh hotels. The standard single rooms are big enough for a solo traveller, but located on the side of the hotel with a view of a wall. Superior and Deluxe rooms are twins or doubles; some come with narrow balconies which aren’t really worth the extra cash. Rooms feature firm platform beds, sleek black tiled floors, and clean, well-stocked bathrooms. There’s plenty of abstract art, concrete and natural wood to comply with the Asian boutique chic style.

It's OK, there's a lift.

It’s OK, there’s a lift.

Rack rates are pricy, starting at $90 for a standard single room and $140 for a deluxe double with a private balcony, both including breakfast. You’re likely to get a better deal by checking the hotel’s promotions on their website or looking at online booking sites.

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Contact details:

#134Z, Street 51 (Pasteur), Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh.  T: (023) 997 900 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Single 90 USD 90 USD
Deluxe- Double 140 USD 140 USD

Added to Travelfish on: 16th January, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 12th March, 2014

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Abigail has been stoned by villagers in India, become an honorary Kenyan tribeswoman, sweet talked border guards and had close encounters with black mambas. Her motto is: “Live to tell the tale.”
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#134Z, Street 51 (Pasteur), Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh. 
T: (023) 997 900

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