Feb 28 2013
If you’re after spotlessly clean lodgings in Phnom Penh’s BKK1 area, locally-owned, midrange Hilary’s Boutique Hotel offers 15 well-appointed rooms with floors you could eat your breakfast off, plus a pool, on-site restaurant and friendly service.
Owned and run by tour guide Veng and his family, Hilary’s is tucked away behind a high white wall and has a home-style vibe despite the spic and span feel; a lot of love goes into keeping it in its very pristine condition. The decor has a local emphasis, with for instance ornate wooden lounges in the lobby, lacy curtains and tablecloths, and rich Cambodian fabrics adding a sumptuous touch to otherwise streamlined rooms. If you’d like to support a local operation, you could do far worse than spend your dollars here — and the service is excellent.
The air-con rooms are spread across the three-storey, renovated 1990s-era house and come in three flavours: deluxe single, twin and king, for $50, $55 and $60, with the single including breakfast for one, and the twin and double breakfast for two. Try to go for an upper floor room as the ground floor room views are just of the neighbour’s wall.
Amenities in the room are solid and generous for the pricepoint, including tea and coffee-making equipment, hair dryers, LCD teles and DVD players, robes, tubs and minibars. Free WiFi is available throughout.
The rooms can feel a little on the boxy side, as those in newer Cambodian buildings tend to, and their size means you won’t want to hang out in them all day, but never fear — there’s a courtyard pool with loungers and small cabanas that should do the trick if you’re sightseen and shopped and spa-d out. You can radio in for massages and mani/pedis by the pool as well.
The on-site restaurant offers an array of standard guesthouse fare, both local and Western, such as lok lak, fish amok, fish and chips, burgers, steaks and pastas, though if you want to head out you’re a short hop from the Wat Lanka area, the Independence Monument and the fast-growing Tonle Bassac district.
If you’re after something a bit funkier in the same price range, Sangkum rocks a 1960s look and has comparable rates over the other side of town near Le Royal, while nearby Willow offers slightly more expensive rooms with more of a traveller vibe in its lounge area.
Hilary’s Boutique Hotel
#16 Bis, St 302, BKK 1, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 555 2360; (012) 894 467
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