You'll love it
We loved this place so much that we’re already planning our next trip back again. Kirirom Mountain Lodge sits at the end of a dusty track off the main road. It comprises two sophisticated restored villas — the feel is almost Mediterranean — with five rooms and one suite.
The rooms themselves are compact, but comfortably so, and it was no surprise to learn that the Lodge belongs to the same group that owns The Pavillion and Plantation, inter alia, in Phnom Penh and the stunning, recently opened Templation in Siem Reap. The design is smart and sophisticated, but restrainedly so, a hallmark of this group’s ethos. The rooms are all air-con, and each has a small terrace at the back that looks right out on to deciduous forest. The suite has a double and two singles in two separate rooms.
Up in the main building, at the top of a broad, elegant sweep of brick stairs, there is a restaurant which, on the day we visited, was serving up a delicious-sounding selection of pasta, cous cous and rice dishes with prices ranging from $8.50 to $12.
In front of the building, a small platform looks out across a vast sweep of pine and mountain, and the view is even better from the flat roof of the building which seems to have been expressly designed with parties in mind — or that may just be the way our mind works.
The prices vary depending on the season, and also on whether you are visiting during the week or weekend. The opening prices below are for mid-week bookings.
The manager is helpful and friendly, and can help you to sort out mountain bikes or a guide to explore the surrounding areas. Highly recommended.
Address: Phnom Sruoch District
T: (097) 625 1124; (092) 490 216;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º3'58" E, 11º19'42" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
$60 and $80 respectively on Friday and Saturday nights
$75 and $95 respectively on Friday and Saturday nights
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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