If you’d like a pool with a view
Stylish, modern and a little bit hip, Patio Hotel is designed for those who want to combine sleek comfort with proximity to one of Phnom Penh’s better areas.
The hotel is tucked down a small cul-de-sac just off Street 51 by Wat Langka, Offerings are boosted by a rooftop swimming pool which offers terrific views, but if you’re after a proper swim, you might be disappointed—this is more for relaxed cocktails and dipping than laps. The pool is narrow and deep, with a bridge over it and loungers that you can launch yourself off straight into the water. If you’re not staying here, the day rate for using the pool is $10—great for sundowners, and we imagine it gets pretty crowded.
Rooms are accessed by lift, and while the standard single rooms are big enough for a solo traveller, superior and deluxe rooms offer a bit more space. Rooms feature firm platform beds, sleek black tiled floors, and clean, well-stocked bathrooms, all embellished with plenty of black distressed tiles, geometric art, polished concrete and natural wood to comply with Asian boutique chic style. The room we were shown had a small day bed to the side that a child could sleep on. There was also a workspace plenty big enough to get the laptop going.
Set in the northern reaches of BKK1, there are no shortage of bars and eateries nearby, but for something a bit more special, step out of the hotel, turn left and look for the Coca Cola machine, walk up to it, listen carefully and you’ll figure out the rest—we bet you never walked through a vending machine to reach a bar!
As with many Phnom Penh hotels, be sure to shop around online for a competitive rate. If you’re looking for something in the same area but significantly cheaper, consider Feliz—you’ll find it just a little further down the lane on the right.
Address: 134Z Street 51, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 997 900;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'37.23" E, 11º33'16.02" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$45||US$63|
|Superior double room||US$60||US$84|
|Deluxe double room||US$70||US$98|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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