A designer option near Bassac lane
Brand spankingly rebranded at at the start of 2019, Hotel Corduroy is easily the smartest digs in the Bassac Lane area, and if it fits with your budget and you like the area, look no further.
Previously TEAV Bassac Boutique Hotel, the curiously renamed Hotel Corduroy boasts a stylish and quite imaginative design—refreshing after tramping through classic Khmer villas one after another. Entered through a vaguely temple prang–shaped gateway, you’ll see the moderately sized pool immediately to your left. Look for the understated motif on the back wall. Insufficiently sized for anything more than a splash around (unless you’re a fan of extremely short laps), the three poolside salas with cushioned seating should make for a comfortable hour or so of lounging around—just be quick as we imagine they’ll go fast if the hotel is busy.
To your right is reception and then a fully stocked bar and cafe space. Tall ceilinged yet with plenty of fans and subdued lighting, this area is light and airy and is probably a good spot for a drink before or after a dip in the pool. Rooms are reached via a modern stylish staircase by the bar area.
Well sized, with low slung beds, the look is minimalist—don’t expect any daggy paintings of Angkor on the walls or arty draped mosquito nets—the rooms are largely bare. Facilities include a desk, which doubles as home to the fridge and safe, but because the LCD TV is above the centre (where the chair also fits) it isn’t so practical as a work desk—luckily you’re on holiday right? At least there are a tonne of power points. The bathroom is similarly minimalist, but we were surprised to see a large tub—long and narrow, with little area to rest your arms, we’re not sure how practical or comfortable a tub this would actually be—but it was a surprise at this price point. It doubles as a shower.
Price wise (depending on the vagaries of online booking prices) there is little to separate Hotel Corduroy and Corner 9, and they are just 30 seconds apart on foot, but they are quite different hotels—if you like a bit more style in your lodgings, choose here. Shop around for an online rate as the rates listed below (what they told us as a walk-in) were well over what we could find online.
Address: 30 Street 9, Phnom Penh
T: (085) 981 818;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'50.46" E, 11º33'13.28" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$60||US$60|
|Deluxe double room||US$80||US$80|
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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