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House Boutique

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76 Street 57, BKK 1, Phnom Penh T: (023) 220 884  info@houseboutiquehotel.com
http://www.houseboutiquehotel.com

House Boutique

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Tucked away down at the bottom of BKK1, south of BKK market, House Boutique is a lovely hotel in a breezy, modern building inspired by Phnom Penh’s most famous architect and father of the New Khmer Architecture movement, Vann Molyvann.

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A delightful hideaway.

A delightful hideaway.

The air-con rooms are as stylish as the exterior would lead you to expect — local designer Vannary San is responsible for their lovely look — made out with wooden platform beds (the wood is reclaimed), moulded terrazzo bathroom fittings, beautiful colonial-style floor tiles and raw silk curtains. A patchwork of Cambodian silks and cottons on runners, cushions, wall prints and otherwise white linen adds colour. Other amenities include toiletries, a minibar, comfortable work desk, LCD TV, WiFi that worked and tea and coffee-making facilities.

A nod to the style of New Khmer Architecture.

A nod to the style of New Khmer Architecture.

Major likes: Drinking water is supplied in wine bottles that are refilled gratis with a quick call down to reception (which is not 24 hours, so stock up!), and rooms have ceiling fans as well as air-con so you can just have the fan if you like. Minor annoyances: the lamps were more mood lighting than effective for reading, and the key ring design was awkward and the lock a bit difficult to wrangle with.

Be warned too that the bathroom is open-style, a feature that seems to definitively divide people. We love them! They make it so easy to flit between getting ready and your bag, and so on. Those who are modest and travelling in pairs may not be so enamoured with them. We thought the overall atmosphere and style here was quite similar to the Plantation.

The open-style bathroom and bed.

The open-style bathroom and bed.

The hotel is arranged around a small courtyard pool with a few sun loungers, which has a relaxed but intimate atmosphere; this place has all the feel of a really sweet urban hideaway. It could potentially get noisy if you had a group staying here; we had one couple sitting on a lounger near us blaring tinny music from their own blue tooth speaker, which was annoying. The staff are lovely but not the kind to intervene without other guests asking (and even then we suspect they might be too shy).

The restaurant serves up Khmer food, the full bar serves up whatever you fancy, and our included breakfast of eggs, baguette and coffee was simple but adequate. The hotel is keen to emphasise its sustainable credentials, and they do reduce, reuse and recycle at all points possible. Water is solar-powered (and still hot). They are also wheelchair accessible, a rarity in this country.

Our room view.

Our room view.

It’s a little bit outside the city centre, just south of Boeung Keng Kang market, but you’re still only a short trip from the restaurants of BKK1 (like Farm to Table), and the Tonle Bassac area (with its fab bars), and a 15-minute tuk tuk drive to the city centre and riverside. We’d certainly stay here if we were already familiar with the city and didn’t particularly want to do the usual sights and restaurants around the river area or to the north, like the Palace, National Museum and Chinese House; if you do want to be heading riverside, it’s not that far, but tuk tuk fares do add up.

This is a lovely spot, and is worth raving about. All the rooms overlook the pool, while the superiors are slightly larger with balconies. You wouldn’t really use the balconies we don’t think — we were quite happy staying here for two nights in our standard (which they call superior, without balcony).

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Walk-in rates at House Boutique

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
US$55
US$55
Superior double room
US$65
US$65
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$55, high season US$55. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$65, high season US$65. Notes:

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Where is House Boutique

House Boutique
76 Street 57, BKK 1, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 220 884 
info@houseboutiquehotel.com
http://www.houseboutiquehotel.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'34" E, 11º32'44" N
Room rates: US$35 to 75

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