Penh House

Penh House

With a fantastic rooftop pool

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Brand spanking new when we rolled through Phnom Penh in January 2019, Penh House had only been open a few weeks and was an absolute steal, offering spacious rooms and a spectacular pool—if it fits with your budget, look no further.

Travelfish says:

Set right in the heart of the city on Street 240, Penh House is ideally located for sightseeing, shopping and cafe-hopping. The Royal Palace is minutes away on foot and the riverfront a relaxed ten minute stroll. Street 240 itself is lined with excellent cafes and plenty of shopping options, and the laneway right beside the hotel is home to Artillery Cafe—one of our favourite hideaway cafes in the city. If you want more eating options, the northern reaches of BKK1 are comfortably reached on foot as well.

What a pool. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
What a pool. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Our spacious deluxe room (we paid US$55 as a walk-in when they agreed to match a rate we’d found on an OTA) was on the top floor and offered terrific views out and across the southern reaches of the city. With cool greenish tiles underfoot, light flooded in through the sliding glass doors to the half-size veranda and the large window above the daybed—the latter ideal for snoozing in the sun, or, in the evening, gazing across the lights of the city. The bed was of a good size, firm and with plenty of pillows and a toasty cover. Above the bed was tasteful art and it was flanked by bedside tables and lamps making reading at night a breeze.

Facilities included a large, good to work at desk along with a flatscreen TV, telephone, fully stocked minibar, coffee and tea and a kettle and complimentary water. The bathroom had a glass enclosed shower and was immaculate, with plenty of space to clutter up around the basin.

Get comfortable. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Get comfortable. Photo: Stuart McDonald

What really makes Penh House though is the rooftop infinity pool. Spectacularly situated, the pool faces to the north, overlooking the rear residential area of the Royal Palace, with its many large trees. They’ve cleverly planted some kind of tall grass around the edge of the pool making it really feel like you’re in the waters of the countryside rather than in the centre of the city. Swimming here at night under the stars (the pool is open till late) is magnificent. It does catch the full brunt of the sun during the day though. The pool shares the rooftop with a comfortable cafe and bar—breakfast is served here, though you can graze and drink here throughout the day.

One important note, somewhat confusingly, there are actually two properties—Penh House (the modern hotel reviewed here) and Jungle Addition (a restored villa not far away). On both the official hotel website and OTAs like Agoda and Booking, the rooms are listed together in a single list, so just be aware that any room descriptions with “jungle” in the name are for the other property.

We found the staff to be excellent—bend over backwards friendly and helpful and able to give solid and reliable advice for travel around the city. While this is a modern hotel (so no colonial charm at play), the property is nevertheless lovely and if it fits with your budget, we’d say look no further. If you want to spend less, consider Prantara Heritage, or, if you’d like something a little spendier, Aquarius also offers a tremendous rooftop pool, but we much preferred the rooms (and the price tag) here. Shop around online for a discounted rate. Highly recommended.

Contact details for Penh House

Address: 34A Street 240, Phnom Penh.
T: (023) 212 200;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'48.29" E, 11º33'38.33" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Deluxe double room US$110 US$110
Deluxe Suite US$150 US$150

Reviewed by

Stuart McDonald co-founded 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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