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“Bliss!... but not suited for everyone” 5 of 5 stars
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Knai Bang Chatt
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Phum Thmey | Sangkat Prey Thom, Kep 908, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Kep
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“Bliss!... but not suited for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

This has been our 3rd stay in KBC, and we have enjoyed it so much in the past that we decided to stay for 8 nights.

The atmosphere is second to none, and we have once again tremendously enjoyed the quiet seclusion and zen environment of this wonderful piece of paradise.

That being said, it is true that this is an expensive place to stay in Cambodia, and if you are looking for a 5* experience, this is not the place to choose. Go to Phuket instead! The sea is a bit muddy, the rooms are sparse, there are no amenities such as fridge or TV in the room and the hotel is in serious need of some TLC to keep it up to its current standard. We heard that there have been some problems with management, and do hope they find a long term solution soon.

The quality of your stay will also depend on who else is staying at the same time. For the most part, guests are discreet and agreeable, and there is a companionable atmosphere in the place. But this time, we were unlucky to have a large group/family of people who basically took over the place, and would block the lounge chairs all day (without being there most of the time), invade the breakfast area and speak obnoxiously without any respect to other hotel guests. We were delighted to see them go.

Service is very sweet and attentive.

The sailing club is a nice addition to go for a drink in the evening, but is becoming seriously crowded. Food should however be avoided, as it is overpriced and bland. We had the same appetizer on three different occasions, and ended up each time with a completely different looking plate!

Again, we loved KBC and are looking forward to a 4th stay!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Really a special experience and location. I'm looking at other reviews that complain about the price point, and I think that kind of comment has to be put in perspective. This hotel has stunning modernist architecture, great interior design, and picture perfect views across the Gulf of Thailand. And it's $200 per night. I can't think of anywhere besides Cambodia where you can get this kind of deal. Yeah, there are certainly cheaper options, but if you are into aesthetics and have the budget, then this is unquestionably the place to stay.

It's fair to say that the rooms are a bit rustic. And, of course, this being Cambodia and not Hawaii, things like perfect air conditioning aren't necessarily guaranteed (actually, ours worked fine, but I read some other comments). But I'm still confused how anyone would give a place with such stunning ambiance anything other than 5 stars.

We've traveled all over and stayed at a range of high end places - Amans, Oberoi, etc. This was one of the truly memorable hotels. Definitely hoping to go back before the town gets overrun with development.

By the way, the restaurant/bar in the attached "yacht club" is really well done. Also, the crab with local Kampot pepper at the restaurant in town was easily the best crab dish we've ever had. Overall just a great experience. And I doubt it will stay so affordable for long.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

For the price you have to pay here the rooms are not up to standard. No mini bar/fridge and very sparse.
The gardens are lovely and sunsets beautiful. However the decking around the pool is in a bad state of disrepair with many loose boards and protruding nails.
Meals are served on a long communal table so dont expect privacy at mealtimes.
In our room we had issues with the aircon. Every time there was a powercut (of which there are many) it cut out and had to be switched back on by the hotel electrician - not ideal.
The hotel also has water issues with no hot water in the shower until at least 5pm.
Staff can be invisible at times, we had no one at reception at check in and also on other occasions when looking for the electrician to awitch the A/C back on.
Very overpriced and could do with a facelift!

Room Tip: the garden rooms are poky. Try and get a sea view room if your budget allows
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

three modernist villas set in idyllic grounds on the sea, facing the sunset. Breakfast served on the beach or in the shade, beautiful pool, hammocks, huge curtained daybeds, shady areas beneath the trees. Airy rooms (with aircon), good beds, nice bathrooms, comfortable chairs on spacious decks. Houses and gardens beautifully cared for. The 'sailing club' adjoining the hotel, perched on stilts above the sea serves grilled seafood, salads, carefully prepared dished and has a fair wine list. You dine by candlelight watching the moon on the water .... And the hotel's restaurant, also overlooking the beach is pretty atmospheric too. Rooms are quite pricey but very luxurious in an understated way. The food and drink are reasonable. It seemed like paradise.

Room Tip: ask for sea view in the blue villa
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012 via mobile

No bathtub?! Ouchie here, especially for $200 / nite. Kinda feeling too empty, too quiet, too boxy, too private, etc. but a perfect place for writers or so. However, nice sea view, small neat pool and spa looks enticing. 3 stars, not 4, FYI.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

It has a fantastic location, right on the sea, a couple of minutes from the crab market. The sunsets are fantastic because unlike the places around the headland at Kep Beach it faces west. The gardens are tranquil and the pool area is very well done.
The rooms are minimlist but stylish. Don't expect mod cons, such as a fridge or a TV.
The downside is that room rates currently start at USD 200 and it does not really do enough to put itself in that five star league, especially by Cambodian standards - our room at Le Royal in Phnom Penh cost about the same. There is a nice TV and reading room but at least during our stay the lights and air con did not work in there, making it effectively unusable. Similarly, the additional services and food and drinks are very pricey. For example, they offer a trip to Rabbit Island for USD 60 per person when local agents and tuk tuk drivers sell something pretty similar for USD 7 or so.
So it's a great spot, but you need to put out of your mind how much you are paying.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We stayed 5 nights at the Knai Bang Chatt.

Paradise just about sums it up – beautiful, spacious gardens with lots of areas to relax in (loungers, day-beds, deckchairs, etc), so finding a peaceful spot to unwind in wasn’t difficult. Right on the edge of the sea (but not much of a beach), so in a fantastic location. Probably the best hotel grounds in Kep, and one of the best locations for watching the sunset (do it at the nearby, hotel-owned Sailing Club, and you can have a happy-hour half-price cocktail at the same time! Excellent value at $US2.).

It’s close to a number of local restaurants (see my other reviews), but in a very peaceful location. There isn’t an awful lot to do in Kep – this is just a chilling area.

Food in the hotel was very good (breakfast was outstanding). However, the location can’t be beat – you can have your own private table at the water’s edge (and we did 2 nights!), and eat by candlelight. Perfect!

Some people might be put off by the idea of sitting at one long table for breakfast (a massive piece of driftwood that sat 20!), but the reality is, there are so few people at the hotel, it doesn’t feel like communal eating. It’s much classier than that.

The rooms – we loved them. It’s not the place to go expecting satellite TV and in-room minibar (you won’t get either!) – it’s more barefoot chic. Perfectly spacious, stylish in a beachside sort of way, and certainly different. Not all rooms have a sea view – some rooms have a very limited sea view (around the greenery of the garden) – be specific in reserving your room and ensure that this is agreed in advance.

Staff – fantastic, both in the hotel itself (and especially in the spa) and at the Sailing Club. Young, friendly, nothing too much trouble, happy to have a chat & pick up a bit of English – just really nice people. The French manageress is welcoming, engaging and available at all times.

Everything is done with attention to detail, from the fresh flowers in your room to the sprig of flowers wrapped up in your beach towel.

An ideal place for winding down after a frenetic Cambodian holiday – you’ll find it difficult to say goodbye!

Room Tip: Ask for a seaview room in the blue building.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Phum Thmey | Sangkat Prey Thom, Kep 908, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Kep Province > Kep
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kep
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kep
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Knai Bang Chatt 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Serene and pure, Knai Bang Chatt, an exquisite lifestyle resort, will enchant you. Located in Kep, right onthe southern east coastline of Cambodia, the resort gives you a blend of privacy, serenity and exclusivity.Three renovated villas built in the 1970s by protégés of Vann Molyvann, a pupil of the world renowned Le Corbusier, are extraordinary historical landmarks you can now experience as your very own private home. ... more   less 
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