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Mekong View Tower
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

I've never stayed in the hotel but I've now been to the restaurant at the Mekong View Tower twice and I consider it a local gem, albeit a high-maintenance one. Don't go for the food...it ranges from about average to mediocre and the last time I was there they were out of two of the dishes I tried to order from the menu. They have an expansive Khmer-Thai-Chinese menu with some Western dishes as well. Asian dishes are very affordable ($5 or less) - Western dishes can run well over $10. However, this restaurant truly offers an absolutely magnificent view of the confluence of four rivers, the idyllic village-life below (for now...until the developers move in) and Phnom Penh's riverside. Therefore, despite the downsides (and there are many), I still give this place 4/5 stars. For those brave enough to take on a bit of an adventure, I highly recommend going for the view, especially at sunset.

The downsides: Distance. To get from the city center it will take you about 30 minutes. Motodops and tuk-tuks are generally unfamiliar with it so you have to explain that you want to go across the Japanese Bridge and into one of the big buildings. (When you get close enough, you'll see that the building spells MEKONG VIEW TOWER near the top, so you can help orient your driver.) Drivers have few other customers out there, so ask them and they will generally wait around for you. (If you don't, you might have a hard time getting back into the city...) Expect to compensate them accordingly.

Decor: The hotel is very...Chinese. Its target demographic is rich locals, so tolerate the outlandish decorations on your way up; you're not going to be looking at them for very long, anyway.

Fellow patrons: Expect to see rich locals in eveningwear giving you the evil eye. You can placate them somewhat by dressing nicely and being quiet. But expect that the restaurant staff will prioritize serving them over you.

Service. In my experience, the waitstaff have been very reluctant to use much English - I don't think they encounter too many Westerners. Warm them up with a little Khmer and they are likely to be much more attentive. (Cambodian employees who lack confidence in their English skills will generally avoid you as long as possible in hopes that someone else will take over for them.) Still, expect long waits.

Tip: To arrive for sunset (6pmish), try to leave the city center by 4:30 or 5.

Tip II: When you arrive at the building, walk directly through the lobby to the elevator in the back. Take the elevator to the top floor, then turn left and walk up an additional flight of stairs to the restaurant at the top.

Tip III: If you sit on the city-side, you'll find you wished you had brought a booster seat. My friend and I found that the quality of your view is "boosted" immensely if you sit on a stack of a couple chairs!

Like I said, it's an adventure!

Note: I tried to upload some pictures, but the uploader failed.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank J R
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

This new hotel is in a fast-developing area just over the Tonle Sap river from the centre of Phnom Penh. It's isolated and tuk tuk / taxi drivers aren't yet used to finding it. When you get there, the building is all set with the facilities that a fully operational hotel will need but it appears that there is not yet the customer base for the management to justify providing some of the basics, like breakfast, before 10am.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We dined at the Mekong View Tower Sky restaurant while visiting family in Phnom Penh and it certainly is a spectacular view around the area.

We travelled by Tuk Tuks from the city centre which took about 25 mins and it was an exciting trip across the bridge in peak hour traffic. The Mekong View Tower is easy to locate, being one of only a few high rise buildings on the landscape and the drivers knew exactly where to go.

Once in the spacious lobby, its a smooth lift ride to the top level for breathtaking views. We arrived just before sunset but it was a bit overcast, so we didn't experience a beautiful sunset but it would be on a clear evening

The circular restaurant has indoor/outdoor dining, tables that seat 8 and there are plenty of staff to take orders. The food was really nice, with a good selection of cocktails and wine.There was live music inside the restaurant, but we didn't catch much of them as we were seated outdoors.

My sister has dined here quite a few times with friends and family, well worth a visit if you feel like trying somewhere a bit upmarket without being too expensive.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Rangitane
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Reviewed July 30, 2016
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2016, traveled with family
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