Stayed at the Governors House at the beginning of July for 2 nights. First off, the hotel is in the style of a French Indochine colonial mansion which has been expertly maintained. The interior is simply stunning as you start of in the lobby, which its ceiling goes straight up to the roof of the mansion. The whole place, especially the bar in the lobby oozes with class and style as if you've walked back in time to la Belle Epoque. As you climb the stairs which go along the walls of the building, the walk up in never boring as each time you will notice something new, whether it be antiques housed in museum-like cases or photographs of the country that you're visiting now.
On arrival greeted by the friendly and helpful staff and by François, the manager of the hotel. They were well equip to assist us with any of our travel needs, arranging tuk-tuk to take us to the riverside where the Royal Palace and National Museum are (10 minutes away; but don't leave that area at 9pm or you'll be stuck in the carnage that is PP traffic) and planning our onward journey.
We stay in one of the room on the upper-most floor. Very comfy beds and bathing facilities in the room. A nice touch was the Art Deco travel posters framed on the walls. While it could come off as cheesy like an outdated travel agency, it added to the adventurous environment and romantic setting of a bygone era that the hotel has successful created.
The pool, though small, is quaint and has a tree carefully growing over it to keep things feeling tropical and organic. Some of the best times during the stay was going for an early morning dip and then having, hands-down, the best breakfast (Western and Asian both on offer) available in Phnom Pehn.
Stay at the Governors House, whether starting off or finishing up your journey in Cambodia. You won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Governor's House boutique hotel in Phnom Penh - the most luxurious and exclusive place in Phnom Penh.The Governor’s House is an exclusive boutique hotel with 12 rooms in an elegant colonial-style mansion located in the heart of BoeungKeng Kang I (BKK I), an area which is known as the best residential area in downtown Phnom Penh, located just a 10 minute drive from the Riverfront. The hotel is only a short drive to the Independence Monument, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.The hotel was once home to a senator of Phnom Penh and is an old style architectural beauty; tastefully furnished with all original colonial antiques. The hotel shows the exquisite taste in the interior design as directed by the owner, an award winning and internationally recognised interior designer. This boutique hotel offers a perfect balance of colonial style elements combined with modern amenities. With three stories in a Victorian style building, the hotel is inspired by the Asian architectural treasures of ‘The Strand Hotel’ of Yangon, ‘The Raffles Grand d’Angkor Cambodia" of Phnom Penh and the ‘Oriental Hotel’ of Bangkok while still maintaining its originality. The owner recognises the needs of the 21st century business traveller and offers free wi-fi, daily newspapers and an excellent 24 hour concierge.The Governor's House offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant offering breakfast (a la carte menu), lunch and dinner with both outdoor and indoor seating, and balcony space to relax and enjoy the views. ... more less
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