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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene and pure, Knai Bang Chatt, an exquisite lifestyle resort, will enchant you. Located in Kep, right on the southern east coastline of Cambodia, the resort gives you a blend of privacy, serenity and exclusivity. Three renovated villas built in the 1960s 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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- Also Known As:
- Knai Bang Chatt Hotel Kep