The artfully designed TeaHouse strikes a balance between cost and aesthetics.
In Phnom Penh there are generally two options for accommodation: cheap and charmless, or expensive. But the TeaHouse Hotel on Street 242 strikes a good balance between price and aesthetics. The 52-room hotel is artfully designed but also reasonably priced, and thus the perfect place to stay for the “no longer a backpacker, not yet a business traveler” type.
The TeaHouse is a sister hotel and more affordable alternative to the high-end Plantation Hotel nearby. There are similar stylistic elements, like colorful silk cushions and bright, bold accent pieces; it’s clear that the same artistic minds are behind both hotels. But the TeaHouse has managed to offer a competitive product that is half the price of the Plantation, while sacrificing very little in terms of quality.
There are areas in which the Plantation excels, of course. The pool is bigger, the buffet breakfast is more vast, and while the bathrooms in the Plantation have been luxuriously renovated, the ones at the TeaHouse are nothing to write home about. That said, for the price TeaHouse offers more than most of its competitors, just because it has a bit of personality and hasn’t skimped on the small touches that make a hotel feel special. For example, the one-bedroom suite has a large lounge room with bright red chairs, colorful Asian cushions, orange ottomans, and a daybed for relaxing. Silk is used judiciously, for cushions and lamps, but not overdone (unlike the many Cambodian hotels whose silk-mania has left this frequent traveler with a visceral hatred for the fabric).
Rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, electronic safe, and minibar. All bookings include a buffet breakfast that includes a variety of breakfast options and lots of fresh tropical fruit.
TeaHouse excels at attention to detail. Guests are greeted with a cool towel and fresh juice, and electric outlet adaptors are available as a matter of course. The hotel uses tea as a motif, from the Chinese tea canisters decorating the reception area to the more than 30 types of tea served in the cafe. The cafe also offers a mix of Asian dishes, from nasi gorang to sushi. There’s also a spa on site with reasonably priced massages.
There are several room types at TeaHouse Hotel: standard, superior, and deluxe double, deluxe twin, and one and two-bedroom suites. Rack rates are between $62 to $118 per night, but prices are significantly cheaper on Booking.com and Agoda. During the low season, prices go as low as $35, with all taxes included.
32 Street 242, Royal Palace area, Phnom Penh
T: 023 212 789
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