I’ve stayed at dozens of hotels in Phnom Penh, and the ones that always seem to hit all the right notes are run by the people who have recently opened Penh House and Jungle Addition. Penh House lives up to the high bar set by Plantation, Pavilion, and Blue Lime and offers a standard of accommodation higher than many other more expensive hotels in the capital.
Penh House and Jungle Addition are two buildings on the same property. Each has its own gym, bar, and restaurant, and guests of both are welcome to use the facilities of either property. They’re located on Street 240, a nice shopping area, walking distance from several great restaurants, and just around the corner from arty Street 240-and-a-half, which is home to Artillery Arts Cafe, and the Space Four Zero Cambodia Space Project art store.
The Penh House rooms are large and airy, with a mid-century-in-the-tropics feel, including retro-style ceiling fans, framed botanical prints, brightly colored ceramic tiles, and bamboo plants in the bathroom. The work of local designers is also spotlighted, including Loyuyu ceramics of Siem Reap and prints by Phnom Penh-based French artist Laurent Villate. MAADS hotels just have a way with these things, and they always get all of the design notes exactly right.
The Blue Lime style (cement floors, white walls, splashes of bright, solid-color silk as accents) is now practically required at mid-range hotels of a certain type in Cambodia, but Penh House is a bit more subtle. Inspired by nature, the decor makes you think about drinking ice-cold drinks in the steamy jungle. The beds are king size, with crisp white sheets and decent pillows, and each room has a writing desk, an electronic safe, and enough different lighting options to set a mood or two.
The breakfast at Penh House is served buffet style and includes hot dishes as well as continental-style options such as toast, pastries, cheese and cut fruit, fresh juices and coffee. The breakfast at Jungle Addition is served a la carte and al fresco. At Penh House breakfast is served at the bar and restaurant on the building’s rooftop, which is also home to an infinity pool that’s larger than most, with a dozen brightly colored sun loungers and umbrellas for guests to enjoy.
There’s also a gym and spa on the property, the latter overlooking an indoor pond that appears to be a fully functioning ecosystem, filled with thriving greenery.
A very high standard of service sets all the Phnom Penh MAADS properties apart, and Penh House and Jungle Addition are no different. Excellent service, high-quality interiors, and reasonable rates make these properties an excellent choice for visitors to Phnom Penh.
During hot season, rates start at $60 per night for a superior double, and $70 for a larger deluxe double (although its worth checking prices online, we were able to find a last minute deluxe room for $50 per night on Booking.com in low season). Suites start at $80 or $90. Prices rise to $73/$89/$104/$114 in high season if you book in advance, but go higher still for bookings closer to the date of arrival.
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