PAVILION Phnom Penh | A Hotel Review

Right in the midst of the bustling, dusty Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, lies the PAVILION Hotel, a true oasis. I had the pleasure of spending three nights at this hotel, and today I’d like to share my experiences with you.

Cambodia is seriously hot, especially when we visited during peak season. Luckily, The Pavilion Phnom Penh was a breath of fresh air – literally. Stepping through its gates, we were welcomed by cool shade from towering palms, vibrant greenery, and a refreshing pool that beckoned us to dive right in. The property surprised us with its expansive layout, feeling more like a grand estate with beautiful gardens, multiple pools, and elegant terraces.

The hotel lobby itself felt like stepping into a royal palace, complete with an antique desk, shelves lined with classic books, and comfy lounge chairs that practically begged us to relax. Checking in was a treat – they even greeted us with Thai Khanom Chan, a delightful Pandan rice cake paired with passion fruit juice.

Our room, number 7, was a dream with its spacious balcony overlooking the lush grounds. Stepping onto it in the morning made us feel almost like the lords of the manor, although we quickly realized we were just lucky guests – especially since the pool was already buzzing with other guests enjoying the morning. During our stay, we noticed a lot of German visitors (maybe drawn by its proximity to Singapore, the top expat city?) – or perhaps it was just the perfect season for a getaway.

After a quick rest, we set out to explore. Beyond the main building and lobby, we stumbled upon another gem – the “Sun Pool.” It was a bit sunnier and less green but equally charming, with unexpected surprises like elephant statues, inspiring Buddha quotes, and plenty of spots to recharge with a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you preferred lounging in the shade or soaking up the sun, they had you covered with comfortable chairs and sunbeds.

One of the highlights of our stay was the warm hospitality from everyone we met. It truly felt like we owned the place (even if it was just in our heads). But stepping outside reminded us of the reality of bustling Phnom Penh – hot, crowded, and a bit chaotic. Thankfully, a quick tuk-tuk ride was all it took to whisk us back to our serene oasis. We couldn’t have been more grateful for this green sanctuary in the heart of the city.


The Pavilion Hotel in Phnom Penh offers 36 individually designed rooms, four of them with a private pool. For other guests, there are two communal pools, a fitness center, a spa area, a pool bar, and a restaurant. Breakfast is included in the price. The hotel is part of the MAADS Hotel group, which also includes the Templation Hotel in Siem Reap and the Island Center Point Hotel on Koh Rong Sanloem. I was provided with all accommodations free of charge, in exchange for a candid review on my blog and photos that the hotel may use for their social media channels.

PAVILION PHNOM PENH, 227, street 19 Phnom Penh, Preah Ang Yukanthor Street (19), Phnom Penh 122001, Cambodia
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