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Phnom Penh Hotels

$199 or less
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The Quay Hotel
277 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Tel: 855 23 224 894
info@thequayhotel.com
www.thequayhotel.com

The swank 16-room Quay Hotel (opened in spring 2008) mixes a mod Jetsons aesthetic with a solid environmental ethic. Owned by the same folks behind the well-regarded Foreign Correspondents Clubs in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the Quay is the first carbon-neutral hotel in the kingdom: Emissions are offset by financing a project that provides rural villagers with fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves. The minimalist rooms, decorated in shades of cream with teak accents, Swan chairs, and flat-screen TVs, also incorporate eco-friendly materials such as hand-loomed Khmer silk and natural soaps. Rooms 15 and 16 on the top floor have the best river views; avoid the windowless back-of-the-house quarters, which feel like space capsules. Although the Quay is located on busy Sisowath Quay, you might almost miss it—the reception desk is behind the in-house Asian fusion restaurant, Chow. On the roof, there's a deck equipped with a Jacuzzi, wine bar, and a pair of tents overflowing with pillows—the perfect place to toast a Mekong sunrise or take in the Water Festival boat races held every November.—Christopher Cox

$300-$399
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Tel: 855 23 981 888
phnompenh@raffles.com
www.phnompenh.raffles.com

The colonial-era Raffles Hotel Le Royal, located a five-minute walk away from Wat Phnom, seems to exist in a sepia-toned world far removed from tourist-oriented Sisowath Quay. Liveried staff serve cocktails garnished with orchids; dulcet tones from a classical musician's xylophonelike roneat ek fill the lobby; and a broad hardwood staircase dating from the hotel's 1929 debut leads to lemongrass-scented rooms with antique prints and original claw-foot bathtubs. Not that the rooms are totally retro: There's also cable TV, Wi-Fi, and cold storage–caliber air conditioning. A 1996 renovation added three wings (bringing the room count to 170), but request a Landmark room in the original building for higher ceilings and a more nostalgic mix of Cambodian and Art Deco decor. A quartet of "personality suites" are decorated with items relating to their famous occupants, including Charles de Gaulle and Jacqueline Kennedy. Downstairs, in the elegant Elephant Bar, order the Femme Fatale, a Champagne-based cocktail served to former First Lady Kennedy during her 1967 visit. The hotel grounds have been shaped into the capital's most intoxicating landscape, with frangipani and travelers' palms flanking the porte cochere and an interior courtyard bursting with heliconia, and shaded by rain trees.—Christopher Cox

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