Cambodia, Phnom Penh and The South
Info : Quay
The Quay is a small, modern hotel on the banks of the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh. It integrates a stylish contemporary and minimalist design with interesting attempts at carbon neutrality, offering good value for money in a great spot for exploring Phnom Penh.
A sophisticated western design with contrasting colours and materials throughout, the Quays 16 rooms and the hotel at large provide a comfortable setting. It is centred on a relaxed and open bar/restaurant, providing the Quay with a busy but laid back atmosphere. There is also a beautiful roof terrace bar offering views over the Tonle Sap and south towards the Royal Palace, along with an outdoor Jacuzzi. The service is quick and efficient, but due to the open nature of the hotel it is not personalised.
We do not recommend the standard rooms as they do not have a window. However the Panoramic rooms are large and include a king size bed, a seating area with a large flat-screen T.V, a big desk and a bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Balconies with a table and chairs overlook the river and the bustling city below. Wireless is available throughout the hotel.
The Quay is a great location for exploring the citys attractions and sites. The Royal Palace and National Museum are easy walking distance and the surrounding area is lively with bars and restaurants. The Quay is particularly suitable for young couples looking to explore the vibrant city of Phnom Penh.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
Both our guides, in Cambodia were excellent. However, I would like to nominate Channak for an award because we felt he gave an outstanding level of service, showing us things that weren't on the itinerary which we would never have found by ourselves and going out of his way to do so. His general sociability and ability to talk to local people, including more reserved tribal people, meant that we had a much greater insight into the community than we expected and we felt privileged to be there with him. He also has personal experience (from childhood) of the Khmer Rouge regime which made our visits to Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek in particular even more poignant than they would have been otherwise.