Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hotel Manolis

A view of the front facade of Hotel Manolis in Post Office square, Phnom Penh
I was looking through some photos from my visit with the Heritage Mission last year to look around some of the colonial French buildings still standing in Phnom Penh when I realised that I hadn't posted a few pictures of the old Hotel Manolis that stands opposite the Post Office and is now home to many families, who've converted the old hotel suites into homes. The Manolis Hotel was constructed in 1910 and looks out onto the Post Office square. It's obviously seen better days and deserves a lick of paint and some tender care, which has already been lavished on the Post Office and the former Bank of Indochina, that is now Van's restaurant. Some of the thirty families that live in the rooms of the former hotel do not have legal papers and face expulsion at any time. The building was also the headquarters of the French colonial Chamber of Commerce at one time. One of the hotel's most famous former guests was Andre Malraux, who spent four months there in 1923 after stealing carvings from the temple of Banteay Srei before getting caught.
The corner portion of the former Hotel Manolis
The faded lettering on the facade of Hotel Manolis
Two of the former hotel's current inhabitants
A kitchen area in one of the family homes
The original floor tiles are still in place
Some of the shuttered windows inside the inner courtyard of the former hotel

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Blogger mslou said...

By coincidence, earlier this evening I came upon some collectible stamps I bought at the Phnom Penh Post Office in early 2001. I remembered with a chuckle how, upon seeing a sign that the P.O. offered internet service, I went in to check my e-mail. Some poor guy who worked in a little room off to the side of the entrance was forced to stop working so I could use his computer.

March 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is weird cause my great grandfather used to work for that hotel as a manager.. That hotel belonged to one relative of mine from greece... Manolis is the greek word for emmanuel....

July 27, 2011 at 3:27 AM  

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