Friday, March 30, 2012

Super stylish

One of the bedrooms at La Maison d'Ambre
A super stylish hotel in Phnom Penh quietly opened its doors a few months ago and based on price and overall look, knocks spots off pretty much every other boutique accommodation in the city. I'm talking about La Maison d'Ambre on St19, built on the site of the former Cathay Hotel. With a designer's touch from top to bottom, it radiates contemporary chic style from every pore. It has ten apartments, each with an individual feel and design, large open spaces, and each room is named after a film. In addition, every room has a kitchen. There's a rooftop restaurant and bar and the contemporary chic feel is taken to the nth degree in every single area of the hotel - even the elevator has a design makeover. Downside is, no pool, but with the space, feel and atmosphere of this superbly renovated six-storey hotel, and prices that are hard to believe as they are so low, it won't take long for this newcomer to rise to the top of the pile.
The sitting room area in one of the hotel's suites
The facade of the hotel has been spruced up since it was called the Cathay Hotel
Returning to the office, I popped into Cafe Fresco for lunch and it seems they're having another turnover of staff. Today was the last day of Seyla, who takes my order and hands me my change nearly every day. Her lovely smile will be missed. Also leaving is Srey Oun, now behind the scenes in the bakery but who was taking orders out front for most of her four years at Fresco. Still shy even though we've known each other for all that time, I'll miss her blushing cheeks and her stilted English. It's always sad to see regular faces disappear, perhaps never to be seen again.
Parting is so sad as I say goodbye to Seyla (left) and Srey Oun at Cafe Fresco today

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