The Luxe List 2018: Rosewood Phnom Penh

Beyond the unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views from each room, it’s the food and beverage outlets that grab the attention, from the sharp lines of izakaya-style restaurant Iza to sky-high bar Sora.

The rooms feature muted earthy tones offset by contemporary Khmer artwork and decorative French shutters that nod to Cambodia’s colonial past.

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To say the new Rosewood has put Phnom Penh’s other hotels in the shade is not just hyperbole: the building in which it occupies the top 14 floors—the 188-meter-tall Vattanac Capital Tower (Cambodia’s tallest)—casts a shadow over much of the capital city.

Of course, it helps that the hotel also brings the quality and attention to detail that Rosewood is known for, with 175 business-like rooms and suites—by Melbourne-based interior designers BAR Studio—featuring muted earthy tones offset by contemporary Khmer artwork and decorative French shutters that nod to Cambodia’s colonial past.

Sky-high bar Sora.

Beyond the unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views from each room, it’s the food and beverage outlets that grab the attention, from the sharp lines of izakaya-style restaurant Iza to sky-high bar Sora, where an open-air deck cantilevered 37 stories above the streets of central Phnom Penh provides the best vantage point in town.

855/23-936-888; rosewoodhotels.com; doubles from US$245.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Rosewood Phnom Penh”).

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