A fantastic new option for our Phnom Penh stays, the charming Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, has proven a huge success on our Cambodia tours since it’s opening some 3 months back. Our old friend and colleague Veng bought up a slightly run down 60’s villa in a quiet back street of Cambodia’s otherwise hectic capital and converted the building into a small, 14 room boutique style hotel, (and indeed consulted us during conversion, so we can actually say the hotel was set up with All Points East customers specifically in mind!)
Rooms are simply but tastefully decorated and of course all fittings are spanking new. There’s a pleasant outdoor breakfast and eating area, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, a great little pool and garden area and a bar serving cold beer and cocktails to allow you to cool off after an often sticky day’s touring the Phnom Penh sites. (Note the cocktail list required extensive testing with Veng before being finalised!)
Veng’s wife Syna helps manage the hotel and their kids are often seen cooling off in the pool so a genuinely family run establishment of the kind we prefer but that isn’t always easy to find. Located down a quiet side street just beyond Sihanouk Boulevard Hilary’s combines tranquility with a central location – perfect for our needs!
Ideal little oasis in Cambodia’s, fascinating but somewhat chaotic capital city; we wish Veng all the best, (but not too much or he won’t have enough rooms for us), and look forward to our next stay.