French colonial feel in Cambodia
One can very well imagine the past French colonial times in Phnom Penh. The influences on architecture and infrastructure are apparent in sweet small streets lining walled grand villas. We are staying at one of those colonial houses, now called Mysteres & Mekong Hotel, with its chain smoking French lady owner and Cambodian sleepy staff.
The rooms have beautiful antique furniture and are kept in a tasteful French bygone style. The sanitary system also stems from past times and toilets are easily plugged, so that we had to move rooms but the pleasant interior makes up for it. A great thing is that we can have French breakfast whenever we like, which doesn’t mean that anything apart from baguette and croissant will be available: getting up early for a fruit plate is a must :)
We are trying not to rush about and leave our enclosed villa world mostly in the late afternoon to beat the heat. Once outside we are prepared to fend off Tuk Tuk drivers being endlessly asked if we want a ride. We give the hawkers a smile, move on and it is all good. The hotel’s location is great, close to many restaurants and in walking distance to main sights, still lying remotely in that French romantic side street.
Here are some pictures with colonial feel.
Found this in an used to be French cafe, which is now a traditional Khmer food restaurant with an Italian owner.
Our sweet street with the uninspiring name 2-4-4. Many small streets have no names at all, so people tend to navigate using landmarks, such as pagodas, markets, hotels…
Big neglected villa.
Blooming hotel entrance.
Fences, walls, security booths guarding well hidden French treasures.
Old times glare in our room.
The veranda work place.
Meet our hotel room neighbor. He is Cambodian, not French :)