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Hôtel KVL.
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HôteL KVL sits right on the banks of the Tonle Sap, literally the “Fresh River”, which links the great lake in the centre of Cambodia to the majestic Mekong. 

This stretch of riverside has been at the heart of Phnom Penh since the city’s birth, when, as legend has it, “Lady Penh” found a tree containing statues of Buddha and Vishnu floating in the river. Wat Phnom, the picturesque hilltop pagoda just a short walk north of the hotel, was constructed to mark this good omen. The Royal Palaces, including the stunning Silver Pagoda; and Wat Ounalom, the country’s most significant living Buddhist site, can be found just a few hundred metres south of Hôtel KVL.

Today, this neighbourhood is where ancient meets modern, where slices of traditional Khmer life can still be found in the heart of a dynamic and rapidly-growing cosmopolitan Asian capital. 

Street-sellers and bustling local markets sit next to experimental cocktail bars and hidden speakeasies. Take your pick between traditional Khmer street food - perhaps fragrant nombanjok noodle soup, or hot and crispy Nom Ka Chai fried in front of you - or contemporary fine dining, prepared by the country’s most innovative chefs. Hôtel KVL is home to world-class international cuisine, including El Tapas, our buzzing Spanish restaurant. 

Watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying a rooftop cocktail, and watch the riverside come alive, as families picnic in the Royal Palace Park and Phnom Penh residents old and young exercise and unwind in the cool evening breeze.

The night is yours to explore - stay in the neighbourhood and visit the fashionable local bars, or hop in a taxi or tuk tuk and discover the hidden charms and excitement that Phnom Penh city has to offer.

Our Neighborhood

Royal Palace
The ornate buildings and monuments of the Royal Palace complex - including the unmissable Silver Pagoda, floored with 5,000 shimmering silver tiles - provide a glimpse into the splendour of the Kingdom of Wonder.
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Ounalom Pagoda
Considered the home of Cambodian Buddhism, a walk around the leafy grounds of this stunning gold and red-painted pagoda gives a unique insight into everyday religious life in Phnom Penh. 
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National Museum
Discover Cambodia’s history at the country’s largest cultural museum. Inside the terracotta-red walls of this example of classical Khmer architecture is one of the world’s most extensive collections of Cambodian art and artefacts.
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Sra_Art Gallery
Sra'Art is a creative space dedicated to Cambodia’s dynamic contemporary art scene. With curated exhibitions connecting artists and art enthusiasts; and exciting events for both adults and children, the gallery is always vibrant and welcoming.
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Trunkh Shop
A treasure trove of everything to love about the Kingdom of Wonder. Trunkh celebrates and elevates ordinary objects and traditions of Cambodian life through their eclectic collection of fashion, jewellery, art, homeware, and souvenirs. 
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Friends 'N' Stuff
Shop here for bags, clothing, and accessories made by local families, often from recycled materials, and know that your purchase is helping to secure a future for their children. All profits are reinvested into social programs, fighting to end poverty in Phnom Penh. 
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Friends the Restaurant
Run by non-profit Mith Samlanh, this training restaurant provides opportunities for former street children and marginalized young people, while serving delicious sharing plates with influences from across the globe.
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Bodia Spa
A sheltering cocoon of physical, mental, and spiritual healing, established for over ten years. Bodia Spa’s holistic treatments are sure to provide blissful relaxation for body and mind.
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