It all started when we fell in love with a hidden gem of French-Khmer architecture from the 1920s, near Wat Botum, one of the most venerable and original pagodas in Phnom Penh. Renovation and remodeling were led with due respect for the character of a building which had been, as we learnt it later on, a private retreat for Queen Consort Sisowath Kossamak, the late King Sihanouk's mother.
In a city where architectural heritage has been too often squandered during the last decade, here is a testimony that we can go the other way, for us and for the next generations.
Opened on August, 18, 2006 with 10 rooms, The Pavilion has slowly expanded over the years, offering now 36 accommodations throughout three more period buildings that have been added to the property: "The New House", former residence of the chief veterinarian at the Royal Palace; "The New Villa", formerly the private residence of a Cambodian senator, and "The Sun-Pool Villa", our latest addition which used to be lodgings for diplomats based in Phnom Penh. Each one has its own style and atmosphere, with distinctive architectural features such as an elaborate wooden stairway, intricate iron wrought railings, etc…
General Manager Nassiba Alibaeva, who oversees The Pavilion for five years now, describes the team working with her as "the soul of the place", mostly Khmer individuals who have taken part in the first days of this lovingly refurbished and maintained hotel, some trained in hospitality activities at non-profit organizations like Mith Samlanh's Friends or Pour un Sourire d’Enfant. A specific training program with emphasis on language and computer skills has been developed by The Pavilion and its sister properties.
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