One of Phnom Penh’s newest hotels, Sun & Moon, Urban Hotel has a funky, contemporary vibe. Perfectly placed for visitors keen to explore the city, it’s just a few blocks from where the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers merge and a short tuk-tuk ride to the majority of Phnom Penh’s main tourist attractions.
With its neon lights flashing both inside and out it’s an easy landmark to spot when out for an evening stroll, and I loved its modern design-led look – it’s a hotel with real character!
After being welcomed with a refreshing drink and cold towelette we made our way up to our deluxe room, which was much bigger than we expected from a city hotel.
Bright and colourful
Bright colours and luminescent lighting greeted us as we opened the door, totally in keeping with its use of colourful lighting throughout the hotel.
Crisp bright white curtains and bedding contrasted with the ‘in your face’ orange of the walls and furniture, which included a custom-designed orange desk where you could find a kettle – a very important amenity for this tea-drinking brit – and a fridge. Quirky pop art adorns the walls and a great plus point was the brilliant blackout curtains that kept out the bright Cambodian sunshine until we were ready to embrace it (after a decent holiday lie-in, of course!).
The room was semi open-plan, with a sheer curtain you can pull across to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the room, where you’d find a sink area and frosted doors, which lead to a small toilet and separate shower wet room. The shower’s decent enough, but as I usually find, it wasn’t overly powerful, which can be slightly frustrating with someone with annoying thick hair like myself!
The only thing that really lets the room down at all is lack of storage. Its open plan design means there’s no draws or wardrobe, just a small rail where you can hang a few items. That’s definitely far from a deal breaker though, as overall I’d say this is one of the best city hotel rooms I’ve stayed in.
360 degree views of the city
Obviously I approved of my room at Sun & Moon, but when I headed up to the rooftop I loved the hotel even more. As the sun sets then it really comes to life, with the hallways – open to the elements – putting on a light show as colourful strips lights start to flash along the pathways. Up on the roof you’re greeted with yet more funky lighting, with a colourful bubble-esque roof lighting up the Cloud 9 Sky Bar and infinity pool while you enjoy 360 degree views of the city.
Out exploring during the days we only managed to take a dip in the pool one evening, but we’re glad we did as from the edge of the infinity pool we watched an amazing light show while the heavens opened – made up of the city’s skyline and forks of lighting from the sky – what a great memory to take home with us!
Sun & Moon, Urban Hotel – what we thought
A mid-range priced hotel, SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel definitely falls into the affordable luxury bracket as we booked our room nine months in advance at a cost of £41 a night including breakfast.
Unfortunately due to depressing topics such as Brexit the exchange rate now works against British travellers and at time of writing when I looked at the cost of the same room for tomorrow night it was available for £70. Even with the fluctuating exchange rate Sun & Moon offers great value for money and is a great option if you’re looking for a fun, contemporary city hotel in Phnom Pehn. If I ever return to the city, I won’t bother looking for hotel deals, I’ll simply be booking straight back in here!