When we arrived in Phnom Penh it was pretty dark out and the staff from Giant Ibis helped us get a tuk tuk to The Kabiki. I’m pretty sure they overcharged us since the tuk tuks are only meant to cost $1-$3, but we were told $5 for this ride. We reluctantly agreed as it was getting late and we just wanted to get to our hotel. We later found out that it definitely should have only been $2. We hopped in with our luggage and were driven to a street that seemed to be closed down to any traffic with a gate and guards. The driver said we are here, but when I looked at the map, we were still about half a block away from the hotel down the street. We were a bit confused, but when he pointed and said hotel we realized that the street was open to foot traffic and we would be able to walk down to the hotel. I was a little nervous, as it was very dark and I did not know that there was no public access to the road that the hotel was on. We walked about half a block and arrived at the entrance to The Kabiki.
The grounds were as though we had been transported from the city to a jungle. It was very beautiful and serene. We were greeted with cold towels, which had some sort of muscle cream on them, so don’t put it on your face, and a welcome drink. Then we came to learn that the prime minister lives next door to the hotel and that was why the street is closed down and highly monitored by guards and security. I was then completely relieved and felt very safe.
When we finished our drinks, we were taken to our room. The room was large and had a twin sized day bed in addition to a king sized canopy bed. It was very clean and decorated nicely. We did not have a bathtub, but we did find a rain shower. We also had a nice balcony that overlooked the first floor and the foliage all around us.
Our last day we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast. Steven ordered the fried rice with a fried egg on top and I ordered the fresh yoghurt with muesli, or home made granola, and assorted breads. Both breakfasts came with fresh fruit and passion fruit juice. Breakfast was very good and a great way to start off our day, which entailed a long bus ride to Siem Reap, our next destination.
We felt that the Kabiki was a great place to stay. Not only was it very secure and safe, but the grounds were also very well kept. The resort was very clean and the staff was friendly and helped with whatever we needed. Also, the Kabiki allows for you to physically be within the city center, but have the peace and quiet of a jungle resort.
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
April 28-30, 2016