Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Bale Phnom Penh

Price per night from$117.00

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD117.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Modern harmony


River of zen

Boutique hotel The Balé Phnom Penh has a modern, minimalistic look fitting of Cambodia's ascendant capital, but its placid riverside location ensures you feel a world away from its bustle. Designed to be zen-inducing at every turn, the hotel is reached by a path suspended over a dark-tiled pool, which passes stone buddhas and greenery-draped walls before it reaches a courtyard planted with a Bodhi tree, a symbol of enlightenment. Spend your days trying your hand at Khmer cooking or lounging by the pool, watching boats slip by on the Mekong. Restaurant Theatro serves refined Cambodian classics like Kep crab and Mekong prawns in a sleek, mid-century setting – but if you’re feeling really indulgent, have your butler set up a private table on your terrace or beneath the stirring palms

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A welcome drink and canapés on arrival; guests staying two nights or more also get afternoon tea for two


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Need to know


Eighteen suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £113.51 ($140), including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, an à la carte selection of American, Continental, Japanese and classic Khmer dishes.


The hotel are happy to arrange private dinners in your courtyard, on your terrace or beneath the palms along the banks of the river.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout and laundry. In rooms: 24-hour butler service; flatscreen TV; Bluetooth speaker; coffee- and tea-making kit.

Our favourite rooms

The Courtyard Suites are arguably the more romantic of the two. Their sleek, walled courtyards – all of which have day-beds – are just the spot for secluded sunbathing, meditation or a private candle-lit dinner. Riverfront Suites are slightly bigger, and have a private terrace with a plunge pool overlooking the Mekong. They’re also the room of choice for families, sleeping up to three adults or two adults and two children.


The palm-flanked pool is by the river, letting you spy on passing boats as you swim. It’s unheated, large enough for laps and is surrounded by sun loungers, parasols and cushion-strewn day-beds with shading hoods.

Packing tips

You’ll need knee-length shorts or trousers to visit temples, and don’t forget that insect repellent.


The common areas shouldn’t pose problems to wheelchairs, but there aren’t any specially adapted rooms.


All ages are welcome, but there aren’t any specific kiddo-friendly facilities. Up to two extra beds can be added to both room types.

Food and Drink

Photos The Bale Phnom Penh food and drink

Top Table

During the day, snag a table by the window if you want to watch the passing river traffic. On balmy nights, ask for one to be set up outside.

Dress Code

Cambodian’s aren’t particularly flashy dressers – something light and understated will hit the mark.

Hotel restaurant

With its modernist lines, shades of slate grey and tall, wood-framed windows overlooking the pool and river, Theatro has the dashing, mid-century looks to match the mod-Khmer menu. Head chef Anton Ventslav has taken time-honoured dishes eaten by Cambodians for decades, added a fine-dining edge and adjusting the flavours for an international palette. The result is easily some of the best local, organic and authentically cuisine easily some of the best to be found anywhere in the capital – try the seared beef salad with soft poached egg, amaranth, turmeric flower and red tree ants; or, for a timeless Cambodian classic, the Kep crab and kampot pepper stir-fry.

Hotel bar

There’s a sleek wooden bar in the restaurant, framed with hanging greenery and watched over by a large stone buddha. The selection of wines and spirits is one of the best in the region, so you’ll have no shortage of pairings when it comes to sampling the vibrant cuisine.

Last orders

The restaurant opens for breakfast at 7.30am and stays open all the way through to 11pm.

Room service

You can order anything from the menu during restaurant hours.


Photos The Bale Phnom Penh location
The Bale Phnom Penh
National Road 6A, Bridge No. 8 Sangkat Bak Khaeng
Phnom Penh

The hotel is in a quiet, riverside district around 15 kilometers from the city centre.


Phnom Penh International Airport is the one to aim for; from the UK and the continent, most people fly via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Ho Chi Minh City. From the airport, it’s a 50-minute drive to the hotel. The Smith24 team can arrange your flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.


You could rent a car at the airport, but most people manage fine using taxis and tuk tuks, which are cinch to hail and friendly on the wallet, too. If you do want to hire a car, the Smith24 team can arrange it.

Worth getting out of bed for

Don’t forgo the hotel’s Khmer cooking class, which begins with a visit to a market, where you’ll select fresh ingredients before returning to the hotel to whip it into traditional fare. In the city centre, there’s the Royal Palace, made up of grand buildings with gilded roofs and steep spires that reach high over the skyline. Also within the grounds is the Silver Pagoda, which has a floor covered with over 5,000 silver tiles and a glass case holding a solid gold Buddha set with over 2,000 diamonds. No visit to Phnom Penh is complete without a spin around its vast Central Market, housed in a landmark art deco hall built on a drained lake. Inside the cavernous emporium you’ll encounter a whirl of colour and scent, passing row after row of stalls piled high with everything from krama scarves to gold jewellery. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a former Khmer Rouge prison, gives troubling insight into Pol Pot’s ruthless regime.

Local restaurants

Dedicated to restoring Cambodian cuisine to the standing it held in the country's pre-Khmer Rouge days, Malis is the place if you want to sample high-end Khmer cuisine. The kitchen team is helmed by Luu Meng, the country’s sole Master Chef, whose approach involves intensive research of national culinary traditions, combining his findings with boundary-pushing creations of his own. Another upscale option is Kravanah, serving simple but elegant Cambodian cuisine; try one of their fish curries or Mekong prawn dishes.


Photos The Bale Phnom Penh reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this city hotel in Phnom Penh and unpacked their krama scarves bought at the city’s Central Market, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Balé Phnom Penh in Cambodia…

Arriving at the Balé Phnom Penh feels a bit like stepping onto the path to serenity. Having driven out of the city centre and into a sleepy, tree-lined residential district, you pass through the main gate and find yourself standing in a walled passage of pink palaman sandstone, with the scent of sun-warmed lemongrass and frangipani on the air. By the time you’ve mounted the floating path that carries you across a pool of water and into the lobby, you’re no longer quite sure where the city ended and this new-found Nirvana began. None of this is an accident, of course. As modern as it may be, the hotel is built in line with the ancient principles of Feng Shui, so it’s designed to instill zen-like calm even before you sink into one of the daybeds on the palm-flanked shore.

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Price per night from $117.00