Phnom Penh gets its first five-star hotel

The first 5-star hotel in over decade opens later this week in the Cambodian capital. Nestled amid landscaped gardens in the city’s old quarter, the 201-room, 12-story Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, +85 523-999-200) has a prime riverside location and is a short drive from the airport and Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. This state-of-the-art luxury address boasts eight new restaurants and bars, a fitness center and spa, as well tennis and squash courts and an indoor pool. Rates start from $175 per night (not including government taxes) for a Superior Room to $675 for a Prestige Suite. Log on to to book.