Introducing a new concept to the Cambodian capital, Tribe Phnom Penh Post Office is crafted for the modern-day traveller – blending bold design with functionality, Tribe provides edgy yet comfortable accommodation and a social hub to inspire ideas
Situated in the heart of the Cambodian capital’s historic hub, the hotel is surrounded by a collection of stunning colonial buildings, including the iconic Post Office. A stone’s throw from the Riverside and Wat Phnom temple, the area is undergoing renovation that will see the emergence of new bars and restaurants, adding to its charm.
The hotel’s 260 rooms fall into six categories that range from Tribe Comfort through to Tribe Comfort XL Suite. The focus is edgy design, functionality and comfort, with each of the compact rooms putting to use every inch of space. For example, under the bed is space for suitcases while the mini bar – dubbed sky bar – hangs on the wall.
We stayed on the 14th floor in a Tribe Comfort twin with balcony, with views across the Mekong. As with all rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows ensure light floods in. The bed is probably one of the most comfortable I’ve slept in, with pillows like fluffy clouds. Instead of bathrobes, Tribe sweat robes complete with a hoodie are on hand, while steamers replace cumbersome irons and ironing boards. The Smart TV proved great to watch Netflix on from my laptop, while a boutique bathroom still has space for a powerful rain shower.
Tribe Express is located on the fourth-floor lobby and serves sandwiches, snacks and drinks 24/7. In line with the design of the hotel, the industrial-style space features splashes of bold colour, funky furniture and striking pieces of art.
On the 15th floor sits one of many of the hotel’s many Instagram-able spots, MMM21. The rooftop mescal bar takes its inspiration from the iconic Mad Max movies and sees Cambodia’s largest selection of mescal cocktails served from a monster truck.
Adjacent sits Hemisphere, a spacious restaurant and bar that boasts 360-degree vistas of the Mekong River and cityscape. The menu serves a blend of continental cuisine given a Cambodian flair.
Where Tribe really shines is its focus on the wider community. Its lobby doubles up as a large co-working space that was delightfully full of young Cambodians clattering on their keyboards. Offering free 24/7 access to the capital’s creatives and entrepreneurs, the space is complimented by The Studio, a multi-functional meeting and conference area that overlooks the Mekong River.
Also on the fourth floor is a large outdoor saltwater pool and bar, and the Workout Atelier, a compact gym kitted out with all the latest equipment.
Following Tribe’s contemporary vibe, staff attire is smart-yet-casual. True to Cambodian hospitality, smiles abound throughout, with staff eagerly tending to any of our needs.
Tribe cleverly combines work and play in a vibrant atmosphere. Design features heavily on the agenda with thought put into every nook and cranny. If you are the selfie-taking type, then there is no shortage of Instagram-able spots to snap a photo. While the rooms are small, they are definitely functional and felt far from crammed. This designer hotel is definitely a welcome addition to the city.
Tel: +855 (0)23 965 500