The Columns Hotel, Kampot - review by Rusty Compass
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The Columns Hotel, Kampot

| 29 Jul 2013
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The Columns Hotel, Kampot
37 Phoum 1 Ouksophear, Kampot
+855 (092) 128 300


Price guide: From around US$40

Our rating
29 Jul 2013

The Columns is a new boutique style hotel in Kampot in a row of colonial era shophouses set back from the river.

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Just back from the river in a row of shophouses in downtown Kampot. Walking distance to restaurants and city sights.


Kampot is home to some of the best French colonial shophouses in Indochina. As the town changes and these classic buildings crumble, the best hope for many of them is as hotels. So it was nice to see the opening of the first newly renovated shophouse hotel off the river, The Columns, on our most recent visit.

The Columns is locally owned and features 17 rooms decorated in colonial style. The renovations got some things right and others missed the mark. But this isn't an expensive hotel and for the price, the work is good.

The owner, Ms Thavy is a welcoming, helpful host and speaks excellent English. English language help was harder to come by when she was absent but all staff were friendly and the Columns is a nice place to relax between exploration of Kampot and Mt Bokor.

Rooms are on the tight side but more than adequate.

Breakfast was the only meal served during our stay and other improvements were still being made.

Try for a room overlooking the street.

The Columns is a welcome addition to Kampot's accommodation scene.

Free wifi and bicycles, breakfast.
Mark Bowyer
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