Khmer Times/Sum Manet Monday, 06 March 2017 1939 views

Lumiere Hotel opening this week

The Lumiere Hotel will open its doors in Phnom Penh on Thursday, ready to welcome business and leisure travelers to its 88 rooms and favorable service.

Ideally located in the heart of the capital on Street 228, the hotel will offer its guests a homely yet luxurious experience. A building by itself can be cold and empty, but architecture that changes the neighborhood and its people brings profound value and meaning to the community.

One of the reasons the hotel is called Lumiere, which means “light” in French, is due to its amber lights that come on when the sun goes down.

“This is the moment the building best reflects the service we want to offer to our customers. We want the hotel to be a lighthouse for travelers, a personal haven they can always come back to,” said hotel managing director Amy Chiv.

The hotel will offer all the necessary facilities for business events and has areas to relax, such as a well-equipped gym and Phnom Penh’s first rooftop Jacuzzi, according to Ms. Chiv.

Lumiere will offer two dining and lounge options; the Bean Scene Café serves perfect freshly brewed coffee as well as pastries and desserts, while Illuma Tapas & Lounge on the rooftop offers tapas and cocktails, with both an indoor and al fresco area overlooking the city.

The hotel will also provide event spaces for rent and has a sky bar with a panoramic view.

“Lumiere Hotel is the light of Phnom Penh, but so are all the inhabitants of this city. They are the ones that make it alive. The soul of this city lies in its vibrant people and culture,” said Ms. Chiv.

“We hope that Cambodians will embrace and be proud of this new building as a part of the capital’s landscape.”

Lumiere Hotel is offering special rates from $100 to $245 per night, depending on the room category, according to the hotel.

Ho Vandy, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, said the tourism sector in Cambodia has been steadily progressing over the past two decades.

Cambodian-owned tourism-related businesses, previously run by foreigners, are now mushrooming all over the country and the number of tourist sites are also increasing, he added.

“The government has implemented an open skies policy and this helps bring in tourists on direct flights,” Mr. Vandy said.  

“The number of hotels and guesthouses has also increased tremendously, and there is also infrastructure – such as highways and railways – to support the tourism sector.

“So the tourism sector has come a long way in Cambodia, and the progress is very noticeable.”

According to figures from the Ministry of Tourism, at the end of 2016, there were 647 hotels, 1,996 guesthouses, 1,844 restaurants, 588 tourist agencies and 5,088 guides registered in the country.

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