REVIEW

La Java Bleue

Locals like Sophal and Keo Prom, who run La Java Bleue, are helping to bring Kampot back to life.

By Melinda Page, Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 2:45 PM

(Courtesy La Java Bleue)

La Java Bleue

About this Hotel

Price From $35

After sustaining heavy damage in the 1978 fighting between the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge, the historic French colonial port of Kampot became a ghost town. Today, locals like Sophal and Keo Prom, who run La Java Bleue, are helping to bring it back to life. With an eye to retaining the historic detail, Sophal restored the spacious, three-story Chinese building by hand. The three guest rooms are decorated with artifacts evocative of Kampot’s multicultural past: 19th-century postcards of Cambodia in the Khmer Room, a vintage Air France poster in the French Room, and red silk lanterns in the Chinese Room, which also has a private terrace. In the street-level, open-air lounge, guests can linger with gin and tonics and order a classic Khmer or French dish (fish amok or grilled fish with ratatouille, which Keo prepares) while an antique phonograph plays old records.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted None.

Details From $35; breakfast included.

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