“We want to create more than a hotel. We want TRIBE to be an experience; a creative hub for all,” says Sabina de Groot Malikova from the lobby of the latest international hotel to open its doors in the Cambodian capital, TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square.
The marketing and communications manager isn’t wrong. The fourth-floor lobby, which doubles up as a colourful co-working space, is full of young Cambodians at their laptops or brainstorming in small groups. Elsewhere, friends strike a pose in front of the many Instagram-able spots that range from a neon pink elephant to a Mad Max-themed rooftop bar.
Introducing a new concept to the city in the form of a lifestyle brand aimed at the modern traveller, TRIBE is a vibrant combination of hotel and social hub. The industrial-style theme that runs through the property is present in the spacious lobby lounge, given bursts of colour by funky furniture, bold art and décor, and dynamic blocks of pattern.
In addition to the free co-working space with 24-hour access, local entrepreneurs can also make use of The Studio, a multifunctional space that can host private meetings and small events. Coffee and snacks are served around the clock at TRIBE Express café.
“TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square is offering the experiences that matter most to modern travellers, such as smart and comfortable rooms at affordable prices, collaborative workspaces, and a happening social hub. It will become the new destination for tech-savvy and urban travellers to live, work and play,” says general manager, Nicolas Girard.
Located close to Phnom Penh Post Office, TRIBE has planted itself in the heart of a heritage area that is slated to undergo renovation as more restaurants, bars and boutiques open their doors in the coming months. This is ideal for the design-driven hotel that aims to offer an affordable alternative to those visiting and working in the capital.
As well as creative social spaces, a large outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Mekong River and boutique gym – The Workout Atelier – is home to the latest high-tech equipment. Passes are available for visitors and co-working space users.
Other highlights that can be enjoyed by outside guests include rooftop restaurant, Hemisphere, and its sweeping 360-degree panoramas of the city, and Mezcal Mad Memories 21. The quirky bar is inspired by the Mad Max movies and serves the country’s largest selection of Mezcal-based beverages from a beast of a vehicle.
Staying guests at the 260-key property can chose from six room types. Each feature edgy designs and are compact, functional spaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure the light floods in throughout the day, with blackout blinds shutting it out at other times.
“As travel starts to return to Cambodia, we want to offer something different for visitors and bring something new to Phnom Penh that people want to visit,” says de Groot Malikova. “Also, this isn’t only about accommodation, we want to offer the local community a collaborative space to come and work from, and be inspired by.”
As TRIBE’s first foray in Cambodia and second in Southeast Asia – it recently made its regional debut in Bali – the Phnom Penh property is one of the first of many in the pipeline for Southeast Asia. More are planned in Thailand, Singapore, and Manila.
“International travellers and locals can look at the hotel as a space that brings whatever they wish, whether accommodation, collaborative workspace, decompression zone, social destination, or art gallery,” said owner Sokoun Chanpreda. “TRIBE really is all about reshaping the traditional hotel experience.”