The TEAV hospitality concept was created by young Cambodian architects, Mr Sok Sambath and Mr Truong Khinnin. They shared a vision for a unique hotel design that melded traditional Khmer aesthetics with contemporary post-industrial style, materials, and balance. Their passion, spectacularly achieved in the TEAV Boutique Hotel, captures the colour and presence of Angkor yet is presented in a totally modern form…and embodied in furniture and fixtures hand-made by local craftsmen from recycled steel and selected woods. Complementing this unique approach are well-trained and quietly efficient staff who work hard to ensure your stay in Phnom Penh is peaceful, relaxed and comfortable.
Featured throughout the hotel is wall art drawn from traditional Khmer Apsara and Monorea dance scenes fused with imagery of the daily lifestyles of traditional Cambodians, particularly women. The displays are created by hand-sketches in shades of white, grey, black and red highlights.
The art on the walls of the hotel entrance are focused on walking elephants – the most important means of transportation in earlier times and used mostly by the king and royal families. Elephants symbolize honor. Water ponds at the entrance represent happiness in traditional Khmer culture, with water symbolizing warm hospitality and happiness. All ancient temples featured surrounding water ponds.
The world clocks display in the foyer is presented in a Khmer traditional Yaon that provides a spiritual blessing and protection. The painting on the wall behind reception is taken from the bar-relief of Angkor Wat, with the wife of Soryavaraman II, a high-ranking lady, relaxing with her servants. The TEAV logo displayed on the wall is made of recycled steel and iron. The swimming pool is a simple rectangle form engulfed in tropical green plants, shrubs and trees. The design of the pool loggia is based on an elephant howdah.
The name ‘TEAV’ reflects a commitment to personal service and hospitality to create a relaxing, intimate and sophisticated atmosphere. It is forged in Cambodia’s glorious past circa 1600-1900, when high-ranking ladies were ascribed the name in recognition of their pre-eminent position in society, while ‘TUM TEAV’ is well recognized by Cambodians as an old love story often recited by traveling minstrels as part of their repertoire. Nowadays, we see TEAV in the word CHUMTEAV, which Cambodians use to embody esteemed, graceful, beautiful and nice ladies.