Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Near the river
Staying on the banks of the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh is highly recommended if it's within your budget. Although generally more expensive than elsewhere in the city, it is a pleasant, albeit touristy, area to stay. Late afternoon strolling along the promenade or relaxing in one of the many bars or cafes -- or on your hotel or guesthouse veranda -- is a great way to finish the day.
Where's Butch Cassidy61 AB Street 172, Phnom Penh
T: (016) 802 090;
Sadly lacking in Robert Redford lookalikes, at least Sundance Inn won’t break the bank like the Kid and Butch Cassidy did. In business for a year, Sundance brings a touch of good ... Read the full review of Sundance Inn and Saloon.
Dorms with a poolStreet 88, House 97
T: (023) 500 2440;
Dormitory rooms are a relatively new concept in Phnom Penh and the backpacker feel can be hard to find in the big smoke. With a large hang-out area and pool hidden behind a white ... Read the full review of Eighty8 Backpackers.
Style and substance28 Street 184, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 215 151;
I really want to start this review with a pun about wanting to put down my roots at the Plantation. I won’t though, as I’m sure it’s been used a hundred times already — I’m ... Read the full review of The Plantation.
Lives up to its name87-89 Street 136, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 999 921;
Occupying a corner plot, the white four-storey Happy 11 Backpacker guesthouse does a good job of living up to its name. Formerly a lakeside institution, the owners and staff have been ... Read the full review of Happy 11 Backpackers.
Futuristic digs by the river277 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 992 284, (023) 224 894; F: (023) 224 893
Bursting out in a blast of modernist white from a sandwich of more traditional-looking Phnom Penh riverfront properties, The Quay Hotel is surprisingly easy to miss as you walk past. ... Read the full review of The Quay Hotel.
Expensive but a worthwhile splurge70 Street 244 Phnom Penh
T: (023) 211 276;
Set in the heart of Phnom Penh's colonial district and within a short walk of both the Royal Palace and the riverfront, Boddhi Tree Aram is the most luxurious of the three Boddhi Tree properties in ... Read the full review of Boddhi Tree Aram.USD 35 to 75 3 votes Midrange
Great location, good bargain1A Sisowath Quay
T: (023) 222 366;
Location, location, location. Wedged between the much more expensive Amanjaya and Bougainvillier hotels, and surrounded by pubs and restaurants, the Cozyna has bright, spotless rooms with some fine ... Read the full review of Cozyna Hotel.USD 10 to 35 16 votes Flashpacker
Flash digs, outstanding river views1 Street 154, Sisowath Quay
T: (023) 214 747; F: (053) 219 545
Vying with The Quay for the title of the flashest digs on Sisowath Quay, the Amanjaya Hotel is primarily aimed at the aid community and business traveller market. It offers a superior standard of ... Read the full review of Amanjaya Hotel.
Great choice, very good value#22 Street 178
T: (023) 990 446;
The Bright Lotus Guesthouse is in a fabulous location, if you don't mind the noise of the traffic, just across from the National Museum and behind the FCC. It has spotless rooms with air-con, TV, ... Read the full review of Bright Lotus 1 Guest House.USD 10 to 35 21 votes Flashpacker
A good mid-range choice28-30 Street 130, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 211 525; F: (023) 211 787
Located just off the river on Street 130, a giant yellow sign identifies this three-storey, spotless hotel. This great choice offers 35 big air-con rooms with tastefully decorated private bathrooms ... Read the full review of Indochine 2 Hotel.USD 10 to 35 20 votes Flashpacker
Massive triple rooms251 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 427 292; F: (023) 427 292
Next door to the Mekong Palace Hotel, the Chinese-style Indochine is very clean and well-kept, but rather featureless. Be warned -- especially if you're staying on the fifth floor – that ... Read the full review of Indochine Hotel.USD 10 to 35 4 votes Flashpacker
Beautiful rooms and pool227 Street 19, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 222 280;
The Pavilion, housed in a colonial residence walking distance from both the Independence Monument and the Grand Palace, will appeal to anyone looking to stay in a charming monument to Cambodia's ... Read the full review of The Pavilion.USD 35 to 75 12 votes Midrange
Good river view without spending top dollar185 Sisowath Quay - corner of Street 118, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 990 501-3, (011) 708 501; F: (023) 223 825
The River-Star has a mix of brightly-decorated large rooms with beautiful views of the river and smaller rooms with no windows. Because it is farther north in the riverside area, it is a bit quieter, ... Read the full review of The River-Star Hotel.USD 10 to 35 3 votes Flashpacker
Smart apartment style rooms313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 214 555; F: (023) 217 111
According to the publisher of the Cambodia Daily (pleased that the hotel provides complimentary copies of his newspaper over rival Phnom Penh Post to guests), the Himawari is the nicest hotel in ... Read the full review of Himawari Hotel Apartments.
Big size, big views#27, Street 178, Sangkat Cheychumneas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 223 320;
If you’re looking for a top-end place close to Phnom Penh’s riverside and are keener on views and facilities — such as a rooftop pool — more so than character, Frangipani ... Read the full review of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.
Good rooms, indifferent staff#12, Street 110, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 217 710, (012) 752 972;
Located just around the corner off Sisowath Quay on Street 110, this mid-sized hotel has 22 good and very clean rooms, all slightly cramped but with private bathroom, cable TV, air-con and a lounge ... Read the full review of Lyon D'Or.USD 10 to 35 2 votes Flashpacker
Value for money#5 Street 258, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 300 804;
Located just west of the Cambodiana Hotel, a short moto ride from the river, the Okay Guest House has gone down in recent years as its prices have gone up. Most of the rooms are clean and spacious, ... Read the full review of Okay Guest House.Under USD 10 39 votes Backpacker
Ugly building, great river views313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 218 189; F: (023) 426 392
Though the place looks like a conference centre from hell -- it has to be one of the ugliest hotel buildings in Phnom Penh, with a tacky, 1980s interpretation of Khmer architecture -- it's actually a ... Read the full review of Hotel Cambodiana.
Run down hotel near the river#38-50 Street 148, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 217 609; F: (023) 217 505
The Angkor used to be a rundown old dump and that's still half true. When the new wing is full they still book people into rooms in the old one, which is a musty, cruddy mess with the same price tag. ... Read the full review of Angkor International Hotel.USD 10 to 35 5 votes Flashpacker
Minimalist rooms for minimal cost#45E Street 118, corner of Street 13, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 428 181; F: (023) 427 469
The Dara Reang Sey boasts rooms with hot water bathrooms and air-con, and is just two blocks from the river, but that's where the good stuff stops. The place has a bit of a reputation for hosting ... Read the full review of Dara Reang Sey Hotel.USD 10 to 35 8 votes Flashpacker
Run of the mill hotel with a view383 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 219 436; F: (023) 218 476
Clean and modern with updated carpet and tiling throughout, the Star Royal has just one quirk: the hallways run the perimeter of what would have made a lovely courtyard were it not for the fact that ... Read the full review of Star-Royal Hotel.
A good riverside option277G Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 220 528; F: (023) 220 529
Decorated in an almost Shanghai Tang style, the Bougainvillier may be loved by some but others find it cheesy. The standards have city views, which translates into peering over the tin roof of the ... Read the full review of Bougainvillier Hotel.USD 75 to 150 4 votes Toprange
Away from the river
Stretching from Phsar Thmei in the north to the Russian Market (Phsar Tuol Tom Poung) in the south, this area basically covers everything that isn't by the lake or on the river. A few gems are scattered across this area, which is popular with those who want to throw themselves headlong into the real Phnom Penh.
Beautiful building, lovely rooms20R, Street 252, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 687 717;
Frangipani only has seven rooms, and this is probably part of the reason the hotel is so quiet and serene. Set in a gated 1960s-era home, with an outdoor canopied reception area, Frangipani is the ... Read the full review of Frangipani Villa.USD 35 to 75 2 votes Midrange
Outstanding92 Rukhak Vithei, off Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 981 888; F: (023) 981 168
The most romantic and atmospheric hotel in Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal dates back to 1929 and following a major renovation in 1997, the hotel retains an old-world colonial charm. The hotel's ... Read the full review of Raffles Hotel Le Royal.
An excellent family option8-10 Street 174, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 223 377; F: (023) 213 134
Tucked away on a sleepy road just off Norodom Boulevard, the Kambuja Inn has a bunch of very well-sized, reasonably priced rooms, many with two large double beds, making this a good option for those ... Read the full review of Kambuja Inn.
Outstanding service#48 Street 9, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 215 964;
Just five minutes’ from the bustle of Independence Monument is the oasis of calm that is Hotel Nine. In best Phnom Penh boutique hotel style, owner Franco has revitalised one of the ... Read the full review of Hotel Nine.
Quiet and comfort in a great location22s Street 29, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 634 8008; F: (023) 22 13 11
Although it’s a small hotel, there’s certain things Monument Hotel likes to do big. There’s the impossibly large entrance gate, the enormous tassled room keys and the ear to ear ... Read the full review of Monument Hotel .
Long-running, popular and friendly#50 Street 125, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 991 955;
Narin is not very well located unless you plan on spending time hanging around Phsar Orasay, but it's still very popular with backpackers, probably because its rooms are reasonable and staff ... Read the full review of Narin Guest House.
Blissfully quiet42 Street 19z (off Street 19), Phnom Penh
T: (023) 222 260;
Blue Lime is set down a narrow alley off the road behind the Royal Palace, hidden by a large, wooden gate and lots of green. Because of its distance from the street, it's the one place in town where ... Read the full review of Blue Lime.USD 35 to 75 3 votes Midrange
Lush garden14 Street 282, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 449 857;
Villa Langka might be one of the greenest spaces in central Phnom Penh. Dense palms surround a 1960s-style, midcentury French mansion. The pool is a hit with guests and the many expats who bring ... Read the full review of Villa Langka.USD 35 to 75 2 votes Midrange
Friendly people, cold rooms1B4 Street 90, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 724 432;
This guesthouse, located on a quiet sidestreet just north of Wat Phnom, opened in early 2008. It's a bit sterile, with gray marble floors and white walls, but the friendliness of the staff more than ... Read the full review of Me Mates Place.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Looks like it should be pricier2C Street 278, off Street 57, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 730 099; F: (023) 222 533
Another 2008 entrant to the hotel scene in Phnom Penh's NGOville, Anise looks like a four-star hotel but comes with a three-star price tag. Rooms are gigantic and most have a balcony, DVD players ... Read the full review of Anise Hotel & Restaurant.
Friendly staff, tasteful rooms1A Street 57, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 216 303;
Amber Villa and its satellite hotel around the corner at 7B on Street 271, Amber House, is a great new entrant to the guesthouse scene in the BKK 1 area. Rooms at the satellite are a bit cheaper, ... Read the full review of Amber Villa & Restaurant.
Luxury hidden in the heart of Phnom Penh#16 Street 152, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 880 530-1; F: (023) 885 750-1
Hidden to the north of Olympic Stadium, the Juliana is an oasis among tin-roofed shanties and roadside moto repair shops. The place was trashed during the 2003 anti-Thai riots but is now well back on ... Read the full review of Juliana Hotel.
Phnom Penh's gay and straight-friendly guesthouse21 Street 262, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 992 566;
You will feel like a guest staying at the manor of a kind, wealthy Khmer friend here. Set on the stubby Street 262, a quiet, pebble-strewn block behind the Mobitel Office on Sihanouk Boulevard near ... Read the full review of Manor House.USD 35 to 75 4 votes Midrange
Great pool5 Street 158, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 223 703; F: (023) 998 472
The best thing about the Billabong Hotel is the saltwater swimming pool. If you stay here, expect to spend the middle of most days floating around in it - -and your nights too, since it's lit in the ... Read the full review of The Billabong Hotel.USD 35 to 75 7 votes Midrange
Smart deluxe rooms, tour group favourite9CD St 278, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 721 161;
Street 278 is home to a slew of hotels with the word Golden in their name, and rumour has it they're all owned by various members of the same extended family. Of all the Goldens, Golden Gate is the ... Read the full review of Golden Gate Hotel.USD 10 to 35 2 votes Flashpacker
Pricy but swish#134Z, Street 51 (Pasteur), BoeungÂ Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 997 900;
Tucked down a small cul-de-sac just off Street 51 by Wat Langka, Patio is a newly built boutique hotel with a little star of a swimming pool. Designed for travellers who want creature comforts while ... Read the full review of Patio Hotel and Urban Resort.
Riverside relaxation1.7 km north of Svay Chroum Ferry, Prek Bongkang, Kandal
T: (012) 299 985, (092) 475 355;
Settled on the banks of the Mekong, SMango House is one of a new breed of resorts, providing fresh air and peace a short journey out of Phnom Penh. Aimed at time-pressured expats and wealthy local ... Read the full review of SMango House.
Close to the action8 and 169-171 Street 51 (corner with Street 130), Phnom Penh
T: (023) 212 356;
Phnom Penh is a lively city with an underrated nightlife — if you like to be near the action, Happiness Guest House is a short stumble to where it’s all happening. A five-minute walk to Central ... Read the full review of Happiness Guest House.
Posh rooms in the city centre11 Street 57, Boueng Keng Kang 1, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 334 218;
As Shakespeare once said, ”Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Phnom Penh‘s King Grand Suites Boutique Hotel II, to give its ... Read the full review of King Grand Suites Boutique Hotel II.
Cheap beds, rooftop barBuilding 26, Street 302, Phnom Penh
T: (097) 720 7355;
With the demise of Boeung Kak lakeside area, backpackers in Phnom Penh have been searching for a new place to call their own. Many have ended up at the Mad Monkey, a funky hostel with ... Read the full review of Mad Monkey Hostel.
Solid value, local atmosphere21 Street 136, (corner of Street 49), Phnom Penh
T: (012) 661 321;
A few hundred metres from Phnom Penh‘s Central Market, Yong Hout‘s location makes for an interesting alternative to riverside or around Independence Monument. The unapologetically ... Read the full review of Yong Hout Guesthouse.
Comfy digs in a central location53-55 Street 130, Sangkat Phsar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh
T: (077) 998 178;
As the rains are determined not to shirk their seasonal obligations, it seemed an appropriate time to visit the Monsoon Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh. From its jazzy facade of wonky ... Read the full review of Monsoon Boutique Hotel.
Slightly better than Narin's next door52E1 Street 125, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 921 211;
Next door to Narin Guesthouse and offering identical prices, TAT has slightly better rooms and a common area on the third storey. The high points of the hotel are the rooftop lounge and the kindness ... Read the full review of TAT Guest House.Under USD 10 9 votes Backpacker
More buttoned-down than Narin and Tat53 Street 125, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 216 952;
Green Guest House is, er, very green. Everything is bright green, from the walls to the floors to the employees' shirts. It's more sanitary than the laid-back backpacker joints surrounding it, which ... Read the full review of Green Guest House.
A great little hideaway22E1 Street 111, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 898 726;
This is a very down-to-earth place in an out-of-the way location -- probably the most Cambodian guesthouse we've seen that isn't too sketchy. It's just the opposite: a laid-back family-run place ... Read the full review of Seng Sokhom Guest House.
Luxurious spot#53 Monivong. Phnom Penh
T: (023) 991 868; F: (023) 991 818
Do yourself a favour and don't look at Raffles before you see the Phnom Penh around the corner, with its hotel name spelled out in giant letters cut into the bushes lining the entrance. This ... Read the full review of Phnom Penh Hotel.USD 75 to 150 2 votes Toprange
Economical option near Olympic Stadium#97 Street 141, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 211 623;
Located on a road behind Phnom Penh's Olympic Stadium, this friendly guesthouse has a beautiful patio on the third floor that makes up somewhat for its out-of-the-way location and forgettable rooms, ... Read the full review of Sunday Guesthouse.Under USD 10 4 votes Backpacker
Popular backpacker havenCorner St 51 & St 278, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 885 572;
Top Banana Guesthouse is situated on the top floor of a three-storey building on the corner of Pasteur (Street 51) and Street 278. It's a bit tricky to find, requiring you to climb up several steep, ... Read the full review of Top Banana Guesthouse.Under USD 10 15 votes Backpacker
Lovely garden setting50 Street 113, Phnom Penh
T: (011) 854 430;
Opposite Tuol Sleng Museum, this excellent garden cafe and guesthouse has spotless, well-sized rooms with great bathrooms and a pleasant ambience, though only the expensive rooms have hot water and ... Read the full review of The Boddhi Tree -- Umma.USD 10 to 35 14 votes Flashpacker
Spacious common room, friendly owner13 Street 51, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 658 075;
Popular with long-term guests, this is a place to meet some quirky and friendly people. The owner seems to be close friends with some of his guests, who all vouch that the place is the homiest in ... Read the full review of Blue Dog Guesthouse.
Better on the inside56 Monivong, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 427 220; F: (023) 427 551
From the outside, World Star looks unappealing, with a garish, faux pagoda rooftop and an adjacent seedy-looking nightclub. Don't let this, the filthy hallways or the No Drugs, No Drugs sign on the ... Read the full review of World Star Hotel.
Good value standards#30 Street 172, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 221 640;
This well-equipped hotel is a popular spot with tourists, and it's one of the best midrange hotels in town. The exterior is a bit tacky and off-putting with neon signs and balconies made of pink ... Read the full review of Flamingos Hotel.USD 10 to 35 6 votes Flashpacker
Aid worker favourite10-12 St 282, Phnom Penh
T: (053) 219 558; F: (053) 219 558
The long-running midrange Goldiana is a favourite among the aid crowd -- who get a 20% discount -- and was also very popular with Westerners adopting Khmer children until adoptions were banned. The ... Read the full review of Goldiana Hotel.
Popular with groups and families20 Street 111, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 305 411;
The Narin 2 is right next door to the Seng Sokhom, but there are some real contrasts -- it's a well-worn part of a group tour operation, so a hideaway it is not. Whereas Seng Sokhom looks like a loft ... Read the full review of Narin 2 Guesthouse.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Great location, adequate roomsCorner of Street 154 and Street 63, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 211 162;
This is quite a popular spot despite the rooms being unremarkable. Just a couple of streets south of Central Market, Angkor Bright offers rooms with air-con, cable TV and hot water bathrooms. The ... Read the full review of Angkor Bright Guest House.
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