Kep's accommodation is quite spaced out, and while there are some within easy walking distance of the beach, many of the options are clustered up on the hill off the Kampot road, which begins at the 'bus station'. These places deliver excellent sunsets and many have pools but the further out you go, the more you'll rely on transport to get around. Budget options are available close to town, with some dorm beds and basic rooms, and at the other end of the scale, the salubrious Knai Bang Chatt offers the poshest digs around.
With spotless bathrooms, beautiful designs and comfortable beds, Bacoma is a backpacker dream. The breezy covered restaurant area, with stone pillars and a lotus pond, sets the tone for the natural accommodation spaced out for privacy across the large garden. The cheapest rooms are circular stone and thatch bungalows sharing plentiful cold water bathrooms, but if you have a little more to spend,... Read our full review of Bacoma Guesthouse.
Swiss-Khmer owned Kep Lodge is one of Kep's secret hideaways. Set the farthest from the beach, Kep Lodge is on a rise backing onto the National Park and enjoys spectacular views out across the surrounds and over the bay to Bokor. The accommodation is only ten rooms in two flavours: solid and very spacious wooden duplex bungalows and a handful of concrete chalet-style bungalows. The latter are... Read our full review of Kep Lodge.
The most centrally-located resort in Kep, Spring Valley is a surprisingly large tree-filled complex a few minutes walk from the beach. The accommodation is dotted around a mature garden of mangosteens, passion fruit vines, pepper trees and coconut palms, with a good-sized pool that has the name of the resort in tiles on the bottom (classy!). Firmly in the mid-range budget, the 33 spacious rooms... Read our full review of Spring Valley Resort.
Almost equidistant between the beach and the crab market (400m each way), The Boat House is actually two Khmer houses set about 100m apart in their own garden. The front house, closest to the road, contains the reception, the kitchen and slightly cheaper rooms, while the house behind has larger rooms and a big TV lounge. Rooms vary in decor and amenities, so it's worth looking at both residences... Read our full review of The Boat House.
Friendly Veranda continues to outshine the hillside of Kep, maturing into a full service resort complex with 40 rooms which is a favourite for families. Set in a very pleasant and breezy spot with uninterrupted views, Veranda is popular with Phnom Penh expats, so book ahead if you'll be there over the weekend -- especially a holiday weekend. Accommodation ranges from fairly standard-sized wooden... Read our full review of Veranda Natural Resort.
Not to be confused with its more centrally located sister property by the bus station, Brise de Kep Boutique is at the quieter Koh Tonsay pier end of the seafront. Most of the eight ground floor rooms face the sea and are accessed via a shaded terrace. Rooms had been newly painted when we visited in March 2014, and each has a good mattress, hot water bathroom, air con, fridge, TV and kettle, plus... Read our full review of Brise de Kep Boutique.
Up a very bumpy track about 10 minutes ride from Kep's seafront, Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort is an unusual stay that's ideal for nature lovers. Four wooden treehouses and six mud brick bungalows are positioned for views and privacy around the jungle site, hidden down tracks. Mud brick bungalows have western-style cold water bathrooms and raised thatched roofs to allow breezes and fireflies in. The... Read our full review of Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort.
Close to the beach and the bus stop, Kep In Touch is a mini guesthouse for budget-conscious travellers who don't want dorms. The small wooden house on a typical Kep dirt backstreet has just three rooms with two hot water bathrooms to share. Rooms are basic but clean and provided with a mosquito net, shelving and WiFi. Outside, a small garden bar and restaurant gives a view to the street, a good... Read our full review of Kep In Touch.
At the 'town' end of Kep close to Kep market and the Koh Tonsay pier, Kepmandou is a cheerful budget hostel down a bumpy track that leads to the sea. Downstairs is a rabbit warren of basic rooms which vary considerably -- spend $4 on a dorm bed or splash out on a $15 hot water room with a private terrace. Upstairs rooms benefit from more light, but are not for early bedtimes as they are closer to... Read our full review of Kepmandou.
With rates that start at $126 a night for a single room (skyrocketing up to $458 for a suite), this luxurious compound isn't trying to be anything but the very best. The setting is sublime -- a landscaped lawn estate with a sizeable saltwater horizon pool, artfully placed hammocks and massage salas accompanied by a wooden, open-air restaurant along the waterfront which offers terrific views... Read our full review of Knai Bang Chatt.
Farthest up the hill and backing onto the national park, Le Bout du Monde is an eco-resort under French and Khmer ownership, with a style that merges the two cultures. The restaurant has a country cottage feel, with white tablecloths and pictures of old Kep, matched by a menu of Breton pancakes, seafood and amok. There's an emphasis on eco-friendliness, which means the 12 metre pool is a natural... Read our full review of Le Bout Du Monde.
Perched above the end of Kep beach, at the beginning of the road to the crab market, Saravoan Hotel has views to book for. The 16 rooms, each with a balcony or terrace, are orientated for a sea or pool prospect, and beautifully designed with stone mosaics, concrete, water hyacinth bed platforms and old Khmer photographs. Lying in bed admiring the vista between breezy white curtains is a good way... Read our full review of Saravoan Hotel.
You can't miss the motel-style Beach House, perched on the east bank of Kep's main beach. The 14 double and twin rooms are arranged over two floors, with long, shared balconies from which to enjoy a view of the beach and sunset. The two family rooms, though they don't face the ocean, are the only rooms with a private veranda. That said, all the rooms are spotless -- and we mean spotless -- and... Read our full review of The Beach House.
Tree Top is true to its name and worth a night's stay for the novelty alone of the two rooms on very high stilts with views across the trees to the hill or the ocean. The rooms are charming, made entirely of wood, with power 24/7 though no hot water in the bathroom which, whilst private, is a few steps below the room. The placement of the tree houses right next to the road struck us as slightly... Read our full review of Tree Top.
Just across the dirt trail from Veranda, Vanna is another bungalow and pool combination with spectacular sunset views. The well-sized bungalows are a mix of concrete and wood (the cheaper ones are wood and higher up the hill), with hot water, porches and a homey, comfortable feel. Sadly, the pricier rooms lack the finesse that would justify paying more, the twin beds are quite narrow and many of... Read our full review of Vanna Bungalows.
Not strictly in Kep, but about 15km out in pepper country, The Vine Retreat combines relaxing, healthy eating and rural tranquility. Situated in a beautiful large wooden house, the guesthouse is surrounded by an organic market garden, pepper plantation, a salt water pool and shady spots for lounging. The very clean and airy eight rooms are arranged over two floors, with solar heated hot water,... Read our full review of The Vine Retreat.