The Boddhi Tree -- Del Gusto
What we say:
This charming, tucked away guesthouse set in a lovely 1930s villa shrouded in greenery has eight rooms and a small restaurant with friendly staff serving up salads, tapas and delicious pita sandwiches. It's just as good -- and larger -- than Boddhi Tree's original location around the corner, and because it's set away from Tuol Sleng, Del Gusto is much less crowded. The house itself is of traditional Khmer design, with vaulted ceilings and wide teak planks for flooring. Only one room has air-con with a private bathroom, with the others all fan-cooled with shared facilities. Their décor is understated but elegant, with white furniture and fresh, yellow floors offsetting the dark wood. Del Gusto is clean, quiet and tasteful, if a little out of the way, but motos hang around outside and it doesn't really take long to get anywhere else in town. This is one of our favourite places, but the room prices are now a little high for what you get. Perhaps they're cashing in on their well-deserved reputation. Also, be warned that because of the unbeatable ambience and free WiFi, it's a popular hang out for coffee-sipping, laptop-accompanied expats. The scene, however, is always pretty subdued.Check rates around Phnom Penh best price guarantee!
Contact details:43 Street 95, Phnom Penh. T: (023) 211 396, (012) 565 509
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||42 USD||46 USD||$10 more with TV|
|Dbl fan share b'room||14 USD||14 USD||Attic room|
|Dbl fan private b'room||20 USD||20 USD|
Added to Travelfish on: 2nd August, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 20th May, 2009
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Rated 4 out of 5
Based on 3 ratings and 3 reviews
Two Cheers, Not Three
Our group had three rooms at Boddhi Tree - Del Gusto. My fan room with shared bath (#1) was outstanding value at $17.60 w/ tax. The room was wood-floored and with high-ceilings and windows on two sides. It felt spacious, if a little dimly lit at night. The furnishings were stylish, the bed comfy. Shared bath was fine. One of our group had the lovely a/c room #8. This seems to be an add-on to the original Lao-French villa, but is undeniably lovely. Large ground-floor room with a veranda right outside. The room was $42 for one person, with breakfast (breakfast was choice of c ereal, pastries, fruit and drink). Excellent room, decent value. Our other room (#4) was also a/c, upstairs in the original building. Again spacious and attractive; the floors did creak, and the person down in #8 heard every step. The problem was the a/c. I put out a tiny bit of cooling if you stood in front of it, but didn't remotely cool the whole room. My sister complained the next morning. They said they'd fix it. The apparent fix was a piece of duct tape to hold the fan door permanently open. Worked no better the second night. There was a floor fan in this room, but not in #8. I'd guess this means they know there's a problem with the a/c, but haven't/won't fix it. During check-out I had a long discussion with the manager. He first proposed a free lunch; it was 14:00, we had had lunch, and were leaving for our plane. We were then offered 10% off for one night. But, we explained the a/c failed both nights. The manager whined that they were a small hotel ( small, upscale hotel chain, actually) and couldn't afford to give rooms away. He would offer 20% off for each of our two nights. We grudgingly accepted this. Thus the room, normally $46 for two with breakfast, cost my sis and hubby about $38 not wonderful value for a non-a/c room in Phnom Penh.
The Boddhi Tree -- Del Gusto reviewed by sullivanmarc (Total reviews: 36) on
classy, potentially romantic nuevo
Excellent, classy, contemporary. After a 26hr flight, this place was clean, attractive, quiet. Not far from the action, but not walkable. Tuk-Tuks always at the ready out front. Friendly staff, menu that boast organic foods (although I only had breaky there). AC in my room didn't work, so they quickly provided a fan & discounted my room. My friends' second floor room had big windows offering plenty of cool cross breeze at (February) night.
The Boddhi Tree -- Del Gusto reviewed by Paul2109Flinton (Total reviews: 2) on
A charming place
Certainly a charming place, where you'll meet some other interesting travellers as well (and pretty nice food] available. In comparison to other places certainly overpriced though, considering that it can become quite loud, due to the central kitchen and the very ancient floor.
The Boddhi Tree -- Del Gusto reviewed by mekongson (Total reviews: 1) on
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