Popular backpacker haven
One of Phnom Penh's seminal party hostels, Top Banana continues to offer top value, with a great location, more than decent dorms and solid prices.
Set on the second and third floors of a three-storey building on the corner of Pasteur (Street 51) and Street 278, it's a bit tricky to find, and then requires you to climb up several steep, metal staircases that wind around the building, adding to the feeling once you're up here that you’ve really found a little enclave. With a shaded and breezy rooftop terrace, this is a great place to escape the midday heat. The common area has a book-swap library with plenty of easy fiction reading material as well as several handy Southeast Asia guidebooks, a computer, a fish tank, couches and a single hammock. There's also a TV with a DVD player, and if you turn left on adjacent Street 51, there's a shop selling DVDs for $1.50 each. Travelfish.org users rave about this being a top spot for meeting people and hanging out, and the staff here go all out to make this a lively backpacker spot with lots of events and parties to entertain the gangs. The menu is huge, and surprisingly progressive, with plenty of healthy eating options, as well as good old burger and pasta fare. The prices are more than fair, though not the lowest. The clean rooms are not the most spacious but seem to have been spruced up in the recent past. The bunks are wide, with comfortable mattresses, and each one has their own light and socket. The lockers are huge. The private air-con rooms are more spacious, and almost romantic in a peculiar, rundown kind of way. The location is handy to the Independence Monument and a bunch of restaurants. If it’s full, check out the Mad Monkey on Street 302.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.