Dara Reang Sey Hotel
Minimalist rooms for minimal cost
What we say:
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 single foreign men in search of companionship. Rooms in the older building, on the south side of Street 118, are small and worn. The singles are suffocating, and for a decent-size room at either location, you'll have to pay extra. Request a room on the north side as they are the same price. If only those on the south are available, look elsewhere. The doubles in the new building are worth the price, with tile floors, a fresh paint job, air-con and cable TV. The titular Miss Dara gets high marks from Travelfish readers for her warmth and hospitality, but some of her staff can be surly. We've also heard reports that air-con and hot water can sometimes go out. For a few more dollars, you can stay on the riverside, though this is a fine alternative if you want to distance yourself (relatively) from the street noise while still being within close walking distance to the action. The food in the adjacent restaurant is overpriced and uninspiring.
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Contact details:#45E Street 118, corner of Street 13, Phnom Penh. T: (023) 428 181, (012) 841 634 F: (023) 427 469
Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||20 USD||20 USD||$25 for a big room|
|Superior - Double||20 USD||20 USD||New building, Upto $35|
|Sgl air-con private b'room||15 USD||15 USD||$20 for a big room|
Added to Travelfish on: 5th May, 2006
Last visited or updated on: 20th May, 2009
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Rated 2.5 out of 5
Based on 7 ratings and 7 reviews
More than adequate
Spent 2 nights here. Had a clean, spacious room with two double beds (this was my ''single'') in the new building, plus air-con, TV and hot water shower. $20 for the room. Their restaurant across the street serves good Khmer food.
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by Cocodrilo (Total reviews: 15) on
Actually, I didn't stay there after I saw how crummy that place was. From the other reviews, I was under the impression that they'd be really minimal, but at least clean and nice. But it was old and dirty and meldewy too. Therefore, after seeing three different rooms and noticing there isn't much of an improvement on quality, I end up staying at Mekong, which is on the main strip and that was so much better.
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by gymbunny (Total reviews: 3) on
Clean rooms, good location in Phnom Penh
Stayed in the newer building on two occasions in June and July 2008. Paid US$17 for a twin room when sharing with another person and $15 for a double room when alone. The rooms are very clean and pretty nice for this price range and the location is convenient. There can be a lot of noise from the street, but to me that's just part of staying in a busy city. Probably not the best value in Phnom Penh, but definitely a good choice in the mid-price range. The staff were always friendly enough.
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by Lother (Total reviews: 36) on
Anywhere but here!
Stayer there 3 nites. One upon arrival and two at end of trip. Nothing special. Asked for a room at the back and got one near the street even though I'd specified in my reservations. Hospitality? No different than most other places I've stayed. One night (a Saturday)had disco music coming from somewhere nearby. I asked the owner and they played dumb. Think there must be a weekend disco nearby. Bought bus tickets from their ''tourist office'' and think I was over charged as I bought tickets from another guest house for a much longer distance and paid the same price as I did for the shorter distance tickets from Dara Reang. Think there are much better options in Phnom Phen than this place. Giving it a 2 as I did sleep well there one night out of three.
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by teacherdavids (Total reviews: 6) on
Hit and Miss
I stayed in two different rooms in the old building, and one in the new. The first room was windowless and felt like a tomb ($8). The second was much nicer, on the third floor with a common balcony, but there was an empty space where the TV was supposed to be, and when they brought the TV per my request, they forgot the remote, which is the only way to operate it (I didn't want the TV anyway, but I paid for it, so....) Then there was a discrepancy over whether I was supposed to have hot water or not. For $12 a night, I believe I should have, and eventually did - but not without a debate (NOT with Ms. Dara - she's wonderful). The room in the new building (across the street) is very nice - hot water, nice tile, and new paint (I'm getting a discount because Ms. Dara remembered me from my earlier stay in the old building). The definite highlight of Dara Reng is Ms. Dara herself. What a delightful person. So is her friend (sister?) They are very helpful with your onward planning. The man who works there is kind of a...well, he's not particularly helpful. They have a restaurant attached that gets very busy, but I did not eat there. Points taken off for the tomb-room and ''Mr. Attitude.''
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by davio (Total reviews: 8) on
Spent 4 nights in a $20 room in the south building.Wasn't told there was another building across the street...was then forced to move to a $15 room which had cold water only,and an empty wall bracket where the TV was,as well as a number of cockroaches.Overall this hotel is really not worth the money and has definitely seen better days-not sure what the north building is like.I'm sure Phnom Penh has better to offer.
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by baquinn (Total reviews: 7) on
I really enjoyed my stay here, no complaints. The staff are very friendly and helpful whatever your needs, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the location is great. (It isn't directly on the main drag but it's a two minute walk.)
Dara Reang Sey Hotel reviewed by oceanic (Total reviews: 2) on
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