It's mushroom mania
What we say:
Word was out about Mushroom Point on Otres Beach almost before it opened on Christmas Eve, 2011. At the time, it was the mushroom-themed, thatched-roof architecture that was attracting all the attention. Since then, just about everything about Mushroom Point has been drawing attention — and visitors. When I made a casual enquiry about room rates in September, one of Sihanoukville’s slowest months of the year, I was politely told, “Sorry, our rooms are all taken.” What’s all the buzz about?
There’s a saying in real estate: “Location, location, location.” When looking for accommodation, “atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere” is another recipe for success. Mushroom Point has them both. Otres Beach is the best location for travellers looking for a chilled-out atmosphere in Sihanoukville and Mushroom Point’s beach and garden bungalows are even more chilled-out than other Otres Beach venues.
The two wings of Mushroom Point are more or less opposite each other, with the beach bungalows/bar/restaurant obviously being on the beach and the garden equivalent being on the opposite side of and 50 metres or so further down the road. My favourite is the garden accommodation, but that may be because going to the beach isn’t really a novelty to me, while being surrounded by gardens in a hobbit-like environment is.
Arguably, Mushroom Point could rest on its architectural and landscaping laurels and offer ordinary food and service. They don’t, though. Their menu is one of the best on Otres Beach and right up there with the best in Sihanoukville. I’ve only had breakfast at Mushroom Point, but the mushroom, cheese and veggie omelette I had was a far cry from the flat, oily omelettes served elsewhere in Sihanoukville and their Balkan and Mediterranean dishes are reportedly as delicious as they sound.
If there’s a downside to Mushroom Point, it may be that it is a little too laidback. Maybe I have just been unlucky, but on one occasion when I went in to enquire about rates, the bar manager, who appeared to be a backpacker getting a discount for managing the bar, couldn’t tell me what they were. On another occasion, after waiting a long time for someone to take my breakfast order, I finally gave up and went to the bar to place an order. “Sorry, we’re not serving food today,” I was cheerily informed, “Our cook is on holiday.”
I finally did get informed sounding rates when I rang more recently. At least according to the person I spoke to, the dorms cost $7 in the low season and $10 in the high season. Bungalows for two with private bathrooms are apparently $20 low season, $30 high season and $35 over Christmas-New Year and Chinese New Year in February. I say “apparently” because those rates don’t quite correspond with the rates I looked up online and with Sihanoukville’s burgeoning popularity, some establishments are starting to wing it, upping their rates considerably when demand is high. To avoid disappointment, book your stay well in advance and get an email confirmation.
If those rates are correct, they’re not a bad deal, in our opinion. The bungalows are clean and comfortable and room service will change the round sheets on your round bed every second day. There’s free WiFi and the proprietors pride themselves on their mellow eclectic music mix, which is kept at a moderate level to avoid disturbing bungalow guests. You can find cheaper accommodation in Sihanoukville, but it’s hard to find another place quite like Mushroom Point.
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Contact details:Otres Beach, access road across from the beach. T: (097) 712 4635, (078) 509 079
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Bungalow fan share b'room||25 USD||25 USD|
|Dorm Fan||7 USD||10 USD||7-bed dorm|
|Bungalow fan private b'room||25 USD||30 USD||35 Christmas/New Year|
Added to Travelfish on: 16th March, 2011
Last visited or updated on: 27th March, 2015
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Rated 5 out of 5
Based on 1 ratings and 1 reviews
Total gem. Mushroom living is the only way on Otres beach.
I really cannot give this place more praise. It's cool, it's spotlessly clean, it's quiet at night, and the chill out area allows you to do exactly that-chill out. We moved from the very weird and dirty Done Right next door, and were very very pleasantly surprised when we were shown the spotless little mushroom (with a round bed!) where we were going to be staying for the same price as a less cool bungalow in Done Right. We also had a look at the dorm-equally as cool with 6 round beds in a circular room above the ''feeding point''.
The staff are really pleasant, and the owners are very nice, not the most chatty, but that's not a bad thing. You can tell a lot of work has been put into this place, and there are so many nice little touches. The only negative thing about this place is the price of the food-while delicious (try the fruit salad dessert-AMAZING), it is a little on the expensive side. We found it was a bit above our budget to eat there every day. But it's definitely worth the extra couple of dollars to eat there as the food is so good.
Ottres (otres?spelling??) beach itself-if your expecting not to be bothered by beach sellers/masseurs-think again. While not even a fraction of the craziness of serendipity beach, there are still a good number of sellers. But they aren't too pushy, generally pretty pleasant. It's easy enough to get into town if you need to, lots of moto's and tuk tuks outside ready to go.
In all, I really can't recommend this place more, after travelling for 4 months in Asia, this place is a little gem to come across. Perfect to spend a few days chilling. Just go there and see for yourself!
Mushroom Point reviewed by iamextine (Total published reviews: 3) on
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Total gem. Mushroom living is the only way on Otres beach.
By iamextine, 03 June 2011