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The Penh Guesthouse

Sweet, charming and good value

70B Street 244, Phnom Penh T: (023) 211 376

The Penh Guesthouse

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Set in the heart of Phnom Penh’s colonial district and within a short walk of both the Royal Palace and the riverfront, The Penh offers smart rooms in a superb, tucked away spot.


The location is superb.

This lovely little hotel — formerly the Boddhi Tree Aram — is down a busy, slightly stinky alley, filled with food vendors, playing children and gambling old men that leave no room, thankfully, for noisy cars and motorbikes. Around the corner is Street 240, with its many upscale shops and temptations — including Frizz, Tamarind and The Shop — providing a nice, soft landing into what can otherwise be an overwhelming city.


Stylish and clean.

Set in a renovated 1950s house, The Penh boasts soaring ceilings, airy rooms and interiors painted a soothing off-white with a few feature colours, plus a comfortable balcony breakfast cafe and a modest ground floor bar. This was the Boddhi Tree Aram’s Spanish owner’s home before he transformed it into a hotel.


Room 12, one of the smaller offerings.

The 12 air-con rooms, while not massive, are immaculate and well decorated with pristine piping hot water bathrooms, and amenities including desks, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, fridge with minibar and bulk toiletries (as in, soap/shampoo on the walls). WiFi is speedy and free. We found the staff here to be super helpful and friendly, while still giving you your space.

Breakfast is not included, but can be bought in the first-floor cafe for $3-$4. Similarly, linger over a Ricard here of an evening when the staff will run your drink upstairs for you (there are bells on the table!). ARTillery and The Shop are good brekkie alternatives.

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View from the bed is not shabby.

This used to be a pricey spot, but in its current The Penh iteration, rooms are a steal — we moved to another spot after here that was nearly twice the price, admittedly with a (cloudy) pool but none of the chic-chic.

Be warned that while the address does say Street 244, The Penh is actually on a perpendicular side street that runs between Street 240 and 244. Recommended.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
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Superior double room
Triple air-con private bathroom
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$30, high season US$30. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$37, high season US$37. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: US$47, high season US$47. Notes:

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Where is The Penh Guesthouse

The Penh Guesthouse
70B Street 244, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 211 376
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'52.36" E, 11º33'38.52" N
Room rates: US$10 to 35

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