Not bad value for families
Look, you can’t talk about The Artist Guesthouse without talking about the stairs, especially when, like us, you have room 11 which is on the fifth floor—talk about stairway to heaven—thankfully it was worth the walk.
Our room was an oversized double room with a balcony (unfortunately wired in, for security apparently) which looked out over the rear of the National Museum and, depending on how much you could crane your neck offered both sunset and sunrise views. The deck had a table and a couple of chairs—ideal for a sundowner. Some rooms come in a mezzanine format and just note that the ladders to the upstairs level are a bit steep—take care if you’ve been out on the beers.
Inside, the quite spacious room had both a comfortable four-poster style double bed and a single—making this very solid value for travelling families ... as long as you don’t need to carry them, though if they are old enough they can help you lug all those bags up the stairs... Facilities included a small desk, plenty of cupboard space and a standing fan (which we didn’t need as the air-con worked well). Also a small safe, and fridge came standard along with cable TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
This is not a particularly modern hotel and while the room was very clean and well kept, the bathroom was pretty dated and steamy due to insufficient ventilation—and was about as clean as we think they could get it (without replacing it). The shower was really piping hot.
The ground floor gives over to a comfortable booth style cafe decorated with movie and actor photos—we didn’t eat here, though the coffee was good. We found the staff to be especially courteous and helpful and would consider staying here again on that count alone.
The location, just the tiniest walk to the Museum, Royal Palace, riverfront and numerous markets, restaurants, shops and spas is excellent. If you’re travelling with kids and want something a bit more spendy consider Kabiki, but if you are on a bit of a budget this is well worth considering and there were a couple of families staying here when we were. Shop online for a discounted rate.
Address: 69 Street 178, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 213 930;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'39.67" E, 11º33'57.65" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$30||US$30|
|Deluxe double room||US$40||US$40|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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