SLA Boutique Hostel

SLA Boutique Hostel

A great value modern hostel

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There is a lot to love about SLA, a relatively new hostel in the heart of Phnom Penh, and if you are not fussed about being near the river, it is well worth considering.

Travelfish says:

The building has slightly unusual layout with the rooms and dorms spread across three floors above the lobby and common area—what makes it unusual is there is a floor to ceiling atrium at the centre, which leaves the rooms in two towers and the light floods in from above. It generally works well as the ground floor is flooded with light and has a far airier feel than it would otherwise have.

Great bunks. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Great bunks. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The dorms themselves are spotless—we stayed in an eight bed mixed dorm (more on this in a moment) in the rear “tower” of rooms. The dorm was spacious, with oversized bunk beds (including a double bed bunk). The bunks are metal framed with a stylish modern design and we heard no squeaking at all from the frames. Each comes with its own security cabinet at the bed head, with two bed lamps, power plugs and ample shelving. Each bed also has a locker, though the lockers are not big enough for a pack (which instead you can store under the bed or against the wall).

Dorms are air–con and the shared–bathroom was fine, though in the morning it takes that warm water an awfully long time to arrive—we gave up and had a cold shower, finally getting a little warmth just as we reached to turn the taps off. Private rooms are also available (though we were not able to see one) but they’re not such good value.

The common area on the ground floor included a well equipped kitchen, dining table, lounge area (with a guitar on hand) and then, closer to reception, a bar area, where staff slap up very affordable cocktails—it is a shame there is no roof top bar.

Grab some kip before that very strict 2pm check-in. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Grab some kip before that very strict 2pm check-in. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The one issue here are the staff. They are friendly and the standard of English was solid—they were able to handle complex enquiries and so on, but at times they just seemed to be totally clueless. Checking in to a dorm should not take 45 minutes. Then when I realised I had been placed in a “Female only dorm” I went to sort that out to have them say oh don't worry about it, we’ll just change the dorm to mixed. So, there is scope for a bit more training.

The staffing issue aside, the location is handy for the Street 51 bar scene and about a 15 minute walk to the Royal Palace. Shop online for a discounted rate—we paid just $5 for a dorm bed which struck us as excellent value.

Contact details for SLA Boutique Hostel

Address: 15 Street 174, Phsar Thmey III, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 997 515;  
Email: info@slahostel.com
Web: http://www.slahostel.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'29.24" E, 11º33'55.91" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm air-con
$11 for a double bunk
US$6 US$6
Dbl air-con share bathroom US$19 US$19
Dbl air-con private bathroom US$40 US$40

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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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