With a terrific roof top bar
Set in a tall narrow building on Sisowath Quay, Onederz is clean, sparkling and friendly and has an excellent roof top bar and lounge around area which makes this one of the best value hostels in Phnom Penh.
The hostel has a mix of dorms and private double rooms split across three floors with the bar area up top. The ground floor is part lobby, part hang out area, with a split level lounge area (fitted out with axe pillows and a big TV) filling out the offerings. We found the staff to be helpful and courteous, and they had no problems giving delivering accurate and useful travel advice.
The peculiarity here is that the riverfront rooms are dorms, while the private rooms are at the rear. This means the dorms get all the views, but the curtains are often closed as people are sleeping at all hours. We would have thought putting the private rooms at the front would have made for a better plan (and they could certainly have charged more for the rooms!).
The dorms are clean, with metal framed, typical bunks. The power plug and storage is not as elaborate as what you’ll find at SLA, but it is adequate. Our double room had a less than distinguished view, but the room itself was light and airy with a clean and well finished hot water bathroom. There was plenty enough space and the air–con worked well. One advantage of being at the rear of the building is that you are better insulated from the traffic racket through the day and evening.
What we loved here though was the rooftop bar area. Backpacker prices with five–star views is how we would describe it and we were amazed it wasn’t jammed with people across sunset as it is a great and relaxing spot to take in the light show. Overall for travellers on a budget, this is a very solid option. The same owners also have One Stop Hostel, another riverside hostel a few blocks further north of here, but this is by far the better property. Recommended.
Address: Near cnr with Street 110, 151 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.
T: (023) 982 822;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'42.06" E, 11º34'23.93" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
4-bed and 12-bed and female only dorms available
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||US$27||US$27|
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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