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The Small Hotel

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Sopheak Monkol St, Sihanoukville Town T: (034) 630 6161(010) 488 999

The Small Hotel

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The Small Hotel is well organised, cosy, centrally located and offers clean and well-appointed rooms at very good prices.

There are increasingly few hotels and guesthouses left in the downtown and Victory Hill areas of Sihanoukville these days. If we’ve understood correctly a minimum 30-room accompanying hotel is a pre-requisite for obtaining a casino license so ready-made, mid-size hotels are being lapped up while smaller ones and guesthouses are sort after to house overseas construction workers.

Comfy rooms.

Comfy rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

Small Hotel is one of the few, and to our minds, the best, left in the downtown area and we’re guessing they’ve had to be at the top of their game to survive. For example, in order to overcome the disadvantage of not being on the beach they’ve opened their own bar—Small Beach Bar—on a pleasant and as yet undeveloped stretch of Independence Beach. A free tuk tuk shuttle service leaves the hotel daily at 09:00 and returns at 16:00. The same friendly hotel staff also work there and the menu is identical, so except for the 5-minute ride from the hotel, it seems like you’ve never left home.

The hotel is located in an alley behind the main drag, Ekareach Street—near the Caltex petrol station—so the majority of the traffic noise is cut out yet it is still very central. Out front is a pleasant alfresco dining area while the large ground floor reception area, unlike so many guesthouses, has an inviting, homey feel to it. There’s a dining area that resembles an English pub with fully stocked bar and stools while to the right you’ll find a comfy reading area and TV with an entire wall full of books providing plenty of choice. There’s also another seating area with balcony of the 1st floor too.

Indoor cricket anyone?

Indoor cricket anyone? Photo: Mark Ord

Rooms are clean, comfortable and simply yet pleasantly decorated and have air-con, TVs, DVD players, minibars and ensuite hot water showers. With only eleven rooms to choose from, the Small Hotel really is small, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

The hotel is not for everyone. If you want to be in the centre of the action look for accommodation closer to Ochheuteal beach and if you want to stumble out of bed in the morning and walk a few metres to the beach, try a guesthouse at Otres Beach. If you fancy the idea of having a clean, quiet, friendly place to retire to at the end of the day then Small Hotel is great. They say their prices remain pretty much the same all year, but it may be possible to negotiate during the low season.

If full, and you still wish to stay in town, consider Sarang, next door to the G’day Pub on Ekareach Street.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
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Deluxe double room
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$18, high season US$18. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$23, high season US$25. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$25, high season US$28. Notes:

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Where is The Small Hotel

The Small Hotel
Sopheak Monkol St, Sihanoukville Town
T: (034) 630 6161(010) 488 999
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º31'29.51" E, 10º37'21.22" N
Room rates: US$10 to 35

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