Photo: A hideaway.


A boutique budget hostel

Otres Riverside, Otres Village T: (070) 814 643(096) 454 6971


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Charming Hacienda with its delightful waterfront location in Otres Riverside, ticks all the budget boxes for us; well-organised, a friendly and convivial atmosphere, unbeatable value for money and a seriously cute garden setting.

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Boutique may well be a grossly overused term these days—both by marketing departments and reviewers, (yes we’re sometimes guilty too)—but we reckon this low-key, small-sized hostel-cum-resort, with an emphasis on attractive decor and attention to detail, can justifiably be described as a boutique hostel.

Rainy day views.

Rainy day views. Photo: Mark Ord

It’s reached by following the winding lane down through Otres Village to the banks of the Prek Tup Sap River where they’ve managed to secure a prime plot with chalets scattered around a lawn and trees on one side and the water on the other. There are plenty of shrubs and palms dotted around the garden and buildings are pleasantly spaced out.

There’s a cute dormitory—largely wood and constructed on stilts—and a small series of hexagonal-shaped chalets, also on low stilts and coming with traditional style straw roofs. A couple more chalets built right over the water and a comfortable cafe/reception/communal area—again wooden with thatched roof—complete the set-up.

Put your feet up.

Put your feet up. Photo: Mark Ord

Chalets come with or without attached bathrooms and interiors were simple but with a level of cleanliness and maintenance that defies their price tags. All have fans, mosquito nets, WiFi access, proper beds and mattresses and cosy little balconies. Even the small dorm has a balcony with cane chairs plus an individual fan and safety deposit box per bed. In keeping with the rest communal bathroom areas were clean and well-maintained.

Dorm bunk beds go for $3-4 a night but the deal is pay for the first night and subsequent ones are on the house. An individual chalet weighs in at $6.50 low season and an ensuite version is a total of $8. You won’t find many private chalets with bathroom for less than $10 in Sihanoukville these days so needless to say we’d recommend reserving in advance at any time of year.

There is a room there somewhere.

There is a room there somewhere. Photo: Mark Ord

The cafe area is as charming as the rest and the western management helpful, friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. The menu includes a range of original—and very cheap—cocktails and simple local and western dishes but it doesn’t stop them displaying menus from Chandos and the Frying Yorkshireman down the lane so you’re welcome to order in as well. There’s a small upstairs chill-out section with over 1,000 movies available and the overall atmosphere is relaxed and low-key rather than hippy-dippy or manic party style.

It’s certainly a bit of trek down to the beach—or anywhere else for that matter—but if you’re after a secluded little green oasis at unbeatable rates then Hacienda’s a top choice.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
Dbl fan share bathroom
Dbl fan private bathroom
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: US$3, high season US$4. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: US$7, high season US$9. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: US$8, high season US$11. Notes:

Where is Hacienda

Otres Riverside, Otres Village
T: (070) 814 643(096) 454 6971
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º33'37.97" E, 10º34'6.65" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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