Any recommendation on a nice guesthouse in Phnom Penh? Affordable and clean. Your thoughts...thanks!
#1 Deadpoets has been a member since 31/8/2009. Posts: 14
For budget options I'd recommend the street with Spring GH, Burly GH, Sky Park GH.
A bit out of the way but easy access by moto to major areas ($0.50 for 1-way trip). Not yet a backpackers ghetto, friendly people and good value for money ($6 fan - $15 aircon range). However not the typical backpackers GHs with communal area where you can easily meet other travellers
Lake Area I DO NOT RECOMMEND. Some guidebooks still write positively (outdated) about this area. I never liked it but since they filled the lake it's completely hopeless with water drainage issues and rats. For a few dollars more you can have a decent room in far better areas.
Riverside area has best location but value for money is not that great there when it concerns rooms. Touristy and a great location but that's about all.
Boeung Keng Kang is a nice area as well. Caters mostly to expats with lots of restaurant and bars and some nice guesthouses/hotels.
Mid budget places are scattered all over the place. In general I think this is only worth it if you look at rooms over $40. $25-30 rooms are only slightly better than $15 rooms and not worth it (apart from location perhaps). Usually these rooms ($25-30)are in hotels that have a small restaurant, few more channels on TV and perhaps a small gym with 2 machines. Rooms look identical though.
Let me know your interests (budget, area, style) and I can name a few names.
I agree, visited (didn't stay) a guesthouse in the lake area and it feels too much underground... although a sunset by the lake could be nice... Don't know what's your budget and if you are alone or in a group but Jockey Hotel is a nice hotel, internet and breakfast included, about 8/9$ each person.
#3 Indoluso has been a member since 22/12/2009. Posts: 133
Thanks for the suggestions! My budget is keeping within $15 or less a night. How's Boddhi Tree -- Umma?
#4 Deadpoets has been a member since 31/8/2009. Posts: 14
Agree that the lake area is pretty grotty (as my boyfriend put it "it's full of drugs, prostitutes and rats, now if only I could do something about the rats"), as are most of the guesthouses there. However, we found a decent room in Great View Guesthouse - just off the lake at the top of the side road where Number 9 is - for $10 with a/c and there were a couple of decent but cheap restaurants along that street. But I didn't look at the other places people have recommended so can't compare.
Boddhi tree umma itself is fine (if not one of the best guesthouses).
My main reason for not recommending it is it's location. It's directly opposite of Tuol Sleng museum which is a long way away from anything else. You'll spend much more money on transport while I don't find the direct surroundings that great (it's not bad or dangerous though). If you don't want to do much besides spending a night in a good guesthouse it's an excellent option.
If you want a TV etc for that price, you probably need to go for a Khmer run guesthouse rather than a backpackers. Try along Street 19 and Street 172, or around Central Market.
As an example, Yong Hout Guesthouse has changed management, but is still worth a look.
Sarris guesthouse in the riverfront area. This is possibly my favourite guesthouse in Asia. Last year I paid 15/room with ac. The rooms are nice and new. It's also owned by a great guy who is really helpful. The price included breakfast.
It's about a block off the busy areas of the riverfront so noise isn't an issue. The hotel is also super safe, they lock up at 11 but the guys brother stayed up manning the gate.
#10 Brute has been a member since 16/12/2012. Posts: 36
I'm pretty late to this party, but in case others are wamtomg to know....
We stayed at the pra-tna guesthouse last month, near the riverfront. Rooms were clean, bathrooms pretty tiny, but good air con for $15 per night, including cable TV, where you get about 5 English channels of the 60 or so available. I got all caught up I'm my law & order reruns :)