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Choice of accomodation in Phnom Penh

Posted by eklecticist on 11/7/2006 at 23:20

Hi all,

I'll be heading to PP with my partner from the 17th to 20th of July and right now I'm still fretting over the accomodation. My budget is abt usd15 and I've short-listed a few places below.

1) Champs Elysees Hotel USD20 (It's got a fancy name really, but i couldnt get any pictures of their rooms besides a very grand-looking lobby)

2) Floating Island Hotel USD 9 ( This is in the Boeng Kak lake area, and some reviews do mention that only the upper rooms are clean)

3) Hope & Anchor Hotel USD 25 (This doesnt look too bad, next to the river area, but definitely way beyond my budget)

4) Cozyna Hotel USD 15 + 5 (for windows) ( Once again, I got good reviews for this but I can't believe I've got to fork out another 5 just for some fresh air)

5) Asia Hotel USD 15 ( Nice location, nice pictures of rooms, plus bfast is provided. Only downside is that I did come across quite a few terrible reviews about it online i.e bad staff manners, lifts constantly breaking down. It'd be great if someone can share his/her personal experience :)

6) DV8 Guesthouse USD 15-20 (Not too bad, good reviews and a little similar to California 2 Hotel which I would definitely have taken if it was not full on bookings)

I'm still unsure if I should stay near the Boeng Kak lake area, to immerse in the backpacking scene and to capture views of the lakes OR to stay in central PP where the Central market, Russian market, Killing Fields and temples are a stone's throw away.

Please advise and do share some of your personal experiences! Many thanks in advance :)

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Posted by pauljaymes on 12/7/2006 at 00:09

I stayed in the Okay guesthouse not far from the royal palace. It was, well, ok, but great for the price - US$4 for a windowless double room with en suite shower (no hot water).

I wouldn't worry too much about being close to anything though; it's unusual for tourists to walk anywhere in Phnom Penh anyway; there's always a 1000r moto driver or two, or 50, all desperate for your business. General advice seems to be that walking around at night is not a good idea, but I never saw any trouble.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/7/2006 at 06:52 admin

I'm not familiar with some of the places you list, but there's really nothing there I'd give a very high recommendation to.

Note the Hope and Anchor's $25 rooms ae at the rear and have no window. I was really, really underwhelmed by Cozyna.

Also note the Killing Fields are not a stone's throw from central Phnom Penh -- they are well outside the city.

Our full listing on Phnom Penh accommodation is here -- note we don't list all the places you mention.

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Posted by wolfman on 12/7/2006 at 16:25

i-personally-can recommend two places: the apsara-guesthouse on rue42 or something,close to wat pnohm and the phen jet hotel close to sharky´s bar.

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