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Narin 2 Guesthouse: local guesthouses do the trick

Though many travelers stay at the justifiably popular Capital Guesthouse, we tried two places just around the corner from it. There are a few to choose from but we found both Narin 2 Guesthouse and Hong Phann Guesthouse (Number 10, Street 198) to be clean and well run. Doubles were $10 per night.

Both rooms had comfy double beds, strong air conditioners and color TV with HBO. Though I don’t’ normally watch TV even at home and especially on the road, we found it nice to have something to do at night as we didn’t particularly like walking the streets between where we were staying and the riverfront nightlife area.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written March 29, 2005
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French Colonial architecture of Phnom Penh


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Hotel California: You can check out any time you like...

Hotel California is a comfortable and friendly place to stay. The man running the guesthouse, Jim, is very knowledgeable about the area and can give great advise on things to do. The rooms are large and the beds comfortable. There is A/C and a fan, private bathroom with hot water, a TV, and a fridge. Decent breakfast in the morning. Hotel California is located right on the river in a strip of other guesthouses and restaurants.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written July 2, 2005
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Sunrise Guesthouse: Best kept secret on the Lake

The Sunrise is a great guesthouse, very well placed over the Lake-beutiful setting & well placed for everything at the Lake. Some rooms have private bathrooms, theres a pool table & book selection, the food is great, the staff are great& very helpful, and its all a very good price.

Great views & very off the beaten trackish. Very cheap(about $2-5)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written October 27, 2005
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Narin guesthouse

One of the first guesthouses of PP, this is a classical backpackers place. Clean simple rooms for 5 USD, in a good location, near the Psar Thmei (Cemtral market).
It is located in a rather poor alley, not very appealing, but I found it safe enough, even at night...

They offer too daytrips (Killing Fields, City tours...) and buses to Siem Reap, Saigon...
If you arrive by boat from Siem Reap you will find a tout of Narin at the pier, so if you wanna stay here, just follow him, they will transfer you to the guesthouse for free.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written September 23, 2003
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Capitol guesthouse

Another good backpackers' option, very close to Narin. I didn't stay there, just passed by. They offer nearly the same as Narin, so is a ggod choice if Narin is full. Also tours and bus tickets here.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written September 23, 2003
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Capitol Guest House: The Most Reliable and Popular Guesthouse

I had a nice time staying in this guest house. The room rent per night was okay as well. The location of the guest house was not bad either. There was a very good internet cafe, Restaurant and Motorbikes on Rent shops downstair.

Doubles/Triples with Bathroom inside US$5/6, without bathroom US$4/5.

Before coming to Phnom Penh everyone recommended to take a mosquito net with me but i forgot ! It didn't make much difference because guest house provided a net for each other in their rooms !

This guest house is longest running budget guest house in Phnom Penh and offer simple rooms with nothing else. Try to take a room on the outter side of the 3 storey building with a window.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written January 29, 2004
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Famous Capitol Guest house


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  • Durfun profile photo Durfun
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Lyon D'Or: Stylish living at great prices

Great location, overlooking the river.

Nice clean rooms, modern bathrooms.

Unusual place in that all staff were females only!!

Great bar, superb restaurants. They have wonderful service in the air-con dinner rooms, their food is just out-of-this-world. The best pizzas I have ever had!!!!

Excellent service with genuine smiles.

Multi-lingual female-only staff.

The best pizzas I have ever had!!!!

10 minutes walk from The Silver Pagoda.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Castles and Palaces, Museum Visits
  • Written April 17, 2006

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Simon's II Guesthouse: A good choice in the Boeng Kak area

******The latest news is that Boeng Kak is no more******
They are filling in the lake and although Simons II is still there, most other buildings have been demolished. Sad news but even sader for the people that live in this area.

Boeng Kak (pronunced Bang-Ka) is a popular area in Phnom Penh for budget guesthouses. Situated on the western side of Boeng Kak lake (a filthy lake definitely NOT for swimming) it is however a pleasant area to sit back on one of the many cheap gusthouses that line the lake and have a cold beer whilst watching the sunset. These days may be numbered, as the lake is gradually filled in. Will update this tip after my next visit in March 2011.
After checking out several of the cheaper guesthouses along the lake (and not really liking what I saw) Simons II stuck out.....painted pink & on the main drag!
The rooms are spotless, with satellite LCD TV, aircon, hot water and very comfy beds. The price in March 2009 was $18 for a double. The owner let me have the double room on my own for $16. I would certainly stay here again.

Proper shower (over bath) nice after so many wet bathrooms (no proper shower or curtain)

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written November 29, 2010
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Le Royale: Old hotel

Huge old french style building. The lobby area is furnished with antique furniture and loads of potted palms.
Staff are very helpful and obliging. Our room was comfortable and well equipped though a little small with a nice view over the inner courtyard area and swimming pool. Although the bathroom had seen better days and appeared rather 'tired'.
A very adequate breakfast buffet was served with a good choice of items available.
The Elephant Bar is well renowned. Gentle music plays whilst you sip a cocktail and munch on excellent nibbles and dips.
The hotel has a lovely ambience and atmosphere.

Nice swimming pool located in a central courtyard. Health club with varous (very expensive) treatments available.
The Elephant bar must be visited.
The hotel is part of the Raffles Group. Very expensive for what you get and I have stayed in better value for money places. Definately the best hotel in town but not really worth the money. You are paying too much for the name.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written April 15, 2003
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Lazy Fish Guesthouse: Boeng Kak Lake

It is located at Boeng Kak Lake. The environment quite peaceful compare to other guesthouse in town area. It could be reached easyly by motordope (whatever they called it) from town. Walking could take you about 10-15 minute.

I was stuck in Phnom Penh for 4days doing nothing. Can you just imagine how am I gonna pay for those accomodation and stuffs with only USD20. hehheeh things gone very fast, thats why I considered it as funny but sure I was nervous at the begining.

Chilling out at these Lazy Fish restaurant, is a good idea too. The environment, absolutely fantastic surrounding lake and you could even enjoyed a sunset from where you are.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written January 2, 2003
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Narin II GH: good guesthouse to stay

We stayed a few nights in that guesthouse when we were in Phonm Penh. It took us some time walking and dealing with moto taxi driver who wanted to take commision from any GH where he went inside instead of us to ask for the price. Not being in PP first time we knew already you cannot trust these guys so we asked by ourself after he went away as he couldn't get us anywhere with 'his' price.
Narin 2 is near Orussey market in a good location - near city centre far enough you can walk. It's clean place, friendly service and you can have tasty foods in their restaurant in the first floor. In our room we had fan, TV and hot shower, and windows are quite large so you get decent light in the room (it's not like those wagon like places by the lake with many cockroaches and suspicious characters). We paid 7 USD per double bed a day, check out time is at 12.00. They have laundry and visa service and can do bus tickets for you. Also there's internet.

friendly staff, clean place and safe

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written June 30, 2009

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Sunrise Guesthouse: Best Value on the Lake

We made this a base to explore Cambodia from, so visited several times over the month we spent there. Rooms are dead cheap, $2.50 for doubles with private bathroom, also cheaper shared bathroom ones available.

The Sunrise staff Tim and Terri are really helpful and the views over the lake at sunset are the best. Theres a nice deck area with hammocks and sofas to chill on. Cold beers are always at the ready. Take the challenge and go for the 'Klang'.

You also get to stay slightly away from the main tourist strip, down a little alley full of smiling children, and live in a more normal Phnom Penh neighbourhood.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written May 5, 2005

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Narin II: good guesthouse, not too expensive

This guesthouse is simple, but good enough for a pleasant stay.
We had a room with our own bathroom and with airco. Sometimes a bit noisy, but not annoying.

Downstairs you can sit to have your breakfast, or watch some tv in the evening.
There are also a few computers to check your email, and they can arrange transport or trips.
Very handy

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written April 7, 2006

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The King Guest House: blood-sucker @ room 421

(last date stayed : Dec. 26, 2004)

Single Room with Shower & Toilet

Room 421 (Big Room)

Room rate / night - 3 US $

I decided to transfer to another guest house 'coz I was not able to sleep well!

Why?? Mosquitoes did'nt stop sucking my precious royal blood!!!

My room was in the 4th floor where the local staff wash clothes.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 25, 2006
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The Boddhi Tree: Khmer style guesthouse opposite Toul Sleng S21

Opposite the Toul Sleng prison S21.
Very big contrast between the horror of the prison tortures and the overwhelming flowers on the guesthouse.
It's a typical Khmer style guesthouse which means hard beds.
If you make a reservation by e-mail:they have 2 rooms aircon for 2 persons.One of the rooms has a lavabo on the room for the same price as the other without one!
Its far away from all the other hotels and guesthouses who are situated at the riverfront so you always need a tuk-tuk to get there.For transportprices check www.boddhitree.com

Nice Khmer style bedrooms.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 11, 2005
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