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5 star hotel
From the golden age of travel, this is one of Asia’s grand old palaces, belonging in the illustrious company of the Oriental in Bangkok and Raffles in Singapore...
3 star hotel
The follow-up act of the team behind the Pavilion nearly outdoes its predecessor with smart, minimalist rooms and a leafy pool area done just right...
A hostel with a swimming pool has to be a good thing, right? Duh. The pool and the premises – a magnificent, rambling villa – set this place apart from the rest of Phnom Penh's hostels...
One of the stalwarts of the Phnom Penh guesthouse scene (we first stayed here back in 1995). Rooms are smart, bathrooms smarter still and the price is nice...
This colourful and arty hostel is justifiably popular. The spacious dorms have air-con and sleep six to twenty; the smaller ones have double-wide bunk beds that can sleep two (US$9 per couple)...
Near Psar Thmei but an oasis of calm by comparison, Billabong has 41 stylish rooms surrounding an open courtyard with a large swimming pool in the middle...
Phnom Penh’s latest five-star property boasts spacious rooms and a gazillion facilities, including numerous tennis courts and several restaurants...
The most family-friendly place in town, the Kabiki offers an extensive garden and an inviting swimming pool with a kiddie pool. Family rooms include bunks and most rooms have a private garden terrace.
You could swing a Giant Mekong catfish in the humongous river-facing suites, but they are far from modern. Riverfront rooms get a balcony and you can walk up to the rooftop bar for serious views.
The Pavilion group scores another hit. There’s no garden courtyard or swimming pool, but a few of the rooms have private plunge pools and guests are licensed to swim at sister hotels Kabiki and Pavilion...
4 star hotel
A real Phnom Penh landmark, the Cambodiana has large, well-appointed rooms that are heavy on fabrics with 1980s patterns...
This terrific-value place has attractive lime-striped rooms which are a tad small for hangin’, but around the pool prime lounging spots lurk. The charismatic French owner makes guests feel welcome.
A study in white-washed minimalism, Hotel Nine has an agreeable little pool, cosy beds and 16 attractive rooms. A safe and central choice in the boutique-by-the-pool genre...
This hotel exudes real style at an affordable price. Rooms are finished in contemporary Khmer materials with original furnishings, and most include a balcony.
This five-storey walk-up was the first of a new generation of smart guesthouses in this area. It offers bright, spotless rooms with cable TV and loads of travel info.
Occupying a strategic corner with grand views of the National Museum, Royal Palace and, if you have a neck like Mr Fantastic, the riverfront, this guesthouse is one place where it is worth climbing the stairs...
This old-time high-rise is getting a bit tired, but it's priced right and the family in charge are super friendly and dole out travel info aplenty. The rooms are spacious but some are dark, so check a few.
This hotel is a revelation in the sleepy Tuol Sleng district. The six attractively furnished rooms share an impeccably restored traditional house with vegan-friendly K'nyay restaurant upstairs.
Attractively set in a cluster of old French shophouses near Norodom Blvd, the 10 rooms here offer a degree of charm and comfort. All have a wood and silk finish and the more expensive are almost suites.
The reliable rooms here include the usual cable TV, fridge and air-con, and are quite spacious. Downstairs is a popular bar-restaurant and there’s even a lift.
One of the tallest guesthouses in this part of town, the Sky Park is a real deal for such cleanliness and comfort. Air-con starts at US$12 and all rooms have cable TV and hot water, plus there’s a lift.
2 star hotel
A migrant from Siem Reap, Smiley’s is a huge seven-storey hotel with a choice of 40 spacious rooms that border on chic. The US$20 rooms have big flat-screen TVs. Includes a lift.
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