Best hotels and hostels in Northwestern Cambodia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Preah Vihear Province

    BeTreed Adventures

    Secluded in the Cambodian wilderness, this eco-stay is the brainchild of two conservation-minded expats who left jobs with NGOs to save 70 sq km of forestland and all the creatures calling it home. Accommodation includes two comfy traditional wooden houses on stilts and a treehouse built from reclaimed hardwood around a wild rain tree. Book ahead as early as possible and call for detailed directions. In addition to sleeping in the canopy, guests go on guided zipline and hiking adventures, and return to camp for delicious, mostly vegetarian meals (US$15 per day). It's US$10 for a guide, and there's also a US$15-per-person fee for community development and preservation. Note that access in the wet season can be a challenge.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Battambang

    Maisons Wat Kor

    About 2km south of central Battambang, Maisons Wat Kor is a secluded sanctuary of 10 rooms in traditional-style Khmer houses that once welcomed Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Rooms are light-filled, spacious and come with contemporary bathrooms, and the saltwater swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage provides plenty of opportunity for chill-out time. The delightful, open-air restaurant welcomes nonguests. In 2016, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed here, and photographs of the visit are prominently displayed. As you might guess, the service is excellent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Preah Vihear Province

    Home Vattanak Guesthouse

    Undoubtedly the best-value digs in Preah Vihear City, this is also a candidate for one of the best deals in the country. The 27 well-maintained rooms at this sparkling-clean hotel include wonderful beds, decent bathrooms and luxuries such as flat-screen TVs. US$10 includes air-con and hot water; US$20 gets a Jacuzzi-style tub. Its central but quiet location, tucked down a quiet side street, is an extra bonus.

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    Here Be Dragons

    A stylish fun bar, leafy front garden for relaxing and free beer on arrival make Here Be Dragons a top backpacker base. Six- and eight-bed dorms come with lock-boxes, while sunny private rooms are cheerfully decked out with brightly coloured bedding. The quiet location next to the riverside park on the east bank is a bonus. Regular events include yoga on Tuesday and Thursday and a pub quiz on Wednesday.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kompong Thom Province

    Sambor Village Hotel

    This French-owned place brings the boutique to Kompong Thom. Spacious, bungalow-style rooms with four-poster beds and chic bathrooms are set amid a tranquil and verdant garden with an inviting pool under the shade of a mango tree. The upstairs terrace restaurant has international cuisine and impressive hardwood flooring. Free use of mountain bikes. Located riverside, about 700m east of NH6.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Battambang

    Bambu Hotel

    Bambu's spacious rooms are designed in a Franco-Khmer motif with gorgeous tiling, stone-inlaid bathrooms and exquisite furniture. The fusion restaurant is one of the best in town and the poolside bar invites lingering. Above all else, though, it's Bambu's gracious staff that set it in a category above Battambang's other boutique offerings. Book ahead, as it's deservedly popular.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Battambang

    The Place

    Battambang's first flashpacker hostel, The Place was designed by L'Atelier Architecture & Design, who work with bamboo and other natural materials. The results are impressive with a contemporary feel in a welcoming space. Some dorms have wood-tiled walls and cubicles; others are split by a curtain. The rooftop bar is a popular spot for a sundowner.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Preah Vihear Province

    Preah Vihear Jaya Hotel

    One of a strip of hotels on the western edge of town, Jaya stands out for its exceptional value. Spacious rooms, all set in low-rise bungalows, include a contemporary trim and large bathrooms. There is an inviting restaurant-bar at the rear of the compound and even a swimming pool.

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    La Villa

    For a taste of the colonial era, stay at this French-era villa renovated in vintage 1930s style. It's one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Cambodia. Gauzy mosquito nets drape over four-poster beds, original tilework graces the floors and art deco features adorn every corner, creating an old-world ambience that is hard to beat.

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    Au Cabaret Vert

    Contemporary meets colonial at this pretty resort, a short tuk tuk ride southwest of the centre. Rooms are stylish and include flat-screen TV and rain shower. The swimming pool is a natural, self-cleaning pond surrounded by lush gardens, and the French-influenced food is top-notch.

  • Lodging in Preah Vihear Province

    Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel

    A slick boutique hotel in the unlikely setting of Sra Em, the PVBH is looking to coax higher-end templegoers from Siem Reap to stay a night. With lush bedding and a shimmering 20m outdoor pool to cool off in, it has a pretty good case. It's about 1km out of town on the road to Prasat Preah Vihear. The simple but air-conditioned US$35 rooms off the parking lot are ostensibly for drivers and tour guides, but work just fine for flashpackers who don't want to pay full whack for their boutique experience. The excellent Apsara Restaurant includes a pool table at which to while away an evening.

  • Lodging in Battambang

    Battambang Resort

    Down a dirt road from laid-back Wat Kor village, Battambang Resort is a place to unwind in style. Surroundings include ponds with lily pads, tropical gardens and rice fields, while the interior common spaces feature Cambodian art and cultural artefacts and are slung with hammocks. Service is top-notch. The fine restaurant draws many ingredients from an on-site garden. There's a free shuttle to town, but many guests prefer to just relax around the saltwater pool.

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    Seng Hout Hotel

    Known for on-the-ball staff who are quick to help with traveller queries, the Seng Hout has a variety of nicely decorated rooms. Some are on the smaller side, so check out a few before deciding. The open-air rooftop space is a key drawcard, and the 3rd-floor pool has great views as well. Use of the pool is free for guests (including those from the new annexe just a few blocks away), and US$2 for outsiders.

  • Lodging in Kompong Thom Province

    Arunras Hotel & Guesthouse

    Dominating Kompong Thom's accommodation scene, this central establishment has 58 good-value rooms with Chinese-style decoration and on-the-ball staff. The popular restaurant downstairs dishes up tasty Khmer fare. The operators also run the 53-room Arunras Guesthouse in the same complex. Extra bonus for the lazy traveller: buses through town stop literally right outside the door.

  • Lodging in Kompong Thom Province

    Glorious Hotel & Spa

    This chic business hotel, located on the southern outskirts of Kompong Thom, is the perfect place to clean the grit out of your nails and get a massage after a dusty moto journey to nearby attractions. It has an enormous pool, a relaxing spa and sparkling rooms, and staff members are warm and professional. The restaurant serves tasty Khmer and international cuisine.

  • Lodging in Battambang

    Classy Hotel & Spa

    This popular monolith on the east bank of the Sangker River draws a loyal crowd thanks to its amenities, which nonguests can also enjoy. It has an excellent spa (go for a cheap, hour-long Khmer massage followed by a soak in the hot tub), a rooftop bar with stunning city views and a refreshing pool that's popular with the international crowd.

  • Lodging in Preah Vihear Province

    Green Palace Hotel

    This classy hotel has raised the bar in Preah Vihear City with its glistening marble columns and crystal chandeliers in the lobby, contemporary furnishings in the oversized suites and silky bathrobes in the closets. The 7th-floor sky bar offers pastoral and mountain views for miles. There's also a good breakfast-buffet restaurant.

  • Lodging in Preah Vihear Province

    Ly Hout Guesthouse

    The smart rooms here have wooden desks and white bedspreads adorned with handsome bed-runners. Upgrade to VIP status for an ornate Khmer-carving headboard on the bed, and a fridge and kettle in your room. Basement rooms used to be part of a steam and sauna centre, so include nonfunctional steam and sauna facilities.

  • Lodging in Battambang

    Pomme

    A lively little backpacker pad on popular St 2½, the accommodation here is in Japanese pod-style units. They are simple partitions and very small, but they definitely count as private rooms and are good value. The bar-restaurant downstairs is a great place to grab a meal or a drink, day or night.

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    Angkor Comfort Hotel

    Offering serious bang for your buck, the Angkor's huge rooms are spotlessly clean and come with midrange amenities on a backpacker budget. White linens on the beds, flat-screen TVs, enough powerpoints to charge all your devices at once, and modern bathrooms with walk-in showers all feature.