Phnom Penh Hotels

Phnom Penh hotels in this largest Cambodian city, present a wide range to suit virtually any taste and budget. There are hotels, guesthouses, inns, and hostels to choose from, options not afforded when traveling in many other parts of the country. As a growing city, Phnom Penh has evolved into a modern metropolis with many western traits, yet it sill retains its cultural roots and attractive, exotic qualities. It is a city of contrasts for certain, friendly yet suspect, vibrant and so very dark in the back streets and alleys tourists don’t frequent. When choosing a hotel, priority is selecting one in a safe and well frequented area where if you need to, getting around at night is possible via taxi. The city is fascinating and wonderful to explore yet keeping your guard up is recommended - not in an alarmist way but the theory “better safe than sorry” is a phrase worth remembering.

Phnom Penh Luxury Hotels

Phnom Penh Luxury Hotels
Phnom Penh Luxury Hotels

Luxury is quite easy to find in Phnom Penh, with a wide spectrum of choices available. Boutique hotels are very popular and have been growing in number of over the years, some started up by locals filling tourist demand while others begin as the brainchild of backpackers and other international types aiming to offer another unseen hotel archetype. Many boutique accommodations are indeed Phnom Penh luxury hotels while others are more mid-range options with quirky, interesting details. It just depends on your standard of luxury (for many backpackers, these boutique hotels are swanky digs). Luxury hotels, like Villa Paradiso in the city center, tend to offer a wide range of services and facilities like onsite spas, along with luxury rooms and suites. Five-star Phnom Penh luxury hotels include Raffles Hotel Le Royal (pictured above) and the Intercontinental, both near several Phnom Penh attractions, dining, and nightlife.

Phnom Penh Inns

Phnom Penh Inns
Phnom Penh Inns

Inns, or guesthouses as they’re most commonly known throughout Southeast Asia, are the most common, affordable, and often most convenient lodging option for a large majority of travelers. They tend to be mid-range, run by locals, and offer a homey feel with a friendly environment perfect for making new friends. They are mostly concentrated on the riverfront side and city center. The riverfront is the main hub of activity – with scores of restaurants, bars, sights and shops – so naturally lodging options are abundant. There are several solid choices by and on the river, and though by no means are they ultra-impressive, they are clean, roomy, reliable, and definitely do the trick. Across from Tuol Sleng there are a few excellent options in cheap Phnom Penh hotels, offering a quieter backdrop than rooms in the thick of things, making them a good family option.

Phnom Penh Hostels

Phnom Penh Hostels
Phnom Penh Hostels

Backpackers are ideally accommodated in the Boeung Kak Lake area around Street 93 where a dedicated industry has grown up. There are dozens of internet shops, cheap bars and equally cheap restaurants scattered throughout. Most inexpensive hostels are located around the rim of the lake’s east side; some even offer small patios with great sunrise/sunset views. Due to the state of constant change this particular area experiences, it’s best to actually see your room before deciding whether or not to look at further options.

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