Candid, independent reviews of the best places to stay in Phnom Penh. From quality traveller digs to luxury hotels - handpicked by Rusty Compass.

Phnom Penh hotels guide

Introduction

| 07 Feb 2011
Last updated 07 Feb 2011

Phnom Penh offers some of the best city accommodation experiences in Asia. Cambodia’s capital is spoiled with cosy lodgings sporting plenty of local character and style.  From the Raffles Le Royal at the top end to a superb selection of mid-priced boutique digs, travellers can choose a hotel with style and atmosphere on all but the most modest budgets.

The city’s ultimate hotel experience for both history and luxury is the French colonial era Raffles Le Royal Hotel. Built for the colonial elite and the first wave of travellers to Angkor in the late 1920s, the Le Royal has been at the centre of city life for eight decades including a tragic role in the traumatic Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975.

Since its refurbishment in the late 1990s, the Le Royal has been the place to stay for those not needing to watch the pennies too carefully.

Cambodia,Mysteres and Mekong Hotel,Phnom Penh Hotels
Photo: Mark BowyerMysteres and Mekong Hotel, Phnom Penh
The good news is that those on a tighter budget can also stay in atmospheric and historic small hotels. Phnom Penh’s boutique hotel scene is flourishing with a great selection of small, tasteful, cosy spaces with good facilities priced between US$40 and US$100. Many offer as few as 10 rooms making prior arrangement a good idea especially at busy times of the year.

We’re especially fond of Boddhi Tree Aram, The Pavilion, Villa Langka and the 252 but there are plenty more to choose from.

Phnom Penh is compact so all of our selected hotels enjoy good access to the city’s attractions. Those wanting to stay on the river will pay a small premium and will also need to compromise on facilities like gardens and pools. Most of the better boutique options are off the river.

Check out our listing below for more details on recommended hotels in Phnom Penh.
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Secret Villa, Phnom Penh

Secret Villa Boutique Hotel (formerly Villa Salt) has eleven generous and tasteful rooms a few blocks off the river but within... Read more

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Secret Villa, Phnom Penh
#20 Street 184 Sangkat Psa Thmey III Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh
+855 (0)23 216 850

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Mekong Floating Bungalows, Phnom Penh

Mekong Floating Bungalows is a unique, one room hotel, set beside a floating village on the Mekong River directly opposite Phnom... Read more

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Mekong Floating Bungalows, Phnom Penh
Mekong River, Phnom Penh
+855 (0)17 53 15 14

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Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh

The Patio Hotel features 45 cool, colourful rooms across a modern 7 story building. The rooftop pool and its city views are... Read more

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Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh
#134Z, St. 51 (Pasteur), BKKI, Phnom Penh
+855(0)23 99 79 00

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Amanjaya Pancam Hotel, Phnom Penh

The Amanjaya Pancam Hotel has set itself up primarily as a business hotel. A great location and large tasteful rooms make it a... Read more

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Amanjaya Pancam Hotel, Phnom Penh
1, Street 154, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (85523)219579

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Anise Hotel, Phnom Penh

Well located and popular 18 room family run hotel not far from the Independence Monument. Read more

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Anise Hotel, Phnom Penh
Nº 2C, St 278 off 57, Beoung Keng Kang I, Chamkamorn,Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
(855)23-222-522

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Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh

Blue Lime is a modern, boutique, urban accommodation from the same owners as the Pavilion. Polished concrete, stripped back... Read more

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Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh
42, street 19z (off street 19), Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 23 22 22 60

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Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh

Sprawling, tired and quirky, the  Cambodiana makes our selection based on its perfect location, history and kitsch value. Read more

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Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh
313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
(85523) 218 189, (85523) 426 392

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Frangipani Villa Fine Arts Hotel

The name’s a mouthful but this is a nicely done, nicely priced boutique hotel from the people behind the other Frangipanis in... Read more

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Frangipani Villa Fine Arts Hotel
43 Street 178, Phnom Penh
+855 23 223 320

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Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh

The only choice in Phnom Penh for travellers wanting to combine a stay in the city's most luxurious hotel - a Raffles no less -... Read more

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Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 23 981 888

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La Maison D'Ambre Hotel

Probably the most lovingly created of all Phnom Penh's boutique hotels. La Maison D'Ambre is an impeccably designed, ubercool... Read more

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La Maison D'Ambre Hotel
#123 Street 110, Corner
 of Street 19
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Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 23 222 780

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Tea House Urban Hotel, Phnom Penh

The Tea House Urban Hotel is a boutique style accommodation crafted from an office building by the group that got Phnom Penh's... Read more

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Tea House Urban Hotel, Phnom Penh
32, street 242 - Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 23 212 789

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The 252, Phnom Penh

The 252 is an impressive new boutique entrant in its price category raising Phnom Penh’s already high boutique value for money... Read more

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The 252, Phnom Penh
19 street 252
 Phnom Penh
 Cambodia
+ 855 23 63 31 252

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The Pavilion Hotel, Phnom Penh

One of the first and still one of the nicest of Phnom Penh’s boutique design hotels set in a lovely French colonial era villa... Read more

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The Pavilion Hotel, Phnom Penh
227, Street 19, Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 23 22 22 80

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The Plantation

A complex of thoughtfully restored French colonial era buildings make up The Plantation, Phnom Penh's first self declared "urban... Read more

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The Plantation
28 Street 184, Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 23 21 51 51

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Villa Langka, Phnom Penh

Villa Langka is another of Phnom Penh’s quality boutique hotels in a great location near the Independence Monument. Read more

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Villa Langka, Phnom Penh
14, Street 282 Phnom Penh - Cambodia
+855 23 726 771

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