Blue Lime, 42 Street 19z (small cul de sac off Street 19, across the street from the Royal Institute of Fine Arts, which is behind the National Museum of Cambodia), ☎ +8220.127.116.110, +855.12.447.057 (mobile). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A 14-room urban accommodation, with a lush exotic garden and a salt-water swimming pool, centrally located behind the National Museum of Cambodia and the Royal Palace. The rooms, garden and pool are modern minimalist, with concrete furniture, all covered by a free 1 Mb/s wi-fi. Its sister property is The Pavilion (see below). US$40-50, including continental breakfast.
Bougainvillier Boutique Hotel, 227 Sisowath Quay, ☎ +818.104.22.1688, . Situated in Quay Sisowath, all suites have a beautiful sight of the Mekong River. Located in the touristic and lively area, it is just three minutes’ walk to Royal Palace, National Museum and Night Market. Its Deluxe Rooms and Suites are all equipped with air-conditioners, cable TV, private safes, minibars, IDD telephones, and free access to ADSL.
California 2 Guesthouse, 79 Sisowath (North of the night market on the riverfront), ☎ 077503144. The original hotel at 317 Sisowath Quay closed as of May 2008. After a year and a half closure it is reopened farther north on the riverfront. 3 doors north of the Mekong Express Bus, and near the Port, in the Wat Phnom Area it offers… A 24 hour Bar and Restaurant including wifi and pool table. Rooms are equipped with wifi, room safe, AC, ceiling fan, hot water, fridge, and 26 inch flat screen TVs. Breakfast is included. US$25-35.
Cambodia Uncovered, 11B Boeng Keng Kong (Street 370), ☎ +855.12.507.097. This great boutique accommodation in central Phnom Penh offers a self-contained apartment for up to four people, along with satellite TV, a DVD player, and a small veranda. Advanced booking required. Off-the-beaten-track boat trips, up-country travel, and cooking classes can also be arranged. singles US$50, doubles US$60, including breakfast.
Changi Ville Guest House and Cafe, 137B Street 330 (in Chamkarmorn District, about 15 minutes’ walk from the Independence Monument). Located in a residential neighborhood, the accommodation offers clean double rooms with attached baths. Friendly staff. Might occasionally have power outages due to its location. US$25.
Frangipani Villas, 20R Street 252, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh (near Pizza World), ☎ +855.12.687.717, +822.214.171.124. 1960s building with small garden and granite bathroom. Clean and environmentally-friendly. Free high-speed Internet access in each room, free laundry, breakfast. US$30-60.
Golden Gate Hotel, 9 Street 278, Sangkat Beng Keng Kang 1, Khan Chamkarmorn (near the Independence Monument), ☎ +855.23.427.618. US$15-40.
Hotel Cara, 18 Street 47 & 84, Sangkat Srass Chork, ☎ +855.23.430.066. A very nice hotel near the river and port. Good rooms with hot showers, TVs and a quiet ambience. Some rooms have balconies. The front rooms may get noisy because they are next to the main road, but the rooms opening on the side street are much better. Ask the booking desk while making reservations. Very helpful staff. Free Internet access in the office area near the lobby, but the breakfast is poor. US$35-50.
Hotel Luxury World, 35 Street 200, Sangkat Boeung Rang, Khan Daun Penh (along Monivong Boulevard). Located 15 minutes away from the airport, this very affordable hotel is situated ideally along Monivong Boulevard; the heart of Phnom Penh, where the Independence Monument is sited, can be reached within ten minutes of walking. There is an affordable massage parlour on the lower levels of the hotel. There also an open-air restaurant with a live band on the roof of the hotel which provides a cosy ambience at night. Free Internet access is located at the lobby area. US$27-47.
Paragon Hotel, 219B Sisowath Quay. Riverfront, near lots of good cafés. Rooms have bathrooms, air-conditioning, TVs, fridges. No breakfast, but close to restaurants that serve it. US$15-30.
The Pavilion, 227 Street 19 (near the Royal Palace). Colonial building dating from 1920, with lush garden, swimming pool, jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have private swimming pools. Its sister property is Blue Lime (see above). US$50-80.
PKD1 Guesthouse, 40 Street 136 (just off the riverfront), ☎ +855.12.769.920. Clean and secure accommodation with fan or air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms, cable TV and refrigerators. US$10-15.
Velkommen Inn, 23 Street 104 (just off the riverfront). Nice guesthouse on the popular Street 104 with a friendly and helpful owner. Spotless air-conditioned rooms with cable TVs, minibars, safety boxes, en suite bathrooms with hot water, and free wifi. Fifty meters from the bus stations and ferry dock. US$20-40.
Some High end places
Intercontinental Hotel, Mao Tse Tung Blvd. A favourite among visiting dignitaries, but rather out of the way in the southwest corner of the city.
Phnom Penh Hotel, Monivong Blvd (just south of the French Embassy). Newly renovated with very nicely appointed rooms and suites.
Raffles Le Royal, 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh (off Monivong Blvd), tel. +855 23 981 888, fax. +855 23 981 168, originally built in 1929 by the French, used as a dry fish store by the Khmer Rouge but given a loving redecoration by the Raffles group in 1999. Walking distance to Wat Phnom and the river, excellent service, wonderful attention to detail and the “Landmark” rooms in the old wing still use bathtubs and even light switches from 1929 (plus broadband Internet and walk-in showers). Beware of credit card fraud here – don’t let your card out of your sight when paying the bill. US$150/300 low/high season.