Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. While it isn’t a huge city it does take up quite a bit of space and for the uninitiated getting around can be a little confusing. The city has a lot of options for nightlife and entertainment but it’s pretty spread out. Thankfully for the visitor there are plenty of tuk tuk and motorcycle taxis around to take people from one place to another for a dollar or two.
While locals are tolerant or even accepting of the nightlife a few foreign transplants are not. Some of the hotels forbid their guests having visitors of any kind and they embarrassingly announce this rule with things like large signs in their lobbies that read “No sex tourists.” More than a few guys with local girlfriends have run into prejudice at these kinds of places and learned a bad lesson the hard way. What could be worse than booking a trip to see a local lady friend only to show up and find out that the hotel forbids any meeting behind closed doors?
This is a list of quality and reasonably priced hotels in good locations that have confirmed guest friendly policies.
1. Hotel Cambodiana (Riverside)
The Hotel Cambodiana is without a doubt among the nicest hotels in all of Cambodia. In addition it’s centrally located and every taxi, tuk tuk and moto taxi driver in the city knows the place. The rooms are large and the hotel is even larger. It stands out like a monument in the city.
Although it’s centrally located the Cambodiana isn’t necessarily right next to the nightlife. There is a nice lounge bar inside the hotel with a live band from the Philippines but other nightlife and entertainment spots require a short ride in a tuk tuk or taxi. Thankfully there are plenty on standby and the ride is inexpensive. A positive aspect of this is that the risk of getting lost in a strange city in the middle of the night is virtually eliminated.
The Hotel Cambodiana is totally guest friendly as many regulars and business travelers can attest. It’s not the cheapest place to stay in town by any means but good deals can often be found by booking rooms at the Hotel Cambodiana online before arrival.
2. Royal Mekong Boutique Hotel (Street 208)
The Royal Mekong Boutique Hotel is a nice hotel located on a quiet street in the heart of the city. Walking distance to the infamous Golden Sorya Mall and many bars and eateries this hotel is still out of the way enough to offer some privacy. The hotel is very nicely designed and well maintained. Rooms are spacious and staid. There are safes in each room and quality wireless internet throughout the building.
The doors of the hotel are closed at night but there is always a staff member of security guard on stand by to open them when a guest arrives. The hotel is totally guest friendly though they may ask a visitor to leave some form of identification at the front desk for the safety of their guests.
Rooms are reasonably priced but the best rate can only be guaranteed by booking a stay at the Royal Mekong Boutique Hotel online in advance.
3. Bougainvillier (Riverside)
The Bougainvillier is a decent and fairly inexpensive hotel located right on the riverside. Despite the prime location and large rooms they do not ask an arm and a leg for a stay. The hotel is also completely guest friendly. Visitors simply have to show some form of identification at the front desk before visiting a guest’s room.
The Bougainvillier is officially a three star hotel. Although it might cost less than some of its competitors it would probably given something more like two stars if it were located in the heart of the action in many other cities around the world. Rooms are large but decorated with rattan furniture that is on the cheap side even if it does add some local flavor.
The hotel’s central location makes it easy to find for visitors and taxis alike even if pronunciation of the name might prove a little difficult. Beds are big and comfortable and the bathrooms are large and well insulated to offer privacy even when someone else is inside the room.
Although a stay at the hotel isn’t necessarily expensive in any event the best deals can be found by booking rooms at the Bougainvillier Hotel online in advance.
4. Indochine 2 Hotel (Street 130)
The Indochine 2 Hotel is a nice budget option to round out the list. The hotel isn’t the greatest thing going but it’s definitely not bad for the price. Rooms can be surprisingly cheap considering what is provided. Wi-Fi is reliable throughout the building which is something even many expensive hotels can’t manage to pull off.
I don’t know where the Indochine 1 is, or if such a hotel even exists, but the Indochine 2 is centrally located. It’s only a short walk from the riverside and popular areas filled with bars on Street 130 and Street 136. The staff is warm and courteous and they have no problem with guests bringing visitors back to their rooms.
A stay at the hotel never costs too much but the best rates can only be guaranteed by booking a room at the Indochine 2 Hotel online before arrival.
5. Lux Riverside Hotel (Street 136)
For those who want to be right in the midst of the action there are few better choices than the Lux Riverside Hotel on Street 136. This four star hotel is surrounded by hostess bars on all sides and only a few steps away from the lively Riverside.
The Lux is a large modern hotel with a variety of rooms available. The quarters range from the standard double all the way up to two bedroom apartments. All of the quarters are well fitted with comfortable beds and furniture. The place is very safe and secure too.
Due to its location it wouldn’t make much much for the Lux to turn away guests with visitors. The hotel thus has a rational guest friendly policy that only requires people visiting hotel guests to provide some kind of identification before enter the rooms.
A stay at the Lux isn’t necessarily cheap but the prices are quite reasonable considering the hotel’s location and star rating. Of course the best prices can be found by booking at the Lux Riverside Hotel online in advance.