There are many different options for accommodation in Cambodia, including everything from backpacker's hostels and basic guesthouses to beautiful international and boutique hotels. Since tourism in Cambodia is relatively new, however, choices of hotels in remote areas are often more limited.
On the flip side, cities such as Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Battambang are full of options, including the best of luxury international chains. In this article, we will use our experience to explain the ins and outs of staying in Cambodia, to help you choose the accommodation that is perfect for you.
- While there are some luxury hotels in Cambodia, most are mid-range or budget price
- Mid-range hotels normally cost between $60 and $90 a night
- Luxury accommodation typically costs over $120 a night
- The main accommodation options in Cambodia include international hotels, boutique hotels, and luxury resorts
- When choosing accommodation, travelers should consider location, length of stay, and possible deals
Average ranking of hotels
Cambodia has attracted more and more global hotel chains in recent years and while luxury accommodation is flourishing, it is still outstripped by mid-range and budget hotels. In big cities, luxury accommodation is available and is often the best option for travelers who want to experience local culture as well as the comfort and relaxation that luxury hotels provide.
Budget accommodation includes backpackers' hostels and lodges, which can be very alluring due to their low-cost, of around $15 a night. However, in these situations, travelers often get rooms with concrete walls, and a bed that lacks personality and comfort.
Mid-range hotels often go for about $60-90 a night and are often comfortably and stylishly furnished. Many of these hotels include breakfast and airport pick-up for free. Although most mid-range hotels are very nice it is important to do lots of research before booking, because they are privately owned, and the quality of service varies greatly, depending on the owners and staff.
Luxury accommodation usually costs around $120 or more a night, and is widely available in the big cities. It ranges from international 5-star hotels to beautiful boutique hotels and incredible all-inclusive resorts. Because competition in the accommodation market is so high, travelers are likely to find prices that are lower than in many other Asian countries.
The majority of mid-range and luxury hotels in Cambodia are decorated in enchanting and beautiful Khmer style. The Khmer style was inspired by Indian architecture in ancient times but later developed to be something completely unique.
Many luxury hotels are designed with memorable styles, to enrich travelers' experience. Especially in Siem Reap, where the economy is built around tourism, the hotels are often beautiful, with plenty of style and charm.
Phnom Penh is the capital city and many hotels there are business-focused and therefore a little plainer, but some lovely boutique hotels can be found close to the Royal Palace.
Internationally-owned hotels, such as the 5-star Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, are much more commonly found in Phnom Penh.
These hotels are often new luxury hotels, with all the latest comforts and services, as well as beautiful and extravagant rooms. Many are suitable for business trips and conferences, but also have extras such as pools and spas to meet the needs of all types of traveler.
Boutique hotels are often smaller and fit into the midrange or luxury category. These are owned by local entrepreneurs and range from beautiful buildings full of personality to cheaper locations.
Boutique hotels are very popular in Cambodia and are often a great option, but plenty of research should be done before booking, to make sure they are up to par.
Among the great boutique hotels in Siem Reap are the Tara Angkor Hotel and Shinta Mani Shack. We recommend the beautiful Double Leaf Boutique Hotel and Okay Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Luxury resorts are not as common as other types of hotel in Cambodia, but they can be found near beaches and in some major cities. One specific resort we recommend is the Battambang Resort, with its onsite restaurant and great services.
Beach resorts are found mostly in Sihanoukville or on the outlying islands. Like most accommodation in Cambodia, there is a large range to fit all budgets.
Guesthouses and homestays are perfect for getting closer to the local culture, as they are normally small and will involve interaction with the owners. However, because they are quite inexpensive, they often lack modern comforts and services.
Hotels in Cambodia are known for offering excellent services. No matter what hotel you choose, you are likely to be offered all the services you might need for a great experience.
At most hotels check-in time is flexible, from noon to late at night, and check-out is often before 2 pm. Most places provide free breakfast, though quality will vary from a quick piece of toast in budget locations, to large and exquisite buffets at luxury hotels.
Hotel rooms are often spacious with 3- and 4-star hotels offering rooms from 25 to 35 square meters. 5-star and luxury resorts usually offer larger and more open rooms. All rooms provide western-style bathrooms and comfortable beds.
Furthermore, to save you from having to navigate a foreign city, most hotels and guesthouses offer airport pick up and drop off at no extra charge.
How to choose your accommodation in Cambodia
With new hotels opening all the time to meet the demands of the country's growing tourism industry, there are many options for travelers. This plethora of accommodation makes prices competitive, but also creates a situation where deciding on accommodation can be overwhelming, due to the number of options.
This part of the article will discuss the importance of choosing the best location, the length of your stay, and how to take advantage of the high and low seasons.
Location, location, location
Because the cities in Cambodia offer so many different accommodation options for different budgets, location becomes one of the most important factors when choosing a hotel.
Staying in a place that is close to restaurants, attractions, or nightlife can make trips more carefree and easy. Picking a hotel that is further from the city center can mean being able to relax in quiet and peaceful surroundings, but needing to take a taxi or tuk-tuk into town.
In Phnom Penh, the best place to stay is near the Royal Palace and other major attractions. This area of the city has fun boutique hotels and is just a short walk from the river, which is full of great cafes, markets, and bars.
In Siem Reap, for those who want to be near nightlife, cafes, and shops, it is best to stay in the area near the old market and pub street. For those looking for a more peaceful and serene stay in Siem Reap, the resorts on the edge of the town are the best area.
Length of stay
Most travelers spend from 1 to 2 days in Phnom Penh and 2 to 4 days in Siem Reap. For those staying a shorter time, it may be important to choose hotels that are close to the main attractions so that they are easily accessible.
For longer stays, there is more time for comfort and relaxation, and nicer hotels and resorts can offer more peaceful downtime between visits to the main attractions.
There are some ways that travelers can get the most for their money while traveling in Cambodia. One is by visiting during the low season, from May to September. During this time, hotels often cut their prices by half, compared with peak season. During the low season, however, it's a good idea to plan extra days into the trip, in case of bad weather.
Another important money-saving tip is that most hotels offer free airport pickup when requested, so it is important to request airport pick-up services when making reservations.
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If you are looking for more information or help in booking the perfect accommodation, please feel free to contact us! Our experts have lots of experience in Cambodia and can help you find the perfect place for you and your fellow travelers.
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