We stayed at Velkommen Guesthouse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last month for one night during our Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh trip. I chose this particular place because:
- it is a short walk (~700 m) from the Giant Ibis bus stop (one can’t really call it a station) right next to Phnom Penh Night Market (click here for walking directions on Google Maps);
- it is close to some of the tourist spots, such as Sisowath Quay, Wat Ounalom, and the Royal Palace; and
- it is affordable and can easily be booked online (I booked through HostelBookers and paid only USD 16. 00 for a Standard Double room)
- Free Wi-Fi. Nothing special, as this is almost an expected feature with most accommodations in Phnom Penh offering it, but still very much appreciated.
- Clean. The best thing about this place for me. Our room and bathroom were spotless.
- Restaurant on the ground floor. Convenient for folks who don’t feel like eating out, as we did after we got back from a walking tour of the city in the sweltering heat. I had their Chicken Kiev, which was very tasty.
- No lift/elevator. Our room was on the 4th floor, so it was quite a climb. We only had backpacks so it wasn’t too much of a hassle, but it might be for guests with large pieces of luggage.
- Noisy. This was the deal breaker for me. Velkommen Guesthouse just happens to be a block away from Kandal Market. Our room had a window facing the street, and even though it was shut with the A/C on, the 24/7 noise from the market just relentlessly seeped through. If you’re a light sleeper, be prepared for a fitful sleep.
All in all, my only real complaint is the din in the wee hours of the morning. For only USD 16. 00 per night for a double room, Velkommen Guesthouse certainly provides great value for your money. Had I realized the proximity to Kandal Market beforehand, though, I probably would have booked another place in a quieter part of the city.