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“Beaufiully restored French villa in the heart of Phnom Penh” 5 of 5 stars
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Kambuja Inn
8-10 Street 174 | Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #25 of 273 Phnom Penh B&B and Inns
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“Beaufiully restored French villa in the heart of Phnom Penh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This place was just jaw-dropping. The location was great, but the look and feel of this beautiful old villa was what made the stay here so amazing. Not only was the room the size of an apartment, but the authentic tiling and wooden French shutters opening onto a lovely balcony really made it feel like I'd stepped back into colonial times, but with all the modern conveniences you need such as aircon and wifi! Last but not least, the staff were some of the friendliest I'd met on my trip and would bend over backwards to ensure you have a great stay. Tip: on a hot afternoon grab an ice-cold beer and chill out in the courtyard!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Not really sure why someone would label kambuja inn as a boutique. It does not charge boutique prices so you get what you pay for and that is a very safe, comfortable place to stay in the heart of Phnom Penh . I discovered this place in 2004 and came back again for a few years until it was discovered and became hard to book in high season. It has a very warm and welcoming charm. The owner is friendly the staff I feel are trustworthy. There is a safe box in the room which you do not get for a 30 usd room anywhere. This included free breakfast which you can choose from porridge or oatmeal , pancakes or eggs and french roll. I was even expecting to pay around 5 usd for my washing but even most of that was complimentary and ended being charged 50 cents. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a room that is under 50usd.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dalat, Vietnam
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

It was a relief to return mid day to rest and in the evening to Kambuja Inn during my 5 day stay in Phnom Penh. The staff were extraordinarily kind and helpful, the location was ideal on a side street, the old French mansion turned into a charming hotel was clean and quiet. Breakfast was good The family owners encourage sustainable service (your choice if towels and bed sheets are changed daily), 0 tolerance on room use for prostitution and they support Friends restaurants, Friends and Romdeng, that train street kids in culinary arts and restaurant management. They are a hotel with a social conscience. Thanks to all the staff for a peaceful stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I stayed at Kambuja Inn for just a couple of days after arriving in Phnom Penh while I was looking for a hotel closer to the water front for a 2 month stay.

Kambuja is a well run and very neat boutique hotel in a renovated double storey original Phnom Penh residence in a quiet street well away from any ‘tourist’ area. The hotel has a very pleasant garden and water feature environment but the rooms have the most basic of amenities (no fridge, desk reading light) and are very dark.

The complimentary breakfast was not very substantial which was a minor concern considering there were no other restaurants or food stalls nearby, but the family who run the place were very friendly and helpful with information about Phnom Penh city, travels and tours around Cambodia, but their children were running around all day making noise and there was a baby crying on and off all day which I found very annoying.

Their ‘insistence’ on cash payment up front each day was also a little irritating.

Room Tip: I was in a rear,ground floor courtyard room, excellent sleep quality and no stairs.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I moved here after cutting back my stay at the Silver River Hotel and was very very glad I did so. Kambuja Inn is less than 500 meters from the Silver River Inn but it feels like it is in a completely different area. The street outside is clean, not too many shops, less busy but mostly importantly the hotels is what it states it is. It is small and intimate and the staff make you feel at home right from the start. I think this hotel is a converted villa and therefore feels more homey. The room is large and so is the bathroom. While the room decor is not the latest, and I liked it that way because it didn't feel commercialized and cheap, it offered all the amenities. The TV was a little dated but I didn't care because it wasn't in the way and I never turn it on anyways. The staff was very attentive and helpful. They guided me well and even setup my bus trip to Saigon immediately. At night they shutter the front and it feels safe because there is a guard who is right there. This is unlike the other hotel where sleaze was walking in and out. Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was a great place to stay, so much character and amazing wall hangings, pottery etc We had an enormous suite upstairs, kitchen, dining room, bedroom with lounge area, large bathroom ( although that was somewhat old fashioned ) the nicest room we've stayed in for many years and all for $40. ( probably expensive by Cambodian standards!!) And the staff were very nice and helpful. The only drawback was the street it was in, very run down and full of garbage

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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81 reviews 81 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

In PP this is the place I like to stay. The staf is great and rooms are good. It can be busy so book early. Rooms up-starirs are much better. Try to be home by 11 pm as the doors are locked and you will have to wake the night watchman

Room Tip: Up-stairs rooms are brighter
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8-10 Street 174 | Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
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Ranked #25 of 273 B&Bs / Inns in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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