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“Amazing” 4 of 5 stars
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The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh
Street 302, Building 26, Phnom Penh BKK1, Cambodia   |  
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed here because we had such a good time staying at the Mad Monkey Siem Reap. This one was slightly different but it did not disappoint. The rooms weren't as nice but the downstairs hangout/restaurant area was really awesome. The food was AMAZING (pricy for Cambodia but still really cheap for what you got!)

We hired a tuk-tuk driver through them and he was friendly, professional and great value for money.

The sunset bar was a great place to chill. They shut down the bar etc around 10pm (because they can't be too loud too late because of their location) however they tuk-tuk'd everyone there (including the bar staff) to a nearby bar to continue the party. That was a lot of fun.

It felt good staying there, too, because it was ethical - although it's a Western founded business, it employs almost entirely locals, pays them progressive wages and gives them good skills. Positive vibes all round. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review of The Mad Monkey - you were a lovely guest and we really enjoyed your company - please do come back soon ! Love from us all at The Mad Monkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights, it was perfect as we were backpacking. The rooms are pretty basic and simple. But it was clean and had hot water. There is a restaurant downstairs selling cheap good food. There is also a rooftop bar, where drinks are cheap. The staff are sooo friendly and really helpful. They took us out to a local bar one night and helped us arrange trips to the killing fields. I would def stay here again if i was to return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your review - we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here and we wish you the best of luck and fun on your trip. Love from The Mad Monkey Team.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Beds sucked as you roll around it makes so much noise. It is a good price though and the vibe is more of a laid back atmosphere especially up in the bar, where lounge seating is available. The staff is very friendly. FYI laundry takes 2 days at this hostel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thanks for the review - it seems as though you were happy apart from the bed - had you told us during your stay it would have been our pleasure to move you - however based on this and some other comments we have gone round a replaced a number of the dorm beds that were getting old, with regards your laundry it takes one day if you hand it in the night before - you cant hand it in at 2pm and expect it the same day - more accurately laundry takes 24 hours from handing it in. I hope this helps - thanks for your feedback and staying at The Mad Monkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

amazing hostel in phonm penh....food is amazing ..great steaks and sauces ~you wont be dissappointed at all .
we,d double room (hubby and i)and it was very big and very clean for a hostel .i,m not at all surprised this hostel is in top accomodation in area .everyone goes way out to help
staff are superb and full of fun .
bonus with bar on roof ,but not a mad place just a great place to chill out ...loved the bars just a few streets up .
go on mad money ,you are fabulous ..i missed the food when id gone

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with our team at The Mad Monkey and for your kind review - it is always lovely for us when we have nice considerate guests stay with us and you are a super star. Thanks again for your review - much love from Cambodia.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

A friend and I stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a dorm room with around 16 beds. The beds were large and comfortable and lockers are provided. They can be quite noisey however with the amount of people staying in them. The only problem I had with the room was that there in an opening where the toilet wall meets the ceiling and it just means that those sleeping beside the toilet can hear everyone's business. Shower was good with hot water. Towels are not provided.

The hostel itself is in a decent location. It's about a 25 min walk to the Palace and closeby bars and restaurants.

Facilities include a restaurant with great food but a little pricey for backpackers. Breakfast is not included in the room price. Rooftop bar has a good atmostphere. Pooltable in the bar is one of the worst I've ever played on but that actually added to our ammusement. There are no computers available for guests. Wifi is good.

Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Overall it was a good stay!

Sheila

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thanks very much for your kind review - there are computers available for guests in the office you just need to ask. Thanks again for your kind review - have a lovely trip !
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I slept in the 20 people dorm so it was rather easy to get to know other travellers. The beds were super comfy and i was very tempted to steal the pillow. Also i really liked the rooftopbar as well as the restaurant even tho the prices were above the average. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you very much for you review - it was great having you here although our pool games were not ideal we are so pleased you had fun! Have a great trip and we hope you come back soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Probably the noisiest place I've stayed so far, especially in the double/twin room that has a blacked out window which leads directly onto the bar where the staff started playing music in the restaurant/bar/reception area at 6.30am. The place also echoes every single voice, loud footsteps etc etc into the rooms, late into the night and early morning. Pretty sure I slept for about 2 hours. Anyway we asked if we could move rooms but there weren't any available so were instead given earplugs and a discount on that nights stay. Apart from the noise I liked it, staff are enthusiastic, food is great - especially if you're craving western food! They do also have Asian options too. The rooftop bar was pretty cool and the hostel itself is in an ok location in the south of the city. Probably take you 30mins to walk to the north where the museum, palace etc are but a tuk tuk cost $3 so was fine. It's good value for money but we didn't really get much sleep so would only stay again if we were in a different/less noisy room.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adam293925, Owner at The Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
We are really pleased you enjoyed the food - our team puts a lot of work into it so for it to be appreciated is always very nice - thanks for your review and we very much hope to see you again in the future! Love the mad monkey!
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Address: Street 302, Building 26, Phnom Penh BKK1, Cambodia
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Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is an awesome Hostel with a great vibe, good food and an active bar. It is a hotspot for European and US Travelers looking for an awesome place to stay in the Penh!We have friendly staff, a positive attitude and a selection of great bars serving up over 40 cocktails. If you are looking for a hotel experience with all of the mod cons like TV in the room we are probably not for you - but if you are looking to stay in a friendly clean, well run, good fun hostel with the opportunity to meet other travelers at the bar then we could just be your perfect choice. All You Need Is Love! THE MAD MONKEY TEAM ... more   less 
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