Set in a classic Siem Reap street a walk away from the town centre, this is a budget establishment catering mainly to backpackers. They have private rooms as well as some dorms.
I've stayed at far nicer hotels, but with a much higher price. Stayed here with 3 others in a reasonably large room with 2 queen sized beds for $20 per night. Fridge, multi-channel TV, private bathroom, towels included, air conditioned. Although true that the staff are trying to make money off of you, you can haggle, and the staff were all friendly, particularly 'Chris', the young tuk-tuk driver and waiter. You can buy a filling breakfast or lunch from the front of the hostel for a couple of dollars. The staff have a habit of sleeping on the floor of the reception at night, but hey, I found it quirky.
Whilst not luxury I was pleasantly suprised. Why stay in a Sofitel when you can stay at The Backpacker Hostel! Whilst there are too many wonderful cafés and restaurants in the town for me to mention, if you want to get out of the head to relax for a while, visit the 'private cinema' in the 'shopping mall'. An odd experience for a Westerner but very worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Angkor Backpacker Hostel is a welcoming, intimate guesthouse for the active traveler looking to visit Siem Reap, Angkor. Typically, our guests enjoy spending their days to visit the ancient temples such as: Angkor Wat, Bayon..., Waterfall at Kolen Mountain, bird watching at Prek Tal, or justexploring the sighseeing or countryside by bike or rental car. ... more less