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“Pleasant” 4 of 5 stars
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#318, Wat Domnak Village Salakomroek Commune, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #127 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Siem Reap
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“Pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This hostel had it all: great atmosphere, great staff, great advice about what to do. They helped me find some friends to do the Angkor Wat stuff to help lighten the load on the wallet. We all then went out and partied that night on pub street, what a place.

I would recommend this hostel to anyone who is staying in Seim Reap.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Like everything in cambodia, prices are a matter of negotiation. The service in this hostel could be way better, but at least the room was air conditioned and clean. you don't have to avoid it but i heard you can do better.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a cheap place to stay, you'll get charged an extra $5 a night if you want air conditioning but the fan is fine so we only paid £10 for the 2 of us each night. Great value.

They have their own tuk tuk drivers, this doesn't mean they will be cheaper than the ones you get in town, but since you have to negotiate with who ever you use it doesn't matter! Best to know some prices from other tuk tuk drivers and just use who you feel comfortable with. We used them twice and town tuk tuk drivers other times. One of their drivers tried to charge an extra $5 but since we had already agreed a price before going we refused to pay extra!

The food was nice but the servings not big. what you expect from a cheap place.

Very friendly staff, no complaints.

you have to plug the fridgein yourself, but you get enough towles, and they give you more if you ask!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights, not expecting too much considering how cheap it is. The room was fine, we had a bed to sleep in but the fridge didn't work and we only had one towel to share between the 3 of us. The staff were our main problem, they just didn't seem to care. They were happy enough to charge us very high prices for any tuk tuk or taxi, but didn't seem interested in anything else. They like to sit around and pester you about what you are doing and where you are going so they can try and convince you to book with them. It also came to checking out and our transfer had been arranged, it just needed a phone call from the hostel to confirm a time. We asked 4 times for them to call, each time they promised they would and told us to come to the reception at 8 AM and someone would pick us up. Having reminded them again the night before, we came to the reception at 8 AM, and no one was there to meet us. So we asked yet again if they had called, to which they replied they had, although it was quite clear they hadn't. They told us to wait, and we waited for about an hour before our bus appeared, obviously having to come and get us at the last minute. Not impressed at all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The staff was very unpolite and there were bugs in the room. The second night our airconditioning broke down. And they try to overcharge you for tuktuk-tours to angkor wat. And they also never clean the bathroom

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

stayed at this hostel on our trip to see the temples of Angkor, The staff were helpful and very polite, we chose to stay in a privet A/C room and for $7 each we felt this was great value you can also get a privet fan room for $4 or $5 a night or shared dorm for $1 or $2 a night depending on how many nights you book for, the room was very spacious and clean, the bathroom was also very large and the hot water actually worked unlike our previous hotel. located very centrally the old markets, night markets and pub st are all 5 min walk away or $1 tuk tuk ride. would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: #318, Wat Domnak Village Salakomroek Commune, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #127 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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 

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