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“A 'must' do in Cambodia” 5 of 5 stars
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Don Bosco Hotel School
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   Group 13, Sangkat 4, Ou 5,, Sihanoukville, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 170 Sihanoukville B&B and Inns
greece
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A 'must' do in Cambodia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you do nothing else in Cambodia, visit the Don Bosco School. My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a day there during a recent visit. Instead of doing the usual 'highlights of ...' tour, we opted to learn about 'Khmer' cookery with the catering students there. And what a fortunate choice; this experience was certainly the highlight of our entire two weeks in South East Asia: the students were an absolute delight and the staff [volunteers all] are saints. We were so moved by the amazing story of this place and the work that is done there ... and we had a great cookery course and a fabulous lunch prepared and presented by an entirely professional team. WONDERFUL!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Toddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was also part of the luncheon party from the Volendam. The lunch was excellent and all the students fantastic. The school had also laid on a sightseeing trip of the area for our party which we all enjoyed. The guides on our trip were two of the teachers from the school who were very helpful and friendly.
The school offers scholarships to 300 underprivileged children every year. It's a two year programme where the students are trained in all hotel departments, computer literacy and English.
This is a fantastic project and deserves every bit of support it can get.
The hotel was lovely and well worth visiting if you are in the area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Klingenthal, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Don Bosco Hotel School and we are very pleased of this experience.
The staff is very helpful, the swimming pool very beautiful and food at the restaurant very good !; the students always try to help you with Michèle and assure a good service; they are always smiling and this is very pleasant.
This is a very good address!!
It's a little far from the town center and beaches but they have a good shuttle service ;

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed eight nights at Don Bosco Hotel and we enjoyed our stay. It was very quiet and we could relax very well.
Staff is very helpful, but sometimes they are not perfect. We don't mind, since Don Bosco is a hotel school and staff is still learning.
Food at the restaurant is very good and not overpriced. The only drawback: if they have a "Set Menu" for dinner, you have to choose this one. The "à la carte" menues are not available.
They have a good tuk tuk driver which does not overcharge.
Unfortunately the fitnes center was out of order due to renovation of the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Traveling a country over number of weeks can be exhausting - finding accommodation, making travel arrangements, the daily packing, carrying luggage from destination to destination, wondering if you're getting scammed, is your stuff safe, am I safe. All these factors can add up over time wearing a traveller out.

Thank goodness then for Don Bosco.

My wife and I checked in early to the hotel after coming off a horrible experience on Chi Phat. This experience was draining and left us having to scramble to get out of Chi Phat.

We didn't know what to do because our reservations for Don Bosco were a few days away. Fortunately, Don Bosco was able to accommodate our request for an early check in.

When we told our tuk tuk driver we wanted to go to Don Bosco he tried to discourage us by saying it was too far out and not close to the beach. In part, this is true. You're not walking distance to the beach and it is a ways out of the cacophony of Sihanoukville.

If you're looking for a 24 hour party this is not the place for you. If you're looking for great food, an amazing pool, a quiet setting, a place to recharge, and the loveliest people you're going to meeting in Cambodia then this is the place for you.

Don Bosco offers spacious, modern rooms. The food menu has something for everyone's palate. They have a modest drink selection but the drinks are masterfully prepared. Also, it's pretty sweet to be pool side and have someone take your order and deliver your drinks - be it water, coffee, or alcohol.

Quick aside, coffee is fantastic!

Now, Don Bosco is a hospitality training school for young Cambodians trying to find employment in the ever rising tourism industry. This is hands on training and the students are running (under supervision) the hotel. It's a two year program that runs them
Through language classes and every aspect of the hospitality industry.

With this in mind, have a heart. They are learning. Think back to when you had your first job. That first while was uncomfortable, right? Now throw on the high demands of the service industry and the struggles of doing it in a foreign language.

Is the service the quickest? No. Is the service the most pleasant? Absolutely! Besides, where do you have to be? You're on vacation! Sit by the pool, enjoy the sunshine and relax. To vacation means that your getting alway from the day to day stress of your everyday life. If you bring that stress with you then you're not actually vacationing.

One final note, my wife and I forgot to lock our safe on the way to a meal. All our money, documents, and jewellery were in the safe. Easily enough stuff in there to make any Cambodian happy for some time. When we returned to our room the room had been cleaned and nothing had been touched. And there is no doubt at all that they would have seen what was at offer. This experience speaks to the school's level of professionalism and the true Cambodian sprit.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

As travelers I'm sure you have all had at least one experience of a foreigner expressing frustration through yelling and hand gestures.. So don't be one of them-
The staff here are students, they are learning and practising skills in all areas of hospitality (ontop of that theyre doing it all in English!) They deserve some patience...
Everyone we encountered were beyond friendly, it was a really welcoming place to stay and if they don't understand a request they will ask 100 people if need be to deliver it. Yes they are under construction but you should be waking up early and exploring the town and beaches, bike riding around, kicking the football with the students at the highschool or making the most of the beautiful pool- you are on holidays after all!
Super clean rooms, quiet at night and evenings, free wifi available, a huge and beautifully organized kitchen and if your after Khmer food there are several recommendations to follow from the staff.
Go and stay, support a good cause and get some of the infectious spirit they're oozing!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Stayed with family with 2 kids (11 & 13 yrs) in inter-connecting rooms, one with 2x single bed and one with king size bed. Rooms very clean, each room its own bathroom. Service extremely friendly. We had bad luck in that there were building/renovation works right above our rooms so at 7am sharp we had a very loud wake-up call. Tuktuk into town or to the beaches at 10am, 2pm and 6pm or other times if you pay the fee. No problem to find tuktuk in the evening to bring us back from the beach to Don Bosco (Usd 4). Super swimming pool. Restaurant serves really good food at reasonable prices. Staff tries very hard to communicate in understandable english.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Group 13, Sangkat 4, Ou 5,, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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Location: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 170 B&Bs / Inns in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Don Bosco Hotel School 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel of the Don Bosco Hotel School has something special to offer to you, you will not find elsewhere in Cambodia. It is the Training and Study Hotel of the Don Bosco Hotel School where the students get their practical experience and welcome guest. Therefore the hotel is entirely managed by the students (from house-keeping, kitchen, restaurant to front-office) under the supervision of their teachers. Located in a residential and quiet zone, the sandy and lovely Occheuteal and Otres beaches as well as downtown are only about 2km away. You can use our free shuttle service to the beach and downtown, rent a bike or try local transport (motor taxi, tuk-tuk). All rooms of the hotel are furnished in a classical contemporary style and feature air conditioning, bathroom with toilet and free of charge Wi-Fi connection. The superior and deluxe type rooms distinguished by a private balcony. For relaxation there is the beautiful swimming pool (with sunbathing chairs, bar, cocktails,...) set within a tropical garden and for exercise there is the fitness center. Access is free for hotel guests. From reservation to check out, we are happy to be at your service. ... more   less 
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