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Sakal Bungalows
Sihanoukville, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #57 of 168 Sihanoukville B&B and Inns
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“We were going to stay here....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We had looked online at a few prices and almost booked here before reviewing, which we don't normally do. We are 2 backpackers, have stayed in some cheap places, but this wasn't even worthy of one night! We were shown 2 rooms, both filthy, STUNK of damp, they were small, and a man was cleaning last nights dishes outside one of them. The location is a bit out of the way if you are looking for the nightlife too... This was for a fan bungalow, if you can afford the more expensive a/c rooms, may be worth a look, but otherwise go elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Manama, Bahrain
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We have stayed here a lot of times - because of the proximity to the beach and the ' french street' .
But it is not a great choice if you are looking for the ' niceties '.
The bar has a lot of atmosphere with a regular crowd of geriatric english expats.
That said- its the only year round 24 hours bar with reasonable prices on Victory-
The staff make up in good service for all the negatives here - besides the owner or his family is always around. The food is ok and pricier for a backpacker location.
The cons- the rooms - furniture, pillows and all bedding smell of mould.
Try to get a room in the new building at the back on the third floor.
Ask for fresh pillows. The laundry service is only good for your beach shorts and tees.
The one big plus is that it is safe and you can trust the staff to take care of your belongings.
Also they have a weekly quiz night. Not recommended if you are looking for a ' nice cushy place'. Just a tad better than a backpackers place.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

First I liked the place very much as they offered a free pick up from the bus station etc. So I stayed there for a couple of times by e-mail reservations. The rooms cost from $5 to 12 or up depending on the type of the room. A nice bar with a small pool which is not swimmable. The restaurant is good but pricy with some impolite waitor with menacing look sometimes if you don't tip him very much. Overall, it is close to the victory beach with a garden restaurnt. They charge for wifi and computer use, that you can get free at other guest houses. One time I arrived but they gave my room to someone else because I arrived late and didn't have my cell phone number.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We spent 3 nights in the dorm and in the beginning we thought that all the bites we got were from the mosquitos (and there were allot of them even do the dorm has nets over the windows).
On the third morning we woke up we found a mature bedbug crawling in our bed sheets, we caught it and photographed it. Then we took it over to the staff to talk to them about it and the women in the reception claimed she didn’t know what bedbugs were and she didn’t recognize the bug. She said she was going to call and talk to the manager and look it up, after we explained how bad bedbugs are. After 15 minutes we came back and she said that there weren’t a problem and that bedbugs are all over Cambodia and that everyone has them in their house and every hotel has them. And since we still wanted to talk to the manager she called and said that he would come in 15-20 minutes. Later she said he would not come because he didn’t have time. She said we could leave when we had paid our bill, otherwise we would not get our passports back, but they wouldn’t do anything about the bedbugs because it was no problem. We really tried to talk to them but they were very rude, wouldn´t listen to us and it almost seemed like it was our own fault. Yelling at your customers refusing to answer their questions, lying to their face and walking away when you try to speak to them is what we define rude behavior as.

This would not have been a problem if the staff and manager had handled it better than to say “It isn’t a problem in Cambodia” and did nothing to make the situation better for us. We had to pay full price for our stay and now we also have big expenses because we need to wash all our clothes and bags. This to get rid of the bugs and make sure they don’t follow us back home.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Levis, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Sakal is a nice Guesthouse in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Pleasant crew members, quite clean rooms, very nice accomodation for the price. Bar open 24 hours. The hotel is located close to the Russian Beach, the most quiet beach in town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geelong, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Best place in the area to stay. I totally agree with the comments below made by another visitor. If you want all the nice things that you have at home, wifi, t.v. p.c etc then stay at home. If you want to get to know Cambodia and how people live, come over and stay at Sakal. If the hot water runs out, so what. It isn't the end of the world. Most Cambodians have cold showers every day because they can't afford hot water! Get with the real world. Great staff, great food and you get what you pay for. I will be back in a few weeks and will be staying again. It was hard to leave!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Uddevalla, Sweden
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

I have stayed at Sakal three times and have nothing but positive things to say about this place. Have met wonderful nice people (some have even been men over 65) and the staff are very nice and considerate.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
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Ranked #57 of 168 B&Bs / Inns in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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