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Dara Reang Sey Hotel Phnom Penh
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Reviewed April 25, 2008

Our two day trip to Phnom Penh was made extra special by staying at the Dara Reang Say. Even though I couldn't find much info about the place, we went ahead and booked it. They were prompt in their e-mail replies and very professional. They picked us up at the airport for a small fee. The hotel itself was clean, with a fridge, TV and A/C in each room. Some rooms had small balconies. Reminded me a lot of backpacker hotels/guesthouses in Europe. It's in a great location...about 3 blocks from the river. It's easy to walk to the river, but was nice not staying in the center of the action (that street can be noisy at night). The staff were very friendly and helpful - booking bus tickets for us. The restaurant downstairs was great - a good sized dinner only cost about $3. There are internet cafes nearby. The best part - they did all of our laundry for about $5 (for 5 people)!!! I would definitely stay there again if I needed a budget accomodation in Phnom Penh.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2008

I booked this hotel on the phone a day before we arrived in Phnom Penh and they came to pick us up at the bus station. We got a twin room on the first floor (US second) in their new building which is across the old one. The rate was 20 USD (no breakfast). The room was quite large and decoration was simple. Fridge, TV, aircon and fan worked well. Sheets were clean and towels, though threadbare, were also clean. Electric shower worked but don’t expect much from the bathroom. It is clean but there is no tub or shower cubicle. Water goes directly on the floor and the toilet.

I quite liked the food at the restaurant and ate there often. Staff were very friendly (Cambodians in general are kind and friendly people). There are two computers with internet in the restaurant but you have to pay to use them. Location is within walking distance of the river and if you don’t mind walking in the heat, Royal Palace is about 20 minutes from the hotel. Or you can always take a tuktuk. There are grocery shops and pharmacies conveniently located around the hotel.

Overall, DRS is a nice backpacker hotel with friendly staff.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank citywok
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Reviewed February 27, 2008

Calling 2-3 days in advance to book this place is a good idea although they are pretty prompt with their email response. The building is located some 100meters away from Tonle Sap and the river restaurant area where you can enjoy both local and western dining.

The room is accessible, the main hotel door will be shut by 10.30pm with the receptionist relaxing or sleeping by the doorway on his portable mattress, a common practice for a backpacker's accommodation like this. The room is spacious that comes with a tiny 14 inch highly attached tv and super single sized and comfy beds. Forget the tv, there is no remote and you can barely see details at such a distance! Laundry service is prompt . Clean toilet, the water heater takes a while to heat up and may not even work at times so if that isn't your main priority, DARA Reang is a NO FRILL, affordable cheap place to stay. Their service is straightforward, receptionist seems untrained but polite enough. There is also an in-house local guide service available. Nice Tuk Tuk drivers are always available at the front door until late so you don't have to get too far on the super busy street to find one.

The building also housed a nice local restaurant underneath the hotel, so be prepared for lingering scents of delicious Khmer curries, delicacies and in the morning, coffee!

Be aware that the alleys leading there gets dark and quietens by 9pm. To walk at that hour is strictly not recommended as there seem to be a few sleazy tiny bars and karaoke joints nearby. Despite the above, I can almost guarantee a restful sleep at this humble hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank Suryothai_Mo
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Reviewed February 16, 2008

Arranged everything from UK via email, picked up from bus station after bus from Siem Reap. Large hotel split over two sites.Slight concern when we headed for the new annex. No worries as it was a very clean a/c room. Good location, just away from the quayside.
No problems and good value for money.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank RoamingRobin
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Reviewed October 2, 2017
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Stayed: January 2017
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