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“Confused - 2 weeks at Me Mates Place.”
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Me Mates Place
Ranked #104 of 246 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Reviewed February 20, 2014

A bit of a confusing experience, for the gritty bit - just go straight to the last bit of this review. We are currently backpacking and staying in a number of places. My wife and I often stay in some nice places, some cheaper places, sometimes in between, I guess we're 'flashpacking' as I've heard it called. We stayed in Cambodia while trying to sort our Chinese Visa and so we were stuck here for quite a while as we waited for 2 placements in china to send us a letter of invite. In total we stayed at Me Mates Place for around 2 weeks... a very long time to stay in a backpacking place.

Firstly the rooms themselves were mixed, but generally very good. There is air con in all rooms, plus the privates (we stayed in) were spacious (generally) and quite nice rooms. Some of the private rooms we stayed in did have a damp problem (2 of the 4 rooms) but generally this was only apparent in one of the rooms, where it was in the corner. The nicest room we stayed in was without a window at $20 a night which was 102, this was out of the way, but looked newer.

Food downstairs was always good quality and we always tipped the waitress as she was brilliant and polite, whilst waiting out of the way. Absolute star and always smiling, loved it when we tried to speak Khmer.

The thing that soured our experience was one of the men at reception. They are all smiling and polite however when we put in our passports for our vietnamese passports (having been there for 2 weeks already and getting to know people fairly well) we were charged $70 rather than $65. We thought this was a bit odd as we had heard someone else quoted $65 and thought not to say anything because we had been there with the people for 2 weeks... We asked for a receipt and the guy looked very confused .. waited a second and then nervously signed a piece of paper with no price. Two days later we were sat eating food downstairs when a group of backpackers asked the other reception man for a visa to Vietnam and how much it would cost, they were told $65. Feeling a little bit wronged as we had been there so long and they were obviously ripping us off while we there, we decided to say something, the same man the overcharged us a total of $10 walked by and we asked him again how much it cost, he told us $70. I figured I had misheard the backpackers but my wife asked them directly and walked to the reception where both the dodgy reception man and the helpful one were and asked them directly within five minutes of being told $70. Suddenly the dodgy one was apologetic and reached straight for his wallet, saying he was confused and then making up several lies which he had literally just told us the exact opposite, when challenged he said he was confused.

We then were told they had space in the rooms for another 4 nights and we would have to move once. The man I spoke to was the dodgy receptionist who ripped us off. He assured us we had a double the next night on floor 2, followed by a move to floor 4 for the last nights, put our name on the system and then told us it was sorted. The next day we came down to move rooms and he (after the situation the day before) told us that the hostel was full and that we spoke to Bar staff. We said he didn't know who we spoke to (despite us knowing it was him) and told us that there was space up the road in another hostel, probably. We were pretty frustrated by this point and decided we had, rightly had enough. The man was not apologetic but went red while we was explaining this to us, despite us being polite and asking questions about alternatives... he had clearly done this to get rid of us after he had taken our money and been confronted about it. He did not offer our deposit for our keys back, as he had also conveniently 'forgotten this', however we had to ask for it as we were walking out of the door, having forgotten we had paid it.

We enjoyed most of our stay here, despite being asked every day where we were going, but the people and rooms were amazing, however one dodgy receptionist repeatedly screwed us at reception even after 2 weeks of tipping staff and being polite, speaking the language etc. which left a sour taste. Will not return and can not recommend.

Room Tip: Window rooms are $25, not $20, but smokers on the blacony's can see in, so go for a good double...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

I stayed here twice, in January and February 2014, for a total of 10 nights, first in a private room with balcony and later in a room without it.

In general, I consider that, without being amazing, the place is better than those in the same price category in Phnom Penh. It is located in the north part of the city, far from the backpackers and bars district, but close to some touristic attractions (Wat Phnom), food stalls and restaurants.

The rooms had a good size and they were clean, with a very comfortable bed. The a/c worked well although it is not very powerful. As for the bathrooms, the most attractive feature (as said in other revies) is the walk-in shower (not normal in Cambodia). However, the hot water tanks are a little small, so you may run out of hot water in the middle of your shower.

I feel that the other services in the hostel are far worse value: the food in the restaurant is ok, but expensive, they charge more for bus tickets than the tour agents in the riverside, and request $65 to get a visa extension, when the normal fare in a tour agent is $45.

Summing up, a nice place to stay if you don't mind not being in the nightlife area, and you have your meals, tickets, etc. somewhere else.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The staff members at Me Mates Place were friendly, a little incompetent with the food orders we made but overall they were alright.

Our room however had no windows and a terrible bathroom. The floor was constantly wet so if you stay here, bring your thongs.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

I stayed in a female dorm with 6 other guests. It was conveniently located with hawker stalls nearby or short walks away from popular restaurants.

The rooms are clean and the beds are generously sized (king single bunks). The wifi is quite fast and reliable.

The staff are very friendly but the laundry service is slightly more expensive than other nearby services and I had a few items of clothes go missing in the process.

Room Tip: Make sure you lock up your towel because people are known to take them
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great place to stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The staff are great, and the food is good. It gives you a feeling of home. Tuk Tuk drivers are always waiting to take you where you want to go. I stayed in the 6 bed dorm and the Air Con worked great. I got a very good night sleep. I highly recommend this establishment.

Room Tip: Get a room upstairs.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

We stayed the night before in a $9 hotel but though we would upgrade for the night, it had a swimming pool, pool table etc etc. The swimming pool is about 1km down the road, down several streets along with the pool table. Tuk tuk drivers are friends with the staff and they hassle you before you have even reached the door. The food was good enough but for $26 it could have been included. The room was good enough, the showers were ace to be fair and the wifi was very good. Was it worth $26 a night? No it wasn't.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

i stayed at this hostel on 29th June 2013. first i was disappointed because i didnt get the room i've book. the dorm already full. but since this is their mistake, so they upgrade my room to private room with the same price. it was good cause i got a private room with bathroom only for USD 5.6. the room is quite good, with aircon and TV and a balcony to tonle sap river. the room and corridor is quite dark, gloomy and abit dirty. hotel provide a transport pick up and tuktuk rental for a day. location is near to wat phnom, night market is still walkable from the hotel. the staff is quite disappointing. i bought night bus ticket to siem reap from the hotel, and ask the reservation guy to inform us when the bus pick us, but they didnt make it. luckily the staffs take the responsibility to take us to the bus station.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: St 90 Sangkat Wat Phnom | Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #104 of 246 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range: $10 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Me Mates Place 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Me Mates Place is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Only 0.5 km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. For those of you who want to venture out, Wat Saravan, National Museum, Cambodian Cooking Class are just some of the attractions available to visit. ... more   less 
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