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Paddy Rice Hotel
Ranked #159 of 321 Phnom Penh B&B and Inns
Hong Kong
1 review
“We had to change hotels”
Reviewed February 3, 2011

Booked on Agoda last minute as preferred places all full due to CNY. On arrival they did not have the room as requested - had twin instead of double beds 1st floor balcony. Cost of USD60 - worth about $25. Toilet was dirty so asked it to be cleaned. Cleaning staff had gone home but front of desk cleaned the bathroom himself (and was helpful for other problems). Room itself not well kept. It was one of those rooms where you didn't really want to touch anything you did not have to - and you checked the sheets to make sure they had definitely being changed from the last guest. NO SENSE OF PRIDE from our perspective. On arrival back from dinner - the aircon had leaked all over the bed. At this point - the friendly front of desk offered to change the mattress and pull the bed forward for us as there were no other rooms available. We rang the manager - they arranged to pay for a room across the road at another hotel - that was clean and spacious but cost only USD35. We received NO REFUND but kept the inclusive breakfast at Paddy Rice. Breakfast - pub food - you may like if you have a hangover or used to average cooked breakfasts. After 5 days in Cambodia this was a disappointing end. Location - fine if you like the girly bars next door, massive rats in the alleyway, piles of rubbish but on the main street across from the river.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

The biggest benefit of this hotel is the location. It is right on the Riverfront and right in the middle of the length. Other than that, it's not worth the money.

I stayed at a deluxe balcony room. The room was OK. Bathroom has no curtain separating the shower and water is lukewarm at best. The bed is surprisingly comfortable and the room rather well sound-proofed against the bar downstairs, although the traffic noise is as noisy as they come. The blackout curtains do a decent job.

I had ants. All over my toothbrush overnight. Food attracting bugs can be avoided by using the fridge but the least the hotel should do is at least do a simple pest spraying regularly. Bring your own toiletries. Amenities are minimal.. a tiny bit of soap, a packet of shampoo and a toothbrush.

I was disappointed to find my room not serviced. I would pay $30 for the room and service I got.. but for $60, the least I could expect for is the option of a fresh towel and a clean up against bugs.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

Booked in here for one night to start with. This is new as a hotel but has been a pub and restaurant for some time with great reviews for the food, so we were hopeful of high standards.

Our impression of the hotel was that it was not a bad place, but not great value either. The room was clean and reasonably equipped, good wifi signal (but slow, as with most internet with have encountered in Cambodia). The bathroom smelled of bad water but I've encountered this at other places in Phnom Penh so maybe not the hotel's fault.

We opted for a second night, not because it was great but because it was OK and we didn't want to mess around with hotel changes in the middle of the day. Unfortunately we had to change rooms due to other bookings, we were moved to a windowless room with at least a less smelly bathroom. This would be fine but the changeover cut into the middle of our day and took a while, so it might just have been quicker to check in somewhere else.

Breakfast was nice - half Irish breakfast included in the room, but it's a bit much to eat that every day, so it would be good to offer a lighter alternative too. Coffee was lovely and the toast was some of the nicest toast I've ever had! They did faff around a lot over our breakfast though, we both had to sign a form to say we'd had breakfast the first morning - but they didn't seem bothered about this the next day. We generally found the service to be a bit slow here.

We also had a noisy night's sleep. We were a bit worried about being over a bar, but the hotel seems to be well insulated from the bar, even when staying directly over it - or perhaps it was drowned out from all the traffic noise outside, even when we had no window. We had beeping horns ringing in our ears for a long time after we left.

Overall, decent rooms but a bit over priced - and $35 for a standard room is supposedly a special introductory price. We stopped off in Phnom Penh for another night later on in our travels and stayed at BJ's House which at $21 offered similar room & facilities on a much quieter street which is still close to the river (although a far inferior breakfast)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Paddy Rice Hotel
Address: 213 Sisowath Quay (corner of Street 136), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #159 of 321 B&Bs / Inns in Phnom Penh
Hotel Class:3 star — Paddy Rice Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12

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