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“Great place to meet people. Sparse but clean rooms.”

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Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh
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“Great place to meet people. Sparse but clean rooms.”
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
-Great place to meet other travelers. There's a bar/restaurant downstairs and a bar upstairs. One or the other always has a good number of people hanging out. There were a lot of other solo travelers while I was there which was nice.
-Clean rooms. They were super basic but clean. And clean is all that matters to me.
-There are Mad Monkey-affiliated tuk tuk drivers waiting around out front. Nice bc they can be trusted more than random drivers and its convienient.

Cons:
-The staff is very friendly but it's very hard to get them to help you. Even once you get their attention, they are very slow to tend to your needs.
-The wifi was terrible for me. I've read some reviews that say it was great but I had so much trouble. I was unable to use Skype or Viber the whole time I was there. It was even hard getting texts and emails through. It was a bit better in the lobby but still not good enough for a conversation.
-The food in the downstairs restaurant is a bit expensive. But it's a nice menu and if you're eating at your hostel what do you really expect.
-Most rooms are a bit noisy from the bar areas but nothing ear plugs can't handle.

All in all, I would definitely stay there again. The pro of being able to meet so many other travelers so easily definitely outweighs the few cons.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thanks for your feedback - the hostel has just been open for a couple of years - as such I am sure you understand when we started we did focus on the experience and common areas before the rooms - that being said all rooms are getting a make over slowly to improve them - thanks again for your review ! We are pleased that you had a great stay with us!
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Incredibly spacious dorms (double beds!) and affordable private rooms make this a fantastic place to stay. It's perhaps a bit out of the way from the touristy areas, located in more of a posh neighborhood - but there is never a shortage of very affordable tuk-tuks just outside.

The staff are absolutely wonderful - rarely without a smile on their face, and willing to help with just about anything. The main floor has a reasonably priced restaurant with a great variety of foods (from around the world and local), and there is also a rooftop bar open until around 11pm. Afterwards, a number of the bar staff and/or patrons tend to head out elsewhere to continue the night. Very social atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
We loved you! Come back soon! Thanks for your review its really kind of you - we just hope you carry on being an awesome person and have a fantastic trip around Asia! Cheers and come back soon!
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I really enjoyed the 3 nights I've stayed here! Although there are probably cheaper places about, I found their prices both for the rooms and bar very reasonable!
I stayed in the 20 bed dorm, which I was kind of scared of at first but it was all they had left when I booked. However the room was split up into 4 sections so its not crowded like you might expect and feels like a much smaller dorm. The bunk beds were huge! There's plenty of headroom on both the top and bottom bunks and the beds wide enough for two people. The beds and sheets are spotless. The bathrooms were clean enough, they're cleaned at least once a day, but if 5 people shower before you it's never going to be immaculate, so this is no fault of the mad monkey!

The staff here probably are the best part of the mad monkey though. They're all really friendly and happy. They helped me plan where I'm going next :)

Would definitely recommend this place to my friends, and if I come back to the area I would stay here again :)

(The food was really tasty too!)

  • Stayed June 2013
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are looking forward to seeing you again! In 90% of cases its the guest that defines how much of a great time they have here and you were an awesome guest! Thanks so much - please do come back soon!
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Mad Monkey in Phnom Penh is excellent. All of the staff are friendly and helpful..the upstairs bar is a lot of fun and a great place to meet other travelers. Very clean, cheap rooms, delicious food, relaxed atmosphere. two thumbs up!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
We are very appreciative of your kind review! We do trust you will have an awesome time on your trip and we look forward to your return! Thanks again and dont be a stranger!
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Stayed here with a friend in the big dorm and it was great. Clean big beds. The staff is so friendly! And there is a nice bar where you can hangout untill 11 pm. After that you can go out in the centre. Special thanks to Rory, who took us out to the lovebar. We had a really great time with him! Also the restaurant downstairs has really nice food. A bit expensive, but really good. So if your looking for a hostel in phnom phen, you should go here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you so much for a really cool review! We had a great time hanging out with you here - thanks for taking the time to jot down your positive comments! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I've stayed in a few places whilest travelling SE Asia, Mad Monkey in Phnom Penh has been by far the best. For a city centre (a capital city may I add) you get definite value for your money.

We loved staying at the Mad Monkey so much that we stayed twice at Phnom Penh and once in their Mad Monkey in Siem Reap. Each time our experience was better.

Their rooms are spacious, well kept and cleaned to a high standard. The bar upstairs has great views over the capital. The owners had offers on nearly everynight, though without the offers we enjoyed being there, it had a very open and friendly atmosphere, we met a few people during our stay there thanks to the Mad Monkey. You would also see the staff and even the owners either upstairs enjoying a drink or downstairs in thier restaurant enjoying the great food. I take that as a very good sign. The staff as like the people in Cambodia are lovely and couldnt do enough to make our stay perfect. They really did go the extra mile for us. The food in the restaurant was superb, big portions and homemade, exactly what we needed when away from home. Overall i'd say this place is a backpackers delight. Cheap and affordable, a definite treat without feeling guilty.

Room Tip: The sunset bar upstairs of the Mad Monkey closes at 11 so as residence can get a good nights sleep...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Well we were delighted to host you! We love cool guests that enjoy their stay here - 95% of our guests have a great time so i am ecstatic that you are in the majority! Have a fab trip around Asia ! Take care and we hope to see you again soon!
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I loved staying at mad monkey. The atmosphere is friendly, the rooms are clean and beds big. The bar upstairs is a very cool hangout and the music doesn't disturb if you want to go to bed earlier. The food was good and the staff very friendly. One of the best hostels that I went to in Asia.

Room Tip: Probably best to avoid rooms right next to the bar.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Adam293925, Owner at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
What a gem of a review! Good people have a good time here and you were a fantastic guest! Thanks again and we really hope you enjoy your trip!
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Property: Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh
Address: Street 302, Building 26, Phnom Penh BKK1, Cambodia
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Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 233 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh 3*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh - the original Mad Monkey! This is the best place to meet people and experience Phnom Penh. We can help you arrange tours, travel, visas, you name it. We're also the perfect home base for your adventures. Relax by our refreshing swimming pool (a must in the Cambodian heat) and enjoy our poolside bar. Eat a filling and delicious meal in our restaurant with new backpacker friends from around the world. Upstairs in our Rooftop Bar we have new events on every night of the week. We can't wait to meet you! ... more   less 
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