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“Friendly staff & great rooftop bar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of 11 Happy Backpackers

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11 Happy Backpackers
Ranked #102 of 210 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Friendly staff & great rooftop bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at 11 Happy - not the norm I know, but we managed to get a $2 discount on the room each night because of this. The staff here are super friendly and helpful, but be aware a lot of the double bedrooms don't have windows - we started to feel like we were in a box by the end of our stay, also we had to ask for our room to be cleaned, which I don't mind doing as it's not always the way in Asia, but once it had been cleaned they hadn't refreshed the toilet paper (bit annoying) and you don't get given soap either. TIny details I know as they don't cost much to go and buy yourself, but those little touches make the difference. However the big draw for this place is the rooftop bar, great for chilling out with constant wifi access, prices a tad on the high side compared to eateries outside so if you are on a budget definitely look around a bit. Great location about 2 blocks away from the river front.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Having come from a rural Cambodian village, I was grateful to experience a mattress. I shared a 4-person room with two double beds. While not a shining example of cleanliness, it was certainly more than adequate for South-East Asian backpackers featuring a working shower although not a flush toilet.
The highlight of the accommodation was the exciting rooftop bar, glowing with neon lights and jumping with excellent oldies music. Guests are awarded a free drink, if I'm not mistaken, in exchange for a 5-star rating on trip advisor. Great for a drink but be warned how the reviews may be skewed! The bar also featured a pool table and a seemingly varied menu with average prices. However, during my stay the kitchen seemed to be entirely out of seafood. My primary complaint is that after ordering one such seafood dish I waited an hour before being told that they were short of the necessary ingredients! Disappointing on an empty stomach. The following afternoon I had a lovely spicy Thai curry which very nearly made up for the previous night's irritation. For the insect lovers, you will spot the occasional daring cockroach flying up to the bar but during a night out they aren't too big a deal!
The hotel also provides wifi or, lacking a mobile device, internet access on a PC in the lobby for $1/hr.
All in all, I was quite satisfied with my stay with a good price for a central location but, as an aside, I did worry about the effectiveness of the bolded 'NO SEX TOURISTS ALLOWED' signs...

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

I stayed at 11 Happy many many times and each time was different. On average, the room are under the normal standard you'd get for that price in Cambodia. No window, cold shower, etc...but it does the job. I once had a broken shower that was fixed within the hour and it is not uncommon to have ant nests in the rooms.
However, Cambodia being what it is, you don't spend much time in the room...as the roof top bar is superb. Good cocktails, good atmosphere, lovely staff who remember who you are, pool table, flat screen tv and abundance of dvds to borrow to cure your hangover. Perfect little hangout.
The main problem is the receptionists, who don't care much about the reputation of the hostel. Everytime I went, and in different seasons, I was quoted a different price, that goes from cheap to ridiculous for what you get.

Tips: There are a lot of stairs to reach the bar, so maybe not the best idea if you are in a wheelchair, have crutches, etc...
I would recommend NOT to take the rooms with windows, as the fan is not so powerful, resulting in you not being able to sleep/waking up soaked

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

The rooms were basic and the location was quite good. The rooftop bar, however, was amazing! It has a nice and relaxed atmosphere. The staff is rather friendly, prices for drinks are ok, hammocks are great and the Bob Marley music on the background makes it complete. Overall, the $5 per person for a private double room was fair! In total we stayed here for two nights and recommended 11 Happy to the fellow backpackers we met along the way.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Great vibes and great people , really love the atmosphere & the rooftop bar it's creates a friendly travelers vibe, it's right in walking distance of all major sites. They are extremely helpful and generous, also my favorite number is 11:)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kellcrocker
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights had a spacious and cool room, which was perfectly clean. Reception organised our Visas for Vietnam for no charge and our buses for the next leg of our journey. Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere, would come again!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haarzuilens, Utrecht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Spacious restaurant on the top floor with okay prices and great staff. in the centre of phnom penh and we could even walk to the central market.
staff are nice and friendly, rooms ok and the restaurant is very enjoyable which is also open till late at night.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Petra K
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Property: 11 Happy Backpackers
Address: 136 #87-89, St., Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 210 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
11 Happy Backpackers, With over 40 rooms and 75+ dorm beds and an amazing rooftop bar/restaurant we strive to be Cambodia's #1 Hostel. We aim for our guests to enjoy their stay to the fullest. We offer: - Super priced private rooms, dorms and big group stays - An amazing rooftop with 2 pool tables, 2 dart machines, beerpong table, great music, fresh air, safe environment, serve food and drink all day and night, friendly staff and the place to party. - Last year we opened our Movie House corporation with The Flicks 2, located on our ground floor we are playing blockbusters, docu's, Cambodian history and backpacking classic movies in our AIRCONDITIONED awesomeness MOVIE ROOM, RATED #1 ON TRIPADVISOR AT THINGS TO DO IN PHNOM PENH. - Visa, Tickets, Tours service, you name it, we have it! sharply price and our visa prices beat the embassy prices! -dorms with AC starting from 5$ a night, -private rooms w/bathroom starting from 8$ a night - a social envirement for you to meet fellow travellers and have a great stay! - most central location you can find! 5 minute walk from Riverside and 10 minute walk to Central Market, Royal Palace & National Museum. - big spacious dorms for tour-groups. more than 40 rooms and 75 dorm beds. Amazing rooftop bar with FREE pooltables, TV, Hammocks, drinking games, Awesome music, SAFE $ FRIENDLY and many more! We arrange visas and bus tickets with GUARENTEED LOWEST PRICE! Once you stay you wont want to leave. ... more   less 
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