My boyfriend and I recently stayed here for three nights and were very pleased with this property. Our timing in Phnom Penh was not ideal as it followed a national holiday, so we were unable to find a chain hotel where we could use our credit card points. Thus, we emailed Billabong and they had one room available over the weekend, so we were very lucky because the entire town appeared to be sold out.
Our room was fine, but very basic. Had we been given the opportunity to upgrade our room, we would have definitely done so. Although, the bed we had was very comfortable, there was good AC, a mini-fridge, free wifi, tv w/cable, etc. The downside to the room was the bathroom. It smelled awful (sewer smell) and the shower was next to the toilet with no curtain. For some reason they had a pipe that drained water through the middle of the bathroom (poor design), so it was always wet. Since we had no other option, we sucked it up and only showered down by the pool in an attempt to reduce the amount of water in the bathroom.
Even though we were a bit disappointed with the room, the rest of the hotel made up for it. They have a fabulous pool with really comfortable chairs and the bar/restaurant area is really nice to sit and relax. The staff speaks great English and is very helpful. The breakfast is also fantastic (you order off a menu) and can be eaten at any point during the day!
The location is very convenient and about a 15 minute walk to the river. There are always tuk-tuks outside who are at your service.
Overall, despite our gloomy room, we would still recommend this hotel because there are better room options. Any of the rooms on the ground floor near the pool look great. I'd also say those with balconies are nice too.
We've been traveling SE Asia for 3 months now and we've found that it's always better to have the worst room in a nice hotel than the best room at a crappy one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located. Free WIFI. 24 hours Reception. Large saltwater swimming pool and garden. Hot showers. Fully air-conditioned rooms. Inner spring mattresses. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Quality Linens. Only minutes from Central Market, Sorya Department Stores. 1km from the Riverfront. Featuring a restaurant and bar with cosy hangout areas around the pool. All our spacious rooms have comfy beds, private showers, toilet facilities, air conditioning, and lockers for your belongings. You'll get a set of bed linen, towel, Wi-Fi as well as maps with all essential information about the going-ons in town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Billabong Phnom Penh