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“Nice swimming pool into a city”
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Billabong Hostel
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Quite location, out of the traffic jam of the center. Needing take a tuk tuk to get Riverside. The bathroom is not so nice! It looks so old even in the superior room! Not willing to have a shower inside. Bedroom nice and big. Many facilities. Nice and big TV plasma with dvd. Nice view to the swimming pool

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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

The room was good and clean. The swimming pool was impressive and then location was good. These are the good points. Now the bad... Although then staff were good and attentive they had very limited knowledge about the local area and the main sites. The restaurant staff didn't speak great English and neither did the reception staff. It's very difficult to communicate effectively when no one speaks good English. The wifi was shocking and the food was expensive.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with my husband and three children in July. The hotel is in a quiet street not far from Central market, within easy walking distance. A little distance from the river front but only a short cheap Tuk Tuk ride away. This is a family friendly hotel with big rooms and a great pool.
Breakfast was included in the rates and offers a good choice. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
I would stay here again and would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Booked a superior room for 5 nights and was given a room on the 3rd floor. However, we requested to change to a room on the ground floor as there was no lift, and climbing 3 flight of stairs wasn't great fun. Last 3 nights were on the ground floor.

Pros:
Very nice salt-water swimming pool. We had a alot of fun in the swimming pool!
Staff were very friendly, except for 1 tall and slim male staff that put on a long face during our entire stay.
Shopping centre just 5-10mins walk away. Central Market slightly further up.
Tuk-tuk drivers easily arranged to go to S21 prison, killing fields etc for a fixed price.
Buffet breakfast was decent, choice of 1 main course per person with unlimited toast.
Silky bed sheet was awesome.

Cons:
Hotel was located in a dark alley, and walking back through a dark-litted street, we didn't felt safe and comfortable at all.
Bathroom was extremely terrible. Good shower, but the water will flood up the entire bathroom! The floor mat in the towel will get wet everytime we shower, making it disgusting. That got to change.

All in all, a wonderful hotel with basic amenities. However, Phnom Penh is such a boring place that I reckon spending 2-3 days there will be more than sufficient.

Room Tip: Request a room on the ground floor.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Billabong is a nice place to stay. We stayed in a lovely big room on the first floor, plenty big enough for the three of us. The downside was the noise. We got noise from the floor above, reception and people passing our door. It wasn't a huge amount, but enough to be annoying at times. The phone ringing in reception did wake me up one night. The pool is great and staff are efficient. Breakfast is fine. Location is good.
If I was in Phnom Penh again, I think I may look for a hotel which is a bit better value for money, with a little more personality (maybe we were spoilt during our time in Vietnam where we stayed in divine hotels for quite a bit less)

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Family of 4 June 2013, very very happy with our experience we are not aussies, but the gent from Orange a nice block we got offer 2 glasses of wine to help with the salt at the swimming pool just like a family, we stomp on the salt lumps dribbling at the offer jajaj,,,.the fried rice on the breakfast perfect, the owners are hand on, the pool excellent, transfer van quick and pro to the airport, so Sure we will be back some little renovations going on I think a new bar section , close to everything, tuk tuks at the door good aircon, good size room 4 of us really all good, nothing on the negative, the only thing no tea or coffee facilities on room , maybe there is a reason but small detail, if you are a family this is the place.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights in Phnom Penn at the Billabong Hotel, selected because of its pool to relax by after a days sightseeing. The pool was lovely and spotlessly clean, with towels provided. The bar however was being renovated at the time and so wasn't available, but looked promising. The renovations also seemed to mean the internet was constantly being unplugged - very frustrating! But even when plugged in was not reliable. The room (we stayed in a deluxe with pool view). It was "ok" but required revamp. The bathrooms were typical wet room style, but quite old and tired with a dingy strip light on the wall and tired fittings. The bedroom itself could do with a repaint and some better lighting / modern furnishings. The hotel is situated on a road with no restaurants, about 1.5km from the riverside and backpacker area of street 172, but tuk-tuks are outside to take you for $2 each way. Overall it served its purpose, but felt like it was in the midst of being done up around us. It was also no where near to the mark of some of the other guest houses we have stayed in for far less. If we were back, we would consider staying somewhere more central to the touristy area for less money.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Additional Information about Billabong Hostel

Address: 5, Street 158, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Formerly The Billabong Hotel)
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Location: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 246 Specialty Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range: $20 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Billabong Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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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