This was our first hotel in SE Asia and we weren't expecting much. When we arrived, we were actually pleasantly surprised. For $5, the room was okay, the staff was friendly and the food was really good.
I do understand why some people give this guesthouse a bad review. If I were travelling alone, I wouldn't be comfortable in the room we were in. It was really basic, and only fitted one bed. The shower was over the toilet, which made showering a difficult operation. Also, our fan stopped working multiple times the first night. We didn't sleep well at all, trying to fix the thing every hour. The next day they gave us aircon, for the same price as a room with a fan. You do want aircon here, the fans suck.
Another negative aspect was that we were overcharged for our Vietnam Visa. I think the guy at the reception asked 38$ at first, and when I actually went to book it, he asked met $42. I ended up paying the 38$, but that was also way too much. We didn't really care though. They did it for us, we didn't have to do anything. Let us pay a little more then :).
Overall, I did like our stay here. I guess I didn't mind a few things going wrong while being in cambodia. I'm quite tolerant :). We had breakfast on the rooftop restaurant every day. I always found it very tasty! Nice omelets, pancakes, orange juice. Best we had in Cambodia!!! Relaxing area too!
We often ate in the ground floor restaurant at night (it's the same kitchen). We really liked the curry's. Also, the people serving us were always very friendly.
One of the guys asked us to help him with his English. I enjoyed his dedication to improve himself. He always treated us with a lot of respect.
So yeah, in conclusion, the rooms weren't that good, but the staff and the great food made up for that.
I'm not sure whether the place will survive because the lake next to it is bought by chinese investors. They might make the grand view guest house leave. I hope not, the place has a lot of potential.
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