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Phka Villa
Ranked #7 of 26 Hotels in Battambang
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Visit Battambang.”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Battambang is an excellent place to experience the beauty of the Cambodia countryside. I recommend that you arrive by boat off the Tonle Sap Lake from Siem Reap. I was very fortunate to have stayed at Phka Villa. With its relaxed feel, its a great place to unwind and breath in the countryside air. The staff are kind hearted. The stories they share are, as you can imagine given the recent history of the region, gripping. The food is delicious as well, reminding me more of a home cooked meal than that of a restaurant catering to westerners. The tuk tuk drivers are extremely accommodating, which is quiet nice after being riddled by tuk tuk drivers in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. I also highly recommend seeing the Battambang circus, as it is world class. The Phka Villa is an exceptional place to begin your Battambang experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I booked for 2 nights and I ended up staying 5 as I felt so much at home I could not leave! Theres also a lot to do around the battambang area, so many villages, temples, rice fields...This is a little boutique hotel with very few bungalows, all of them around a cute and pleasant pool. Rooms are cute, spotless cleaned, great bedlinnen, good towels, nice bathroom and a lovely private terrace. I am a fossy traveler and Im not in a budget so I only look for the best and this amazingly good value hotel with a 4 star standard, anywhere in Europe, its a true gem. Breakfast its included, with a great selection of fresh fruits, eggs, toast, etc. But what makes you feel in love with Phka Villa its their personnel....so enchanted, well mannered, always happy to please, to give you thousands of tips, to talk about Cambodia, to lend you a bike, to find you a driver. And you could tell they enjoyed helping you and talking to you as much as you enjoyed talking to them. I will be back as soon as I can. The hotel its 5 min away from the city center, which its a bonus, believe me.

Room Tip: Its a quiet place so any room would be as quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This would have to be one of the nicest places we stayed in during our time in Cambodia. The family-run hotel is quite small with only 10 villas, all surrounding the gorgeous pool. The service was excellent....all the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We were looked after from the moment we stepped off the boat from Siem Reap to the time we left with a packed lunch in hand for the long bus trip ahead! The Breakfast (included in our deal) was very good, and we chose to eat dinner at Phka a couple of times.....also delicious and great value. The rooms were spacious and clean...bathroom recently renovated and lovely. We will definitely go back to Phka on our next visit to Cambodia. Don't leave Battambang without seeing the Circus...we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room at the far end of the pool which was very private.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Phka Villa is approximately a 10 minute easy stroll from the centre of Battambang. It consists of 10 villas, which all surround the pool. On arrival you are met by the staff for a refreshing drink and check in.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, and even extended my stay a few extra nights. The place is a family business, which is unusul, but good to see.

The Villas are very spacious, with very nice amenities. And the pool was so relaxing after a day out exploring the local surrounds.

The Villa has its own dedicated tuk-tuk drivers, which will pick you up and drop you off where ever you want. They also take you on a number of tours around the surrounding areas, for a very very reasonable price.

The staff were so accommodating and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed two nights, July 30-31, at Phka villa and we were charmed by staff and room. The pool also reached our expectations. We were first welcomed by Rattanak, and his father. He took the time to tell us an interesting part of Battambang history. The food was good and very nice chatting around a drink by night. We were recommanded a circus show in town the first night we arrived and it worth it! It is an association that gave circus classes to refugees of South east asia something. I didn't understand everything, but I surely understand it was a good cause. We hardly recommand a stay here!

Sorry if any mispelled words in this review, we are french canadians and english is a second language.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Devonport, Australia
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Meet at the bus station and welcomed with drinks and had a great conversation with members of the family who run this excellent hotel. Food was great, gardens restful, pool fantastic for early morning laps, this is the friendliest hotel we have ever stayed at with hosts and staff who are so eager to please. This applied to owners, hotel receptionist Miss Thida, hotel domestic staff and TukTuk driver Suphon. We were even sent off on our trip to Siem Reap with water and a cut lunch! We cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Paradise. This place is almost perfect. After a complimentary tuk tuk transfer from the bus station, I was greeted on arrival with an ice cold welcome beer and shown to a seating area set out around a water feature. Suggestions of things to do in and around Batttambang were provided by the assistant manageress.

Rooms here are actually 11 separate ‘bungalows’, reached by taking a short but scenic walk past the decked pool area and hibiscus bushes. Bungalows have four poster beds and clever courtyard style bathrooms, a shaded seating area and a separate patio area which also has seating.

On the weekend I stayed a wedding was taking place next door and the staff kindly explained a traditional Cambodian wedding to me, bringing in books and pictures from their homes to show me.

There were no ingredients for a mango daiquiri or a mint julep on one occasion however the manager makes the best whiskey sours I have tasted, packed with fresh lime.

The great level of service didn’t stop when I left. I was kindly sent away with a packed lunch for the long bus ride back to Phnom Penh.

The downside with Phka Villa is the hotel next door, the Battambang Lotus. It’s big and pink and an eye-sore. You could turn your pool lounger in the right direction but it’s not really necessary. This place is so relaxing you’ll be asleep lazing by the pool shortly after arriving.

Battambang and Phka Villa make for a relaxing get away from both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and should be fitted into your itinerary if you have the time.

Room Tip: Bungalow 5 is furthest away from the restaurant area and is the best room option to choose.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Phka Villa
Address: Street 203, Romcheak 5 | Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, Cambodia (Formerly The Rottanak Resort)
Location: Cambodia > Battambang Province > Battambang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 26 Hotels in Battambang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Phka Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phka Villa Hotel is owned and run by a local family. With its location in the heart of the city, guests readily savor easy access to various attractions. It is only a 10 minutes’ walk to Battambang Museum and Psar Nat shopping center, an hour from Sisophon City, and two hours from Piopet Border. Phka Villa Hotel is a fine retreat, offering a large outdoor swimming pool decked beautifully with cozy sun-loungers. Rooms are furnished in the Khmer tradition, unleashing a pure thrill of the local lifestyle. All guestrooms are set around the pool and equipped with two private verandas and a bathroom, as well as modern facilities including cable TV and Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves authentically local flavors, and the bar serves the self-acclaimed best cocktails in town. Other services include massage treatments, laundry, tours and ticketing, a city and airport shuttle, and around-the-clock front desk assistance. ... more   less 
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