Best for a rest

Getting your head down after a long bus journey or flight is a must for most people. Fortunately Cambodia’s capital city has an impressive range of accommodation options to suit almost every budget.

As the city grows in stature to become one of the region’s economic powerhouses, its range of budget to affordable, luxurious to boutique accommodation grows with it. There literally is something for everyone.

So starting from the top down, what can travellers and holidaymakers expect? Well the city is now home to several international standard hotels including the riverfront Sofitel Phokeethra, Nagaworld, Cambodiana, InterContinental and Raffles Hotel Le Royal, where you can easily spend upwards of $150 a night for a standard of luxury comparable with the top echelon of the region’s hotels.

A comparatively new phenomenon in the capital is the rise of the business and/or boutique hotel. Many are carefully restored colonial piles located in quiet back streets, especially in the BKK1 area of the city. Expect to pay from $60 a night up for which you’ll get personal service and all mod cons including flat screen TV, power shower, fast Wi-Fi and probably a swimming pool too.

Moving down the price scale to the $25 to $50 a night level nets a wider choice of resting place though you can still expect AC, TV, a fridge and a generally high standard of amenities, especially compared to other cities in the region at this price range.

Budget travellers are well catered to, with a range of inexpensive guesthouses dotted around the city where $10 will get you a clean room with a fan, and for $15 you can find AC and a private bathroom. Some guesthouses also offer longstay rates by the week or month which can save you money if you’re planning to stay a while. Serviced apartments are available for around $600 a month.