Where to Stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Insider’s Guide to the Best Areas & Hotels
By: Emily Lush Updated:February 17, 2022
Wondering where to stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia? This complete guide to finding the perfect accommodation in Phnom Penh includes the best neighbourhoods for tourists, areas to avoid, and a hand-picked list of the 25 best Phnom Penh hotels, guesthouses and hostels for this year.
As someone who has lived in Phnom Penh and visits Cambodia often, I know the capital extremely well. Over the years, I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way!) what are the best areas to stay in Phnom Penh and what are the places to avoid.
Most Phnom Penh accommodation guides only consider the popular Riverside area, by far the most touristy (and honestly my least favourite) part of the city. I’ve widened the net much further to show you the best local neighbourhoods and expat areas where you can find awesome boutique hotels and unique accommodations.
Best Phnom Penh accommodations: Quick links
Short on time? Here are my quick recommendations for the best hotels in Phnom Penh.
- Best luxury hotel for a splurge: The Bale Phnom Penh
- Best Phnom Penh hotel pool: Plantation or Penh House
- Best hotel with a view: Patio or TAO Riverside Residence
- Most unique Phnom Penh hotel: Floatation Floating Bungalows
- Best boutique hotel in Phnom Penh: Pavilion
- Best mid-range hotel in Phnom Penh: Baitong or Double Leaf
- Best hotel for long stays: TAO Riverside Residence
- Best hostel in Phnom Penh: Sla Boutique Hostel
Where to stay in Phnom Penh: Area guide
Before you start looking at specific properties, I highly recommend deciding which part of Phnom Penh you’d like to stay in. The city is deceptively big, and each neighbourhood offers something for different tastes and budgets.
It helps to have an idea of what you want to do in Phnom Penh – is the purpose of your visit to tick off the tourist staples, or do you prefer cafe hopping and boutique shopping? It’s very easy to get around Phnom Penh using PassApp. But if you end up staying at the opposite end of town to where you want to spend your days, you could end up spending a lot of your precious holiday time stuck in traffic!