Where To Stay : Best Hotels and Resorts in Phnom Penh

Created by Colleen Sims | Updated : 21 March 2023 | ,

Phnom Penh is an great destination offering a rich culture, great food and a really vibrant up-and-coming atmosphere. It’s a must if you’re visiting Cambodia.

But, visiting a new country for the first time can be daunting; especially when deciding where to stay. If you’re like us, you’ll want a great hotel booked before leaving home; then you can relax and enjoy the trip.

Thankfully, we’ve done a ton of research for you. Read on if you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in Phnom Penh.

stay in the pavilion hotel in Phnom Penh and you wont be disappointed. The swimming pool was very welcome

Where to stay in Phnom Penh: Top Hotels for All Budgets

Choosing the right hotel can feel like a challenge. I find myself unable to make choices for fear of making a bad choice or worrying that I’ve missed somewhere even better!

Lucky for you, I’ve done all the hard work and compiled a list of the hotels and resorts in Phnom Penh that would suit all budgets. These are all hotels where we’d be happy to stay.

We tend to sort hotels into three categories, usually based on price and facilities :

Budget stays : Under 40$ with reviews that say its clean and comfortable and with our own bathroom. Gerry says he’s too old to be sharing a bathroom unless there really is no choice!

Comfort stays : 40$ – 100$ with reviews that are consistently clean and comfortable, maybe a little more spacious, with air conditioning and a few other frills that make it better than a budget option.

Luxury stays : 100$ plus : Sometimes we want a little luxury and we’re looking for a hotel that will offer us high levels of comfort with lots of attention to detail. This is a great option if we’ve been staying in budget accommodation for a while and we need a few days to relax with comfort guaranteed.

Whenever possible I booked with booking.com. I love how all my accommodation is in one place on one website; I think it makes global and independent travel so much easier.

shopping in Phnom Penh is easy; walk around downtown and the street vendors sell every thing, including lots of fresh fruit

Budget Friendly Hotels : Great Affordable Cheaper Stays

La Chronique Hotel

If you’re looking for a great value hotel then we think you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than La Chronique Hotel.

With a Classic Double Room from just 41$ this hotel offers you everything you need. Honestly, It just about scraps into our budget range as it’s at the top end of the budget but it offers so much that we couldn’t leave it out!

What folks say about La Chrionique :

The La Chronique hotel was a great experience – both luxurious and affordable at the same time! The amenities are top-notch, the staff is friendly and accommodating, and the location was perfect for exploring Phnom Penh. Highly recommend staying here!


Stay Sweet Hotel

This is a great choice for a low-cost comfortable base from which to explore Phnom Penh. Stay Sweet is more of a homestay than a hotel and offers exceptional value for money with rooms from just 18$ including breakfast. And being a homestay you get a very personal service from the owners who go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay!

This homestay is away from the hustle of downtown Phnom Penh but there are plenty of cafes and bars on the doorstep and it’s only a ten-minute tuk-tuk ride away from downtown.

What folks say about Stay Sweet :

Wonderful place to stay at. It’s a guesthouse with a lovely cafe downstairs. The owner is incredibly nice and friendly, ready to help with anything you need. He brought me fruit when I was checking in and then more snacks in the evening, even some delicious homemade rice wine! The room itself is clean, all facilities working perfectly (toilet, shower, aircon). Food in the cafe is incredible and cheap. Genuinely one of the best places I have stayed at in Southeast Asia so far. Although the location is not central, it’s a nice area with many little bars and cafes around. Will definitely stay here again when I come back!


Birdcage Boutique

Nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh, Birdcage Boutique is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a comfortable budget hotel close to the centre AND it comes with a swimming pool!

Rooms start from just 22$ and given its location close to some of the city’s most popular landmarks, such as the Royal Palace, it offers excellent value. If you like to be right at the centre of things, then this is just the place for you. They also offer a offers a free airport shuttle, even more reason to book your room!

What folks say about Birdcage Boutique :

Nice staff (they accepted us to do an early check in, thanks!), good location, comfortable bed and bathroom, the WiFi was working well and great coffee at the bar also !We will come back when we transit in Phnom Penh 🙂


House Boutique Eco Hotel

Enjoy a luxurious stay for a budget price at House Boutique Eco Hotel in Phnom Penh. This is classed as a 4-star hotel and offers a range of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, garden and restaurant and bar . You can book a double room from as little as 25$ which is yet another great value choice.

The hotel also provides airport transfers, 24-hour front desk services, room service and free WiFi and breakfast can be continental or American style.

What folks say about House Boutique Eco Hotel

This is a great “travelers” hotel. Not fancy but has a refreshing pool, good beds and ac, cold refrigerator, and a super helpful Khymer staff! Limited menus but very good breakfast. It’s a block away from a large local market, modern grocery store, liquor store, and atm. My wife and I ended up coming back to it 3 different times because it had the right feel and “balance” to it. Not too fancy but clean with a genuinely friendly staff and fellow travelers we could relate to.


Buddha statues in Phnom Penh; a city full of life, culture and history

Comfort Stays: Perfect Hotels for Mid Range Budgets

This is the kind of hotel choice that we often make when travelling. The only exception is usually when there are hundreds of reviews for higher or lower-priced accommodation that we can’t ignore; Phno, Penh is a classic example of this with exceptional value on both high and low-cost accommodation. But normally we’re mid-range kind of travellers.

We look for comfort and convenience and hotels that offer clean, spacious rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. We try to avoid hostels that offer bunk beds as they can be a little noisy and we prefer a quieter base. As a destination, Phnom Penh offers exceptional value so hotels in this range are fabulous and plentiful and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Pavilion

We stayed at The Pavilion Hotel and loved it, although to be fair I think we would have equally loved all of the hotels listed here! We had a wonderful room for just 72$ including an excellent breakfast.

It’s in a great location, easy to walk around the neighbourhood, and the choice of two pools was perfect given the heat and humidity in the city. Like so many of these hotels, the garden is an oasis of quiet calm to return to each day; so welcome after a busy day sight-seeing.

There is a Spa here and I did use it, but sadly wouldn’t recommend the massage I felt it was a bit too ‘stong’ and not quite as relaxing as I had hoped. However we did love our stay her and I would return; everything else was amazing.

What folks say about The Pavilion :

The staff were so attentive and responded to all our needs and requests with warmth and kindness. We loved the facilities and enjoyed the pools and relaxing spaces. The plants and trees are magical and you feel that you are in a tranquil place rather than a busy city. We could walk to things or take a short drive to all our activities which was a bonus. Breakfasts were amazing and a lovely start to everyday.


Penh House Hotel

The reviews say that you’ll enjoy a luxurious and comfortable stay at Penh House Hotel; a 4-star hotel that offers you all the amenities that you’d expect for a very comfortable stay. You can book a Superior Room from 73$ including breakfast.

Penh House Hotel is highly rated across all booking platforms and guests particularly loved the rooftop pool. The restaurant also caters for a range of diets and offers vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options which is a huge bonus for me being gluten and dairy free. Sadly we were unable to book when we visited so make your reservation well in advance; this is a really popular hotel

What folks say about Penh House Hotel

Superbly located hotel near the royal palace and close to restaurants and bars. Hotel is very clean with spacious rooms, excellent air conditioning and very helpful staff. There is also an excellent rooftop swimming pool and bar. Highly recommended.


Plantation Urban Resort & Spa

And yet another fabulous mid-range hotel that’s centrally located in Phnom Penh, directly behind the Royal Palace. We almost stayed at the Plantation Urban Resort and Sap, so many bloggers recommend this hotel but it was being renovated when we visited. However, the latest reviews suggest that the renovations are complete and apparently they’re wonderful. Rooms start at under 90$ including an excellent breakfast.

It’s a beautifully appointed hotel with plenty of options to upgrade your room to something even more special. It’s also worth nothing that rooms can can be wheelchair accessible.

What folks say about Plantation Urban Resort & Spa

Everything about this property is just fabulous. The location close to the Royal Palace and the river. The room which was spacious, clean and equipped with the most comfortable bed. The pool and pool-side restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Above all, the sweetest, friendliest staff that is there to help with anything one might need. Definitely recommended!


Jungle Addition

Jungle Addition calls itself a green oasis in the heart of Phnom Penh and it’s conveniently located again near the Royal Palace and Wat Botum. This charming hotel has its original 1948 pavilion and all the necessary comforts to ensure you have a glorious relaxing stay. A standard double room starts from only 56$ and this includes a fabulous breakfast.

Staying at Jungle Addition also allows you to take advantage of the facilities at the equally wonderful Penh House Hotel which is just moments away and offers a more contemporary atmosphere and a rooftop pool with stunning 360 degree views!

What folks say about Jungle Addition

Amazing stay, great location, very close to palace but a quiet little street that felt very relaxing sitting round the pool. Staff super helpful. Great having complimentary breakfast – could get bread/pastry, eggs any way and fruit. Room itself was large, shower had good pressure, amd ac in room worked well. Highly recommended and would stay there again.


The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a must-visit and can be found in the heart of downtown Phnom Penh

Luxury Stays : Perfect Hotels for Pampering

Opting for a luxury stay in Phnom Penh is easy and less expensive than you’d think. I was so tempted to give ourselves an upgrade but we had just arrived from Singapore and I know that if we want to travel for longer and further then I have to keep an eye on the budget, But if you’re here on vacation then a luxury hotel would be an amazing choice for you.

I have to put my hand up and admit that I did not know there was a Raffles hotel in Phnom Penh when we arrived. It was only when searching for somewhere to go at night that I found it! Honestly, I was gutted because if I had known that I would have been tempted to bust the budget!

If you want to pamper yourself in Phnom Penh then seriously, there is no shortage of luxury accommodation in the city.

The Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Luxury and old-world charm are synonymous with the Raffles Hotel Le Royal. I could wax lyrical about this hotel but seriously; it’s iconic. Stay here. A Stateroom can be yours for 384$, and that includes an excellent breakfast.

Enjoy the epitome of opulence at this 1929 colonial landmark, situated just 1km from Wat Phnom temple and Central Market. All rooms offer refined traditional Cambodian-style decor and balconies with butler services; I mean what else is there to say!

What folks say about The Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Everything about this hotel is perfect. Beautiful interiors, the pool is stunning, the staff are wonderful. We couldn’t fault it. The Elephant Bar is really special.


Rosewood Phnom Penh

If you prefer 21st-century style then the ultra-modern luxury of the Rosewood is for you. Located in the Vattanac Capital Tower, this 5-star hotel offers an incredible experience spread over the top 14 floors of the city’s most iconic modern building. An Executive King Room can be booked for 338$

With unobstructed views of the city skyline, Rosewood Phnom Penh is the perfect place to stay with all the trappings that you would expect from a luxury brand. The Skybar is a must at night and for those who like to shop then Vattanac Tower is home to some of the most exclusive stores in Phnom Penh!

What folks say about Rosewood

Honestly believe this is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at. And I’ve been travelling extensively across Asia for work (corporate) and pleasure for over 20 years. Every single thing was impeccable, the attention to every detail was refreshing. We ate at every restaurant and each was in a class of its own for it’s cuisine. Every staff member was 6-star. We almost literally did not leave the hotel for almost a week. Everything is right there and absolutely blissful! Thank you for an amazing week!


Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Palace Gate Hotel and Resort is a haven for luxury and relaxation. Located in the heart of the city, this 5-star hotel offers easy access to all of the vibrant attractions that make Phnom Penh such an exciting destination.

Soak up the atmosphere of a restored French colonial villa whilst enjoying the views of the Tonle Sap. A Royal Deluxe Double room costs from just 102$ and offers everything that you would expect from a 5-star hotel including a fabulous rooftop bar that we would have genuinely loved!

What people are saying about Palace Gate Hotel & Resort :

Lovely hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh old town. Right next to the river and the palace, the location is just spot on! Amazing service and lovely old school type rooms facing the palace or the river. It’s a old hotel, so don’t expect slick and modern fittings, but having said that, it’s very well maintained. The pool and the bar area are amazing and inspite of it being in the middle of everything, feels pretty secluded. Strongly recommend!


Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

Experience one of the best hotels with a stay at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Phnom Pehn with King Rooms from just 224$.

Located in the heart of the city, this five-star hotel offers modern luxury with great access to the Royal Palace, National Museum and The Riverside area.

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Phnom Penh and stay in the lap of luxury at this premium hotel, located almost across the street from the National Museum and a walk away is the beautiful Royal Palace.

What people are saying about Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh :

This is a fine hotel with really courteous staff. The cleanliness, the nice comfortable rooms, the smell of the hotel, breakfast are all just wonderful. They gave us an early check in and a room with a view of the palace. An experience to cherish! Highly recommended.


Cruising the Mekong during our stay in Phnom Penh

Need a Hotel Transfer? Getting from Phnom Penh Airport

Most hotels will offer a shuttle or pick-up from Phnom Penh Airport. booking.com has a great messenger app within the website which make it easy to talk with your hotel and they also offer a great private transfer option which we have used.

If you’d rather arrange transport yourself in advance then there are plenty of options for you and Viator is a good place to check out reviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the comments we received from friends and on social media revolved around safety and easy of visiting the city. We were asked several times if we felt it was worth visiting Phnom Penh and every time our answer us a resounding yes! I wrote a great post that goes into more detail but here are some of the most often asked questions and answers.

Is it Phnom Penh Safe

Yes. But. As with all major cities you do need to take some precautions. We walk a great deal around cities and we never felt unsafe during our visit. Indeed I know that most folks as this question about crime but I would add that the biggest danger is the traffic! Take extra care crossing roads as there are cars, tuk-tuks and bikes a-plenty!

Best Areas and locations to Stay

We opted to stay near the Royal Palace. There is a great deal of accommodation options in this area but we met other travellers who had stayed in the more modern end of town and loved that. Tuk-tuks are so cheap and easy (especially if you use the GRAB app) that wherever you stay you’ll find it easy to get around.

Travel to or From Siem Reap

There are many options for travelling onwards in Cambodia. Take a look at our post detailing all the options on how to travel around Phnom Penh and Cambodia. Basically you can fly, take a bus, a mini-bus or if you prefer you can even book a private taxi transfer for less than you’d imagine.

Is it worth visiting Phnom Penh

Yes! If you are visiting Cambodia the don’t restrict yourself to Siem Reap; also a must-do city but make time to visit both. Phnom Penh is definitely worth a visit!

Is it Expensive to stay in Phnom Penh

No. As you can see from the hotel choices listed above, you can stay in world class luxury hotels from as little as 350$, a tuk tul will take you a few miles for less than a dollar and you can eat home made noodles for less than 5$. Phnom Penh is a city of contrast and you can spend as much or as little as you wish.

The Last Word : Where To Stay in Phnom Penh?

No matter what type of accommodation you’re looking for during your visit to Phnom Penh, there really is something out there that will suit your needs perfectly!

Phnom Penh is not an expensive destination which means it’s a great choice for those travelling on a budget and equally, it’s so perfect for a real treat where you can choose a luxurious five-star resort that won’t break the bank!

Phnom Penh is often overlooked as a destination in South East Asian but there is so much to see and do, hop over to out recommendations for Tours and Things To Do and you’ll have the perfect Phnom Penh itinerary sorted!

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Whenever you travel, you should have a great travel and medical insurance policy.  None of us expect anything bad to happen, but in the event of an incident, you want to be sure that your insurance will be there for you.

I’ve ended up in hospital in Peru, Indonesia, Portugal, Japan and Ireland! Every time my insurance took care of everything. I would never leave home without full and comprehensive insurance.

TrueTraveller : We have this policy and we are very happy with the cover, especially considering our ages and pre-existing conditions.

Globelink : We have used and recommended Globelink for years and we’ve not heard of any issues. They are a great choice for European and UK Residents.

Safety Wing : Many of my travelling buddies from the USA have recommended this company to me, although we’ve not used them personally.

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Hey I’m Colleen. I’m married to Gerry, we’ve three fabulous kids and been living in France for almost two decades. I fell in love with Spain in the 1980s and I’ve walked 1000s of miles along the Camino de Santiago. Now we’re exploring and walking the world and I can’t wait to share what we’ve learned!

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