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The Kabiki Hotel – Phnom Penh

We spend just a single night and day in Phnom Penh.  Of all the places we visited on this trip, this is the one place I wish we had more time.  To maximize our time in the capital, we hired a guide to show us all the sites — our guide in Siem Reap made an introduction. The guide and driver met us at the arrivals hall at the Phnom Penh Airport and drove us directly to our hotel, the Kabiki.

The best part of our stay at this property was the staff. They were very welcoming and helped us with restaurant recommendations (the restaurant did make me sick though — was the only one in our group to get sick at this recommended restaurant, so I can’t blame the hotel). Although the rooms were clean, they looked pretty dingy. The bed linens were clean but the bed itself was pretty uncomfortable.

A pretty tight room in Phnom Penh

A pretty tight room in Phnom Penh

Another view

Another view

The bathroom was simple, clean and effective and contained a large walk-in shower in addition to the traditional two pieces found in every bathroom. There was no bathtub, though that isn’t an issue for me — taking a bath in a hotel, anywhere in the world is just kind of gross to me.

Why can't housekeeping close the toilet lid?

Why can’t housekeeping close the toilet lid?

WiFi worked well in the main lobby of the hotel, but I had no signal at all in the rooms.

The pool area looked great – but we arrived too late to actually use it.

I didn’t eat the breakfast provided the morning of our stay (as I was still sick from the night before), but the menu had a good selection.

The hotel is located across the street from the Prime Minister’s residence, so there isn’t a lot of foot traffic in front of the hotel — and your cab is only allowed to drop you off at the end of the block (even the tuk-tuks are required to do a corner drop-off). This area felt very safe.

While this isn’t a stellar property, I would give it a lukewarm recommendation. It’s a solid “FINE” hotel.  On the plus side there was a really creepy cat painting.

Pretty Kitty....meow

Pretty Kitty….meow

Where did you stay whilst in Phnom Penh?  What was your favorite part about your hotel?  Did your hotel staff provide restaurant recommendations that made you sick?


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