REVIEW: Downtown Siem Reap Hostel, Cambodia

Siem Reap Cambodia
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.

I stayed recently at the Downtown Siem Reap Hostel, Cambodia and loved its atmosphere and location in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The rooms are clean room and the property is made secure by gates at the front. The staff are reliable and trustworthy and the man on the desk was extremely useful when we realised we had booked the night for a months’ time rather than the date we wanted.

Downtown Siem Reap Hostel is a hostel with high standards, but with backpacker and flash packer prices. It is British owned and managed, and established in February 2011. Downtown Siem Reap Hostel has become one of the most popular hostels in Siem Reap, and now with a newly built swimming pool, bamboo gardens, and extra rooms, they are able to accommodate and serve 50 guests per night.

The rooms come in a variety of sizes, from cheaper fan dorms, AC dorms, twin and double rooms, 4 person rooms and deluxe family rooms. We stayed in a four person fan room, for the three of us on the ground floor.

The room was basic, but it was clean and everything was in working order. The swimming pool was a bonus, and the hostel itself was lovely. We had however just come from Siem Reap Hostel as they had no other rooms for the extra nights we wanted so anything was taking a step down from how good that hostel was.

They have a restaurant inside and out, where you can order food. The food was amazing, but then as an avid Asian cuisine lover, I literally love all Asian food. Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian, you name it, I’ll eat it! They had some amazing spring rolls!

The popular bar was always open throughout the day until late and was staffed by a lovely Australian member of staff who was really lovely and very useful.

They state on their website that their success is due only to the shear dedication of the Khmer staff employed there. And apparently they speak excellent English, serve with a smile, and are here to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We didn’t see any local staff when we stayed but I am sure they are lovely!

A good hostel, there is obviously better, but for a cheaper night it is really worth it.

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