Location: Phnom Penh
Price: $41/night (booking.com)
Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Fitness Center: Yes
Free WiFi: Yes
Guest Friendly: Yes
Prices for hotels remain relatively inexpensive in Phnom Penh, even luxury establishments. Nowhere else is this more true than at Nagaworld 2 where rooms were going for only $41 per night at the time of this writing (booking.com). For that price you get a spacious room with a great view of the city and/or river and all the amenities one would expect in a luxury hotel. The room comes with a big comfortable bed, a work station area, a seating area with a couch and a big screen television. The WiFi is really strong in the room so need to worry about getting any work done or surfing the web on your down time.
Of course the amenities outside of the room are even more impressive. Not only are the rooms above the gaming floor with over 300 tables and 2,500 electronic games, but the facility is connected via an underground tunnel to the original Nagaworld where one can find just about every amenity imaginable. The gym is state of the art and open from 6:30 AM until 10:30 PM and in the second tower Nagaworld boasts the first rooftop pool ever built in the city of Phnom Penh. The poker room is of course also located in the original Nagaworld and spreads daily/nightly games of $1-$3, $2-$5 and $5-$10 no limit hold'em. Read the full review here:
Personally the highlight of Naga 2 is the 2Pangea Buffet which comes the closest to reminding this writer of Las Vegas and its decadent buffets. The restaurant has a wide variety of offerings of cuisines from all over the world. The main attractions are sections for seafood, sushi and the impressive carving station which on many nights includes an entire roasted pig!
You won't be too far from some of the best restaurants in town as Nagaworld boasts an impressive culinary lineup of offerings from Korea, Italy and China. Both Nagaworld and Naga 2 are great places to visit for anyone coming to Phnom Penh and offers great value for those looking for a luxury hotel stay in the capital city of Cambodia.
Price: $35/night (booking.com)
Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Fitness Center: No
Free WiFi: Yes
Guest Friendly: Yes
Kampot is a city that everyone coming to Cambodia should visit. Situated along a river the city is filled with scenic sights and great restaurants. It is a great place to holiday as prices are relatively low compared to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Great values can be found when looking for a hotel but visitors need not pay a lot either for a premier experience. One such place is the J Break Boutique Hotel located just south of the Salt Worker's Roundabout. It's close enough to the busier parts of the town, but far enough that the surroundings are quiet enough for an enjoyable stay.
I visited Kampot about a month ago as of this writing and was able to get a balcony room in the hotel for only $35 per night on booking.com. The rooms themselves were quite spacious with a huge and comfortable bed. The furniture and decor draws influence from French colonialism and creates a classic feel to the room. The bathrooms though are quite modern with the sinks, toilets and showers all appearing quite new. The balcony is also very spacious and leads to a peaceful view of the Salt Worker's Roundabout. Everything in the room worked fine and it comes with a good size refrigerator. The WiFi is quite strong in the hotel as I was able to watch YouTube in high definition with no issues on the room television. The hotel does not have a swimming pool nor did I see a gym during my two night stay.
The staff is quite friendly and helpful with everything a visitor may need. They can assist with everything related to the town of Kampot and also with transport when checking out. There is a cafe and juice bar downstairs and food is available. My reservation did not come with a free breakfast but there is a continental breakfast available each morning at a reasonable price. The hotel is within reasonable distance to the many great restaurants in the area so eating outside of the hotel should not be an issue. The hotel does have 24 hour security for the safety of patrons, although it almost felt unnecessary given how quiet and peaceful the town is.
I lived in Kampot once upon a time and was happy to return. There are many good value hotels in the city, but I was more than happy to pay a little bit more for the experience I had at the J Break Boutique Hotel. I recommend strongly for anyone in Cambodia to visit the lovely city of Kampot and when coming here to stay in this wonderful boutique hotel.