The Artist Guesthouse (St 178) Phnom Penh
There are plenty of hotels in Phnom Penh ranging from backpackers inn to 6-star accommodations and it is important to know which is your preferred type before making that booking. The Artist Guesthouse (St 178), Phnom Penh was our choice when we had to move closer to our new home. It was also easy to find given the location next to the National Museum where tuk tuk drivers are familiar with. The awning in front of the hotel made it stand out from its’ art shop neighbours. The owner, Jeremy, a friendly mat salleh was there to greet us when he arrived. He also thought we were from Thailand and we just smiled telling him we’re from Malaysia. We have gotten used to the locals guessing our Nationalities since we moved here.
Brownie points for good hospitality and cosy rooms.
Jeremy saw that we had a few large luggage bags with us and asked how long we were going to stay here. When we told him that we’ll be staying until the new place is ready, he upgraded us from the Standard Double Room to the Deluxe Double Balcony room because it was on the second floor. He didn’t want us to go all the way up to the forth floor with our heavy bags plus it would be a challenge for his staff (who was mostly women on that day) to help us bring it up. Mind you that most independent and boutique hotels do not have elevators so it’s the stairs all the way. My advice is to pack light if you happen to be in town so that it’s easier for you to carry the bags up through the spiral staircase (at this hotel).
Bright and colourful lanterns dropped from the ceiling above us, landing just before the ground floor. This was already charming to me and when we got to the room it was even better. Jeremy who helped us carry the small bag (because he had a back injury before) showed us the balcony and how to lock it. He showed us the heater for the shower, the TV remote and wished us a good stay.
We were so happy with the room which had a four-poster bed and a single day bed facing the window. It could easily fit 4 person. The normal rate for this hotel is USD$60 a night but if you’re on Agoda or other hotel booking page, there are normally discounts up to 50% a night! On the ground floor is Jay’s Diner, which is part of the hotel itself and they serve excellent waffles and bagels for breakfast. Wifi connection is also free and all you need to do is ask for the password from Jeremy or the receptionist. Actually there’s free wifi everywhere in Phnom Penh city.
Overall the staff was really helpful and they stock up water for us everyday. The hotel was opened just two months ago and looking at their rooms and service, I would highly recommend this place if you happen to visit us in Phnom Penh City. It’s also walking distance to the Royal Palace, the Riverside, restaurants and bars. Don’t forget to say hello if you happen to see Jeremy!
Here’s how to reach them:
|Name:||The Artist Guesthouse|
|Address:||#69, St. 178, Preah Ang Makhak Vann, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (beside National Museum)|
|Contact:||+855 23 213 930|
|Check-In Times:||2:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||12:00 pm|
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.