16 May 2009
Indochine 2, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hotel
US$20
11°34'19.46"N 104°55'38.89"E
1 Room

May 2009 approx A$26

The Indochine 2 is a newly refurbished guesthouse of around 30 rooms. Half of the rooms have windows facing an indoor corridor, and the other half of rooms on the lower floors faced out onto an enclosed and unusable balcony area - not sure why they have renovated it this way, as it means that only half a dozen rooms on the top (fourth) floor face out onto a small but open balcony running the length of the building, which in turn faces onto a quiet (by Phnom Penh standards) side street.

An old building with nice high ceilings, this was the only one we looked at which as well as air conditioning had a fly-screened window that opened to fresh air and a fan. All of the others we saw were either very basic fan only rooms or had air conditioning only which is no good for us. There was also a mini fridge and a TV with the full range of 60-odd channels (both of these seem to be fairly standard in Phnom Penh in all but the most basic of rooms). Few seem to realise that some of the people who want the TV and fridge also want a fan rather than or in addition to air conditioning.

The room wasn't as much like a cell as the photo indicates - I tried it from several different angles but couldn't get a sympathetic shot.

There was limited wardrobe space, but very few people would stay here more than a night or two so it's sufficient. This is one of the hotels you are billeted to when booking a tour through Intrepid.

There were tour services - we only found out the price of one, the boat to Vietnam. and it seemed rather expensive, although we are probably comparing apples with oranges as the tour sector is very competitive - and a reasonably priced, pretty good restaurant on the ground floor. There was also, quite disappointingly, a young lady who seemed to be part of the organisation, or at least very friendly with the staff, selling mangostiens at US$2 per kilo - Peter got a bagful on the market for 50 cents per kilo and was probably robbed.

There was no internet service and I was unable to pick up a stable signal from outside. The side street became a little noisy around 6.30am when seemingly hundreds sat down for breakfast. We could have lived with all of these things, but renovation works on the building opposite the window was starting at about the same time meaning no sleep-in. The hammering didn't last for long - in fairly short spurts throughout the day - just long enough to make sure you were not going to roll over and get back to sleep.

The Indochine 2 is quite good value, and once the renovations have finished would be a good place to return to, although many places in that price range are providing wifi or internet access.

There was limited wardrobe space, but very few people would stay here more than a night or two so it's sufficient. This is one of the hotels you are billeted to when booking a tour through Intrepid. There were tour services - we only found out the price of one, the boat to Vietnam. and it seemed rather expensive, although we are probably comparing apples with oranges as the tour sector is very competitive - and a reasonably priced, pretty good restaurant on the ground floor. There was also, quite disappointingly, a young lady who seemed to be part of the organisation, or at least very friendly with the staff, selling mangostiens at US$2 per kilo - Peter got a bagful on the market for 50 cents per kilo and was probably robbed. There was no internet service and I was unable to pick up a stable signal from outside. The side street became a little noisy around 6.30am when seemingly hundreds sat down for breakfast. We could have lived with all of these things, but renovation works on the building opposite the window was starting at about the same time meaning no sleep-in. The hammering didn't last for long - in fairly short spurts throughout the day - just long enough to make sure you were not going to roll over and get back to sleep. The Indochine 2 is quite good value, and once the renovations have finished would be a good place to return to, although many places in that price range are providing wifi or internet access.

Satellite TV, small fridge, fan AND air conditioning

www.indochine2hotel.com

indochinehtl@camnet.com.kh

+855 23 211 525 / +855 23 211 787