Point Boutique Hotel isn’t one that is usually on anyone’s must stay hotels on Phnom Penh. But, if you want a spacious room in a fairly convenient location and are on a budget, it’s a solid choice.
I am not sure what it’s officially classified as, but I’d place it at around the three star category. It’s a step up from a low-cost dorm style hostel as you get a legitimate hotel and hotel room. It’s far from a luxury resort though. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seriously consider it if you want a great bang-for-your-buck place to stay for a few nights in Phnom Penh.
I stayed in what is called a King Suite Double with Balcony room. I was pretty happy with the selection. Though a bit on the older side, the room is quite large.
At the center of the large room is of course what you would expect in a “King Suite Double”, the king-sized bed.
It was very comfortable and clean.
Due to the room’s size, the management also fit in a couple of chairs with a small table. It’s a great little nook for reading a book or eating some take out food you bring back to the room. But, it wasn’t a full-fledged desk, so you wouldn’t want to rely it it for working from a laptop.
If you travel with a portable laptop stand it should be OK though.
Another nice aspect of the large room in the large bathroom and shower. I’ve stayed in plenty fo places where it feel like the bathroom is almost sitting on top of your bed. But, here, it was adequately distanced from the living quarters.
The shower is plenty warm, though you might not need the hot water if you’re visiting Cambodia in the summer. I also didn’t have a problem with the water pressure.
The only real downside I found within the room though came from the bathroom. The drain was a bit stinky.
Housekeeping seem to be aware and tried to freshen the scent up, but it was always only a temporary fix. As long as you keep the bathroom door closed, which why wouldn’t you, all is OK.
Some other highlights of what Phnom Penh’s Point Boutique Hotel has to offer are:
- free in-room wifi
- a rooftop bar
- 24 hour front desk
- ice cold air conditioning
They claim to have an airport shuttle service as well, but I did not test that out.
As much as the facilities of the hotel are acceptable for something in what I would consider a budget price range, the ambiance might be what makes of breaks this accommodation option for you.
First and foremost, it’s definitely dated and you get the feel it could use renovation. But, that should be expected when you get an ample sized room at a great price.
Also, while I found the location fairly convenient as there are tons of bars and restaurants within walking distance, while being right next to the Mekong River as well, it’s a bit of a rough neighborhood.
I never felt unsafe, but anytime you are located near nightlife you are not going to get that Disney World ambiance. And, you will get plenty of street hawkers peddling their wares.
The rooftop bar did add a bit of class to the otherwise budget feel, and it offers some nice sunset views of the Mekong along with some reasonably priced happy hour drinks and tasty food.
I am sure there is more than one way to skin a cat but my route to the Point Boutique Hotel from Phnom Penh International Airport was pretty straight forward. I just took a taxi right from the airport to the front of the hotel.
Overall, it took about 45 minutes because we hit a little traffic. I paid around $20 USD, which was probably a little too much. But, the driver spoke fantastic English and was easy to communicate with.
You can of course find cheaper options like buses and tuk tuks, but the roads are pretty rough and having a nice air conditioned comfortable ride to the hotel is worth the extra money in my opinion.
Phnom Penh is not a city everyone is going to like. but, since we are discussing a hotel and not the city itself, I will focus on what my hotel experience and impression was.
The staff was friendly though their attentiveness was a bit lacking. If you are looking for 5-star service, you might want to look elsewhere.
However, for the price point, you get a lot of space in your room. The bed was comfy, the view was pleasant, and while the neighborhood was on the rougher side, I never had a problem finding great cheap food nearby or finding a ride elsewhere quickly.
Would I stay here again?
That’s a hard question to answer. I don’t get to Cambodia often and with the many accommodation options available, I personally would probably try a hotel that was new for me. But, I was more than happy with my stay at the Point Boutique Hotel and feel you get a lot for what you pay.