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We got to the Mad Monkey whilst they were fixing up the kitchen, and the noise was very unpleasant though by now it will be over. We had been travelling from Siem Reap where we stayed at the amazing Siem Reap Rooms so the Mad Monkey was a little disappointing. Staff straight up unfriendly and not too helpful. We also had a little security accident for which they waived our room fee - which was nice of them. For non-drunken youth in a big place like Phnom Phen there are better places to stay.
Some of the staff were friendlier than others. They could arrange more 'communal' activities to help make the hostel feel a bit more social. A couple of computers in the communal area would also not go a miss! Beds in dorm rooms were spacious and really comfy. The private double rooms are ok, but you can stay in a hotel for the same price and have use of the pool etc.
Our triple room with ensuite bathroom was nicely tucked away from the noise, but still close to the lounge area. Not in the busiest part of town but still many restaurants in the area. About a 20-30 minute walk to the river. It would have been nice if the hostel's restaurant stayed open later, but just be sure to eat before 9 if you like the menu!
the mad monkey is in a good spot (walking or tuk tuk distance to all major attractions, restaurants, and bars) and i felt safe there. the rooftop bar is fun and cheap, the staff was nice, and the restaurant within the hostel is pretty decent with good prices. the bedrooms and bathroom are clean, the AC was always working, and the wifi connection was strong. the only bad thing was that when i stayed there they were doing construction on an adjacent room, so it was kind of loud in the afternoons.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
The room is little bit smoky during their cooking time. and the closestool blocked one day which made sick for the whole morning.
The hostel is in a good location, easy to get around in phnom penh, there is a really nice caffe where have breakfast 2 minutes away. As we are mature travellers we found it a it noisy after 10 pm, but was our choice there. Definitely a good place to stay for young people between 16 to 25. Staff were always helpful except from the day when we left, we where waiting for the coach for 45 minutes and nobady knows what was goign on. Overall our stay there was great and good.
I would stay here again. It was a nice area, had a lively bar and big lockers under sturdy beds. The food is expensive, although they try to justify it by the standard of hygiene & food ($2.50 for toast with local jam!) Generally you pay more for convenience of being able to organise things via the hostel. The toilets were not great, but clean enough. There was some confusion over a bus I booked with them but it got sorted. I booked in to a smaller dorm but got put in a much larger dorm.
I spent the night and had room in first floor. the music from bar downstairs was a little bit loud and still could hear in my sleep. not a good experience tho'.
Nice place with good vibe, friendly staff, nice bar upstairs. Its a bit far from city centre tough.
Very friendly staff, who were very helpful when it came to arranging day trips. The food was very good also, the only fault was the maintenance going on during the day.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 41+
- (1 review)
I stayed in the largest dorm I think like 10 people for $7 and i really liked it. The bed was nice and clean and the pillow was so comfortable, this is so important!! The towel was really clean, no stains. The people were really friendly and though I never had the chance to eat their food it looked really good!! The location isn't too bad, a quick tuk tuk ride takes you to riverfront bu there is a good coffee shop close by and good restaurants.
Only downside was were placed in a room right above the main bar which made it impossible to nap/sleep anytime outside of 11pm-8am. Also room was pretty dirty but I think it was just that one, others looked clean.
+ staff very friendly + bed really big - location!, you'll spend additional 4 dollars every day for transfer - dorms are very small, had to squezz to get to my bed
Nice hostel with very friendly staff. It is a bit too self-contained. It's too set up to eat, drink, and just stay there, rather than get out and go see the city.
It wasn't bad but out of all the hostels i've stayed in recently it felt like a curitz egg on the outside great, and great premise I admire their ethical ambitions but my stay felt slightly flat and the expensive (but decent) food and transport to tourists locations meant i spent more than i intended.
Great hostel, the staff are brilliant! The bar was a lot quieter than we expected which was a shame. The food there is really good but be prepared to wait a long long time, we had lunch and had to wait 50 minutes for a sandwich, bear in mind we were the only people in there! Hostel is a bit far out from the river front. Our room was a bit dingy and the sheets were dirty. Overall though, it's a really cool place and we would recommend it!
the hostel has great atmosphere, stuff were very friendly and helpful, location might be a little difficult to find especially when the taxi driver doesn't speak english at all.
Nice place to stay. Great staff. The bathroom in room 1 really smells.
It's kind of a walk to the Riverside area but there are some really nice things near the hostel. Some good bars like Top Banana close by and also some good cafes and restaurants. The hostel itself has really delicious food but it's a bit expensive. The staff here are super nice and adorable, and the rooms are decent (I stayed in the 20-something bed dorm). There are lockers and towels provided so what more do you really need?