What are you looking for in a Sihanoukville accommodation? Are you a backpacker looking for the cheapest possible accommodation? It’s still possible to find a place to stay for under $6 a night. Do you want something nicer, but still cheap? Even in the high season, it’s possible to find an air-conditioned room for $15 a night.
In the past, there were only a few places you could stay in Sihanoukville that had pools, very good restaurants and other luxuries, but the demand was there and most newer hotels and bungalows here are catering to mid-market customers looking for better Sihanoukville accommodation. This is just a small sampling of what’s available. For more, click here. It will take you to a full list of Sihanoukville hotels and online booking forms. I get a small commission, so thanks in advance.
Below is an updated (8 June 2014) list of places you can stay. It’s a short, hand-picked selection of places I am personally familiar with.
The Aqua Resort Sihanoukville is very clean, well managed and surprisingly inexpensive, considering the size of its swimming pool, the quality of its restaurant and its comfortable and spacious rooms. Located on Kanda Street, the third of the three streets that run parallel to Ochheuteal Beach, the Aqua Resort is recommended for singles, couples and families who want to stay within easy walking distance of the beach and the amenities on Mithona Street but have a quiet retreat to return to at the end of the day or evening. Free WiFi is available.
A Danish run hotel, the Beach Club Resort Sihanoukville is a mainstay for frequent Sihanoukville visitors. I have not yet personally visited the Beach Club, but have heard many good things about it. It is in an excellent location on Tola Street, right behind the busier Mithona Street. It is located near all the restaurants on Tola Street, so you’ll never be without a wide selection of restaurants to choose from and it takes about 2 minutes to walk to Ochheuteal Beach.
Beach Road Hotel is one of the more popular hotels at the top of Mithona Street. Ideally located opposite Serendipity Road, everything is at your doorstep when you stay at Beach Road, but many of the guests seem to find everything they want right there within the confines of the hotel itself. Their popular bar has several Happy Hours every afternoon and evening. Check out the upstairs lounge with its hanging lounge chairs: kick back and watch the world go by on Mithona Road.
The Coolabah Resort Sihanoukville is in a superb location right on Mithona Street but just enough away from the centre of the action to make it a peaceful place to retreat to at the end of the day. Its lush garden setting, great restaurant and swimming pool make it the kind of Sihanoukville hotel you will want to spend time in relaxing rather than just sleeping at night. Recommended for chilled out singles, couples and families.
The Cove Beach Bungalows make the most of the stunning hillside at the Western edge of Serendipity Beach sometimes called the Cove. I haven’t stayed here yet, but I have stayed at nearby Coasters and loved it for the setting alone. While so much of Sihanoukville has an urban feel to it, out here, you feel like you are on a tropical island oasis. Of course, you can go out to the islands and be on a real tropical oasis, but the advantage of the Cove is that you are just a short stroll from all the restaurants, bars, nightspots and other things Sihanoukville has to offer. Rates: Moderate 14 June 2012 – note updated info from manager in comment below!
The Golden Sand Hotel looks like a grand hotel from an earlier era, which in a way it is. We used to often go use their pool and have poolside lunches, but haven’t been there for a couple of years. The hotel’s reputation suffered for a few years when newer hotels made it seem old-fashioned in comparison, but now, after extensive renovations, it has made a comeback.
Holiday Villa Nataya has taken over as the largest and most luxurious hotel on Serendipity Beach Road. I’ve never been inside, but it’s even larger than it appears from the front. If you’re looking for luxury in the heart of the busy tourist district, this is probably the place to look at first.
The Independence Hotel, Resort and Spa is one of Sihanoukville’s oldest and most distinguished resorts. Built in the 1960s, the hotel survived the Khmer Rouge and the long, slow years that followed as Cambodia rebuilt and restored its reputation as a safe tourist destination. Now a member of the prestigious Sterling Hotel Group, a new wing has recently been added which is said to be magnificent. The new pool is a picture of luxury. The Independence is a great hotel to stay in if you like a secluded environment in a beautiful natural setting. The drive up the hill from the guard station to the hotel lobby makes you feel like you’re entering a different world, which in a way you are. This hotel and its grounds are often seen on Cambodian music videos and local soaps.
Mushroom Point is one of the most interesting places you can stay in Sihanoukville. The theme is mushrooms and all the bungalows and other structures at Mushroom Point are shaped like mushrooms. As funky as that sounds, the rooms are actually very nice and the place has a nice feel to it. Actually, there are 2 Mushroom Points – one on the beach side and one just opposite. The one opposite the beach has a lovely garden setting.
Pagoda Rocks Boutique Guesthouse is a stunning boutique guesthouse up on the hill near Wat Leu (leu means high, wat means pagoda). I took the panoramic photo on my header from up there back in 2007 and imagined building a similar guesthouse. While I lacked the funds or the nerve, Mr. Tola apparently had both and created this oasis of tranquillity, complete with an infinity edge pool. For more information, check out my blog, An Idyllic Sihanoukville Resort.
The Reef Resort is a very nice resort on the top of the hill above Serendipity Beach near the Golden Lions traffic circle. Recently taken over by the owners of the New Seaview Villa, the menu, which was already good, has been expanded and improved. Nobody seems to have a bad word to say about the Reef Resort, which is impressive, considering the eclectic mix of people who come to Sihanoukville and their varying tastes.
The sprawling Seaside Hotel is in an ideal location at the bottom of Mithona Road, just opposite Ochheuteal Beach. Take your choice between one of the 90 rooms in the hotel or a bungalow on the adjoining property and you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable stay in a Sihanoukville hotel. Every room includes a large LCD TV with cable and satellite access, WiFi and optional air conditioning. While not large, the pool is more than adequate for a refreshing dip and the hotel restaurant is in a lovely garden setting.
The Secret Garden at Otres Beach doesn’t seem to be much of a secret any more, but it is secreted away at the far end of the beach. The first Otres Beach accommodation to have a swimming pool, it has spacious, well-appointed bungalows and a lovely garden. On the beach side of the road directly opposite the bungalows, they also have a restaurant/bar and private beach area. If you’re looking for a little luxury on Otres Beach, this may be the Sihanoukville accommodation for you.
Completed late in 2011, the Serendipity Beach Resort was one of the first large and luxurious Sihanoukville hotels to be completed on the newly refinished Serendipity Road leading to the beach. Just metres away from the pier and a short, level walk to Ochheuteal Beach, Serendipity Beach Resort caters to families and discerning singles. Rates: Moderate to Expensive, but very moderate considering the size of the swimming pool (30m) and the luxurious touches.
Sokha Resort Sihanoukville is Sihanoukville’s grandest resort. We frequently go there to use their pool ($5 per adult per day) and their playground and occasionally go to the spa. I also ride my bike around its spacious grounds frequently, so I guess you could say that in spite of never having stayed there, I know it pretty well. While $100+- per night is a lot by our standards, it’s absurdly cheap considering its deluxe atmosphere. Recently enlarged, there are even more rooms at Sokha than ever before.
Tamu Hotel is on Otres 2 beach, near the Secret Garden. The most stylish hotel on Otres beach so far (more are coming), it has a pool and a wonderful beach front restaurant directly opposite the hotel. One of the most expensive hotels on Otres beach, it is also one of the most popular. Book well in advance or you might be disappointed.