There are several factors that I consider when picking a hostel to stay in: location, price, Hostel World rating, and whether they have wi-fi. That’s how I ended up booking a room at Mandalay Inn when I went to Siem Reap.
Location and price are the two most important factor for me. I like to walk around new places, so I prefer staying at hostels that are close to the town or city center. I liked Mandalay’s location: it’s on a street just off the main road, and very near the old market. Mandalay Inn’s area is also mostly residential, so it’s a pretty quiet neighborhood.
For US$7, I got a single fan room with ensuite toilet & bath and a cable TV. The room is not tiny; it can comfortably accommodate one traveler. My room was at the end of the hall on the 4th floor. It was a corner room, so I got two huge windows, which gave me plenty of natural light and ventilation.
The toilet was likewise a decent sized toilet. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a partition between the toilet and the shower, so expect everything to get wet when you take a bath. The water pressure was okay, and though the plumbing was good, sometimes there’s a smell wafting up from the bowl.
Wi-fi is available in most areas of the hostel, but it is strongest in the common room at the ground floor. At the 4th floor, the signal is fair. If you don’t have a laptop, you can use the desktop computers they have at the ground floor for the guests. It’s free to use, but if you’re using it at night, be sure to slap on some mosquito repellent.
The staff at Mandalay Inn are hospitable. There’s always somebody you can approach if you need anything. The housekeeping staff are likewise always around, cleaning up rooms and the halls.
All in all, Mandalay Inn is a pretty good value accommodation in Siem Reap. I’d stay there again, but I’m also willing to try out other guesthouses.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Mr. Peng Ann – Manager
Phone : 855 63 761662
Mobile : 855 92 865356