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“Perfectly adequate Asian-style hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mango Hotel
Ranked #192 of 274 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Singapore
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25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfectly adequate Asian-style hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2009

Most regular folk checking out reviews of this hotel will probably be debating whether it is wise staying in an establishment branded as a "brothel" by many. To address that immediately -- my answer is that I never encountered any unpleasantness, noise, or sleaze during my 2 nights stay there. Avoid floors 3-4 (most tourists are put on the highest 7th floor anyway) and you wouldn't even realize there is a massage parlour in the building.

Location was perfect for me --away from the hordes of backpackers and tourists, in a very central but more local/Asian area. Perhaps for first-timers to PP, closer to the riverside or BKK lake might be better and more walking-tour-friendly, but repeat visitors familar with the city should find it easy grabbing a moto/tuktuk and explaining a destination (the drivers around here are cheaper but less likely to speak english).

Paris is a very "Asian-style" in feel, in the way that it focuses on the neccesities (cleanliness, price, convenience, safety) rather than the more "European" concerns of atmosphere, slick service, and family-friendliness. (I'm Singaporean Chinese, so I empathise with both camps).

The rooms are enormous for the price ($18) but quite spartan with harsh flourescent lighting, ancient wooden furniture, a firm bed, and a noisy air-con. Cleanliness is top notch though, an amazing feat given the age of the building and fittings. Shower is fine with real hot water and a bathtub to stand in (not to soak though). Two free bottles of water everyday, and replaced soap/toothbrush/towel too. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, but may require a smiling, patient, non-condescending approach first, like anywhere else in this part of the world (something many of us tend to forget sometimes). TV had tons of channels including English cable and some channels of DVDs played in-house.

The disadvantages:
The duvet is flimsy and did smell a bit musty and could have done with a wash -- this was perhaps my biggest gripe. Aircon was slightly noisy but I was too lazy to change room (I got 707). Window drapes don't block out sunlight well so room doesn't stay completely dark in the morning.

All in, this is fantastic value for money at a level I have not seen anywhere else. If you can live with the small disadvantages, choose this place, and if you can't, prepare to pay at least double for a slight improvement. This hotel is off the typical backpacker/Lonely Planet traveller trail, and is all the better for it.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank ThePrivateer
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2009

Have just spent 2 weeks at Paris, the front desk Guys are great value, they ensure you are safe by only allowing hand picked Motortaxi drivers to take you places, leave your valuables with them in a sealed bag which you sign the seals never had any problem obtained every second day and resealed. The Casino is closed and the first floor is now a pool room. OK the third floor is a massage parlour, but if its not your sence do not go there. For $20 per night I think this hotel is value for money. Laundry service with house maid $2 per load.
Good place for single guys and girls may not be what a family requires. Will stay each time in PP at Paris

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank winfield25
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Bangkok
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71 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2009

Stayed here three nights (Feb 4-7 2009).. Ok.. let's get this out in the open from the start.. This hotel is actually part of (and physically attached) to the "Paris Club" which is technically (on paper) and casino-- yes with real slot machines and card tables-- but also a "massage service"-- which in Cambodia, almost always translates into a front for prostitution.. So.. some reviews here call this hotel a "brothel".. Is this right? If you go next door and indulge then yes, it is.. But if you just use the hotel part (and avoid the 3rd/4th floors) then no, it's just a normal hotel... Can you tell? On the 3rd and 4th floors-- yes you can.. otherwise no. Would I take my parents there.. Yes, but I'd tell them to stay clear of 3rd and 4th floors.. that's all..
Ok.. as for the hotel.. a very easy to get to location.. right on Kampuchea Krom.. It is not walking distance the riverfront and other major "tourist" spots, but with the price and availability of taxi's, trike's or tuk-tuk's this is not an issue.. 5-10 mins is all it takes to be almost anywhere in the city center from the hotel.. Fares should be $2 to $3 total.. The hotel itself is in very good condition.. a very small and basic lobby. There is a small 5-person elevator.. there is a lobby level restaurant, but it seems most guests eat out.. the front desk staff is friendly and willing to help you with most issues you may have.. In my case, I asked for several things during my stay: arrange for a reliable and safe driver for a day tour of the city, fax some papers to Japan (for work), have some laundry sent out for cleaning and arrange for a "legitimate" massage.. All requests were fulfuilled quickly and with excellent results..
The rooms? I got a room ($18 per night nett) on the 7th floor and it faced Kampuchea Krom. Yes, I was worried about street noise, but to my suprise there was little noise that I could hear... The loudest thing was the a/c unit running.. The hotel is built, like all buildings in Cambodia, out of concrete block and cement so it's solid and not alot of noise can be heard.. The room was nothing short of spotless and clean.. In size terms it's about the size of your average hotel room, nothing ususual.. How clean? Spotless-- I mean no dust, nothing.. Bathroom is fine.. western fixtures and a real tub.. hot water is the asia-norm "shower on the wall" but water pressure is fine and the hot water actually came out HOT.. The room fixtures? It's a basic room-- standard bed (asian style-- firm matress), night stand, small work desk and chair, fridge (2 bottles water a day) sitting chairs, coffee table and full sized clothes closet.. TV has a few local khmer channels, but most tv is from thailand or is international (CNN, Fox, etc.).. No pool, or anything like that.. There is a small gym-- I went to see it but it was small and with no windows or anything, I felt a little clausterfobic and I passed on using it..
My overall opinion? For where you are (Cambodia) and what you're paying ($18) it is an excellent value.. Does the "brothel" part bother me? No, it's not advertised and not pushed at you "in your face" so unless you have a moral objection, it should not be an issue. The staff? very efficient, friendly and get your needs met.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank GOPBI
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Yorkshire
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2008

I had read a review of another traveler and asked my taxi from the airport to take me there .
Its on a main street in the cambodian end of the city. 3rd floor is a glass fishbowl brothel ,4th ,5th floor is working rooms girl client.6th 7th are hotel rooms .
As a single guy i was put in a room on the 5th floor which wasnt a problem to me but maybe if you were a family.

I read a reveiw of veiws of the lake i didnt see it from my window.

Room was ok but could use a lick of paint 25$ per night.
Bath but no plug ! Shower was hot . TV was fine .

If you want the girls or want to see the true cambodia this is for you . If you are a family or woman tourist you would be better sticking to the quay area which is more for tourists.

Resteraunt next door is expensive for tourists $11 meal and 2 beers. I sent a cambodian girl next night to get two meals and beers she paid $6 for both.

I wasnt happy leaving my money in their safe and kept it with me at all times . That said nothing went from my room whilst i was there.
Tuk tuks and motos outside so no problems getting anywhwere and many speak good english.

If you havnt done PP before be ready for the traffic its totally mad . Tuk Tuk is the way to go every time.
This is a rough magical city and you will grow to love it.

greg@hover.org.uk

  • Liked — Its in the middle of a buzzing city
  • Disliked — Didnt trust the safe and it needs a paint
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
13 Thank Hoverbloke
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Viet Nam
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2008

I think this is a great hotel during my stay in Cambodia. Clean room and the staff very helpful. I like this hotel and will go back if I return.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Anna94
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Property: Mango Hotel
Address: 229 Kampuchea Krom Boulevard, Phnom Penh 13253, Cambodia (Formerly Paris Hotel)
Region: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #192 of 274 Hotels in Phnom Penh
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,307 - ₹ 4,444
Hotel Class:3 star — Mango Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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