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Pagoda Rocks Boutique Guesthouse
Ranked #41 of 239 Sihanoukville B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Stayed here for two nights, and enjoyed being away from it all at night, but took a $5 tuk-tuk ride to a beach each day. The bungalows offered privacy and we slept soundly here perched high on our hill.

If you're looking for a bit of a remote getaway, this is a great place to be, and it would have been easy to spend the whole day lounging by the pool, particularly since their restaurant is excellent. We were in Sihanoukville looking forward to some beach time, and would probably stay at a more convenient location for this if we returned.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Very overpriced huts in the middle of nowhere. Staff is very nice and want to help but speak little to no English.

The huts are nice but the location is in the middle of the forest - far away from everything else. This forced us to eat at the resort restaurant the first night but from a very overpriced and so-so menu. In addition, my partner was stomach sick for a week since then.

The one upside is the horizon pool, which is very nice.

After this we moved into town to a hotel which was half the price but superior comfort and location.

The retreat concept could work for Pagoda Rocks IF they made an effort to make it into something more than a hut, a pool and an but bad kitchen. Oh - and of course drop the price by half...

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

As some of the previous reviews mentioned, service was good, manager was aloof, location is terrible distance wise.

We stayed there from december 18 to 20. First impression was of the bus station with the hoard of tuk tuks harassing you for a ride. Couldn't be bothered to haggle since they knew they had the advantage over you with nowhere else to go. Once arrives at the resort, it had an appeal located near at the foot of a pagoda.However.....


- if you don't have your own means of transportation, you end up spending a fortune in tuktuks ($5 to town)
- had requested for a scooter during the reservation, but Tola (the manager) confirmed the request and did not come through. We then were informed that none in town had bikes available for hire. Hence we lost of time making travel arrangements rather than enjoy the sites. Therefore if you do decide to stay RECONFIRM any requests made to the hotel and get a scooter!
- the bungalow was great however I would recommend for the manager to check it once in a while (bungalow 1: broken shower tap, broken balcony door handle, burnt out ceiling light)
-during the night I was woken up by what I believed to be monkeys thrashing around the cabin.

Some recommendations:
- have thinner pillows, it feels like sleeping on mount everest.
- have an in-room safe (would allow to ease one's conscience)
- provide free transportation to downtown and back or provide your own scooters
-provide guests with a standardised reservation confirmation (all I got was a note)
- coach staff on how to suggest places to go, eat, drink etc around Sihanoukville (the staff just pointed out Serendipity beach on a map)
-some English training would be a plus

Hotel needs some tweeking but all in all it was ok thanks to Mr. Long who truly went beyond to fix our problems. The food was good, atmosphere nice and the pool is quite unique. Although I would probably look for something closer to the action/beach next time without the hassle of tuk tuks.

From one hotelier to another, i wish you bonne continuation

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Thank Swisserman
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

This place is a slice of heaven on a hill in the bush. A great team of staff, and while we really like Tola (guy in charge), he overcharged us for gas in the scooter - I accidentally took his scooter, but this is where he's a winner too! U can arrange with him to hire a scooter and have it brought to Pagoda Rocks, $6 per day with a choice of auto or manual. I guess if you wanted to, you could arrange anything through Pagoda; it seems that way. Swimming in the pool is like swimming inside a glass marble, very clean and crystal clear; and you don't come out smelling like chlorine! Our hilltop bungalow is a cosy safe haven from downpours. Stunning views of the town and its port below. Loving the balcony with its hammock, little cafe table and chairs topped with a 'stunning view'. Blissful sleeps if you go to bed early enough...just expect to be awoken around 4am by the chants of the Buddhist Monks next door...they go through the day too on a loud speaker that echoes over the town. We noticed they stop around 2 or 3pm? I noticed a couple leave the next day because of that...was too noisy for them. I'd advise to rent a scooter if you are budget keen just because you can explore as much as u want, as long as u don't get pulled up by cops (just don't stop at their check points). You'll either have your passport seized or pay out a LOT of money for the trouble. Pagoda Rocks is more for couples and small families, as all the bungalows have twin or double only; there are 9 houses. The food is really good here, and so is the dining area where internet access is fast and clear; reception is good poolside too; a bit slow in the rooms, but u can get internet none-the-less. So yeah, Pagoda Rocks does rock and gets 2 thumbs up from me.

Room Tip: Ask for the most modern suite / bungalow. The one we were in could do with a bathroom upgrade altho...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

I actually expected Mr Tola to be helpful and enthusiastic upon reading the earlier reviews. He turned out to be slightly aloof, though in no way rude or unpleasant. The place itself is great. I loved the peaceful atmosphere and the serenity we can't find on the backpackers nearer to the beaches. The 'infinity pool' was really good! The restaurant was ok but pricey. Breakfast not included. We had dinner there one night and my boyfriend wanted Khmer food more than the average Western fare offered on the menu. The waitress offered a sweet and sour fish type dish off the menu and it tasted great, till we realised it cost 10USD when paying. Considering most meals are $5-6 we felt fleeced. The cocktails are cheap but we found countless ants in them and I spent a long time fishing what I could out (!!)

It's far from the beaches, and they charge $5 for a transfer (tip: hire a moto back it can't cost more than $2)

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sin Ee H
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

After roughing it around the country with backpacks, we treated ourselves on the last part of the trip with 7 nights here. We couldn't have been more delighted with the choice we made.

Staff where lovely and went out of there way to help us in anyway they could. Food was lovely and cheap. As well as the cocktails :)

The room was cleaned daily and we had no problems with housekeeping as mentioned in other posts. The room has a big balcony boasting veiws out on to the coast where we sat with a bottle of wine one night - gorgeous!!

Pool is great, clean and has a lovely veiw. The best thing about this hotel is its seclusion. There are roughly 10 guest houses so it all feels very exclusive and other then the occasional family we got heaps of P&Q!

I would recommend hiring a moto. About 5 bucks a day. Otherwise you have to pay the hotel driver or a tuk tuk $5 per one way to the city. Plus a moto is a great way to discover the surronding area.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

We just got back from a weekend at Pagoda Rocks. It is in a really nice location up on a hill by a big Pagoda. A lot of effort has obviously gone into the design and the infinity pool with dark tiles is really lovely. The room we stayed in was very tastefully done and very spacious. The restaurant was really great - and the free breakfast especially was delicious. The staff were all really nice and relaxed.

However, a few minor points - there were a few things missing that i would expect from a high end boutique resort - there is no safe in the room, and no hair dryer. I know that sounds silly but i would expect them to at least have one hair dryer in reception for guests to borrow - especially in the rainy season! Also - it was great to spend a few days with no computer and TV but i think for the price i would expect a TV. Especially as they offer a film library! However, these are minor things that for me would just mean that i would not stay there during the high season but it is still good value during the low season.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Wat Leu, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #41 of 239 B&Bs / Inns in Sihanoukville
Price Range: $62 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pagoda Rocks Boutique Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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