Velkomenn Guesthouse is a relatively new guesthouse located a stone’s throw away from the riverside. It’s easy to confuse it with the older and similarly named Velkomenn Inn, but they are different places and have different owners.
Location is the primary selling point of Velkomenn Guesthouse. It is surrounded by bars, restaurants and various food stalls so you will never go hungry. It is a quick stroll from the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the Central Market. We especially enjoyed being just a minute or two away from the riverside.
The guesthouse only has 11 rooms and has a bar and restaurant, called the Lazy Lizard, on the first floor. We stayed in standard double room on the third floor for $15/night. It was very clean, and being a new place, the tiled floor was sparkling with no grout on sight. We had air-con, a comfortable double bed, a television with cable, and an en suite bathroom. Like Siem Reap Garden Inn, the toilet and shower didn’t have any partitions but we are used to bathrooms set up like that anyway. The staircase was narrow, but security was very good. There was main door to the hallway leading to the rooms on every floor that is closed during the night to prevent any noise from the bar downstairs from disturbing guests.
The owners and staff were helpful. Gavin, the owner, gave us change to pay the tuk-tuk driver didn’t have any smaller bills when we arrived. “No one ever has change in this city,” was Gavin’s amusingly sarcastic comment, and I have to agree. He also woke up early to check us out the next day so we could catch our 8 a.m. flight to Kuala Lumpur.
It was short stay, and Velkomenn Guesthouse is nothing fancy, but it’s a place we would recommend to anyone planning a trip to Phnom Penh. Comfortable, clean and fantastic location makes for a well-deserved thumbs up.