Alibi Guest House Review – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Just two blocks away from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, tucked away from the craziness of the city streets, visitors can find themselves at home in Alibi Guest House. Christian Huser officially opened Alibi Guest House in Cambodia’s capital city in September of 2009. The guest house has 10 rooms, which are spread across three floors.
Once you’re inside Alibi, it’s hard to believe you’re still in Phnom Penh. No dust, no motorbikes and tuk-tuks whizzing by you. The building looks like something out of a quiet French neighborhood, complete with a chandelier. And with good reason.
Huser, originally from Paris, France, came to Cambodia in 1992. He helped open the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Bar and Restaurant and he says during this time period, there were so many new opportunities in the hospitality industry. That’s why he decided to open his own guest house. As the English and French speaking owner of Alibi, Huser says originally the accommodation drew clientele who only spoke those languages. But now, the guest house hosts travelers from all over the world.
Breakfast included (with fantastic French press coffee and baguettes)
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Alibi Guest House is centrally located and close to everything Phnom Penh has to offer. It took us five minutes to walk to the Royal Palace.
The cost of the room really is perfect for budget travelers who still want some at-home comforts. Each floor also has a cozy lounge area for guests. In our opinion, the third floor has the best one. And with a great wifi connection, we were able to do our work and enjoy a small view of the city.
If you’re booking at Alibi, remember that rooms are on three floors with no elevator. Guests on the third floor must be willing to pull luggage up a narrow staircase to get to the third floor. Rooms are also a bit smaller up there. Still, we stayed on the 3rd floor and loved it. But, we only have backpacks.