For the average backpacker, the Top Banana is probably great. It has a nice rooftop bar/lounge area where it's easy to meet fellow travellers. The food is good, especially the breakfasts, and the rooms are neat and tidy. I had a huge room for $18/night with two double beds, ensuite bathroom with hot water, plenty of furniture and windows. I was moved later to another room with had a big L-shaped couch and a tinier room for $16/night with ensuite but no couch. All came scrubbed down with clean sheets, good pressure showers and well-maintained bathrooms. What else does a traveler need?? The location is OK too -- walkable to the Genocide Museum and a short tuk-tuk ride to the Palace.
But as someone who's a bit past the backpacking scene, I found the place really loud, sometimes until 2 am. It's impossible to find a room that doesn't soak in the noise so you either have to get with the party or forget about a solid sleep. I'm rating this property four stars because it's probably perfect for a social backpacker, even though it was a three star place for me. The staff seemed harried too and seemed really worried about us paying our food bill as soon as possible. Maybe they've been stiffed before, who knows.
Also, forget about booking the "tour" offered through the hostel. It's just hire of a tuk-tuk driver for the day and I'm pretty sure you could find cheaper rates if you negotiate on the street. Same went with transport -- we found cheaper buses at a travel agency downstairs.
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- Top Banana Guesthouse Hotel Phnom Penh