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Eighty8 Backpackers
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Good hostel”
Reviewed 14 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed here 3 nights. Booked the cheapest dorm. Rooms are spacious and tidy. The beds are big! This dorm is situated directly above the bar but it's still not too loud that you can't sleep.
There's Wi-Fi and awesome pool.
Friendly bar staff and reception. The food was great, make sure you try the peanut butter banana shake!

  • Stayed November 2013
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shawbaws, Manager at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
I add chocolate to the peanut butter banana shake for the all out blow the mind mix :-)
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Go to monkey. Receptionist was so rude and angry constantly, laughed when we asked about soap for the bathrooms, and they try to get you on buses they get commission on but won't book anything else for you. Under staffed and hectic - arrogant owner who doesn't care. Arrogant friends of owner round the bar. Waste of $20.

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shawbaws, Manager at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
This doesn’t sound like us at all!  While we acknowledge that we’re not perfect and sometimes guests encounter issues, this seems like a very unfair assessment and we have to question whether you even stayed at our gueshouse.  Our receptionists are lovely, sweet ladies and 88 has more of a laidback than hectic vibe, as our other – genuine - reviews say. :-)
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

We took a chance with Eighty8, and were more than happy with the decision.

We decided to go down market to a hostel for the Phnom Penh leg of our trip. If all Hostels are like this, then we have been doing the trip all wrong. The rooms are sparse, but very clean, and are really the only difference between upmarket hotels. No fridges or tvs in the room, not even a door to the bathroom, but you know what, who cares, the savings we made on this cheaper option were more than made up by the downstairs space and swimming pool.

All the other customers are happy and want to share stories and tips on what to do. Any time we left the hostel there was always someone else going the same way so even the transport was cheap.

The food was more than reasonably priced and yummy. The happy hour and the swimming pool were a match made in heaven.

We are going to try more hostels now, and we hope hope hope they will be like Eighty8.

Thanks all the lovely staff for the fantastic stay!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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shawbaws, Manager at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Thanks for trying us and thanks for the great feedback.

Safe onward travels
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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

Really found the location of the hostel a major inconvenience and at times felt very unsafe. While hostel replies here state a 5 mins walk it was it is more like 15 mins and something that should never be done at night. The walk is poorly lit and the surroundings delapaded and poor, so travellers have no choice but to get the awaiting Tuk tuks whom take advantage of this fact and quote you up to $4 dollars for a short journey, they can be haggled but the cheapest I got was $2 for a 1.4 km trip. One should factor in this additional expense when choosing the hostel.

The WiFi signal was 2 weak to reach the upper floors and Skyping from bar isn't ideal due to the music.

The staff were friendly and courteous with good English. The room was very clean and I didn't mind the curtain bathroom door. Breakfast was tasty but a little pricy.

There was also no stores nearby to get supplies or snacks other that the inflated hostel priced goods.

  • Stayed November 2013
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shawbaws, Owner at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Phnom Penh is the major city in a developing country.  88 RECOMMENDS that you do not travel by foot after dark anywhere in the city, westerners are preyed on my opportunistic thieves who come out after dark – this goes for expats living here also, and if you're foreign it is not advised to walk anywhere after dark if you’ve got a bag on you.  A lot of Phnom Penh is "dilapidated and poor" and this poverty does mean that wealthy westerners are a target.   Please all future customers note, if you do go out at night leave your valuables in the lockers provided.

In the daytime ;) we are a 5min walk from the city centre.  Slightly out of the busy centre in order to make room for our swimming pool -  a trade-off that helps cool you after a hot sweaty day in the tropical city :)

I can’t help but think you have missed the feelings and mentalities that make up this wonderful, iconic city.  The constant feeling of on edge, the need for the city to be given a lick of paint, the abject poverty right beside wealth of unimaginable proportions - it’s a city of contrast, and given your thoughts, i think its sailed right by you!!

Sorry Eighty8 did not live up to your expectations, safe onward travels.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

When arriving, later than expected, we were shown to our private room and they even offered to help with bags. Staff were very very helpful. We used the free pick up from the bus, which was there at the time told. The common space was always bustling with people who were all nice friendly people to meet. Great place to just chill or as a base to explore the city or have a night on the town. A short tuk tuk from the hussle and bussle of the night life and some great restaurants but far enough away not to be bothered while sleeping. Very comfy sleeping arrangements. Recommend and will be staying here again on return trip. Only downside is you must book early as can fill up fast and extending stay can be difficult over weekends.

Room Tip: Room 14, wonderful but simple
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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shawbaws, Owner at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
perfect, thanks for the happy feedback
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Hostels dont get much better than this...

We felt safe, well looked after, comfy, entertained, the pool is fantastic, and its all wrapped in a beautiful French colonial building. Great atmosphere, great spot to meet other flashpackers.

Will stay again.

Room Tip: Room 13 has windows all the way round.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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shawbaws, Owner at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
:-)
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2013

This has got to be in the top 3 hostels I have ever stayed at in SE Asia.

The rooms are sparse, but well cleaned and the beds are huge. The building is big and airy with lots of balcony space upstairs to sit on and relax.

Downstairs the common area is incredible, it looks stunning, big big wide open spaces, its naturally cool due to the 2 floors of building above you. The swimming pool is well maintained and sets of the 'oasis' feel in the city perfectly.

We have read people complaining about the cost of services, we have no complaints, our washing while expensive came back smelling lovely, it was all folded and ironed, inc the underwear. We made the mistake of not using 88 visa services which came back to bite us in the bum, it cost way more to get to and from the Vietnamese embassy than the extra 88 charged for the service.

Its definitely not the cheapest here, but everything works, we felt safe and well taken care of.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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shawbaws, Owner at Eighty8 Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
Exactly what we think as well :-)
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Property: Eighty8 Backpackers
Address: 88 Street | Street 88, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Phnom Penh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 243 Speciality Lodging in Phnom Penh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best hostel in the city complete with a swimming pool and now including an amazing FREE breakfast buffet per person. ... more   less 
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