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“Good bungalow next to the beach.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aquarium Bungalows & Restaurant

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Aquarium Bungalows & Restaurant
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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109 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Good bungalow next to the beach.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

The first thing you should know about the Aquarium is how to get there. We made the mistake of checking in the Coaster's next door as a result. The Aquarium is located on the beach next to the Coaster's. The problem is that if you enter from the small alley behind Coaster's which has a sign that says, "Aquarium", you must walk through Coaster's. As a result, you will walk past the front desk at Coaster's and if you aren't aware, you may make the same mistake.
After spending the night at Coaster's, we were happy to arrive at our original booking. At Coaster's the A/C was preset and didn't get cool enough. Luckily, the Aquarium gives you the remote so you can set the temperature like you prefer. Our bungalow was at the front, just behind the beachfront restaurant. The bungalow was just fine and everything seemed to work just fine. The only problem we had was wifi access. Sometimes we got it, sometimes we didn't (in and out of the bungalow). In the end, we were happy with the bungalow and the service and would recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MisterTravels
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2011

We stayed at Aquarium for a total of 10 nights, broken with a trip to Lazy Beach.The staff are welcoming, the food delicious and fresh, the drinks cold and the location relaxing, so if the rooms were a bit run down, we didn't mind at all.

Set at the quiet end of Sihanoukville's party beach means you are within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants without being disturbed by the noise all night. The Aquarium fronts right up to the sea, so it was barely 10 metres from our room to the water, with only the restaurant in between. There's a sliver of beach but the raised platform that runs along the front of the restaurant, with low tables, floor mats and cushions, makes it a very comfortable place to while away a big chunk of the day.

A lick of paint and some basic maintenance to the rooms would make this place perfect.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank EldestOyster
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2011

First perceptions can be deceiving. We went to book the previous day and we thought we were booking into a lovely beach side bungalow, however when we checked in 12 hours later the area had turned into a building site. The bar/restaurant area was covered in rubble and trees, so obviously was closed and we had to clamber over building materials just to get to our bungalow.
In the bungalow itself, the door did not close properly and had holes in the walls, by the doors, windows and aircon vents and when we sat on the bed it broke. There were mosquito nets over the beds which were definitely needed but they did have holes in. The shower was just simply a dribble and impossible to wash in.
The staff were of no help at all and just said the word yes to every question asked without comprehension. We were kept awake at night by wildlife (at one point we had to shout out the window until someone came as there was a foot long lizard in a gap by the door) and woken at 7am by building works.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank suprisedfish
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2010

This place was just what we needed during our trip through Cambodia. After staying in town at Beach Road Hotel this place had everything our first place did not: ocean views, breakfast included, great internet, friendly staff, tranquility. We kept extending our stay because of how much we loved it. Best deal in town and the friendliest staff. Were sad to leave but look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JillBelb
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2010

i stayed here a while back, had an serious emergency due to a girlfriends illness in London but couldnt get back. Was in limbo for a week or so. The guys at the bungalows were very friendly and helped me thru a hard time. Beers in the evening and good chats. The location is ideal, good for a relaxing evening but close enough for the other bars etc. the room was comfortable and had a view. food was good and everyone relaxed and friendly. I looked at other places and found this to be the best by far.
thanks Norm and Gordy etc. good times.

Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank MattEast
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London
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2009

This was the worst place I've stayed in a year travelling South East Asia. The Cambodian staff were fine but the British/Irish managers were drunk all day and aggressively unhelpful. The room was filthy, blood from the previous occupant's mosquito bites stained the grubby sheets of the damp lumpy bed. In a Malarial prone area the room was open to bugs and the net over the bed full of holes. For this quality I'd expect to be paying around $5 a night, but this flea pit was $45. I've never been so happy to leave anywhere in my life.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LondonMissS
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Chicago
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2009

The Aquarium contains a great bunch of bungalows overlooking Serendipity Beach and the Gulf of Thailand. The views from the private verandas were simply breath taking, and the breeze off the ocean was equally refreshing. the Staff is great and the bar at night is a perfect place for a few drinks. Norm is always a great host. My only regret is that I did not have time to stay longer. I can without hesitation recommend this place to anyone and everyone...

  • Liked — The views, staff, and of Course Norm
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Sterno2_99
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Additional Information about Aquarium Bungalows & Restaurant

Property: Aquarium Bungalows & Restaurant
Address: Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Aquarium Hotel Sihanoukville

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