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“Very friendly and helpful owner but very noisy hotel at night”
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Coolabah Hotel
Ranked #17 of 75 Hotels in Sihanoukville
Reviewed 3 March 2011

We had book a 4 nights stay at Coolabah after reading the reviews but we were quite disappointed when we realized it was more a motel on a busy street than an hotel. This was our relaxation/beach break after touring Cambodia and before heading to Laos so we were ready for a nice hotel were we could just unwind for few days. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly staff and the room they give us on the 2nd floor was small - just enough space to go around the bed, there is only one window overlooking the public balcony/hallway so we couldn't leave the curtains open. Our first night was quite short since the Bar/Club/Guesthouse Utopia is next door and they play very loud music all night - I am not a light sleeper but I felt I was right in the middle of Utopia.
The next morning we had breakfast which was delicious but you almost eat on the street since there is no fence or edge from a very busy road. We spoke with Verona, the owner and she understood our disapointment and lack of sleep and told us that one of the bigger room was available in 2 days but it would be as noisy so we declined. Verona was very nice in helping us with a reservation at the Hotel La Reserve next to Victory Beach. For the same price as Coolabah ($45) we had a big room with a large balcony where we could watch the sunset every evening. And we did go to Utopia few days later but we could also get a good night sleep upon our return at La Reserve.

Louise
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  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

Coolabah is a basic clean and comfortable hotel which has very friendly staff. It's located in the Serendipity beach area which is popular with backpackers. Unfortunately the beach area is also popular with an abundance of beggars. This quickly leads to beggar fatigue. My advice is to take a Tuk Tuk for $3 to the public bit of Sokha beach where we were undisturbed. 
Large choice of food which was ok and reasonably priced. 
Sihanoukville itself is a cheaper end of the market location but if your intent on coming, then Coolabah is recommended as a decent option to stay. 

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

Stayed here after a week long 1200km dirtbike ride around Cambodia. Two of us arrived aching, tired, hot and thirsty. A member of staff bought us each a beer whilst we checked in, by far the friendliest welcome I've ever had at a hotel! The room was cool, clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly and in the main very good at their jobs and the pool and bar areas were relaxing easy places to hang out. Centrally located but quiet, the Coolabah should be high on the list for any mid-budget traveller. Excellent value and highly recommended. They do a great cooked breakfast too, if noodles won't cut it first thing in the morning...

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

WE stayed as part of a group of ten sharing 5 rooms. The hotel is well placed within very easy walking distance of the beach and bars, very handy. The staff in particular were exceptional, all ways very helpful and polite, food at the hotel was also very good and reasonably priced. If/when I return to S ville I'll stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

The Coolabah is a good little place with a nice pool area and restaurant. All the staff were attentive and helpful. The rooms themselves were a wee bit sparse, but no real complaints from me. We joined in the pub quiz on Monday night which was great - although we lost. That's not the hotels fault of course. All in all, we enjoyed our couple nights here and would have liked to have stayed longer, eating fresh fish on the beach drinking cold beer....

Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

An Oasis in all the hustle and bustle of Cambodia. From the moment I walked into Coolabah I new I was going to enjoy my stay.
Verona (V) & Doug and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Big thank you to V for escorting me to the Clinic with my Fractured wrist `Thanks V` (Getting Better!)
If you are visiting Sihanoukville this is the place to stay, great food Fantastic rooms,home from home.

Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

As soon as our coach pulled up, Verona and her staff were at hand to welcome us and help us check in as efficiently as possible. She was there every day to offer help, advice & a glass of bubbly on New Years Eve! The rooms are lovely with very modern bathrooms and the swimming pool has a swim jet which is great fun & makes up for the fact that it is quite small. The beach is only about 5 minutes walk and there are numerous bars & restaurants nearby. The Coolabah also has an excellent restaurant with a good selection of western, Aussie and local dishes plus huge breakfasts!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Coolabah Hotel

Address: 14 Mithona St, Ochheuteal Beach Road, Sihanoukville SHV1, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 75 Hotels in Sihanoukville
Price Range: £21 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coolabah Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new international standard hotel by Ochheuteal Beach offering well-appointed stylish rooms with luxury bathrooms and quality fixtures. Famous Seafood Terrace specializing in fresh seafood and Australian steaks including their own Aussie Meat Pies. Their air-conditioned Outback Bar/Lounge is great with live music throughout the week and a popular Pub Quiz on Monday Nights. The Jacuzzi Plunge Pool is a fabulous addition with massages and beauty treatments available. Well worth a visit. ... more   less 
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