Review of Modern City Hotel in Phnom Penh: The Worst Stay of Our Trip


Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!

Cities are always the hardest places to find a hotel, and it gets a lot worse when you arrive in the middle of a torrential downpour that has flooded entire blocks. After a few minutes looking around during a break in the storm, we settled on Modern City Hotel. It was close to the water and looked decent, but it was possibly the worst place we've ever stayed.

we weren't the top floor either, the water just came through the walls

During our first 30 minutes, there was an electrical fire on our floor that wiped out electricity. We were assured everything was fixed, but when we came back the next day after sightseeing (and another storm) our room was flooded with water. Thankfully, not much got wet, but the whole experience was awful. We were given another room, with a dead cockroach on the floor. It was $15/night, but whatever you do, don't go there. We saw this on our wall in our first room when we were leaving. I wish we would have seen it sooner.

after our hotel room on the 3rd floor flooded, we noticed this on the wall… I wish we saw it when we checked out the room

The whole experience so traumatized Rob that he spent the following night creating an offline version of TripAdvisor for us to use in the future. Now whenever we show up to a new place, we have reviews for all the available hotels/guesthouses at our fingertips. Before we walk in somewhere, we double check the reviews to make sure it's not awful. Yay, Rob!

Velkommen Guesthouse and Sundance are both supposed to be nice, though they were completely booked when we tried a few days before our arrival. There's another backpacker area in south central Phnom Penh, but we wanted to be close to the river and the palace.

TIP: If you're looking to stay by the water in a budget place, book ahead

They fill up fast!

More Phnom Penh

Interested in seeing Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields without paying for a plane ticket? Check out our Phnom Penh photo tour.

Have any tips for budget travel in Phnom Penh? Let us know in the comments!