Stay at this new guest house while traveling through Phnom Penh. This absolutely lovely place is owned by a Cambodian non-profit organization that runs Seametrey Children's Village, a Montessori nursery/day care center and a primary school next door. It enables children of underprivileged Cambodian families to get quality education which at the same time is strongly rooted in Khmer culture.
The school policy is social and cultural integration. Parents pay according to their income. Because of the fee structure, the school is partially self-sustainable. The guest house is a way to generate revenues to help sustain, improve and develop the school. Presently only Khmer teachers are paid. Foreign staff are unpaid volunteers. They come for short term, usually one to three months which is a bit unsettling for the children. It is hoped that with the revenues from the guest house the school will be able to offer a more stable teaching environment for the children.
The 3-story guest house was built in 2006 and is located on a quiet street in Phnom Penh's residential neighborhood Tonle Bassac. It consists of seven tastefully decorated guest rooms.The decoration is culturally inspired yet modern and comfortable. Each room is air-conditioned and has its own bathroom. Hot water is from direct solar heating. The guest house has a homely atmosphere. There is a large lounge with a snooker table and flat screen TV on the second floor. On the ground floor, there is a painting gallery, internet facilities, a cafe, a ping pong table and a swimming pool. For children, painting and clay play with or without the pottery wheel is available. There is a also an ox cart on display and a weaving loom with a weaver at work on certain days. A multi service desk is at your disposal to respond to your needs from sightseeings to mundane concerns like having a dress made or fixed.
By staying at this guest house, you help offer underprivileged families a quality education for their children and thus help them break the vicious cycle of poverty. If you wish, you can visit the school’s facilities next door and meet the children there. You’ll learn more about the Seametrey NGO that was founded 15 years ago and the school that has been running in its 8th year by visiting the school web (email hidden)
Mrs. Muoy You, the founder and director of both the school and the guest house, will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.
Feel good and do good by staying at this guest house, and enjoy a truly unique, unforgettable experience!
Prices are $35 for a double bedroom, $45 for a triple bedroom and $55 for a 4-bed suite (continental breakfast is included in the room rate). Please check the calendar or contact us for availabilities.
The swimming pool and ground floor gallery and computer facilities are available to the children at the school next door from 10 am to 2pm. After 4pm, there is a Khmer dance practice at the gallery area for 45mn. For the children's protection, no pictures of the children are allowed.
The private paintings on display are not to be photographed either.
I used the reviews on airbnb to select this place to stay, and again the reviews turned out to be very accurate. The rooms are spacious and clean, I think the layout of the house is even nicer than represented in the pictures, but the real treat is the staff. They are genuinely friendly; it was just a really enjoyable stay at this guesthouse.
The only possible negative is a cute but somewhat annoying little dog that often acted like it owned the place by barking at random times, but even then I enjoyed the reaction of the staff that seemed incapable of generating a negative reaction to any situation.
I would definitely stay here again; it was a warm and friendly environment that I really appreciated.
A beautiful oasis right in the heart of the trendy BBK1 quarter. Muoy and the friendly staff of the Guesthouse made my stay a pleasure and it is so quiet at night you would not believe that you are in a big city.
The room was great and the staff was friendly and helpful. (We had a late night flight and they stored our bags all day-much appreciated! ) The neighborhood seemed nice, although we didn't explore it too much. We only stayed one night, but we wish we could have stayed more!
Nous avons eu un accueil très chaleureux de la part de Muoy et de toute son équipe. Le logement correspond bien à ce qui est décrit. Nous n'avons pas eu besoin de le chercher, car un tuk tuk nous attendait à l'aéroport. Après avoir fait un long voyage c'est très agréable de se retrouver dans cet havre de paix. Le logement est bien situé car de cet endroit, on peut aller à pied (15 à 20mn) visiter les différents sites de la ville.
Great place to stay at a great location (right next to Aeon Mall). Room was clean and spacious, with free breakfast provided. In the mornings and afternoons you can see the local kids having swimming lessons or dance rehearsals in the galley. Nice experience staying here! Receptionists were all very friendly and helpful too.
Very pleasant experience staying at this guest house! Bed was comfortable and staff were very friendly. Would definitely recommend
Pleasant stay with lovely friendly staff. The "Four ladies" are excelkent in the kitchen, and did our laundry. We chose to stay here because of the pay it forward philosophy. Great conversation with other guests over breakfast (which were yummy) and long into the evening. A relaxing few days thank you Muoy and your team. Our only regret is losing track of the days of the week and missing out seeing the school.
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I am from Cambodia but have lived in France, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Qatar, Belgium and London. I am a French teacher by trade but passionate in education in general. My goal in opening the guesthouse is to support the school I have founded to provide quality education to Khmer children. I have four grown up children, have been a widow for nearly three years now. My late husband, You Khin, was an artist and an architect. He designed the guesthouse you are going to stay in. That's why it has a unique feel and charm. Welcome to You Khin House!