Here Be Dragons (Street 159d, East Bank near Sar Kheng Park) is perhaps Battambang’s first real backpacker venue. What it lacks in peace and quiet, it makes up for with lively energy and the opportunity to socialise with other free-spirited travellers. The centre of town is only a ten-minute stroll from this arty, funky hostel and dorm beds can be as cheap as USD3 per night.
Ganesha Guesthouse (Street 1.5, Battambang) is small but perfectly formed, nestled in the central downtown area. With friendly staff and a range of facilities including wifi, bicycle/scooter rental and its own café, rooms are always in demand. Prices start at USD4.50 for a dorm bed.
Another centrally-located guesthouse that’s perfect for those on a budget is Butterfly Homeaway (St. 309, Chamkar Rusey, East River Bank). For a simple, private room you can pay as little as USD9 and have walkable access to many sites of interest in the city centre.
The family-run Happy Villa (Street 714, East River Bank) lives up to its name with its friendly atmosphere and spotless rooms. With the railway station, airport and museum all a stone’s throw from its door, you can enjoy the sights of downtown Battambang for as little as 11USD per night.
Travellers with a little more to spend can experience the unique and stylish Bric-a-Brac B&B (112, Street 2, city centre). Starting from USD70 per night for a double room, guests are treated to beautiful vintage-inspired interiors in this restored colonial house. With its own bar (Libations) and curio-boutique of antiques, the stay here is more than your average bed and breakfast.
Although it is situated outside the main part of town the similarly priced Maisons Wat Kor Resort (Street 800, Wat Kor Village, Wat Kor Commune, West River Bank) offers another luxurious retreat, close to sights such as the Governor’s Residence and Wat Kampheng. Its large pool, peaceful garden, high standard of housekeeping and luxury spa facilities make this an ideal haven to escape to.
Top of the range and only a ten-minute walk to the city centre, the popular Bambu Hotel (Street 203, Phum Romchek 5) is the best choice for anyone seeking luxury in Battambang. Rooms start at USD90 and the price tag is justified by its stunning building and stellar service.
One of Battambang’s greatest assets is its proximity to gorgeous Cambodian countryside and even if you stay fairly central in this city, you’re never more than a 15-minute ride from beautiful rural landscape. Our first choice for a private, tranquil location on the outskirts of town is Au Cabaret Vert Hotel (655 Street 154). Although this may not be for the budget-traveller, this luxurious eco-hotel’s prices are still a steal at USD50 for a double room. With a beautiful garden and huge swimming pool, Au Caberet Vert is a sweet spot in the west end of Battambang.
Rated highly is another luxury retreat on the southern edge of town, Battambang Resort (Wat Ko Village, West River Bank). Described by many as an idyllic and heavenly escape, the immaculate rooms, outstanding service and attention to detail make this place worthy of its USD60 per night price tag for rooms.