Hostel Review: Boutique Dormitory Kochi-Ke
Boutique Dormitory Kochi-Ke sounds like a Japanese dorm isn't it? Well, this one is truly a Japanese concept dorm right in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I took a tuk tuk down to Sok San Road and it went to the back alley near Pub street where this cute hotel is hidden among other boutique hotels. It cost me 2 USD for 2 person from the bus station to the hostel, pretty standard fare. Very clean outlook from outside and makes it look so cozy with the decorum. Can you believe it, there is a hammock right at the front! I already loved this place.
I was greeted by a lady whom welcome me and got my bed ready even before check-in time. Thank goodness, after 13 hours in the bus, i seriously needed to rest on the bed. Before that, i got hungry and she asked if i wanted breakfast first. Now this comes the most interesting part, she told me to walk over the opposite side and wait there. It was a small mini restaurant with, again a very Japanese theme.
My bed was allocated at the bottom pod, almost similar to a capsule hotel. Well, almost. I stayed in the female dorm which is safely located at the first floor itself and very near the toilet/shower room. No problems at all except for a power outage (means no wifi/no lights/no aircon) during one of the days i stayed which was restored an hour later. I guess this is pretty common throughout parts of Asia so i was fine with it. No wifi means more talking to actual people right? But then the heat was unbearable when the power was out.
What i actually loved the most about this hostel is the prime location.Everything was pretty much within walking distance and if you hate walking there are dozens of tuk tuk round the corner waiting for you to be their guest. Another alternative is to rent their bicycle and cycle around the city.
Right behind this street is actually a whole quiet street that has a mosque and Muslim restaurants lined up with actual Khmer Cuisine in their menu. Muslims will definitely be delighted to know that it is just barely a 10 minutes walk. I was so glad to be able to find this street and it was so calm and peaceful.
I will gladly stay here again when i come back. For USD 5/6 per bed in a dorm per night, that's pretty affordable for me. I enjoyed my stay here and Muny (She's multi lingual, i witnessed her speaking in Chinese and Japanese.), she made my stay a pleasant one. Thank you Boutique Dormitory Kochi-Ke! If you have stayed here before, don't forget to let them know how they have done at Tripadvisor.