Street 125 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | (November, 2012)
After over a year as a construction site, the new Narin is open. A lot of thinking clearly went into the new building, and some of it paid off.
Due to a shortage of rooms at Tat, I stayed at Narin for one night. The rooms start at USD8. I stayed in the ground floor room "tulip." (I'm not a fan of accommodations that name rooms instead of numbering them. Makes it harder to remember what room you're in and it's just silly, ok?). The room was clean and reasonably big. The mattress was firm. The TV wasn't new, but worked well. Having many power outlets made it easy to charge my computer (this can be a problem in older guesthouses). It had only one decent-sized window facing the walkway, so there was not much air circulation, making the room a little hot, but the ceiling fan worked well. The faux stone bathroom was spacious with new fixtures, including a fancy-looking square-shaped shower head.
The outdoor restaurant on the second floor features a cool fish tank and a retractable sun/rain roof. The menu makes for a slightly expensive meal with almost all the entrees running at USD3.50. My chicken with ginger was quite tasty though, and other guests only had good things to say about the food as well.
If you, like me, though, like to drink beer, this is where the savings are. The restaurant offers draft beer at USD0.50 a glass or USD2.50 a pitcher.
As with Tat and Smiley's (all owned by the same family), I really like the location. The Olympic Stadium area is pretty quiet and attracts travellers that don't need to be in the center of the tourist action, but it is only a tuktuk or motodop ride away from everything.
There is wifi, but the signal can be very weak inside the guestrooms.