For photographs and a breakdown of our trip to Siem Reap, click here.
For a Deluxe Double Room in Siem Reap we paid £15 per night. The hotel is rated four stars on Booking.com. There’s absolutely no knocking this price. Even for a hostel I would have been happy to pay it, so considering we got to stay in a beautiful, spacious room with a pool outside our front door speaks volumes for the value for money you can achieve in Cambodia. Even more unbelievable was that breakfast was included, consisting of an extensive combination of Eastern and Western breakfast dishes – continental breakfast, noodles and eggs made to order to name a few. Also included in the price was a free pick up from the airport. We didn’t use this as we travelled on land from Bangkok, and so the hotel arranged for us to be dropped at our shuttle bus at the end of our stay free of charge.
From the outside the hotel was pretty out of side and unassuming. Inside the high walls the reception was dressed in stone and white, a theme that would carry through to the rooms. The path from reception to the pool, restaurant and rooms was beautifully manicured and the gardens of the hotel had a very secluded feel with high exterior walls, climbing trees and plants and consequently very little noise. The hotel was spread over two buildings with a small dirt road between, and we had to walk across to the other building for our breakfast in the mornings. The breakfast room was open and looked directly onto the pool, with light flooding in from above.
The location of this hotel was perfect. It was neither too close nor far away from the busy town centre, and was only a short walk to both Pub Street and Old Market. There were restaurants and bars lining the same street as the hotel, with a garage and food shops just along the road also. Tuk Tuks in Siem Reap cost a standard $1 per ride, no matter where you’re going, so it was easy enough to either walk or jump on one to and from wherever we needed to go. The Angkor Village was around 10 minutes drive away from the hotel.
The room was truly enormous at 484 squared feet with high bare stone walls and a perfect blend of wonderfully modern and traditional Cambodian decor. The stone was warmed by the plush colours used for soft furnishings as well as the dark wood. The unsual choice to have parts of the bathroom inside four walls and others in the main room was an odd choice for sure but it certainly worked in this setting. For showering you had the privacy of an intricately decorated tiles bathroom and for a bath you could look out onto the huge bedroom. The air conditioning was pretty far away from the bed which initially concerned me but kept the room very cool along with the stone. Amenities like teas, coffees and biscuits were left alongside a kettle and a hairdryer and flat screen television were also included in the room price.
Like most hotels we stayed in across our entire time in Asia, great pride was taken in the presentation of this hotel. Not only inside the rooms, but in and around the surrounding areas. Each time we passed through the reception and gardens there was someone there, working on it.
After arriving after 10pm on our first night, the receptionist welcomed us and took us to our rooms before letting us know we could still use the pool if we wanted and keeping the bar and restaurant open so we could have dinner before heading to bed. The staff were courteous, informative and helpful with our day trip to the Angkor Village as well as recommending where to purchase transfer tickets to Phnom Penh.
This hotel is immaculate, well placed and incredibly cheap. I can’t recommend it enough to travellers of all walks of life. It’s of a high enough quality that those who only enjoy staying in reputable accommodation would be happy but also it would mean that those on a tighter budget could enjoy a bit of luxury extremely affordably. Beautiful all round and a pleasure to stay in.