I chose this hotel based on the reviews on this website. I stayed in a deluxe room for 4 nights. Since it is the low season, I got the 4th night free. I chose the deluxe room mainly because the other rooms do not have safes in the room. There are some lockers on the ground floor, but this is supposed to be a boutique hotel, not a hostel. From what I could tell, the difference between deluxe and regular is (1) a larger bed, (2) a sunny room, and (3) the safe. So if you don't care about those things, the regular rooms are a much better value.
The room appears to be very clean because the floors have shiny tiles and the room is sparsely furnished. On a sunny day, it just gleams. However, I was very disappointed to find that my tub mat had large brown stains on it (it was folded so I did not notice until the morning) and the bed sheets seemed to have some old stains as well. I asked for both to be changed. Otherwise, I would say the place is adequately clean but hardly spotless. One night I ordered room service. The next day, my room was made up, but the dirty plate remained. Also, the cleaners always draped the hand towel over the sink. I found this unsanitary and hardly conducive to encouraging people to reuse towels.
The breakfast was pretty good. On two mornings there was a buffet, and on two mornings I ordered from a list since there were not enough guests to warrant a buffet. I had dinner at the restaurant, which was good. There is also a reasonable Burmese restaurant just up the street.
There is a booklet of suggested tours in the room, which I found helpful. Unfortunately the booklet does not contain any prices so you don't know what it's going to cost until you've pretty much decided on what to do. The staff is helpful with arranging these tours and activities.
A couple of things that bothered me (but I did not read in other reviews):
(1) The room is large with high celings, but the lighting is very dim. During the day, the room was sunny and cheerful. At night, I found it a bit depressing.
(2) The furniture was not very functional. There is a wardrobe and a few hangers, but it would have been more useful to have some drawers. Reviewers on this site say they lived there for weeks. I think that would be difficult.
The bottom line is that this place is definitely a step up from a hostel and many guesthouses, but it is not the place where you splurge. At a lower price, it is a reasonable option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soria Moria is a small cheerful hotel in the center of Siem Reap, with 38 bright and spacious rooms, establish by a Norwegian couple. Being a small intimate hotel, the Soria Moria Team is able to provide its guests with personalized service. It’s a 15 minute drive to Angkor Wat, and walking distance to the old market & the hustle and bustle of town. The hotel as an international restaurant and a Rooftop bar with great views, and there is also an open-sky Jacuzzi and a sundeck available. The initial idea behind Soria Moria was to combine a business opportunity with a strong focus on helping the community in which we work through various means. Through Soria Moria Educational Development Program the local employees have recently become majority owners of the business – an initiative to empower locals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Soria Moria Boutique
- Soria Moria Boutique Siem Reap