A friend and I stayed at the Central stayed at the Central Boutique Angkor Hotel for three nights at the end of march. It was wonderful. They arranged for a tuk tuk driver to pick us up at the airport, and he was there even though our plane arrived more than an hour late. The name of the driver was, Mr. Chea Mony. (But I'll get back to him later.) We arrived at the hotel around midnight and we were greeted by the night manager, Mr. Chhonng Lay. Mr. Lay was a soft-spoken, kind individual who immediately made us feel at home. He promptly led us to our room and we were both suprised by its size and comfort (especially the deep bathtub). Everything--the AC, the TV, the roomsafe--worked fine. The next day we tried the breakfast and everything was excellent. The french toast was so good that you don't even have to put syrup or honey on it. However, much like many things in Cambodia, the food took a backseat to the people that cooked and served it. They were kind people with kind faces, which is something that is hard to find back in the states. Before I booked a reservation at the hotel, I had read all of the reviews, so when I showed up I was skeptical. But let me tell you, I am now conviced that the negative reviews were written by people who (1) are either used to staying in five-star hotels or (2) are unfamilar with the political and socioeconomic history in Cambodia. In some ways, the Central Boutique serves as a metaphor for the country. I went to Cambodia expecting to be blown away by the Temples of Angkor, but in retrospect what I remember the most are the smiles on the faces of the staff at the Central Boutique, the gentle greetings by the breakfast crew in the mornings, and the late night conversations with the night manager, Mr. Lay, who I learned so much about the country from, and now consider a friend. The location of the hotel is good, but considering that you can purchase a tuk tuk driver for $15 dollars a day even that is not even a factor (unless you're plan on walking everywhere in the humid heat). There are two cold pools on the property that were nice to take a dip in after trekking through the temples. The property also has a nice little garden. The beds were firm, but comfortable (like most beds in SE Asia) and there were no complications whatsoever during our stay. Everything was great. I'll never forget the staff. I'll never forget Mr. Lay. And I'll never forget the tuk tuk driver that the hotel gave me, MR. CHEA MONY. Like so many other Khmer people, Mr. Mony is soft and genuine. Having taken many tuk tuk drivers in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (where haggling can quickly become tiresome) Mr. Mony is one of the most special people I have ever met. My friend and I loved him so much that after the Siem Reap to spend three days in Phnom, when we returned to the Siem Reap we spent the whole day just driving around the city so we could spend time with him. His english is not the greatest (but good enough), but what he lacks in words he makes up for in action. We ate lunch with him everyday and the places he recommended to us for Khmer Cuisine were excellent (especially the Amok Chicken). He took us to our airport when it was time to go, and my friend and I were terribly sad because it felt like we were leaving a friend behind, and we were. Fortunately I was able to obtain his telephone number and I am going to stay in contact with him and much of the hotel staff in the future. The fact that the hotel has these type of people working there is all you need to know. You are in good hands and the Central Boutique. Cambodia is a place that is much more than its horrible past, and its amazing temples. It is the children outside of the temples, the tuk tuk drivers, the smell in the markets, the monks, the people like Chhong Lay, the people like my friend, Mony. So if you need a place to stay in Siem Reap, I recommend staying here. I will never forget the staff. Never. The great temples of Angkor slowly fade into the background whenever I think of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central Boutique Angkor Hotel features non-smoking rooms with a private balcony that offer views of the pool and garden. Surrounded by a tropical landscape, this hotel has 3 dining options and provides free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioned rooms at Central Boutique come with modern decor and have plenty of natural light. Each room is equipped with a cable TV and bathroom with a bathtub.Bamboo Restaurant serves a fine selection of Asian and European dishes. Other dining choices include refreshing drinks at Orange Bar and the Poolside Terrace. ... more less
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- Hotel Central Boutique Angkor