Golden Banana is a nice little hotel situated down a lane the other side of the river from the Old Market. The area is OK, a bit dark at night (GB have their own street lighting as Siem Reap don't provide much street lighting outside of the main town area). The road to the GB is paved up to a point and then it's like a dirt track so it's a bit tricky after heavy rain (lots of mud and puddles).
The day we arrived we got two rooms one above the other (M and L), but the air con in M wasn't working so they moved us to a ground floor room (C) which was near the pool. As it turned out, we might as well have stayed in M because there was a storm around midnight and the power to that part of the town went off until about 9am next day so no lights, no a/c and worst of all for us, the drains backed up and the bathroom in C got flooded. In the morning when the power came back on, there were thousands of little wriggling things on the bathroom floor in the mud - tadpoles? tiny fish? I don't know what they were, but wasn't keen to stay in that room again after that in case there was another storm. Please be aware if you go there, C isn't the best room - it's dark and dingy and if possible get a higher up room as you'll have a nicer time.
Anyway, the a/c man came out and fixed the a/c in M and we moved back there and were much happier after that.
The GB staff assured everyone that the power going out like that was very rare but as it happened again during a storm 2 days later, I think they were stretching the truth slightly!
The rooms were clean and well looked after, the breakfasts were OK (3 choices, all vegetarian). We ate lunch there and that was fairly average - they mentioned in their room info that their chef was one of the best, but I can only assume he doesn't start work until the evening - we didn't eat there in the evening so I don't know what the food was like then.
The pool is small but that's all you need really - just a quick dip to cool off. The prices in the restaurant and bar were similar to most mid-range restaurants in the town and the staff were happy to help out with organising tuk-tuks, temple visits, horse riding trips etc.
I would mention that as it's dark and badly lit around that part of town, solo female travellers might be best to think about getting a tuk-tuk home (even though it's walking distance from town). I walked back with my teenage daughter one evening (about 9.30pm) and we had strange groups of guys calling to us, one group offering us drugs.......nothing too threatening but it did seem quite seedy, especially around the riverside area on that side.
People with mobility problems would have to go for a ground floor room I think as the stairs to the upper rooms were quite steep. It's not very stroller friendly either.
To sum up - it was a nice looking hotel but I think they need to invest in a generator and for that reason I'd probably stay elsewhere if I went back to Siem Reap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap (formerly known as Golden Banana Boutique Resort) is located in a quiet pedestrian alley only 5 minutes walk from the old market and Siem Reap city center. It consists of Khmer style villas and deluxe suite rooms built around a salt water pool with waterfall settled in a lush tropical garden. Each room comes with an al fresco stone outdoor bathtub located on your own private balcony or terrace. The resort is designed in a modern Asian style and consists all luxuries that you expect from a boutique design resort. On top of all this we have: a pool-bar with unique selection of signature cocktails and new world wines, a restaurant with well trained cooking team that serves your preferred selection of local and Western dishes, a fully functional front desk that can help you organize all your tours and travels and there are spa treatments available on request! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Banana Boutique Hotel Siem Reap
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