Reading reviews on TripAdvisor is so dangerous. You see litanies of mind-numbing, scrappy moans, and you wonder nervously (bearing in mind you have no way to know, and are likely booking from a distance) whether there's veracity in this nit-picking; it sows seeds of doubt. What you don't get to see (or hear) is the people who are complaining. If you did you might gain perspective. I've never written a review before, but felt compelled on this occasion. It's roughly like this: if you're a low-key, normal, cheerful sort of person looking to have a delightful time in a beautiful place, not looking to antagonize anybody or establish your superior guest credentials, not looking for reasons to gripe ... then you'll have a wonderful time at the Golden Banana. It's completely lovely. The staff could not be more sunny and sweet, the rooms are spotless, spacious, the pool salty, clean and refreshing. It's a shining little oasis. However, if you're miserable and wear your misery like sackcloth and ashes wherever you go, then you'll probably find cause for some complaint or other. But that likely has more to do with you than anything else; perhaps the cost of the hotel would be better spent on therapy? Or (if you have the money) stick to Mandarin Orientals, where the entire modus operandi is geared to mollifying misanthropes and curmudgeons. Everybody else? Go to The Golden Banana, I think you'll be very happy.
- 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 build around a salt water pool with waterfall settled in a lush tropical garden. Each room comes with an alfresco 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 who can help you organize al 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
- The Golden Banana Hotel