We (family of 3) stayed here for 5 nights in May 2013 and regret not staying longer. We had booked the Deluxe Villa - although the room was a good size (300 odd square feet + an equal sized rooftop), the room itself was smaller than I expected from looking at the photos on the website. That said, it was adequate for us, and we didn't feel crowded.
Our villa came with a private rooftop terrace with a fabulous stone tub and loungers. We didn't really make the best use of the terrace because of the heat. But I did have a long soak in the tub after a hot day touring the temples. And we spent a couple of hours late one evening just relaxing on the terrace and watching the stars and geckos! The stairs to the rooftop are steep but were not a problem for us.
The pool is fabulous and my daughter made a dash for it every chance she got. I especially loved the tropical garden feel of the pool and hotel. The hotel has 16 rooms, about half of which were unoccupied during our stay. So it wasn't too crowded, and not too deserted either.
We loved the food so much we hardly ate out much. The menu is limited - just a page long, so between the three of us, we managed to try almost everything on it during our stay. There are quite a few local dishes on the menu - these are a must try for the fresh ingredients and subtle flavors - absolutely delicious! I especially loved the mee cha, amok, and Khmer curry.
The staff is very welcoming and friendly and will tell you about local customs, etc. Another great thing about the hotel is its location - it's less than a five minute walk across the river to the Old Market and Pub Street. And it's just a minute's walk to the Siem Reap Art Centre where you can shop for locally made souvenirs and paintings.
To summarize, this hotel is excellent value for money and we had a wonderful stay.
- 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
- The Golden Banana Hotel