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Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap
Ranked #35 of 342 Hotels in Siem Reap
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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
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“Quaint and Friendly”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Staying at this boutique resort is easily one of the best experiences I have had for the price it offered in S.E.Asia. Fabulous decor that is carefully designed for aesthetic appeal, a very friendly staff (and very good-looking I may add), a well-maintained property overall and a great location in Siem Reap... I have personally recommended this place to many friends, especially couples as it is a quite a romantic place! Breakfast cooked-to-order is scrumptious omelettes and a fresh assortment of fruits!We stayed 4 nights at the low-season after having made a rather last-minute booking for 67 dollars a night. They arranged for our temple tours with the tuk-tuk driver - Kim Jin who is a gem of a person!
The outdoor bath-tub is a spa experience on its own after a long day at Angkor Vat in the heat ..easily the biggest unique selling point for Golden Banana Boutique! The only caveat I would offer for elderly travellers or those with very small children - is that if someone has truble in the knees - do make sure you request for a room on the ground floor as the stairs are very steep, although a room on the top has the best view of the salt pool from the outdoor tub as there is greater privacy from the top floors!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I stayed four nights here and was completely satisfied. My only regret is that I never got around to using the outside tub on my balcony! The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, spoke excellent English and took very good care of me. My room (technically a single villa) was up a steep flight of stairs but very comfortable. The AC was a god send given the heat and humidity. Wifi connections worked great and I love the salt water swimming pool. The hotel very kindly let me check out late since I had an afternoon flight, thus allowing me one more morning to visit temples. I wish there were a few more Khmer food options for breakfast as I like to try different things, but what I did have was very tasty. Bottom line? I would stay here again in a second!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This boutique resort was surely the nicest place we stayed in SE Asia but we did pay a bit more for it. We paid about $66/night during June/low season as opposed to our usual $40/night budget. The place was so beautiful though, it reminded me of one of my favorite hotels back in California where I live that is 4x as expensive. Beautiful flowers & trees all over the property, a beautiful pool, private balcony with outdoor bath tub (!!!). Amazing location, literally across the street from the Art Center market, walking distance to Old Market, Night Market & Pub Street. I am absolutely sure you will enjoy your stay here. One thing is that the hotel is gay friendly. I stayed here with my boyfriend & of course this was in no way an issue as both heterosexuals & homosexuals do stay here, but just a heads up for anyone who is unfortunately intolerant to diversity. Golden Banana Resort is a beautiful, must-stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Can't say enough positive things about this delightful resort. For the price of the room, it was certainly worth every dollar. Great location as it's just a short tuk tuk ride to the Pubstreet and the Old Market. The staff were wonderful and very helpful and friendly throughout my 4 nights stay. The guide that we hired via Golden banana was also very good, so two thumbs up there.
GB rooms were spacious, and I especially loved the cocktails that they served. Nothing beats cooling down by the saltwater pool with a GB cocktails after a day out exploring the ruins. Fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Golden Banana by Rambutan Resort is one of the loveliest, most charming, comfortable, and welcoming places I have ever stayed. I have stayed there multiple times now, either alone or with teen-aged children, and always look forward to returning. The staff are friendly and helpful - and always willing to provide intelligent and interesting local cultural explanations and suggestions about places to visit and see. The hotel is very safe with a feeling of peaceful, quiet seclusion - even though it is conveniently located across the river from busy downtown Siem Reap and within short walking distance of many restaurants. I love walking through the "Golden Banana Alley," which is covered in bougainvillea and hung with red lanterns. I also love all of the rooms (all a little differently situated and arranged), with their lovely balconies surrounded by greenery and comfortable furnishings. The salt water pool is always well maintained, everything is impeccably cleaned and maintained daily, and the food is always great. (I especially recommend the Golden Banana "bau-bau" or rice soup, which is nicely flavored with mushrooms, Kampot pepper and slices of fresh ginger). In addition to its lovely aesthetic sensibilities and beautiful setting, the hotel works hard to be "green" and socially responsible, contributing to the community around it, paying decent wages and supporting staff development in various ways.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Golden Banana is one of the best places to sleep in Siem Reap. The room rates are $28 for a room with air con and breakfast included. The staff is very friendly. GB is also close to the Old Market and Pubstreet. I would recommend everybody to stay in this hotel if there budget is about $25 dollars for a room. If not then there are a lot of other places who can offer you room for $9, but those are without air con breakfast and a pool.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

In terms of location, the Golden Banana Resort (GBR) is very close to the bustle of the Night Market, the Old Market and Pub Street, yet nicely hidden and tucked away from it all, in a peaceful surrounds. GBR has a certain cosy, rustic charm and makes you feel welcomed in a special way. The limited number of rooms allows for a lot of interaction between the staff and guests and this makes staying at GBR even more wonderful. The small restaurant serves pretty decent food at good rates, and service always comes with many smiles. I've stayed here several times over the last few years and it's somewhere I never think twice about returning to.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap
Address: Wat Damnak, Krom 10 | Rambutan Lane, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Formerly Golden Banana Boutique Resort)
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Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Siem Reap
#12 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#14 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#35 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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