My wife and I stayed here for 5 days in July 2013. There was a complimentary pick up from the airport and it was great to see someone standing there waiting for us and even better that he had an air-conditioned car!
Check-in. Friendly helpful and efficient.
Rooms. Clean and nicely appointed with some furniture (desk a bit flimsy), comfortable bed, air-con, fan, kettle and safe. The villas have a covered verandah. Bathroom with drencher shower and big bath. Couldn't fault the room.
Staff. The staff are friendly and gracious. They really tried to make you feel very welcome and succeeded. Excellent staff.
Food. Breakfast was fine. A buffet of cereal, bread and fruit followed by a cooked dish. Fruit juices were lovely (particularly passion fruit juice). We only ate evening meals at the hotel twice. Food was fine but we wanted to go into town and wander about.
Hotel grounds. The hotel is comprised of a series of villas set around a pool and surrounded by a nice garden. The pool is salted (to keep the mosquitoes at bay I presume) and has a bar. The grounds are really very nice and the pool was great. I did not see much in the way of mosquitoes but there might be more at night. On a clear night the absence of light pollution makes the night sky a delight (but this is probably the time when you are most likely to get a mosquito bite so be careful). The hotel is a little way out of town and set in a local village. There was a wedding ceremony when we were there and there was some noise till until late at night but in all honesty this was not a problem. I could only just hear the bass notes of the party and it did not keep me awake for long. We have all stayed in hotels where other guests have banged doors or listened to loud TVs. It would be very churlish to complain about someone's wedding party wouldn't it? I loved our early morning breakfasts accompanied by the music from the nearby Buddhist temple. As I said before, the hotel is situated out of town but to get into town you just have to book a car. Our driver would pick us up and drop us off in town and wait for us at a pre-defined location and then drive us back. This cost US$5. We used the same guy for our daily trips away from the hotel and it cost between US$30 and US$50 a day. The higher prices relate to trips to far flung temples. It can be very hot and humid so having a guy waiting for you with cold water and a chilled towel in an air-conditioned car is a welcome luxury. Our driver, Hav, was also very knowledgeable and we were happy to let him choose what temples we should see.
Comments on Cambodia. It is a beautiful country with friendly and welcoming people. I get the feeling that the country is on the cusp of rapid development and that things will really change in the next few decades.
If you are looking for a big city hotel close to town then this hotel is probably not for you. If you want a small hotel in a quiet beautiful setting with friendly staff who are very keen to help you then I could not think of a better place. We liked it a lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among rice paddies and palm trees lies Sojourn, the place to unwind and experience Siem Reaps best treasures. Imagine relaxing in tropical surrounds, enjoying decadent cocktails poolside, or at the swim up bar or perhaps indulge in a massage at our 'Origins' Spa. And when a hard days travels draw to a close, watch our magical sunset, as the day sinks into the palm trees. Sojourn offers unique accommodation, the best Khmer hospitality and a team committed to ensuring you have the ultimate escape. With only ten private villa rooms Sojourn offers journeys of an entirely different nature.Located only a short drive from Siem Reap town, within walking distance of the Ancient Wat Athvea temple and purpose built for your ultimate experience....Welcome to Sojourn! ... more less
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