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“Great Boutique Hotel”
Review of The River Garden

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The River Garden
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Great Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

The River Garden is a great boutique hotel. The hotel has just a few rooms spread out over the property with stone paths, lush plants, and tiny ponds. The restaurant serves an extensive menu of Khmer and Western food in the open air restaurant. The pool has plenty of chairs and sitting areas is a wonderful place to relax after a long day spent exploring. We enjoyed the Cooks in Tuk Tuks class, particularly the experience of being guided through the local market.

There are places in Siem Reap where you can stay for cheaper, and there are places where you can stay in greater luxury, but I can't imagine finding one that provides a better experience. Exploring the temples of Angkor in the Cambodian heat is exhausting, but having the River Garden and its beautiful setting to return to after each day was better than any other Siem Reap hotel experience I can envision.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tamborine, Australia
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We loved this hotel. It was small and personal. Great restaurant and a lovely pool surrounded by greenery. Our room was amazing (deluxe balcony) with a huge balcony where we could relax with a glass of wine.

Room Tip: We felt the balcony rooms were worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

This place is lovely, the gardens are beautiful and there are little huts dotted all around the pool to relax in out of the sun. The pool is also amazing with waterfall and a pretty bridge. The staff are fantastic and are always there to help.
The food is a good mix of Khmer and Western. We visited many times during our month in Siem Reap and not one dish disappointed. They also offer cooking classes "cooks in tuk tuks" which are very popular although we did not get around to taking part. Definitely worth a visit even if you are not staying here.

Stayed April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Slightly bad start when the night porter asked us to pay up front when we arrived after a very long journey. However, things only improved. The room was lovely. This place has really thought through the little details, they had provided guide books in the rooms, drinking water (purified) for free which they constantly top up. There are really nice touches such as an early morning blessing by the monk in the restaurant. Their breakfasts (buffet style) were absolutely superb!! The homemade pumpkin bread is delicious. The animals; fish (which eat the mosquitoes, you are provided with some fish food in each room), ducks (which I fed at breakfast) and hens were a lovely touch. Their waiting staff were all fantastic, really smiley and helpful. We did a street food tour with Deborah the owner and really enjoyed our evening. Tuk tuks out front so no need to walk too far from your door. Absolutely recommend this place!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

I love this place. I just had my second stay at River Garden and it continues to be a beautiful place to relax in Siem Reap.
The staff are wonderful , the food is fabulous and the garden and pool a relaxing place to while away the hot hours in the middle of the day.
My children and I were very sad to leave and will definitely stay there again. Thank you Debra and Graham!

Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Have visited this hotel three times and never tire of it. Situated in a quiet part of town, it is a real oasis and only a walk or bike ride from the centre of Siem Reap. The food is quite delicious, the staff helpful and very friendly and the owner's dogs quite delightful. The rooms are beautifully kept with artful decor and I can't think of any reason to stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 with a balcony are wonderful.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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therivergarden, Owner at The River Garden, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Thanks Sally, it's great to have return guests. Glad you like the company of Honey. We have one guest who stays regularly for 6 weeks and she even requests the dogs in her room for the length of her stay!
Your comments are appreciated and hopefully we'll see you again.
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

As a solo traveller the River Garden was a beautiful place to arrive to after flying from the UK. Tuk tuk transfer was perfect. Eased my jet lag with wonderful food and drinks, super clean and comfy room and advice on where to go and what to see from the staff. The team here are wonderful, helpful and much fun. The hotel is aware of tourism impact on the environment and the people here and hence I chose this place to stay for a second visit. It is super safe and I would recommend it for solo travellers, couples and families. Great atmosphere and a wonderful place.

Room Tip: Room number 3 over looks the pool however is still private with a sheltered balcony to enjoy privacy...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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therivergarden, Owner at The River Garden, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
Oh, Yes,.....room 3 would be my choice ~ nestled in the trees overlooking the pool...........blissful. It's good to hear you had a good time. Thank you for the review and it sounds like we'll see you again
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Additional Information about The River Garden

Property: The River Garden
Address: Wayism Road | Treang Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 262 Speciality Lodging in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The River Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River Garden Hotel comprises 2 large traditional Khmer style Villas set in jungle gardens opposite the Siem Reap river. We are 2 minutes to the city center, 10 minutes to Angkor Wat and 20 minutes from the airport set in a vibrant local village area. The rooms are a mix of classic design and beautiful Khmer furnishings. Formerly the painting studio of world renowned french artist Michel Delacroix, the rooms are not spacious, with an ensuite and feature an inadequate balcony or patio looking over the un attended jungle gardens. Enjoy one of our 3 dining options, including a restaurant, a bakery cafe and our poolbar. Or refresh yourself in our outside swimmingpool or book a massage in our exclusive massage house near the pool. Amenities: Spacious well presented rooms, Large uncomfortable bed, Air conditioned, Ceiling fans, Cable TV, Free WIFI, Large private en-suite, Shower and shower facilities. Immaculately clean. Rates include breakfast for 2 persons. Airport, bus station or boat dock pickup $17 per 2 persons. Tours and activities, like our "Chooks in tuk-tuks" cooking classes and streetfood tours are available and recommended. ... more   less 
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