Terrasse des Elephants Hotel (Terrasse) was booked as a centrally located hotel with a unique decor (very much Angkor/Khmer themed). We arrived and were greeted by the very nice staff with a welcome drink. We went up to the room and it was quite comfortable.
Located on the second floor (warning: NO Elevators), we had a "living room" area (sans walls), a balcony with a table, the bed with the mosquito net (which you WILL use) and the Khmer styled bathroom with the shower at one end, fully exposed, the fountain in the middle and the sink to the side.
Here are the pros: The Hotel is very centrally located to Pub Street and the Night market. Basically, those areas are several streets (in grid fashion) that are packed with bars and restaurants that cater to foreigners. It's not bad, and if you want to avoid tuk tuks to get there, this is the place. However, with such proximity, you will get noise. On New Years eve, I was hearing the music loud and clear in my room. Another pro is the unique decoration, it's very particular as it is all Khmer decorated. So that's a plus. The included breakfast is good and the rooms are very spacious. Additional pro: I told them it was our honeymoon and they greeted us with a very beautiful flower arrangement in the room when we checked in. Bonus points for them.
Cons: First of all, be aware that Siem Reap has a serious mosquito problem. So the room is not exempted from this and you will use the mosquito net. This isn't the Hotel's fault per se although they could do better with insect repellants. The beds were not the most comfortable thing in the world either. They weren't bricks, mind you, but they could have used an additional padding as I could feel the coils on my back. I slept well (but I can sleep anywhere), but it's definitely not a "Sheraton Bed".
Bottom line: You want a nice hotel with walking distance to Pub Street? Look no further. You want a place where you can kick back and avoid the Siem Reap noise? Avoid this place. Go a bit further up the road to the hotels that are near the Sofitel and Angkor Century hotels. That area seemed to be much quieter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is very conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap town. Surrounded by galleries, boutiques, restaurants & cafes, the central bus station, the Old Market (Phsar Chas) and the Pub Street, our hotel guests have everything in just 3 mins walking distance. The hotel is a perfect place to start your explorations of one of the world's architectural wonders, the famous temples of Angkor. The hotel is approximately 6km from Siem Reap International airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Terrasse Des Elephants Hotel Siem Reap