I have found this guesthouse looking through the Tripadvisor for a place to stay in Siem Reap. The experiences of others were surprisingly positiv. Surprisingly, because of the very low price for the rooms in this place. I had one with an air-con for just 12$/night, and I could have one even for 8$, but with a fan instead of aircon.
So nobody expects something luxurious at this price level, but I justed needed a room with an aircon and a bed, where I could sleep and the price was important for me as well.
So as soon as I found this hotel on the tripadvisor and made a reservation over hotels booking-form in internet, I bacame a booking-confirmation with a proposal to be picked up from the bus station - free of charge. I find this serviced always comfortable, but I always had to pay for it extra, thats why this free pick-up was a nice feature.
I emailed my arriving time to the manager Mr. Sam So and although my bus came 25 minutes earlier, than expected, my driver was always staying there and waiting for me with my name on a big sign, so I could easiely recognise him.
As I arrived, the owners wife Mrs. Sam So received me very warm and frinedly on the reception, gave me a key from my room and told me, that I can take a look on it and if I wouldnt like it, there would be no problem to change it. I found the room ok, its one of those, who you can see on the pictures of other users.
The air-con was a very good and strong one, from Sharp, it took just about 30 minutes to cool the room down, and it was not noise at all. The room had a small refrigerator, TV-set. In the bath room you have a shower with cold and hot water.
As a special service, every guest is supplied with at least 1 bottle of mineral water daily. On 2 days from 4 I had even 2 bottles :)
The gusethouse supplies an internet acces over WiFi and it worked without problems, 24 hours a day. I red here on the tripadvisor about a problems with an internet access, but I can not confirm it - may be it was just a day with a bed connection from their provider - no idea. But as I said, in april 2011 it worked stable and without any problems.
Mr. Sam So speaks not only english, he also can speak good german, it was comfortable and nice for me (I am from Germany).
I found especially nice, that I could speak to Mr. or Mrs. Sam So every time, if I need something or wanted to have something speciall. I am sure, if had a troubles or problems, they would be solved quick. I had never seen before, that the owners/managers do sooo much, for their guests could feel comfortable, and this at the price level of 8 till 20$ for a room/night.
At my arriving day Mrs. Sam So took time for me and helped me to plan my visiting of Angkor on the next days. I just should say, how much I want to see and Mrs. Sam So has found a good possibility to engage a tuk-tuk driver for just 33$ for 2 whole days. This inkluded picking me uo from the hotel, driving me to the tempels (inkluding some of them which were more than 30 km far away!) and bringing me back after this. As I was informed on the next day from other people, it was a very attractive price, because they had to pay almost twice for much less driving around!
The only weak punkt at this almost perfect guesthouse is the fact, that the stuff (exept of Mr. and Mrs. Sam So) don´t speak english. But fortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Sam So were always there, at least one of them and they live on the same yard, their haous is just 5 meter away. So even if you would need something deep in the night, it can be done.
Mr. Sam So told me, that he alreade began to teach his stuff english. These are 3 or 4 young girls, who clean the room and the floors and they do it really accurate and well.
So if I will be again in Siem Reap, I will not even try something else, than a guesthouse Sam So. I am sure, that they have the perfect priceperformance ratio.
I reccomend this guesthouse for everybody and especially for german guests, their english is not good enough.
The room-service changed the towels and the bed clothes every day, as a small present every guest had
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sam So Guesthouse is located in the center of Siem Reap city, Cambodia. It is a very nice place to stay, great atmosphere. Located about 15 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport, Sam So Guesthouse is about a 10-minute walk to the Old Market, the Night Market and Pub Street, as well as a scenic 10-minute drive to the world famous Angkor Wat. It has 19 rooms. Every room has private bathroom (with hot water), mini-fridge, cable TV, and free Internet service (with a wireless connection) and free pick-up from airport, bus station and pier. Free Breakfast with tea and coffee. ... more less
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