Having worked in Cambodia for 2 years, I have done a fair bit of travelling within Cambodia. And seldom have I found good service from the local staff unless it's an expensive place. To my surprise, I did find it at Bloom. The local staff were very nice and friendly especially the front desk lady, Kagna. She is very friendly, spoke decent english and was very accomodating. But I think for me a big advantage was the owner who is also the manager of the guesthouse. It helped having a foreign owner whom I can have a decent conversation with and could answer my questions with regards to Siem Reap. Diana has been living in Siem Reap for a number of years so she knows Siem Reap pretty well. She was around to greet me upon arrival and provide assistance should I need any help.
But the most important thing that made me feel it was well worth staying at Bloom is the fact that Diana is in Siem Reap to help the local women empower themselves. Besides the guesthouse, she also has a bag business. Both are social enterprises and her main aim is to empower women by giving them jobs with Fair Wages so that they have a good stable income and in the process improve their lives. So by staying at Bloom guesthouse, I am indirectly helping the people in Cambodia as well.
Of course besides all these, there are other factors to consider but those didn't let down either. I stayed in a room that is overlooking the garden that is really lush and nice. And because of the trees, the room kept cool even though the fan and aircon was off which is really nice because I don't get that overwhelming feeling of heat when I stepped into the room after a hot day out.
The location is not so accessible but the guesthouse has a group of tuktuk drivers whom they use regularly and will gladly call them for you should you need transport out. I have to make clear though that the guesthouse is very firm in that they don't collect commission from the drivers so you don't pay more even if you book a tuktuk through them. I find this better because at least the guesthouse knows which driver took me out should anything happen. The other thing is the wifi. It wasn't working when I was there but Diana promised to check on it by calling the internet company.
Overall it was a great stay at the guesthouse. It is really peaceful and quiet. A good place to relax after all the crowd at the Angkor temples. I would definitely go back there again to stay.
By the way, after a night at Bloom, I moved out to Soria Moria because a friend who flew in to join me wanted to stay there. But I didn't like my stay at Soria Moria and wished I was back at Bloom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful ten bedroom colonial style villa, built with Cambodian hardwood. All in a quiet, peaceful, garden setting. All rooms open to greenery and come equipped with solid wood, custom-made furniture, quality spring mattresses, air-conditioner, mosquito net, wall fan, hot shower, mini-bar and free wifi for in-room surfing. We also provide Cambodian bicycles that guests are free to borrow so you can cycle like the locals to explore the temples, town and beyond. In the beautiful Garden is a Salt water Swimmingpool and a lounge/bar. Welcome to Siem Reap, welcome to Angkor...the most famous heritage! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bloom Garden Guesthouse Hotel Siem Reap