I stayed 3 nights at Villa Medamrei from 19-21 April for my first trip to Siem Reap, and to Cambodia. For single travellers, it's a steal at approx. SGD30+ per night (April is considered low season and very hot). Reception is rustic inspired with welcome drink and chips. Very refreshing. Keeping shoes and slippers strictly at the main door means no worry about dirt and you walk around like you would at home.
The room I stayed is on the ground floor, decently spacious, clean, and gently lit so it's actually quite soothing and not glaring (contrary to whatever past comments and complaints about the dim and dark lighting in the rooms, I had no problems with it at all so keep it that way!), efficient hot shower, minifridge with daily mineral water, essential oil aromatherapy, and, on top of it, I got a huge and wide super single bed that is stiff enough to support my slightly crooked spine so couldn't have been better. While there's not much of a window view, it lets sufficient daylight in if you want to spend the lazy day in just channel surfing the wide selection of international and cable TV programmes.
So the breakfast was a tad bare basics minimal (as forewarned in earlier scriblings) - but at SGD30+ a night, you've got to be either churlish or joking to ask for more. (They must be comparing with Phuket or Krabi or whatever; it's different everywhere, there'll be no ending to milking and squeezing it). Pub Street is filled with a gazillion restaurants and eateries to choose from and it's just a short 8 minutes or less walk away (even though it's a very hot and humid walk, especially after 9.30am). Tuk-tuk drivers ply the Villa but ask for the staff's list of dedicated and more reliable drivers in advance (for my trips to Angkor Wat and other places, I had an excellent, attentive and considerate driver; for my departure ride to the Airport, I had a sly bugger of a driver who sped and bumped all the way and dared to drop me outside the Airport, refused to enter the Airport and told me to walk all the way into Departure with backpack and stuff in tow). Anyway.
Above all, the feature that sets Villa Medamrei apart is really the warm service from the staff. Very customer friendly and smiley and extremely obliging attitude, even from those working at the small breakfast lounge. On my last day before my departure, I had a really nice chat with the young Cambodian manager who told me about the meaning of the villa name (a new villa by the same owner is coming up soon, this one with a pool!), his past tour guide days (he is fluent in Japanese, besides English!), where to go for really good local food and we even exchanged health tips on improving knee joints! Genuine without sounding put upon - this makes the difference.
In all, while tucked in a corner away from the main buzzy pub crawl thoroughfare (you do get more peace and quiet), for my subsequent trips to Siem Reap, I'll take Villa Medamrei again any time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your charming accommodation at the heart of Siem Reap. Comfort and Style. Convenience and Accessibility. Villa Medamrei is 5 minute walk from the bustling Pub Street and Old Market area. With 19 rooms, this boutique villa is decorated in Contemporary Khmer Style. Fusing traditional Khmer materials and bold contemporary colors, a perfect example of Cambodian ingenuity and style. Villa Medamrei offers clean, cozy & friendly accommodations. Relax and chill-out at our rooftop garden, or enjoy our menu of international and traditional Khmer dishes in our restaurant. A business center to work on all your needs is also present. Our room rate and 24 hours service with highly trained staff is guaranteed within your budget for a long stay in Cambodia, either for your business or pleasure. ... more less
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