This is probably not the most beautiful hotel, and without the best amenities compared to a 5 star hotel ...
Very quiet room, and comfortable ... except during the day, when the kids are playing at the pool, but it didn't bother us because we weren't even trying to sleep ... :)
But the staffs made the difference ... the services provided is even better than a 5 or 6 stars hotel ... seriously ... I've stayed at very beautiful hotels, but his hotel's staffs hands down beat the crap out of other hotels' staffs, including Four Seasons, Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt, Peninsular, etc. Everyone in the hotel speak fluent English ...
Vandy, the bartender, very skillful in making his cocktails, and was very attentative to customer's request, and worked his extra mile to satisfy us ... to make sure we were well taken care of when we were at the swimming pool ... and boy, we were at the swimming pool every day/night, because the weather was so hot and humid, we just had to cool ourselves down by dipping in the small but served its purpose pool.
Savna, the hotel receptionist, what can I say? He took our booking for the hotel, he personally made sure the room was made to our likings, he designed two rooms (my room and my buddy's room) in a way that both our girlfriends were surprised, made it look like a honeymoon suite, except the room was smaller. We got a free upgrade to a room with balcony, facing the swimming pool, on the 1st floor (above ground floor)., it was room B15 and B16. Oh yeah, when we arrived, Savna personally picked all four(4) of us up from the hotel in two(2) separate Tuk-Tuk's, and brought us to the hotel. He filled up all the forms for us, only asked us to sign. Oh yeah, before I forget, we were treated to welcome drinks, and cold towel, in the midst of a super-hot-day ...
The other lady, working at front desk, I can't remember her name exactly, was very helpful, gave us all kinds of recommendations as in where to eat, and where to go, directions, etc. The manager was friendly, even walked with us for about 500m to show us around.
Free breakfasts, free wifi (fast internet, was surprised, speedtest showed 4mbps, not bad)
Must eat at:
Haven Restaurant, directly opposite the hotel, good food, reasonable price.
The Touich, a bit far, and the road is adventurous, very bumpy ... felt like the tuk-tuk was going to roll-over ... but worth the ride ... try the steak, and fish (with lots of salt all over it?)
Viva, Mexican bar/restaurant, food was very good, delicious, and price was very reasonable too
One of the shops when you walk out of the hotel, turn left, instead of right (bar street/night and old market), you get breakfasts for USD$1.50 with bagel, omelettes, etc.
Beer is available everywhere for USD$0.50 per glass
LOCATION: Could not get better than this, 2 minutes away from Old Market, Night Market, Bar Street
LAUNDRY SERVICE: Walk out of the hotel, turn left, less than 1 minute away, laundry service available for USD$1 / KG of clothes ... so you can pack light, travel light, as that's what we did ... and of course you can haggle around and buy cheap clothes from night market/old market ... We paid USD$8 for 5 T-shirts from the night market ... wasn't the most beautiful T-shirts, but very comfortable and did it's purpose ... :)
MASSAGE: Right beside the hotel, available for USD$5 per hour ... recommend two hours, only USD$10, tip them USD$2-3, and they're happy ... Also you can visit LEMONGRASS SPA, about 3 minutes walk, turn right after leaving hotel, then turn left on the mainstreet, about 100m, LEMONGRASS is on your left ... USD$10 per hour, nicer and better environment ... Of course you can book masseuse to your own room from the massage parlor beside the hotel, for USD$8 per hour ... always tip these masseuse, they make very little money ... about $40-60 per month salary ... tip really help them ... :)
If I ever visit Siem Reap again, I will definitely stay at this hotel ...
Stayed from 12th till 17th October 2012, booked two rooms, paid USD$35 per night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 19-room 3.5 star colonial-style boutique hotel is located in the exciting central old market area of Siem Reap City, just 2 minutes walk away from Pub Street and the night markets. The hotel is about 7 km from Siem Reap Airport, 15 minutes drive to Angkor Wat and 20 minutes drive to the floating village at Tonle Sap. All rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and many other modern conveniences to make guests feel at home. The hotel offers 24 hour front desk, restaurant and lounge bar, swimming pool, free Internet access, tours desk, free pick-up for direct bookings, ticketing services, daily housekeeping, massage and laundry services. ... more less
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