Ahhh, La Noria. Our family of 5 stayed in two top floor rooms in December 2011 as part of an extended group booking. How did I feel about this hotel? Mixed opinions. The overall feel is that the place has a lovely old world charm to it, but at the expense of cleanliness and basic modern amenities.
Loved: the pool, the French breakfast, the location by the river, the friendly staff, the well kept gardens, the low-key atmosphere, the child-friendly vibe and the boutique feel.
Did not love: the rooms and furniture needed renovation and maintenance, the bathrooms needed a total renovation (dreadful shower, mould, rotting timber joinery), bed linen was threadbare and bathtowels were a disgrace, the smell of sewage that wafted around, the water pumping station behind the hotel which was noisy, and a general level of decay in the structure of the buildings.
There is a huge amount of competition for your accommodation dollar in Siem Reap. I am not a fan of the big sterile hotels, nor of the extravagant, western priced 5 star resorts. But there are numerous lovely boutique hotels and resorts offering different styles of tasteful accommodation and friendly service for very competitive rates.
La Noria, you may have been lovely in the past but I think its time for a bit of heavy duty maintenance and renovation if you are going to continue to charge the rates you charge. There is a reason this hotel sits around the middle ranks of over 200 hotels in Siem Reap. Other places are making a bit more of an effort. Don't lose your charm, but try to be a little more charming!
Would I come back and stay again? That's a tough one. I'd want to know there had been major overhaul!
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