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Community Residence Siem Reap
Ranked #119 of 343 Hotels in Siem Reap
Essex, Connecticut
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“Calm Oasis”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

I’m a procrastinator so writing my review now after staying at the hotel back in May 2012.
Journey’s Within Hotel exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Our stay at the hotel made our vacation. After sightseeing with two young kids during oppressive heat the hotel was a calm oasis to return to. The rooms were extremely clean, spacious, stylish and beds were super comfortable. I loved the art work in our room so much that we went into town to buy a few prints for our home. They even had toys at the pool for the kids to play with.
The staff was very helpful, friendly and really made us feel at home. The information book in our room included the names, pictures and other information about the staff that made it feel like it really was a family that you were staying with. So many personal touches that made our stay so amazing.
My kids are extremely picky eaters who usually live on buttered white rice and water when we vacation in Asia but they loved the food at the hotel. My husband and I thought the food was amazing - very fresh, extremely tasty and better than most restaurants that we eat at. Was really pleased since we knew we would be at the hotel during lunch while we spent the hottest part of the day longing around the pool. We even stayed for dinner most nights just because it was so tasty. Would go back just for the crepes and chocolate-peanut butter milkshakes alone.

Room Tip: If you have children, the adjoining rooms are worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We booked our stay and travel through Journey's Within from the United States and it was first class all the way. Our rom overlooked the pool area which was in a large garden set back from the road. The room was very large and had a king bed and shower with lots of hot water. Not only was there Wi Fi bit a laptop in the room. Breakfast was very good as was lunch. They provide transportation to town for dinner or we could have eaten on site. Staff was very helpful and found my luggage in Bangkok after a US airline had failed to tranfer it to our Asian connection in LA.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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brisbane
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Lovely staff, excellent food, modern large family rooms - which consist of two rooms interconnecting - with two bathrooms and large deck. Rooms include breakfast daily, internet, minibar (except beer $1.50 a can), daily service, laundry also free, and free evening tuk tuk 6-9pm to town. Oil Massage also great $25 for 90mins. Nice restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner. Journey within has its own tour company so we booked all tours with them private basis. Definitely recommend :) only 9 rooms - 2 of our days we were the only guests. Just loved this resort

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 January 2013 via mobile

We loved this hotel! The customer service was second to none, the staff were incredibly friendly and very helpful, they spoke great English. Location is a bit out of the main drag but it seems that most hotels are and they have free tuk tuks to the centre around dinner time. Rooms were big and clean, with lots of complimentary drinking water and free soft drinks in the mini bar. Pool is delightful, a great temperature and nice pool lounges each with a wide brimmed straw hat to protect you from the sun. The hotel runs heaps of projects to support the local community which when you see some of the poor children around Siem Reap is really lovely to see.

One other thing that I have never experienced before, our flight out of Siem Reap wasn't until 7pm and because no one was staying in the room the day we checked out Brandon, the owner, let us stay right up until we needed to be at the airport! No extra charges and no worries. We really appreciated it because it meant a swim and shower after spending the day out and about before our flight. This is a wonderful hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Montclair, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

The hotel is a green oasis in the dusty landscape of Siem Reap. The guest houses are painted a pristine white, with black shutters, and set in a beautifully landscaped garden. Inside there are raw silk curtains, an aesthetic array of furniture and fittings, and a modern bathroom. I loved the bath stuff - very fragrant and great quality. The rooms are large with generous verandahs. I loved the ceiling fans - very tropical touch.

The pool area is very inviting, with trellises and flowering creepers, indigo urns, and a perfect turquoise pool. A woven hat sits next to the towel on each pool lounger.

Loved the free laundry service, as you do run through a lot of clothes in the hot weather.

Service is also a strength of this lovely resort. Staff are very helpful and the front office staff speak fluent English, which is very helpful.

Breakfasts are generous, although you have to order them the previous night. Lots of fruit, good coffee, and fresh waffles, pancakes etc.

This place would be perfect if:
1. The restaurant had more variety and improved the quality of lunch/dinner offerings. Sandwiches and burgers were fine, but the local cuisine was uninspired. We had much better Khmer food in town.

2. Tuk tusk are provided free from 6-9 pm, but you pay extra if you exceed 9 o clock. Restaurant also closes by 9 pm, which gets a bit rushed if you like to dine later.

3. Internet did not work in the room. Only worked in the common areas.

4. I tried one massage and decided not to try more, as it did not compare with massages I've had in Bali or Bangkok, and I could not communicate at all with the masseuse.

But these are little things, and there are dozens of restaurants and massage places in town, and tuk tuks come cheap. Internet? Now that does need to be fixed!

Definitely recommend it. The owner Brandon, and manager Michelle, are friendly and very knowledgeable about the country.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 31 December 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the family villa (2 floors, 2 bathrooms and kitchen) which was very good. Stylish decorated. Very big. In front of pool. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast a la carte, a lot of choice. Free laundry service. Extra plus is their community projects. It is located bit out of town but the tuk tuk brings you in 5 min. Positive: it is quiet!

  • Stayed December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

From the moment our tuk tuk pulled up at the entrance of the hotel and the staff came out to greet us we were treated like royalty throughout our three night stay. The service was constantly and consistantly impressive and the staff could not do enough to make us feel welcome and were always looking to ensure we had everything we wanted and more. The hotel is a tranquil oasis set in a stunning location away from the crowds of Angkor Wat and the town - but within very easy reach of both. The rooms are large and modern, the pool is the ideal cool down after a day of sightseeing and the food is delicious. The attention to detail at this hotel is fantastic and the only reason I have given five stars is because it did not go any higher. It's a perfect hotel!

We also vistied JWOC - a local charity / school owned by the same people as the hotel - well worth a visit if you have some time and you want to meet locals and help or make a very worthwhile contribution to an excellent cause.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Community Residence Siem Reap
Address: | Off Route Six, About 300 meters down Korean-Cambodian Friendship Rd, Kruos Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Formerly Unique Boutique Cambodia)
Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #119 of 343 Hotels in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Community Residence Siem Reap 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Community Residence Siem Reap run by local Cambodian and this is the social business. At Community Residence Siem Reap, we want you to feel like you are staying with friends, that means never nickel and diming our guests for small necessities. Every room rate includes all the amenities you would expect to have at your home...and then some: ... more   less 
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