Our family of 5 adults stayed for 7 days at the start of December. Having booked several months ago we were disturbed to read three recent negative reviews and so we arrived with a little apprehension. The trip from the airport past all the enormous brightly lit western chain hotels into the centre of town which then quickly changed into quiet, dark dirt laneways, did nothing to alleviate our nervousness, however all our fears were quickly dispelled.
Our home for the next 7 days proved to be a wonderfully pleasant oasis and was perfectly located for all our needs. We were a short walk (through the grounds of Wat Polanka-wat/local school/graveyard) to the National Museum which is on the main road north to the Angkor temples and only 5 minutes stroll to the “Friends’n’Stuff- Marum” restaurant which trains young disadvantaged locals in the hospitality industry. For anything further we had fun riding in cheap local moto remorks (tuk tuks) and for a long way out of town we used a driver with a car.
Our two adjoining first floor rooms, with two bathrooms and two balconies overlooking the pool/garden area (around which all the rooms are arranged) were air conditioned, clean, spacious, tastefully decorated and serviced daily. The beds were firm but very comfortable. Water pressure was low but didn’t bother us. The steps to the first floor rooms are steep so ask for a ground floor room if this would be a problem for you.
The grounds were nicely kept and the pool clean and were a pleasant place to take a break (for a swim or a massage) in the middle of the day, especially if you had been up for that very early morning Angkor Wat sunrise.
All of the staff were polite, happy and friendly but not overbearing.
The complimentary breakfast in the traditionally decorated upstairs room of the main reception building was more than adequate: for each person a fresh crisp baguette, butter and jams, fruit platter, yoghurt, tea or coffee. Once or twice we ordered and paid for something hot from the menu e.g. omelette, bacon and eggs or pancakes, not because we needed to but because we were there later in the morning and had it as brunch. Breakfast was conveniently served early until 11 am. The set 3 course evening meal which we had on 3 of the evenings, was always delicious and fantastic value at 9.50 EURO per person (even cheaper if you took a package for 3 nights).
Wifi coverage (very important to the 3 younger adults of the group) was good.
We would not hesitate to stay again at this very well run and excellent value for money accommodation.
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