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The Villa Siem Reap
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Reviewed 23 December 2008

There are so many quaint and special things about The Villa it's hard to know where to start. But as others have mentioned, our tuk-tuk driver, Mr. Stal, made our stay special from the minute we stepped out of the airport. He has the fastest smile ever! He understands very little English but he's got the language of happy-to-see-you down perfectly.

Smiles were definitely at the ready with all the staff, too - even when we made it a little difficult for them with our endless questions (tickets, tours, special meal requests, recommendations, etc.) spoken only in English because we hadn't taken the time to learn any Khmer. Cambodians have only in recent years begun to learn English and since English words are nothing like Khmer words, we could only imagine how difficult it was for them to decifer English words spoken in countless foreign accents. We found it helpful everywhere we went in Siem Reap to speak slowly, smile, and remember that we went to a Khmer-speaking country precisely because it was different from our own.

We stayed in one of the bungalows outside the main building. It was nice, private, roomy, and had all the comforts of home, including air conditioning and television. The whole place was hopelessly clean; the staff were constantly sweeping, dusting and straightening up at all hours of the day. (We noted this in several Southeast Asia countries; they take cleanliness very seriously.)

We looked forward to the fabulous breakfasts each morning, especially the French press coffee (YUM) and the breakfast pho. In general we had better food there than we did at most restaurants around Siem Reap. We were disappointed that our schedule didn't allow us to take part in the twice-weekly Khmer tastings or Aussie BBQ.

We did several Villa tours, including Kompong Phluuk (wow), a Day in the Life (volunteer to cook for your host family if asked), and the two-day temple tour. Doing the non-temple things first was a great way to get the culture and community context before heading to the temples. We recommend that you chat with your temple tour guide before heading out to ensure they speak your language well. Our guide spoke very poor English but excellent Spanish but we didn't know this until it was too late. Guides are booked through The Villa but are employed by the official tour service, so we could have easily asked The Villa to get us a different guide the first morning had we known that was an option.

The Villa is not on the main strip of large hotels and chain-like inns. It's on a nearby, small "local" street with "local" people that are really fun to watch come to life first thing in the morning. You can stand at the entrance to The Villa and watch the vendors pedal their bikes or drive their motos piled high with eggs or bread or straw or chickens. Bikes and motos are piled up with three of four kids yawning their way to school and families of four and five yawning their way to work or play. Old women carrying huge bundles of wood on their back walk past young monks carrying small alms bowls over their shoulder, the former looking for a small profit, the latter looking for a small charity. Each morning we saw two monks come to the entrance of The Villa, receive a donation, then give a prayer of thanks to the staff.

We appreciated The Villa's aim of supporting the people of Siem Reap as they bring tourists to the area. The communities we visited on the special tours each received 15% of the proceeds, and we saw "The Villa" water filters in several rural places during our travels.

We had a blast in Siem Reap and credit The Villa with making our first trip to Cambodia a huge success. The staff made sure we felt welcome, made sure we had reservations for dinner and shows when we wanted them, made sure we were picked up and dropped off at the right places and times, and helped with the few minor problems that came up (like when a rude boat tour company left without us). Anthony had great recommendations for different sights to see and places to eat, and the staff even helped us with reservations for cooking classes in Battambang and got us on the awesome slow boat tour to get there.

A few tips:

1) We did Ta Prahm temple at sunrise, which was fanastic - and strategic, since there was only one other tourist there at that time (everyone else was at Angkor Wat).
2) La Noria has a fun shadow puppet and dance show (basic, but fun), but make sure you get a table by the performance floor. For some odd reason the musicians and dancers perform behind a short wall and you can't see them well at all from tables on the outer perimeter.
3) If you visit a school or orphanage and want to take pens or other little things for the kids, be sure you can take enough for ALL the kids - and even then it's best to give it to the teachers to minimize begging (pushy begging and trinket selling is a huge issue). We opted instead to make a donation for a new thatch roof at a school we visited, which left the teacher stunned and almost in tears laughing with joy. It was the most fun $30 we spent in all of Cambodia.
4) The Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) is an excellent place for pre- or post-dinner drinks but the food is overpriced and not nearly as good as what you can get at cheaper, more local places.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TheMarys
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Reviewed 18 December 2008

We booked a 'lots of luxury' package which wasn't all that luxurious at all. Here are the rundown of whats good and bad about this place:

Good:
1. The breakfast selection is quite yummy, especially the big breakfast and the pho noodles. But don't ever order the coffee - it tastes like mud water.
2. The beds and bed linens are generally clean. But the fresh towels were sometimes stained with brown dust ... even when its supposedly freshly washed.
3. The tours are well organised and good value for money.
4. The guide was good and so was the tuk tuk driver.

Bad:
1. The receptionists and the staff are clueless to say the least. They don't bother to help you with the luggage, have no clue as to what your package includes, and there is simply no system at all. You get blank smiling faces when you ask them a question. We understand that they may not comprehend English well but really basic stuff like room numbers should never be confused. Our lunch packs were always mixed up with other room numbers. When we tell them our room number, they end up giving us the wrong lunch packs. The vouchers were given to us 2 days late. We never got to use the pool pass. Or the free dinner. Or the 2 for 1 cocktail vouchers. And one of the male receptionist was just simply rude.
2. They make you take off your shoes at the front lobby but the whole place is so terribly dusty all the way to your room. You end up with black sooty feet all the time. It defeats the purpose of taking off your shoes at the front lobby.
3. The owners, Fiona and Anthony, looked terribly harrased and down right unfriendly which could be attributed to either exasperation with the incompetent staff or they were too busy with their new establishment 'The Sojourn'.
4. The place looks a bit run-down and hopelessly dusty.
5. The sandwich packs were a bit wet and soggy. We ended up eating at the local eating places near the temple and gave our lunch packs away to the local children.
6. Forgot the 'sunset welcome pack'. Its a waste of time. You end up surrounded by a motley group of kids harrasing you to buy just another scarf or another bamboo flute instead of having a romantic sunset wine with cheese by the riverside.
7. The shower head holder was broken when we checked in and no attempt was ever made to fix it. You end up with a very wet bathroom and toilet.

To sum it all up, if you pay just a little more, you can get a pretty decent hotel with a pool, clean floors, better service and a more pleasant holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank maomao66
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

The Villa is great place to stay if you are looking for affordable and laid-back spot. The Tuk-tuk driver, Mr Snal (0645) from the Villa picked us up on time and he became our friendly tuk-tuk driver for the rest of our stay. We are able to share our plans with him and with his experience we would also guide us throughout the temple experience.

The Villa is located just 5-10 minutes away from OLD Market area. It is very convenient and safe to walk to town at night. The twin room that we stayed in is very clean and they have the room clean up everyday. Apart from cleanliness, the room has Safebox, Mini Fridge and TV. The staffs in Villa are warmth and welcoming. We had our bottles filled up before we headed out to the temple.

The Villa also offers Aussie BBQ Buffet and Khmer Food testing. There are a variety of food selection if you decided not to head for town to eat. Would recommend to all travellers who seeks value for money in The Villa.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank BennyKhean
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

Firstly we really liked Siem Reap and the The Villa is an ideal spot to enjoy the town.
We were picked up from the airport in a Tuk-Tuk as part of the deal and 'Stal' our driver was a great friendly start to the trip. Tuk - Tuk from the airport was great with a cold beer or drink thrown in for the journey. We subsequently used Stal as our driver for the duration of the trip and negotiated days out with him.
The Villa is located on a quiet backstreet about 5-7 minutes walk from 'downtown' Siem Reap and we walked to and from the hotel safely at all times of day and night.
The whole place has a lovely laid back feel and is spotlessly clean. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and are always full of smiles with a special mention ot Miss Sophal who must have the biggest smile in Siem Reap.
The room and bathroom were very spacious and had TV and fridge and the beds were very comfortable. The grounds had some nice areas for eating and relaxing. The owners also put on a couple of themed evenings BBQ, Khmer Food etc.
This hotel is very good value and a very good experience, the owners put a lot of effort and work back into the community.
I liked the provision of an information folder in the room as well.
They have an arrangement with a larger local hotel for use of a pool at $5 which after a long temple day we found to be excellent.
This was our favourite hotel on our trip.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Whadders
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Reviewed 23 November 2008

The Villa Siem Reap - Perfect!!! Perfect location. Perfect service. Perfect shade of purple. We selected this hotel because it promoted responsible tourism. The Villa donates 7% of it's profits to charitable projects in the area and also ensures fair pay and english lessons for their staff. The experience at The Villa far surpassed our expectations. The staff were very friendly and provided excellent service. The rooms were well appointed and spotlessly clean and the food was fantastic. They offered a wide selection of both western and Khmer dishes. We stayed for 5 nights and were in easy walking distance to the night market, old market and Pub street.

We can't speak highly enough about our Tuk Tuk driver 'Mr. Han', who picked us up at the airport and toured us around Siem Reap and the temples for 5 days. Not only is he one of the best drivers in the city, he was also able to give great information about the temples we visited. We found that we did not need a tour guide when travelling with Mr. Han.

Stayed: November 2008
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