Stayed here from 16-19 June 2009 (Mid Season) according to their rate's chart as am booked the room nights directly from their website. It was recommended by one of my friend who stayed here last year.
Perfect location near the Old Market in Wat Damnak area. The hotel has 3 different type of accommodation (B&B, Hotel & Resort) which spread out in 3 different buildings next to each other hiding in a very small lane from the main street.
We were supposed to be picked-up by a taxi arranged by the hotel but it was not there upon arrival. I've to call them to reconfirm again and the taxi appeared in 10 minutes. It cost USD6 per transfer and about 6km from the airport. The road from airport to the hotel was perfect. Along the way, we can see many luxury hotels lining-up along the Highway No.6.
Once arrived at the hotel, we was not greeted by anyone as their staffs are busy helping another couple explaining their services and the surrounding. Later, someone suddenly served us a drink and asked us to fill-up some personal information. We were bring to the next building as we booked "Golden Banana Hotel". The room was just fantastic with 2-level (storey) by a stone-staircase. The bedroom was in downstair together with a standing shower. Living room and TV set was in the upper-level with a lovely balcony facing the swimming pool. Oppss... nearly forgotten to mention about the swinging chair hanged in the balcony wall... so relaxing. The room was painted in red & white colors and the stone-staircase in light green natural color.
The hotel room NOT provided hot water or (boiling kettle) and fridge as we need to ask the staff to bring the hot water each time we need it. Seem a bit hassle but the staffs are super friendly and NOT expected tips. The room also NOT provided any hair-dryer.
We decided to walk to the other building to find out how the "Golden Banana Resort" was look like and we found the room are basically same size and same design. The only extra was the small stone shower-tub outside the balcony. Not much privacy as the rooms were a bit closed to each other. Another swimming pool was found here which was slightly larger but we still prefer our salted swimming pool... (not about the salty taste, but the environment was better)!
The hotel provide all kind of services ranging from day tours to transportations with fix-prices. We booked a Tuk-Tuk (cost USD13 per vehicle) for whole day to visit Angkor Wat. The journey from hotel to Angkor Wat took approximately 30-minutes. We was told that we need 2-days to cover the "Small Tour & Big Tour" of Angkor but actually (if you fit enough), this can be done in one day. Both hotel & driver try to make some living by separating the tour into 2-types/days so you'll need to hire the Tuk Tuk for 2-days and required to buy the sky-rocket high entrance fee at USD40 (3-days pass). Unless you're really into details of Angkor otherwise we NOT recommend to visit more than 3-days.
However, we only visit Angkor (Mini Tour) for a day and we pay USD20 (one-day visit). The rest of the day, we rent a bicycle from the hotel (cost USD2) per day cycled around the town (rather small town) to discover by bicycle.
We mostly eat-out during the stay but we did tried having one dinner in our hotel as the price was almost the same as outside. As a frequent traveller, I can said that the foods in Siem Reap was a bit overpriced ranging from USD3-5 dollar per dishes. You may need to know that whole Siem Reap used US dollars and a very small change in Riel. Remember to try the local Angkor Beer .. only 50 cents along the Pub Street.
The only thing that I hated most .. the hotel was full of geckos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Banana Boutique Hotel by Rambutan. Villas built in traditional pagoda style in garden setting -5 minutes walking distance to the old centre of Siem Reap -Located in a quiet residential area - Swimming pool with fountain and cocktail bar -Gay friendly. Visiting the temples of Angkor Wat is an experience you will never forget. Staying in our lovely Hotel makes that experience even better. ... more less
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