First of all, we chose this hotel 'cos of its look and the feeling of living in a nearer to what most Cambodians' accommodation are like, i.e. bamboo/wooden bungalows, slight raised above floors with pillars for the purpose of less heated (though we didn't stay in the room with a fan only 'cos it was way too hot for us). For people who live in cities going on a not-so-rushed vacation in Cambodia, I do strongly suggest this hotel for a recharge and retreat from the busy life.
Some good things i experienced to share:
Bedroom: Our bungalow's interior was same as what the photos show. Got an a/c and a fan where both work well w/o any problem. The bed was comfy. There was a fridge with 2 free bottles of water. No hair dryer but we asked the reception and they provided us with one.
Shower: The shower comes with hot water, unlike our previous stay in another hotel in Phnom Penh, though we had taken barely warm water shower for several days after our long days of temples exploration. They also have a big bath tub/mini pool in the bathroom for a long relaxing dip, but we didn't get to use it 'cos dunno if it was clean, plus we didn't have enough time.
Meals: Breakfast and dinners are very nice, esp when they offer different locations for it to be served: by the pool, in the restaurant, or in the room. Their Khmer dishes are really nice too and inexpensive!
Pool: it was not a big pool but water was fine though a little salty but doesn't taste of anything weird. i saw the staff cleaning it almost every morning. i managed to have an afternoon dip/swimming in the sun, and we were only sharing the pool with another couple so it felt pretty nice to be chilling out on our own.
Spa: we wanted to book for massage but since it was khmer new year and only 1 staff was available for foot massage one at a time, and the other had to do oil spa, so we skipped it. the price was kind of average. their building for spa & massage seems nicely decorated, unfortunately we didn't try it.
Pick-up service: i requested the hotel to arrange tuk-tuk pick up from mekong express bus station with the reception few weeks in advance and their response was swift. tuk tuk was waiting for us well before our late arrival (around 8:20 pm) and had to drive us back in the dark. we weren't charged for this pick-up. we appreciate this hassle-free yet free service cos we did see others who did not arrange for one had to drag their suitcases in the dark to negotiate with other drivers. it'd be a bit tiring to only look for transport to the hotel after arrival at the mekong express bus station esp when it's a bit remote and looks a bit scary in the dark if arriving after sunset (no street lights at all in the area). we also hired the hotel tuk tuk to drop us back to mekong express upon departure, and we paid US$4 cos it was pretty far really.
Some points to be noted for people who are fussy:
Bedroom: curtains may not be blocking all the sunlight and people standing right outside the windows may be able peek through, but the bungalows are quite far from one another and got bushes kind of blocking outsiders' view. No kettle (but who would want hot drinks when it's so hot??). Our small tv wasn't working in our bungalow (C7) but we didn't really care since we weren't gonna spend time watching tv in an interesting city for exploration and a hotel like this.
Internet: No wi-fi in our room almost throughout the whole 6D5N, except for 1 or 2 late nights where there was connection (but again, we were pretty tired each night after long day exploring around Siem Reap. plus, we could walk to reception with our ipad/iphone to use wifi there or even use their desktop for internet, so that wasn't much of a problem).
Bathroom: Our bathroom was kinda blocked after shower for the first few days, but we noted that a cleaner lifted the filter for better water flow, so we did the same and we had no problem after that. Do expect geckos to be hanging on the walls in the bathroom since it's near to the nature.
Location: a bit far off from the busy tourisy area, but that's what a resort should be located at. Roads to the hotel are quite bumpy cos it's not a busy road like the pub street/night market areas. but that's the fun bit!
All in all, we were both very happy to have stayed in this hotel, with gd value for services and would defo go back to stay there in the future. The above points are for fussy people really, those who choose Cambodia as a place for visit should have an expectation of nature and adventure, rather than a city chic or luxurious trip. Maybe we could even have requested to stay in a fan-only room for one night to really experience how the Cambodians live. That would be a valuable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in a quiet district of Siem Reap town, near the famed Angkor Wat temple, Palm Village offers you a unique accommodation with great hospitality, delicious Khmer cuisine, and relaxing massage & spa. Stay in one of the 20 exquisite bungalows and Khmer bamboo houses, made from local palm wood and bamboo furniture, and surrounded by green lush tropical garden. Whether you plan to have a short break, a family outing, or just to unwind from your hectic work, come to stay at Palm Village for a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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