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Babel Siem Reap Guesthouse

Fun, friendly and socially responsible

Photo of Babel Siem Reap Guesthouse, 738 Wat Bo, Siem Reap. , Siem Reap

What we say: 3.5 stars

Babel opened in 2008 and has gone on to develop a good reputation for its rigorously clean rooms and great service. Set at the end of a quiet dirt road in the Wat Bo area near several other budget to midrange guesthouses, its 24 rooms are spotless and large, if a bit plain. Each has new furniture, hot water and cable TV. Everything is bright white, including the tiles of the sparkling bathrooms, most of which come with full-size bathtubs. The building itself is nothing special, a typical new Khmer structure with a rather surprising mirrored facade, but it’s softened by the lush, private garden, with an outdoor bamboo and grass bar/restaurant and some cool little hang-outs the owners have built in the garden, including hammocks and daybeds. The restaurant serves a couple of the usual local dishes, but the emphasis is on some very reasonably priced Italian food and Spanish tapas. The bruschetta is delicious, though the mains might leave those with big appetites still feeling a little peckish. The bar is very well stocked, all the better to work the ambitious cocktail list which is 100 items long: something to do when the rains set in. While they don’t have a spa - and who does in this price range? - they can arrange massages from visiting therapists. The Norwegian owner/manager works hard to keep this a fun place and genuinely social hang-out, without the sheer mindless bohemianism that you’ll find in more “party” hostels. They also are actively involved in driving responsible tourism and run a programme supporting education in Siem Reap. Guests wanting a splash can use a swimming pool nearby for a small fee. A sign of their success and popularity may be that while everyone else in Siem Reap is furiously cutting prices, Babel have been able to maintain theirs. Room rates include breakfast.

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738 Wat Bo, Siem Reap.  T: (063) 965 474 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Sgl air-con private b'room 20 USD 20 USD
Dbl air-con private b'room 25 USD 25 USD
Triple air-con private b'room 30 USD 30 USD
Family room 35 USD 35 USD Sleeps four in four single beds

Added to Travelfish on: 23rd July, 2009
Last visited or updated on: 6th July, 2015

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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Babel Siem Reap Guesthouse
738 Wat Bo, Siem Reap. 
T: (063) 965 474

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