Hotel Be Angkor
What we say:
Hip design-hotel Hotel Be Angkor is a contemporary city crashpad with just three spacious rooms located slap bang in the heart of downtown Siem Reap.
The pop-art lobby — shared with sister property The One Hotel Angkor which Hotel Be Angkor is an expansion of — sets the tone with its striking modern visuals adorning the walls.
A converted narrow shophouse, access to the rooms is through an art gallery and up a flight of stairs passing through neighbouring sophisticated AHA Restaurant and wine bar where hotel guests take their breakfast. Rooms are located on the second and third floors of the building.
The three quirky, creative chambers have been individually designed by three locally based artists. Cambodian artists Sopheap Pich formed the Bamboo Room, one of the property’s two suites along with the Sepia Room, designed by renowned fine-art American photographer John McDermott. Filipino artist Loven Ramos, owner of 1961 Art Hotel, makes his mark on the Saffron Room.
The Bamboo Room is spacious; rattan and bamboo sculptures alongside framed drawings add interest. The bathroom has an open concept – privacy is unlikely to be an issue since all three rooms are doubles, not twins. This property is best for those travelling in twos, not families.
The hotel has an unusual floor plan – you won’t find uniform cubicles side by side. Similarly the Bamboo Room layout offers a more dynamic space with a twisting flight of stairs outside to reach the rooftop terrace. This private patio space goes some way to make up for the lack of swimming pool, though the finish suggests some touch-ups wouldn’t go amiss.
Entering the Sepia Room you might double-take to check you’re in a bedroom, not an art studio lounge. The sitting room is split from the boudoir by your own private, narrow art gallery. John McDermott’s art works are hung in his gallery next-door to the hotel but here you have your own exclusive showing.
If you book through the hotel’s website, John’s photography tour services can also be bought packaged with the room. Like the Bamboo Room, up a flight of stairs you have your own roof terrace in addition to the small balcony overlooking the heart of the nightlife area of Siem Reap – Linga Bar sits opposite with its nightly ladyboy cabaret show; there’s also the Linga Bar Spa on the second floor of the hotel.
Prices vary and a minimum two- to three-night stay seems to be required according to their website. For instance, two nights in the Saffron room in March goes for $115 per night. We think given the lack of pool, this is a little pricey, but it’s worth checking to see if you can snare a good rate. Breakfast and WiFi is included.
Noise may be a potential issue but this property would most appeal to design-savvy night-owls looking to take advantage of the excellent location in the centre of Siem Reap’s nightlife area. Though the rooms are comfortable they are not ultra-luxurious; the main draws are location and individual style.
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Contact details:The Passage (opposite Linga Bar), Siem Reap. T: (063) 965 321
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Standard - Double||74 USD||74 USD||And up. Prices vary depending on date and number of nights.|
Added to Travelfish on: 11th February, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 16th March, 2015
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Hotel Be Angkor
The Passage (opposite Linga Bar), Siem Reap.
T: (063) 965 321
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