A classic in lush gardens
Tucked away behind Wat Polanks, this French-run boutique is one of the longest-running hotels in Siem Reap and a lovely out-of-but-within-reach-of-town choice.
Mature gardens, rich with trees, flowers and plants — home to an enchanting array of birds and squirrels — overlook a mid-sized pool kept cool by all the shade, and shelter comfortable duplex bungalows that are simply if stylishly decorated with romantic four-poster beds and traditionally-styled furniture. There are 25 rooms in total, set across six bungalows plus one 50 square metre suite that can take up to four people, though not including young children. Two of the bungalow rooms are co-joinable and more suitable for families. Each room has a small terrace overlooking the pool and pool bar. We recommend the top level rooms for the better aspect, though they are steep so if your mobility is restricted then downstairs is a better bet. The main building is a gorgeous traditional Khmer home, which houses a bar (with pool table for rainy afternoons), and a restaurant serving Khmer food upstairs (mind your head). There’s a massage sala by the pool and plenty of shade.
The management and many of the staff here are long-serving which showed in their smiles and their professionalism. Walking into town is doable, and would take about half an hour, but a tuk tuk is preferable, especially at night when the road around Wat Polanka, which leads to the property, is in darkness. They say that the prices given below are negotiable depending upon occupancy at the relevant time. Free pick-up will be included if you’re staying for more than three days. Rates include breakfast.
Address: Behind Wat Polanka, Siem Reap
T: (063) 963 639;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'55.91" E, 13º21'53.17" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$45||US$55|
|Standard double room|
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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