Almost Champagne taste for beer money
This stylish hotel is housed in two beautifully-planned, colonial-style buildings whose high design standards announce themselves even before you enter.
A grand portico in 1980s eyeshadow blue fronts the main building, sporting grand columns and an art-deco feel, which is continued throughout. The sense of light and air is strong throughout the building, but especially in the large, bright and airy lobby. There are now 36 rooms in all, with pretty four poster beds in the doubles, topped off with simple but elegant furnishings. The only letdown is the floor tiles which are rather pedestrian.
All facilities that you would expect are provided, including free WiFi, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, air-con, safety box. The small bathrooms are mostly made of moulded concrete, making them attractive if a little cramped. A mid-sized pool in the back is set in a pretty, landscaped garden with lots of aromatic frangipani trees.
There are two restaurants, one at the back whose decor was a little disappointing, and another more upscale one at the front. The building on the left houses a spa, which we’ve heard good things about, and is also very reasonably priced. Breakfast is included in the very reasonable prices charged, making this a pretty good deal for the money. Laundry service, breakfast and bicycle hire are all complementary. They tend to offer some great deals on their website; make sure to check it before booking. Recommended.
Address: #603, Wat Bo Rd, Siem Reap
T: (063) 963 030, (063) 965 050, (016) 581 045;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'37.8" E, 13º21'28.12" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$40||US$40|
|Deluxe double room|
Garden view. Pool view: From $65.
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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