Great choice for a splurge
A beautiful, modern Khmer villa is the setting for this intimate “boutique” hotel, where the service levels and personal touch make it one of the few genuinely deserving of the name. Only a 15-minute walk from central Siem Reap, this may be a great spot for a little indulgence without the penitential price tag.
With just nine rooms built around a small pool and frangipani-filled courtyard, Landing Point is a classy spot, in an area that until recently was better known for its range of backpacker options. The walk into town takes you through a little slice of Cambodia, via the lovely Wat Bo pagoda, streetside stalls, local gyms (5o cents if you fancy pumping some iron in 36 degrees) and more.
Although some attention does need to be paid to the paintwork, the Landing Point has quickly and deservedly built a good reputation, especially for their service standards.
The rooms are large (36 square metres) by comparison with others in their price range, with great big stone bathtubs for soothing weary bones, and gorgeous cotton bathrobes on hand. Each room has its own terrace, looking out on to carefully maintained stone gardens or on to the pool. The pool view room is bigger again at 46 square metres. Bedrooms are open-plan to bathrooms with industrial chic concrete baths and vanity units, and a glass-brick partition concealing powerful rainforest showers. Minibars, in-room safes, English-language cable TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities come as standard, as does a little bowl of tropical fresh fruit on arrival.
Guests are greeted by friendly, (mostly) English-speaking Khmer staff in the smartly furnished open-air reception — lots of Balinese-style teak and troppo-chic rattan — with a welcome drink and equally welcome cold towel. Adjacent to reception on one side is the restaurant, with the swimming pool on the other. The saltwater pool is small, though reasonably well-shaded which means it should stay a lot cooler than others, which tend to turn into hot soup as the day goes on.
The restaurant offers a menu of mostly Western snacks and light meals throughout the day, but for a wider range of dining options Wat Bo Road has a good selection of both Western and Khmer restaurants and is less than a 10-minute walk away.
While part of The Landing Point’s charm is its location — in a thriving part of the real Siem Reap — there can occasionally be some street noise so, as always in Siem Reap, ear plugs would be a good idea if you are a light sleeper.
Address: Street 26, Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap
T: (063) 969 686;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'49.18" E, 13º21'12.71" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Twin $65 during high season. Breakfast included.
|Superior double room|
Pool view. Breakfast included.
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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