With a quiet location near Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap’s busiest shopping street, double rooms from just $27 a night and a host of appealing extras – including an outdoor pool and an in-house spa — Mother Home Inn offers great value for travellers who like to keep one eye on the budget without having to sacrifice all their home comforts.
As you step inside, you could be forgiven for thinking your tuk tuk driver had dropped you at the wrong guesthouse. The rush of cold air as you enter the air-conditioned lobby, the refreshing cold towels and the chilled welcome drinks are all a fitting introduction to a stay at one of Siem Reap’s best-value hotels.
Off the cool lobby with its comfy sofas, tour desk, and ‘business centre’, is the hotel’s smart little restaurant. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served here, or on the adjacent poolside terrace from 07:00. Evening meals are also available with Khmer mains from $3.50 and various Western dishes including roast pork chop or chicken cordon bleu for $4.50. There are also Western, Asian and Khmer four-course set menus for $8 a head.
Outside by the pool is the very pleasant Father Bar – a great place for a bottled beer (no draught) — where snacks and light meals are served all day. From 16:00 to 20:00 is the nicely unhurried happy hour when there is a 30% off all cocktails which normally start at just $2. Drinks come with peanuts too.
The pool is a decent size — not Olympic, but for this price bracket it is positively huge — and you could easily swim a few laps if you really needed to. There are comfortable-looking loungers along two sides, but it has been known to get a little crowded in high season with guests from the hotel’s own 39 rooms, and day visitors who can use the pool if they give their custom to the Father Bar.
A lift takes you up to the rooms (there are also stairs for the claustrophobic, but it’s only four floors) which are all spacious and spotlessly clean. As well as air-con, fans, in-room safe and ensuite shower rooms, there is also cable TV, free WiFi, stationery, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a minibar. Plus — bathrobes and slippers in the wardrobe and a supply of hotel toiletries in the bathroom. Room service is available from 05:00 to 23:00 and on the second floor you will find the hotel spa which offers facial and body treatments from $6 up.
Room rates start at $23 for a large single and go up to up to $35 for a triple. A deluxe double or twin with pool view is $29.
It may not suit people who come to Siem Reap to party, but the hotel has a ‘no noise’ rule between 22:00 and 07:00. At least you should get a good night’s sleep if you need to get up early for a temple sunrise or that bus to Phnom Penh.
The area around the hotel is generally safe and quiet, with a couple of shops in traditional Khmer wooden houses in front of the hotel, adding a touch of authenticity right on your doorstep. The hotel’s tuk tuks can take you to Pub Street and the Old Market area in less than five minutes, alternatively you could save the $1-$2 fare by taking to the saddle and using one of the hotel’s free bicycles.
It is easy to see why Mother Home Inn gets very busy in high season and booking ahead is essential if you want to secure your place at this outstanding guesthouse. If you are out of luck, you could always try their equally popular sister property Mother Home Guesthouse.
By Simon Hare
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.