Book now  

Santa Clara

Contemporary and delicious

West Riverside, Siem Reap T: (063) 765 801

Santa Clara

Our rating:

Quick links
Our review | Walk-in rates | Address | Map | Agoda | Booking

Set in a remodelled building in Siem Reap’s leafy north riverside, Santa Clara blends modernity with classical attention to details and an eye for the small, but significant, touches. So many hotels call themselves boutique that the word is losing all meaning, but if you were looking for a dictionary definition then there’d probably be a picture of Santa Clara next to it: small, beautifully designed, luxurious and personal.

A semi-Mediterranean feel with rich design and contrasts integrating the best elements of the original building.

A semi-Mediterranean feel.

The 13 rooms are super-contemporary with polished concrete floors, platform beds and an artful use of colour. The bathrooms are just wow. Huge, with terrazzo floors and features, great big rainfall showers, and plenty of space for the fridge, safety box, tea and coffee-making gear, hanging rails, and a couple of games of Twister if you fancy it.

Travelling families need not lose touch, as some of the rooms can be co-joined to create suites that can cater for up to three children with two adults, or four adults all together.

Clever use of colour offsets the contemporary setting.

Subtle use of colour offsets the contemporary setting.

Outside the long, lemongrass-lined pool faces south for the sun-babies, while the sun-shy can take cover in the relaxed, open-fronted cafe/bar/restaurant area just beside it. The gardens are richly planted, and will mature quickly, but the eagle-eyed will notice herbs dotted around, which add to the fuller herb gardens in the back, all of which are used to flavour the dishes prepared here. “She loves to cook and is a great cook,” said one staff member of the owner (out of earshot). The Melbourne-native owner makes everything from scratch, including sauces, yoghurt, muesli, jams and chutneys. We’re already hearing great reports about the food here from independent non-guest diners. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered to here, and they will work with guests to individualise menus where required.

Great food doesn't have to be complicated - it just has to be well-made.

Great food doesn’t have to be complicated.

One very noticeable thing here is the pride with which the staff speak about their work. One feels a real passion and commitment that is almost tangible; they were very giving, and very helpful.

They’re adding a small spa which will offer massage, scrub and head and foot care treatments, though not facials or waxing.

Cool pool - temples, what temples?

Temples, what temples?

A short 10-minute tuk tuk ride into town, this spot makes the most of being in one of the quieter areas of Siem Reap (believe us, there aren’t many of them).

The prices below are their baseline, though deals may be available depending upon occupancy.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to support independent travel writing on Southeast Asia, please subscribe to Travelfish—it’s just A$35 per year (less than A$1 per week)!


 Check rates at Santa Clara on
 Check rates at Santa Clara on

Check rates with
Search hotels in Siem Reap

Arriving on:
Leaving on:

Walk-in rates at Santa Clara

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
"Classic twin" $110; "Queen twin" $140; Includes breakfast, free massage and pick-up (until October 2015)
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$75, high season US$130. Notes: "Classic twin" $110; "Queen twin" $140; Includes breakfast, free massage and pick-up (until October 2015)

 Check rates at Santa Clara on
 Check rates at Santa Clara on

Where is Santa Clara

Santa Clara
West Riverside, Siem Reap
T: (063) 765 801
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'56.34" E, 13º22'26.83" N
Room rates: US$75 to 150

Map for Santa Clara

Map for Santa Clara

Open in Apple Maps | Open in Google Maps

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


See below for more places to stay in Siem Reap that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Siem Reap? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

Top of page