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PHNOM PENH




SIM BOUTIQUE HOTEL (***+): A new generation of trendy, yet splendid value for money hotels starts mushrooming in Phnom Penh. This is the newest one, nestled in the peaceful Street 143. A stone's throw from the Orrusey largest local market in the city. It has the
sim boutique hotel best four star luxury cheap hotels phnom penhOlympic Stadium and Pool almost opposite, and all the attractions at a cheap, five minutes PassApp taxi ride.

We almost inaugurated the hotel. Efficiently managed, served by very kind staff (particularly smiling and enthusiastic at the Sky Bar), it was totally full the day of our visit. Yet, we have been astonished by the quiet swimming pool atmosphere. This is a tourist hotel, and the guests spend most of their time exploring Phnom Penh. We could relax the whole afternoon, swim and contemplate the city from the 17th floor. It is open-air, and the breeze makes the experience most pleasant. What we also liked is the price of F&B: only USD 2.5 for a local beer or a cocktail.

Same advantageous conditions at the 18th floor Sky Bar: this is, with the pool, what would make us chose to stay at the Sim Boutique again. Or just visit this contemporary, refreshing, entertaining and really safe bar with friends. The music is eclectic and local, not too loud contrary to the Phnom Penh fashionable terraces. We received our order within a minute. The staff was happy to chat with us. A nice place, indeed. Even for a family.

The 48 rooms are suitable for a tourist and a businessman alike. We occupied a Superior Room. This is the first, cheapest offer, at less than USD 50. Warm with a modern wall-pannel, cozy but spacious enough (25sq.m) for a couple, efficiently air-conditioned, it was like all rooms equipped with clothespress, safety box, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, fridge, slippers, cable TV and Free internet Wi-Fi/ Cable. We didn't expect that much at such a valued price. The Deluxe Rooms are larger (45sq.m), and ideal for a family. The two Sim Sunset Suites are not much larger (50sq.m), but their 12th and 13th-floor location provides a million dollar view of the city.

Breakfast is served in the Mezzanine Restaurant. We found the buffet surprisingly good and generous for a three-star superior hotel. The Sim Boutique hotel is definitely one of our best addresses in this category, both in terms of value and location.


SIM BOUTIQUE HOTEL:   No. 26AB, Street 143, Phum 11 Veal Vong District, Khan 7 Makara,
Phnom Penh , Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE:  +855 12 703 711
E-MAIL: info@simboutiquehotel.com



OMANA BOUTIQUE HOTEL (***+): Still referred by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers as Hotel Nine, this recently re-branded and upgraded boutique hotel was originally constructed in 1994 to house officials from the United Nations in the most secure and attractive area of the omana best luxury low cost budget boutique hotels best location phnom penhcity: close to the National Assembly, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a short walk to the Royal Palace, Nagaworld casino, and the riverside. The hotel has a view to the Independence Monument, and Wat Botum Park is the dreamed place for jogging. Moreover, there is a small street food market just a few meters away, and the excellent, yet cheap Sovanna I and II restaurants are located in the parallel street 21. There can't be a better location, and lots of our reviewed hotels stand in this district.

The hotel oscillates between three-star superior and four-star, depending on the room category. We stayed in a Superior Double room, which we found ideal for a one night stay. The rate was unbeaten over all the booking platforms, at only USD 35 at the beginning of the high season (November). Contrary to the higher category rooms, it has only an atrium view which resulted as very quiet. Featuring a Queen-Size bed with spring-mate mattresses and high-quality linens, our room had a quite small flat screen TV, with integrated DVD player and selected satellite channels. The bathroom was very nicely equipped for a standard room. There was a laptop-sized safe. We liked the ceiling fan, though each room is air-conditioned of course: it creates a breezy atmosphere during the night.

The Deluxe Double rooms are not much more expensive. We would recommend them to business travelers, and tourists on a longer stay. With a street view, they are more trendy with a personal touch, and have a larger flat TV screen. Still four-star category, the Superior-Suite  has been designed for families. It has 1 Queen and 2 Twin Beds, hosting five people at ease.

A buffet breakfast is served at “Table 8” restaurant breezy terrace, with a street and pool-view. We enjoyed there the best French croissants and “chocolatines” in Phnom Penh. This is a dreamed place to meet the other guests along the long table, and exchange travel tips. The Omana Boutique hotel is frequented by a mix of travelers, NGO agents, and businessmen. Which made our morning discussion enriching.

The pool-side is charming, with its bamboo tree protecting the relatively small but pleasant swimming-pool from the sun. We felt like nestled in a tiny oasis, though the noisy and crowded Phnom Penh was just behind the wall. It is connected to the Bamboozle Bar & Lounge, with a convivial night atmosphere.

Most recommended to those looking for a simple, pleasant stay in a great location at a low cost.


OMANA BOUTIQUE HOTEL: 41, Street 9, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 23 676 3001
E-MAIL: hello@hotel-omana.com



ALMOND SOTHEAROS (***+): A budget alternative to the sister Almond Bassac hotel, it stands 5 minutes from Phnom Penh Business Centre and Hong Kong Centre. The main bank headquarters and the ministries are at easy reach through a short taxi ride, and almond sothearos best luxury restaurants phnom penhthere are a lot of shopping venues all around this well established business hotel. Pairing the demand of the leisure traveler alike, it is located 10 minutes from Central Market and Russian Market. The rooms are casual, yet comfy, with plush bedding and an attractive city view. Our preference goes to the well lit and homey Deluxe Luxury. There is also a large Executive Suite, ideally fitting a longer stay.

Attractive offers and packages (some of them featuring tours) are available in all seasons.

Owned by master chef Luu Meng, the Almond Sothearos is nationally reputed for operating the most authentic Chinese restaurant in town: Yi Sang, where we had an impressive gastronomic experience, enjoying shark fin soup, exceptional dim-sum, and bird's nests. We also reviewed the new Kanji Japanese restaurant, opened in 2019.

Both hotel and restaurants illustrate themselves by an anticipating service by a motivated young staff. This is one of our favourite addresses in Phnom Penh for corporate travelers...and foodies.

ALMOND SOTHEAROS: N 128F, Sothearos Blvd,
Corner of Russian Embassy, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 15 93 87 88
E-MAIL: gm-almondhotels@almondgroup.biz


TEAHOUSE (***+): Low-cost by Maads doesn't mean cheap, hostel style hospitality; but stylish treatment in a boutique hotel with character. Those who can't afford amazing sister hotels like Plantation, will find a good value alternative in this exquisite Chinese-style teahouse maads best boutique hotel phnom penh cambodiamansion. We liked the welcoming little garden at the gate of the Teahouse, airy open reception, cool restaurant extending to a nice shady pool, colorful collection of tea boxes, and the offer of the best blends at the old tea house style bar with large sofas.

The hotel is interesting from many factors. Its global concept makes it quite unique, and rooms are different in size and design from each other. We have a preference for the pool view rooms. We booked in one of them: a two bedroom suite, hosting a family of five (using one extra bed), and opening on a romantic balcony. The design is tasty, yet simple: no rich fabrics nor fancy furniture, but a relaxing simplicity which made us feel like at home. There is a flat screen TV (two sets in the suites), safety box, WiFi, minibar, free tea and coffee facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned, of course, with a ceiling fan which we used by night for a most pleasant sleep. This is a three-star superior hotel, and it should cost just a little improvement to upgrade it into four-star. Some recently refurbished rooms are more of this standard, and the swimming pool copies the model of high-end boutique hotels: stylishly made of tiled stones instead of mosaics.

Everything is affordable at Teahouse. The drinks at Tea Lounge / Tea Garden, the restaurant serving a traditional Cambodian cuisine and signature Chinese tea soups. This is the place for buffet breakfast, which we found surprisingly good for a hotel of this category, where double rooms sold out between USD 40 and 50 the day of our visit, still in the relatively high season (a few days before the Khmer New Year, when the demand is high).

The small SPA doesn't cost more than the local massage parlors, and use better oils: Maads is reputed for its natural toiletry and oils/creams.

The management is French, very much adjusted to the western guests' demand. The location is ideal, in a residential area with fine restaurants and chic bars all around. So, those wishing to save USD 50 at least from luxury boutique hotels,  now have a good alternative place to experience either on leisure or business.


TEAHOUSE:  #32, Street 242,  Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 23 212 789
E-MAIL: info@theteahouse.asia


THE BILLABONG (***): An accomplished, pioneer boutique hotel in the center of Phnom Penh, located in a quiet street, only a 5 minute walk from the colonial Central Market and lively Sorya Shopping Mall, it offers two different categories of accommodation: hostel (with billabong best cheap hostels hotels phnom penhseparate male/female  dormitories for 5 till 10 people) and hotel (with budget, yet most pleasant and large rooms). This must look like an odd combination at first sight; but the recipe looks good, mixing young guests with more experienced, adult travelers, in a pleasant harmony which we enjoyed during three days. The rate is fair in both options, and the staff doesn't make a difference of treatment between the dormitory and room guests. Friendly, productive, sometimes dealing with two or three clients at the same time in the lively reception, they do the job with such a good humor that we think that some four-star hotels should employ them!

The hotel is managed by a most competent Asian/Austral team. Jenny comes from Thailand, and brings a spicy note of charm to the hotel; Larry is Australian, and keeps an eye on each detail. They create a club-like atmosphere which is quite unique in town, and behave like the most attentive hosts, providing plenty of tips about a country they know like the back of their hand.

The Billabong is actually ideal for families, with attractive and spacious Superior spacious Superior Double / Twins rooms. Equipped with one double queen size bed and a single bed, they have a private balcony. We preferred the ground floor room, providing a direct access to the large, Riviera style swimming pool protected from the outside world by veteran mango trees and fragrant frangipani.

The pool area is actually the place where the action goes. The bar & restaurant is welcoming, relaxing and not more expensive compared with most of the suspect street food restaurants around Sorya Mall. Most of the simple, yet succulent dishes rank in the USD 3 – 5 range. Beer, good cocktails and spirits are uncostly. A nice place to meet people, exchange exciting -or horror!- stories about the still wild Cambodia, and enjoy a breezy evening in front of a glass of “Mekong”.

There are not so many “boutique guesthouses” like that in Phnom Penh: The Billabong is definitely the best!


THE BILLABONG:
#5, Street 158, Phnom Penh,
Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 (0) 23 223 703     CELLULAR: +855 (0) 92 229 306
E-MAIL: info@thebillabonghotel.com




IL FORNO (***): We love the restaurant, which is nothing but the best trattoria in Phnom Penh. The recently opened homonym hotel is up to the standards of comfort and design which we could have expected from Ed and his cheerful team.

This is a small, nicely located hotel, accessible from the restaurant. We would recommend it to businessmen on an informal visit to Phnom il forno best cheap hotels phnom penhPenh, not necessitating to impress their partners with the supreme luxury of Intercontinental Phnom Penh or Raffles Le Royal hotels. Any visitor who doesn't look for a lodging with a pool will like its geographical position, in the heart of expats’ favorite entertaining area, a short walk to the chic nightlife of the Tonle Bassac area.

Great value for money but not “cheap” by its trendy concept,  Il Forno is definitely boutique. With only nine rooms, it offers a four-star comfort at a three-star rate (approximately USD 50 / room / including breakfast).  Tastefully designed in immaculate white, each room features conveniently sized HDTV, high-speed WiFi, and pristine bathrooms with a complete kit of toiletry. 

The Western /Italian Breakfast served in the pleasant restaurant is simple in volume, but gourmet quality.

Most recommended.


IL FORNO:  St. 302, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE : +855 10 660 515
E-MAIL : reservationsilfornopp@gmail.com
  


      
 
 

SIEM REAP (ANGKOR)




GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA (****L): The “Villa” used to be one of the first Golden Temple properties established a few years ago in Siem Reap. When the city was still a haunt for backpackers. Times changed, the quality of the visitors also. It was logical that the aging golden temple villa best luxury low cost boutique hotel in siem reap angkor cambodia“Villa” had been upgraded two years ago into one of the most charming, luxury yet affordable boutique hotel. Oddly ranked three-star by most of the on-line booking websites, it is obviously worth one more star in the luxury classification.

Meeting now all the extolled virtues the Golden Temple group, the GT Villa has one little bonus compared to its sister hotel: it is extremely affordable. The low rate (USD 50 until 100, depending on room type and season) is particularly exciting, due to the fact that the rooms are almost as comfy as in the GT Retreat or Residence, ranking top 10 best lodging in Siem Reap by Tripadvisor. The rooms are large: starting from 32 sq.m for a Deluxe Room or Luxury Room. The Premier Room offers a little bit more space (36 sq.m). We didn't notice much difference in the design: superb, and 100% Khmer. Mixing nostalgy and modernism, as always with Golden Temple. The group employs the best architects and designers in the country, and we always searched in vain anything tacky or inconvenient in their hotels. This is a frustrating game, as we are in the complete no-fault plan. Even the display of fragrant lotus flowers in the form of a heart over our bed was geometrically perfect: it took exactly 30 minutes to the charming room maids to manage this so romantic welcome procedure in our room... though we visited the hotel single. But never mind: pleasing the guest is the essence of the Golden Temple philosophy.

We liked the letters of the Khmer alphabet over the bed. We missed a little bit the curved Samsung Smart TV available in the other hotels of the group, but not at the Villa. It is unique in Siem Reap, and certainly the rest of Cambodia, and features YouTube and all the Samsung apps. But we are too demanding, and easily forget that we stay in a “low cost” Golden Temple property. All the rest conforms to the five star and five-star luxury hotels of the group: the bathrooms look like a small SPA, the design of every single item is sophisticated and... the breakfast is not four star at all, but six!

We are not trying to advertise the group, but Golden Temple is so omnipresent in Siem Reap, and also so competitive in everything, from night-clubs to massage parlors, that F&B should share the same standard. And it does. We were expecting a “boutique breakfast”, which tends quite often to be very limited in term of choice and quantity. Which was not the case at the “Villa”: we had everything... and more. Top quality, ultra fresh, and almost as gastronomic as at the unmatched GT Residence or splendid GT Boutique.

The service is perfect. On the occasion of our second stay, in March 2019, we found it almost as extravagant as in the Golden Temple high-end hotels. Two of the staff even recognized our face! We liked the pool very much: with ginger tea, grilled peanuts, and freshly cut fruits served as soon as we reached our sunbed ... Like in the priciest GT hotels, where the rate can be twice or thrice higher. Also, upon check-in (featuring a fancy welcome drink with Khmer desserts), we received a voucher for complimentary snacks, fruits and sandwiches available anytime we couldn't be back in the hotel for lunch or dinner!

If you are on a limited budget and look for a classy experience not far from Pub Street, do not hesitate: this is from our long experience the best address in Siem Reap.


GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA: Sok San Road, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 215 555          FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222
E-MAIL: info@goldentemplevilla.com




PAVILLON D'ORIENT (****L):
Reflecting such a nice colonial atmosphere, this nostalgic and quiet boutique hotel made us quite an impression just stepping in the shady lobby, with greenery everywhere, and lovely artworks of Khmer contemporary artist Theam exhibited pavillon d'orient best boutique hotel angkor siem reapamongst period furniture. If the management doesn't wish to promote the hotel in the luxury category, it is a definition of a classy lodging at a fair price.

Welcome in one of our favorite hotels in Siem Reap! We liked many factors at Pavillon d'Orient. This is, first of all, a fairly priced hotel, with rooms from USD 45 in the low season: nice, reflecting three star superior standards, they are located in the older pavilion, with a view on the first swimming pool. The hotel newest extension has got a second more contemporary salted-water pool (the hotel is eco-responsible) with a SPA room nearby. Its rooms and junior-suites / family suite are actually four-star, with private lacquerware and Khmer art exhibition in each room, which is quite unique in Siem Reap, a ceiling fan, colonial furniture... This all provides more character to a perfectly homey lodging, with a large terrace with a romantic pool-view. We felt like staying in a villa, not in a hotel.

Another bonus is the location. Mid-way between the city and the temples, by a privatized hotel tuk-tuk, which guests can use as much as they want on a complimentary basis if they booking their stay directly with the hotel. It takes ten minutes maximum to get to Pub Street, and the same time to get to Angkor, after purchasing a pass on your way at the official Ticket Office, 600 meters from the hotel. Upon check-in, each guest receives a well-documented book about the temples, which he can keep during the whole stay. Of course, the reception staff can manage plenty of exciting attractions like helicopter flights (starting from around USD 100), diner cruises, Apsara shows...

The breakfast is most pleasant at Pavillon d'Orient. It can be enjoyed absolutely anytime...even in the afternoon! Which is another bonus. The buffet is limited to a few items, and guests can order hot and fresh dishes a la carte (the chicken sausages are the best we had in Siem Reap). It is of course included in the room rate. The restaurant “Le Planteur” is not air-conditioned, but located in a breezy “sala” opposite the new swimming pool, in the lush gardens. We enjoyed there most pleasant breakfast, with a very personalized service as, between 8 and 9 am, most of the clients are visiting the temples or still sleeping. Once again, we had the impression to stay in a private mansion, served by stylish staff. It makes Pavillon d'Orient more like a “special lodging” than a hotel, indeed.


PAVILLON D'ORIENT: Road no 60, Siem Reap, Kingdom Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 760 646,  +855 98 655 738
E-MAIL: mail@pavillon-orient-hotel.com




THE BUTTERFLY PEA (****L):
Living in luxury, without the bling, but with the homey atmosphere of a guest-house. This unique concept in Siem Reap, in one of our preferred locations, is more animated than managed by John: a cheerful New Yorker who escaped the USA forever to cure his trumpophobia. A philanthropist, he spends his time -and benefits made by the hotel- to involve himself in education butterfly pea best boutique hotels siem reap angkor honeymoon romance luxuryprograms, and therefore knows Cambodia (since 2006) and its people better than anyone. His suggestions help the guests a lot to discover the real face of a still no so touristic country. There is a lot to see in Siem Reap, besides the temples and Pub Street; the city is a destination on its own, and The Butterfly Pea is a good starting point for a very unique exploration.

Situated along the green, central Riverside area, not far from the Royal Residence and Preah Ang Chorm / Preah Ang Chek pagodas, The Butterfly Pea has been designed like a phalanstery, more than a hotel. With a breezy coffee shop, and some inviting hidden corners on each floor, designed for reading and socializing. We stayed during the low season (May 2019), and the house was half full with guests in their 20s-30s. The staff is young also: educated with a university level, very well trained (some come from the Paul Dubrule Academy), he is motivated, and smiling. Providing a high level of service. Particularly at breakfast time (a la carte and absolutely delicious -try the Eggs Benedicte!-  with a pool and river view as a bonus), when we have been pampered a lot each morning, after a quiet night.

There are 14 rooms only. Larger than we expected, we liked the refined comfort of our #103 “Allure Deluxe Room”, located opposite a small library with a banquette. It had a romantic river view, smoothly combining concrete and tropical wood, Khmer modern artifacts, and voluptuous lighting. A traveler’s Heaven, which we were always happy to visit back for a rest after our long bicycle rides in the sunny and dusty Siem Reap. There was a comfortable desk for writing (this is the dreamed hideaway for an author!) , and minibar, WiFi, safety box, cable TV... We loved the romantic bathroom, with both shower and tub. All the standards expected in a high-end hotel, indeed... with a bonus: we could observe the butterfly pea plantations over the rooftop-garden. This plant, beneficiary to the organism, produces the caffeine-free “Blue Tea” served as a welcome drink, and available at the small bar.

Another room which we could inspect, and found most pleasant, is #203. It has a large, breezy terrace with a L shaped sofas (open to all the guests when the room is not booked), and a breathtaking panorama over the city.

Luxury comes here at a fair price, as the average rate goes from USD 45 for the cheapest room in the low-season, until approximately USD 110 during the peak season. We found it very reasonable for a special lodging of this category.

If this is not enough for your royal tastes, we suggest you to experiment how sweet feels a lucky expat life in Cambodia, being hosted in The Butterfly Pea annexe: a lavish, very authentic Khmer villa, where a “Retreat Day” costs USD 139 per person. It features plentiful of exciting privileges: full use of the mansion and its large pool,  private cooking class after a visit to the local market, 60 minutes massages, complimentary cocktails, and a rooftop dinner! We didn't get that treat, because John planned the opening of this awesome property a few days after our departure. But we visited the villa, and really found it gorgeous. It stands only 200 meters from the hotel, across the picturesque courtyard of Wat Polenka temple. Do you want to make it the Khmer way in style, away from the tourists? Don't look further: this is the place for you!

The Butterfly is more than a boutique hotel: this is THE boutique hotel in Siem Reap.


THE BUTTERFLY PEA: Street Phsar Spean Dek, Sangkat Slor Kram, Khet, Siem Reap 17251, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 968 485
E-MAIL: stay@thebutterflypea.com




SOLITAIRE KAMREUK RESORT (****):
  «Excellent» by Agoda, «Wonderful» by Booking.com, and 8/10 by “Telegraph Travel Expert Rating”, this boutique hotel looks so discreet from outside that we long time skipped it driving along. The impression came once we best luxury romantique hotels angkor siem reap cambodiastepped into the small, temple designed lobby. Welcomed by the stone statue of Indra Devi, the second wife of King Jayavarman VII, next to a tree planted in front of the gate accessing to the residential area and poolside.

Nature and meditation are the essence of a place inspired by Buddhist elements for a peaceful life : water, earth, wind, and fire. Providing a serene, rejuvenating stay in one of our favorite areas of the city. Kamreuk / Wat Damnak is close to everything : the Old French Quarter (five minutes by tuk-tuk), and the temples of Angkor (only 20 minutes). This is what we call a travelers' hotel, indeed : during our one week stay at Solitaire Kamreuk, we haven't be annoyed by noisy tourists, large families, or groups splashing in the lovely golden-tiled swimming pool.

We had a direct access to it. Our neighbors told us: “-We feel like living in a private villa!”. That was our impression from arrival until check out. Solitaire Kamreuk has 16 rooms until now (the addition of more luxury villas and a second pool is scheduled by the end of 2019), but gives the impression of enjoying a small luxury family house. There is a nice set of the suites: try to book in advance in a much-wanted Suite King Pool View, on the ground floor. There are only four of them. We stayed in #108. One of the most wanted, with the same huge volumes, very high ceiling, as in all the other suites. The design is never the same: yet, with always classy wooden furniture, large sofas which can be used as a bed for kids or an extra guest. We loved the Toshiba Smart TV, the lavish bathroom with its open-air XXL stone tub set among a small lushly interior garden.

There is a cosy restaurant restaurant in the lobby (extending from May 2019 to a large and lushly new rooftop terrace) serving local Khmer specialties. It has cooking classes. Romantic private dinner, and Khmer picnic can be easily managed. Breakfast is à la carte. We enjoyed it everyday al fresco, in our pool terrace. The staff is very local; which means authentically friendly: so happy to serve guests from around the world.

The rate is very local too... During the time of our visit, at the beginning of the peak season (November), a pool view room was charged around USD 50, including breakfast and airport transfers.


SOLITAIRE KAMREUK RESORT:  Salakamreuk Road, Salakamreuk Village, Siem Reap City, Kingdom of Cambodia.
PHONE:+855 63 766 407         HOTLINE: +855 12 409 603
E-MAIL: book@solitairecambodia.com


SOLITAIRE DAMNAK VILLA (****): The lovely Kamreuk Resort Suites sister hotel is ideally nestled a few steps from Wat Damnak temple and Siem Reap Art Center. The Old French Quarter / Pub Street, located a couple of kilometers away via animated streets catering solitaire damnak villa boutique best luxury hotel siem reap angkorinexpensive local restaurants, can be reached within three minutes by tuk-tuk. There is a local Night Market a few blocks away. Making us in the heart of the action, yet enjoying the charm of what remains a picturesque local area with bucolic charm.

This little oasis in the middle of Siem Reap had all to please us. We discovered it in Spring 2019, after its complete refurbishment into an enchanting boutique hotel. It has no bling, but an authentic family atmosphere, cuddling service by the smiling staff, and homey accommodation. In the heart of the city, the hotel is extremely quiet, and we slept like a rock in our super comfy king-size bed.

Actually boutique, it has the atmosphere of a private villa with only 9 suites in total. Very quiet, they all have a balcony with a pleasant sitting area. We liked the cheerful design, with tasteful colors and a personal touch in each room. We spent delightful nights thanks to the premium bedding, quite unexpected in such a fairly priced hotel.

The indoor swimming pool is quite small, and flanked along the bar-lounge, adjacent to the lobby. Most of the guests spent the whole day touring Angkor Wat (a 15 minutes tuk-tuk ride), and we were the sole swimmers. Feeling like in a private summer house, indeed.

There are good and cheap massage parlors all around, but treatments, including aromatherapy and reflexology, can be managed by the hotel and eventually be included in money-saving packages.

We liked the complimentary English breakfast in the lovely Prasat restaurant, along with the convenience of free airport pick-up service. Pirath, the friendly and efficicient GM (he is also in charge of
Kamreuk Resort Suites) knows everything and everyone in Siem Reap and the region: he is a source of inspiration for out of the beaten path excursions and secret addresses!



SOLITAIRE DAMNAK VILLA:  Group 07, Wat Damnak Village, Sala Komreok Commune, Siem Reap 17254, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 766 407,       +855 12 409 603
E-MAIL: info@solitairecambodia.com



NATURA RESORT (****): This resort, nestled in a lush park along the riverside, half way between the Old Market and the temples, is one of the most inviting residences in Siem Reap. The concept, as simple as ambitious, consists in incorporating the guests into natura resort best green eco toursm hotel in central siem reapnature. The 21 rooms are spacious and comfortable, with all that you expect from a good four star hotel, but designed with such clarity that they won’t catch your attention: just projecting you to one of the nicest environment which an urban eco-resort may offer. The trees bring a 24-hour refreshing air and temperature: this is why we spent much more time on our large terrace or in the pool are than in the room. Old trees, fragrant flowers, birds, and squirrels hosted us in their home during four rejuvenating days. The true well-being doesn’t need more than tranquility and purity: Natura provides it at no extra cost, letting nature do the job.

The ideal lodging to those looking for unobstructed relaxation, away from the pubs and groups of tourists, it employs young and truly friendly staff forming a Cambodian family, pampering the guest individually and efficiently. In this country, everything is possible: what we liked at Natura is the tailored made concept. Catering individual travelers or small, carefully selected groups, it has a lot to offer besides the visit to Angkor and casual city tours by tuk-tuk. You can ask anything to Chinda, the charming manager: she worked for prestigious international tour operators, and knows Siem Reap like the back of her hand.  Good local restaurants, small temples, hidden monuments, and landmarks are plethoric in Siem Reap: Chinda will show you the way to the most attractive ones.

Natura is something like a Cambodian home, with lots of open areas:  it hearts beats in the tiny bar and al fresco restaurant, created in order to bring a close and warm contact between the guests and the traditional service. Trained in local hospitality school, the staff behaves the “Siem Reap way”: spontaneously and kindly. Pleased to welcome Westerners in their hotel.

The F&B prices are very local too. At USD 3,5 a generous shot of whiskey and around USD 5 for a main dish, the bill is more or less the same  compared with Pub Street.

The large and deep salted water pool is pleasant and relaxing: with no kids in sight during our stay, but couples coming here to sleep, swim and enjoy the sun. 

This green gem cocoon is a unique experience at fair price (less than USD 100 in the high season, for a nice room, including a la carte breakfast).

NATURA RESORT: Riverside, Wat Preah Enkosei, Angkor Road, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: + 855 63 763 980
E-MAIL: gm@naturahotelresort.com




POPULAR RESIDENCE (****): A definition of a boutique hotel: small, quiet, nicely designed, pleasantly nestled among palm trees, and affordable... Its name doesn’t lie. This is indeed a popular family residence. Without the thrill of luxury, but providing comfort and peace. A popular residence siem reap cambodialoveable hotel, located in what should remain until hopefully a few years a semi-rural part of Siem Reap, it made us feel like in a remote province; though it takes less than 10 minutes to get to pub street. Either by bicycle (brand new all-road bikes can be rent from the reception at USD 4 per day) or, and we liked it, by complimentary tuk-tuk. The hotel has its own driver, lifting the guests to the city center every hour. There is also a free airport pick.

This is a new hotel, with immaculate rooms. The deluxe and the suites are nice, with not much difference except space and the capacity to host more people (parents and two kids in a suite). We like the 40 sq.m “Cabana Room”, located on the ground floor, with a direct access to the serene pool with a Jacuzzi. This category of room is a best seller, with an open-air bathroom (shower + tub). Back from a tiring visit to Angkor, we enjoyed a most relaxing bath amongst plants and trees, visited by a little frog which seemed to be a regular guest of this bucolic residence.

There is a cozy restaurant for breakfast (included in the room rate), affordable lunch and dinner. Due to its recent opening and a locating little bit off the beaten tracks, this well serviced and ideally comfy hotel offers the great advantage of being better value for money, compared with the same four-star category lodging opposite Pub Street or Old Market. Approximately USD 50 for a “Deluxe Twin” (with complimentary Internet, flat screen TV, safe, etc), during the high season, sounds like a very good deal in one of the most touristic Asian cities.


POPULAR RESIDENCE: Sala Kamroeuk Village, Sala Kamroeuk Commune , Siem Reap
PHONE:  +855 81 767 272      MOBILE:  +855 16 783 425
E-MAIL: rdm@popularresidence.com





MEKONG ANGKOR PALACE (****):
Centrally located, a five-minute walk to Pub Street, this mid-range touristic hotel offers many bonuses. Quietly settled at the bottom end of a lane, it is surprisingly calm. Many rooms have a large, colonial-style balcony, equipped with mekong angkor palace best cheap budget luxury hotels siem reap angkorcomfy chairs and a small table. It has much staff in the reception area, and housekeeping is one of the most efficient in Siem Reap: we had our room cleaned every day just back from breakfast, while much more chic hotels do the job in the afternoon. Last but not least, the value for money is excellent: though the three-star superior rooms starting from USD 25 are still a little bit shabby, the refurbished deluxe section is nicer, with ritzy marble bathrooms, plus a stone-tub in the large and elegant rooms.

We occupied one of them. The rate was approximately USD 50. Quite attractive in this area where the heart of the city beats day and night. Including breakfast, which we enjoyed at poolside, rather than in the quite impersonal restaurant. We liked the extremely comfortable, actually five-star kingsize mattress. The colonial-style furniture. Lots of plugs to use our PC and charge our telephone. And a good WiFi signal everywhere. We noted that the charge for laundry was only one dollar per kilogram. Actually, everything was perfect at Mekong Angkor Palace. With a special mention to the secluded pool, and the small garden connecting to the newly beautified lobby.

The pretty receptionists, dressed in Khmer silk uniform, are so welcoming and efficient. At least two of them, often more, were permanently on duty. Contrary to many mid-range hotels in Siem Reap, they never keep the guest waiting.

Thumbs up to this efficient, impeccable hotel which will satisfy the tourist visiting the temples (there is a tour operator at guests' disposal in the lobby). Our tip to couples: for a slightly higher rate, consider the honeymoon-oriented Cambana D'Angkor Suites, under the same excellent management.


MEKONG ANGKOR PALACE: #021, Sivatha Blvd, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 96 36 36
E-MAIL: info@mekongangkorpalaces.com

 


CHHAY LONG ANGKOR BOUTIQUE (****): The intimate, atypical lobby, with its collection of statues of Buddha, makes this delicious property different from the boutique hotels mushrooming in Siem Reap. It is still in its soft opening, with all the bonuses involved in chhay long best luxury cheap boutique hotels in siem reap best rank tripadvisor booking.com close to temples pub streeta new hotel. Miss Ponn, the manager, worked for Accor and Raffles. She trained her anticipating staff accordingly to her five-star experience. Launching a hotel pairs with an enthusiasm, which we found everywhere and everytime at Chhay Long.

The rooms are spacious (from 38 sq.m) and tastefully designed. Contrasting with the simplicity of the lobby, they transported us in a modern transposition of the temples of Angkor atmosphere. Quiet and intimate, equipped with a very comfy king-size bed, they all feature Smart LCD TV, allowing to watch YouTube and the best Internet streaming. From our experience, only the plush Golden Temple five-star hotels bring this technology to their rooms. There is, of course, WiFi, and well-stocked minibar. The awesome bathrooms have rain shower with a  powerful water pressure: which still comes as a luxury in Siem Reap. What we actually loved in the rooms are the artistic drawings applied directly on the wall by valued artists, and depicting scenes of the Khmer life and traditions. In our room, it was painted in gold over a deep blue support, which we found extremely classy. The same fresco, on a larger display, decorates the attractive pool, within a patio next to the welcoming Morodock SPA, lobby, and restaurant.

A place for a simple, traditional, savory Khmer cuisine, the “Blue Lotus” has a name reminding us of the Adventures of Tintin, in a nostalgic Orient still preserved in the magic city of Siem  Reap. The specialties are the mirror of the hotel itself: family oriented, served by the kindest -and prettiest- waitresses ever. This is the place for a good -and safe- pork BBQ, Fish Amok, and tempting vegetarian dishes. It is, in term of price, on par with the small restaurants all around: definitely inexpensive. And the memorable kindness of the staff is priceless. A good breakfast is served at “Blue Lotus”, with an authentic Khmer orientation.

Miss Ponn wants to rise her boutique hotel to the level of a five star in term of services, yet charging a discounted four-star rate. Checking the enthusiastic reviews in Booking.com and Tripadvisor shows that she already reached her aim.

If you like being pampered like in a private Khmer house, this is the best, very central address.


CHHAY LONG ANGKOR BOUTIQUE: Steung Thmei, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +85563 766 515
E-MAIL: info@chhaylong.com




SALASARA (****):
One of the top 20 best hotels in Siem Reap according to Tripadvisor and Booking.com most reliable guest rating. We enjoyed a relaxing and extremely pleasant stay in this secluded hotel, located not far to the action (Pub Street can be reached by a short walk).

This lush oasis of tranquility has multiple qualities.

The most appreaciated one is the staff. Young, as anticipating and refined as in a five-star hotel, it boosts this natural kindness which gives secret pavilion best luxury cheap boutique hotels in siem reap best rank tripadvisor booking.com close to temples pub streetthe envy to come back, again and again. This is surely the reason why Salasara has got so many regular guests: treated like members of the family by Dany, the enthusiastic GM, and his nice looking feminine staff who always greeted us joining hands for a gracious Sampeah, brought us fresh perfumed napkins each time we came back from a ride, and so proud to know a few words in our language (French). This obviously lucky and much involved team is fluent in English.

The hotel is three-star superior with its first category of
Superior rooms: simple, yet offering convenient space and comfort. Perfect for those on two days tour to the nearby temples. Should you come for romance or relaxation, this is the ideal hotel. Just rather book a “Deluxe” room, designed like pleasant pavilions, set on the ground floor along a green alley, next to the superb swimming pool with its artistic Khmer frescoes. We liked the gold and red lacquerware over our large bed: it gives much character to the rooms. There is a large sofa, which can host a third person or children. The bathroom is also appealing, with discreet mosaics and a black stone sink. That category of rooms, with a private relaxation area al fresco (ideal for smokers), ranks in the four-star category, yet surprisingly fairly priced. This explains why this is one of the few hotels in Siem Reap showing high occupancy during the low season.

The laundry and minibar are inexpensive. Each room has a Samsung flat screen TV, complimentary tea/coffee facility, and WiFi.

The Sala Restaurant & Bar area, next to the reception, is smart and convivial. With long flowered sofas and small tables with a view of the surrounding greenery. Prices are copied on those at pub street. We noticed, after visiting a dozen of four star hotels, that the average bill for a draft beer was USD 3; here it costs only USD 1. Most of the dishes are around USD 5. This is a simple local cuisine, with much savor and lightness. The chicken broth with lemongrass is actually delicious. The breakfast is a la carte, copious and yummy.

There was a SPA under construction during our visit in May 2017.

Those looking for a warm, relaxed hotel at a fair price, and lots of smiles and plenty of kindness will love this urban boutique hotel at first sight.


SALASARA: 120, Angkor Night Market Street, Stueng Thmei Village, Krong Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 87 756 168     
E-MAIL: reservation@salasara.com
 



ANGKOR BOUTIQUE TROPIC HOTEL (****): One of the most lovable boutique hotels in Siem Reap, with a superb location at the bottom end of a straight path, surrounded by local houses in a natural environment. We are on the road to Angkor, accessible within only 5 minutes by bicycle or tuk-tuk. The Angkor National Museum is a  10-minute walk away.

We liked the human size and awesome display of the hotel, featuring only 20 rooms. All with pool view, and half of them with a direct access angkor boutique tropic hotels best boutique hotels siem reap angkor cambodiato the landscaped gardens. We stayed in an attractive room at the first (and top) floor, with a large terrace, comfortable garden furniture, and a panorama of the rich flora surrounding the neighboring Khmer wooden houses. Due to the low occupency in Siem Reap during the rainy season, we swam and relaxed alone on our sundeck almost all the time. Giving us the impression to stay in a private house. The design is classy, actually residential. The stones over the façade, the little bit old-fashion design of the really beautiful and large salt-water pool, the discreet yet always responsive staff: all participated in making us feel like hosted by old friends in their villa on the French Riviera. That was a most pleasant impression.

The rooms are large, tastefully decorated with a classy silk bedhead and cushions, small Khmer popular-art items on display next to the flat screen TV, a double sofa, and a small safety box. The spacious bathroom has a shower plus a king-size ocean-blue tub. The flowered-shape sink brings an extra note of unexpected elegance in such an affordable hotel, where a room costs between USD 30 and 60, depending on the season.

There is a small, inexpensive restaurant opposite to the pool, serving a homey Khmer and Thai cuisine, with some international dishes.

“2017 Travellers' Choice” by Tripadvisor, this family run business, managed by Bruce, a Scotsman, and the charming Pukky, ambassadress of the legendary Thai hospitality, shines like a treasure of kindness and tranquility in the center of Siem Reap.


ANGKOR BOUTIQUE TROPIC HOTEL: Angkor Road or Pokambor Azv, Siem Reap 17259, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE:  +855 63 966 399 ,  +855 99 999 735      FACSIMILE: +855 63 966 299     
E-MAIL: info@angkor-boutique.com

 


POPULAR HOTEL & SPA (***L): 
Location, location, location... and much kindness from the staff. This inexpensive urban hotel has much to offer for a few dollars. We discovered it after our unforgettable stays along the recent years in two higher standing sister properties popular hotel spa best cheap hotels siem reap angkor cambodia(Popular Residence and Resort D'Popular), and loved it at first sight. We were not expecting that much from this three-star hotel, except an unbeaten situation downtown.  Just a few steps away to Riverside and its attractive Angkor Night Market, it stands one block from the Old French Quarter (Pub Street), and the Old Market. There are only 15 minutes ride to the temples, while Siem Reap International Airport is accessible within 7 km drive.

A well-established hotel, founded and managed by the same family since 1995, it has undergone a successful beautification in 2018, and looks sparkling new with its welcoming, trendy lobby, and so cheerful staff! Five-star beautiful and young faces! We checked-in seated, like Club guests in an InterContinental hotel. The welcome drink came with peanuts and freshly cut fruits. We had perfumed cold towels expecting us each time we came back from a walk. Really not a three-star service.

OK, there is no lift, and the rooms are relatively small (some, “Premier Deluxe Rooms” have no window), but they were appealing, with much light and a small balcony (we had a corner “Deluxe Twin Room”). We liked the elegant marble floor, the Pullman bed worth a luxury chain hotel, and the lovingly appointed bathroom.

There is a rooftop Sky Bar with a river view, and a small massage room controlled by Sokkhak SPA. The pool is large by the three-star standards, and very pleasant. It is located next to the restaurant, specializing in Khmer cuisine (Beek Lok-Lak, Fish Amok, and delicious curries), where we enjoyed a palatable breakfast, included in the room rate, and served a la carte in generous portions.

This is what we call a “first class on the cheap” hotel, warmly recommended to the budget traveler in search of great value for money central lodging.


POPULAR HOTEL & SPA: 033 BBU Road, Vihear Chen Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 81 963 578
E-MAIL: fo@popularhotelandspa.com




GOLDEN SIEM REAP HOTEL (***L): 
A most enjoyable boutique hotel, featuring 19 very large tiled floored air-conditioned rooms: all equipped with a pleasant terrace and a pool view. This is until now one of the least expensive hotels in the local four-star category golden siem reap best low cost budget hotel siem reap angkor cambodiaexperienced in Siem Reap. Is it because the location is maybe a bit hidden, at the end of a straight lane surrounded by lush and local houses? If you want to discover what the real Siem Reap looks like, this is the ideal place for you. Extremely quiet day and night, green, the Golden Siem Reap hotel is not far from Pub Street and the Old Market: using Grab, a tuk-tuk drove us to the city center in five minutes for only two dollars. We also used a bicycle (you can rent from the reception) to explore the Riverside, Royal Residence, and Preah Ang Chek Pagoda, at a few minutes (one kilometer) distance. The temples site can be explored the same way, after a 20 minutes pleasant ride.

This a family hotel, much appreciated by couples alike, ranking high in Booking.com and Tripadvisor. Guests particularly like the large, nicely designed pool with a small bar, and the kindness of the young yet very professional staff. We found the Khmer breakfast delicious, and particularly generous for a low-cost hotel. Pleasant dining, featuring sappy local dishes, can be enjoyed at the bar or in the small al fresco dining-room.

Those looking for comfort and quietness more than bling will like this hotel at first sight.


GOLDEN SIEM REAP:  Banteay Chas Village, Slor Kram Commune, Siem Reap City, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE:  +855 18 979 8000      
MOBILE:  +855 86 535 561
E-MAIL: reservation@goldensiemreaphotel.com



MUDRA ANGKOR (***L): 
Simple but smart, informal but well serviced, small but four-star equipped, central but quiet: all the combinations play in favor of this newly refurbished three-star hotel. Super clean, employing young and enthusiastic staff, very boutique, mudra angkor boutique hotel low cost cheap siem reap cambodiaMudra Angkor has 14 luxury air-conditioned rooms, a breezy rooftop restaurant & bar with a view of the Siem Reap River and the green areas of the city, free WiFi, complimentary pick up from the airport, and a nice cool salted-water swimming-pool in a lushly tropical environment.

We stayed in a Superior Double Room, spacious (36 sq.m) and immaculate, with a very elegant bathroom full of four-star amenities.

We liked the location, in a local area with a lively market next door. Pub Street is a five minutes bicycle or tuk-tuk ride. The hotel stands close to the road to the temples located 15 minutes away by taxi. Lux, the friendly hotel manager, used to be a guide: he and his staff will manage unforgettable and cheap tailored-made local, temple or regional tours, which you can manage with his team before your stay via his website. Phillip, a cordial Aussie, owner of Mudra Angkor, is always happy to chat and assist personally his guests. Lots of them are returning, making this relaxed hotel their home away from home.

Those looking for a three-star superior hotel, super well managed and reasonably priced, will love Mudra Angkor at first sight.


MUDRA ANGKOR: #0115, Treang Village, Mondul 3, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE : +855 63 968 797           FACSIMILE : +855 63 968 796
E-MAIL: info@mudraangkorhotel.com


FANCY BOUTIQUE VILLA (***): Low cost but four-star (particularly if you book the highest category of rooms), with a hard to get 8.4 rating in Agoda, Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor, this welcoming hotel is carefully managed by Pirath (who worked for our low cost luxury hotels siem reap angkorfavorite five-star hotels in Siem Reap, like Hillocks and Solitaire), pampering his budget guests as he would do in an upscale resort. The staff is reputed for its kindness, and the picturesque location can't be better. It took us less than five minutes to get to the Old French Quarter (Pub Street), and the night markets making Siem Reap one of the most lively cities in Southeast Asia. A few minutes by tuk-tuk took us to Angkor Wat. Transfers from/to the airport are provided free of charge, like in a luxury hotel.

Don't expect very large room for this budget price (the cheapest ones are windowless), but extremely comfy and cozy accommodation, with 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen cable TV, and daily housekeeping. With only 12 rooms in total, and most guests spending the whole day visiting the Temples, this exquisite place looks like a private villa with its refreshing swimming pool. An oasis of greenery and silence in the heart of one of the top 5 most popular tourist destination in Asia, Fancy Boutique Villa is an ideal place for travelers seeking charm and peace, more than luxury. We found the value for money hard to beat.

A small restaurant & bar serves a tasty regional Khmer cuisine and a la carte complimentary breakfast. The fitness room is small, but more than convenient for a short stay.


FANCY BOUTIQUE VILLA: Samdach Tep Vong Street, Group 2, Steung Thmey Village, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 12 400 641
E-MAIL: fancyboutiquevilla@gmail.com



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