- Reviews: 58
Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap: June 2009: Pleasant stay
Nice comfortable hotel. We had a clean, comfortable and spacious room at the front of the hotel on the busy main road but heard very little noise.
Good buffet breakfast with plenty of Western and Asian choices. Ate lunch there one day which was also good.
Pool area is small but then again, you are here to the explore the temples, and the pool is fine for a cooling dip.
The only problem we had was that we had paid our bill the night before we departed and put the receipt in our cases, but in the morning they had no record that we had paid, so we had to go thru our luggage to find the recept.
Location is not perfect, on the main road, about 5km from the town centre, so too far to walk, or 2km from Angkor complex. Tuk-tuk is $2-$3 into town centre which soon adds up when you do a couple of return journeys per day.
Overall, I would still recommend
- Reviews: 286
Ta Som Guest House: Guest House for "seniors" & the young at heart
This place has been done up since I was there and friends who stayed recently said it was great - I'd loved my one night stay there so that's why I'm putting this in now.
It's not in the centre of town so is quite quiet which we liked (would have stayed longer but they were booked out)
Close to: Royal Residence and Park area, a 5 minutes walking to Central Market and the National Angkor Museum, 10 minutes walk to the Old Market and the French colonial town center. This walking puts a few people off - they want to be right in town but we loved it.
Great food very cheap too.
Clean, friendly staff, have tours if you want them (but they were a bit expensive). They do lots of promotional deals which are worth checking out.
- Reviews: 286
Smiley's Guest House: Great Backpacker Place
We had a 2 night stay here and it was wonderful. The website had said that it was " One of Siem Reap's biggest backpacker dens" and we were a bit worried...but it was fine.
There was a great mixture of young and old (that's us ) backpackers and travellers which was great.
Our room was very clean and comfortable, we opted for hot water but cold water rooms are available at a cheaper price.
The building is pretty plain - no Cambodian charm at al really but the hosts, and staff, were friendly offering us help and assistance at all times (maybe a bit too often!)
There's now free wi fi and you can take a bicycle out for trips as well - they weren't in the best condition though!
Food available. They picked us up from the bus station as we had prebooked.
- Reviews: 1
Angkor Spirit Palace Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia: Nice and Friendly Staff
I just came back to Malaysia with my family of four. We had a great trip in Siem Reap.
The staff from this hotel were helpful. This hotel provides us free pick up from airport to the hotel. Unfortunately, they didn't provide us free pick up to the airport from hotel. We had to pay US$8 for the airport transfer. The hotel rooms are spacious and clean! They provide free breakfast every morning. Free tuk tuk transfer to and from town also. It's just a 5 minutes ride from the hotel to town area.
This hotel provides free internet access. There're 2 computers next to the reception, and you may use it for free. The internet may be a little slow, better than no internet access. You may also bring along your notebook/laptop to get accessed to the internet.
Nice swimming pool
- Reviews: 5
Paragon Hotel, Phnom Penh: Good location at reasonable price
It's located at Sisowath Quay (Riverside), just next to the intersection of Street 136 (with lots of pubs and bars).
Rooms are basic but spacious. Toilet has a bathtub and hot shower.
You can't beat the place for its location.
There are 4 types of room
Windowless single/twin: US23
Room with a window: US28
Room with a view of the lake (public balcony): US33
Room with a view of the lake (private balcony): Can't recall: either US38 or 40
Tip: Get at least the room with the view of the lake (the manager informed us that the rooms with private balcony are in huge demand and usually occupied)
Don't miss the sunrise in the morning, breathtaking view! (pix to be uploaded later).
They have 2 computers at the lobby for guests. Good internet connection.
Just take note. As you exit the hotel, you will likely to be swarmed by touts/ tuk-tuk driver offering rides. You just can't help it.
- Reviews: 5
Mandalay Inn, Siem Reap: A good bargain!
This is a nice budget guesthouse, only less than 5 minutes walk to the old Market and Pub Street. You can't beat the place for its location. The rooms are basic (don't expect too much, they have a fridge and the toilet may bit a tad bit too small for some liking), but at US16 a night, it's value for money (it's clean too). The staffs are overtly friendly, leaving a nice representation of the hospitality of the Cambodian people. The owner also double up as a travel agent (the shop is just next door) and he can help with with anything regarding your travel arrangements.
Good internet connection. It's a safe place (you need to leave your shoes on the shoe rack as you enter the guesthouse, trust me, its ok)
For those planning to stay 2 nights or more, the guesthouse can provide you with free pick up from the airport via a tuk tuk. It will take around 25-30 mins to reach to guest house from the airport.
You can book your tuk tuk ride from the guesthouse. Prices are fixed (you can refer to the rates at the reception) but here are the rates as i recall
One day- US10
US5 for trips to a) Banteay Srei b) Tonle Sap lake tour
US3: For sunrise trip to Angkor Wat
The tuk tuk will carry a max of 3 persons. We booked 2 as there were 4 of us.
- Reviews: 231
GREENHOUSE TOWN 2: Just near to the central..15mins walk down way.
Free 1 hrs internet used. Restaurant, b'fast,lunch n dinner. But, not really friendly reception,especially the guy!!. Overall, 6 out of 10.
10-12 USD. Twin bed, Fan and private bathroom
- Reviews: 87
PARAGON HOTEL: Budget hotel in Phnom Penh
This is a budget hotel.The service is above average.
The hotel has balconys overlooking the mekong river.
- Reviews: 6
Mekong Hotel: Mekong view
Small hotel nicely located along the riverside. No hanky panky here. Plain and clean hotel. And very near to Phnom Penh nightlife. You'll appreciate its location. Tips: stay top floor and ask for river view. Lower floor is noisy (unless you plan to create your own).
- Reviews: 210
City River Hotel ,Siem Reap: good location ,nice hotel
We had a pleasant stay of 3 days at the City River hotel, walking distance from Pub street,but not noisy and very nice rooms. The staff were most helpful and nice.
The breakfast was okay.
We seemed to be pretty much alone at the hotel since it was low season (june) but that didn't bother us.
There is a swimming pool on the roof but we never used it.
- Reviews: 2
The President Hotel: Basic needs met
The lift is tiny, only one person can go into it. And the speed of motion is hydraulic pull so dun expect rocket speed & please never in a hurry when in Cambodia. Count your sheep when you wait for anything there either in restaurant or shopping. Similar patience is required for your survival when you're in Philippines, Indonesia & some parts in Malaysia. The restaurant is basically straight-forward & they served delicious koay teow tng (flat rice-noodle soup) exactly similar to those found in Alor Star, Malaysia. Cambodian rice is a bit different from Thai, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia or Indian bastiani rice. Bigger grains & more starchy, kinda soggy abit (I prefer the Thai & Bastiani rice). The food are not very spicy unlike Thai, Malay or Indians. More inclined toward teochew style. Air-cond is a must & this hotel has it right. The rooms are pretty small compared to South East Asian hotels. Location is quite right, in the center of the main busy road where restaurants & shoppings are easily accesible. Price is just right, not too costly & not too cheap. Kind of patrons are normally professionals & businessmen. Staff are friendly, all-time smiling & helpful. Only problem is communication in spoken English. Just remind yourself that you're part of the Amazing Race competition, do sign languages & it helps alot.
- Reviews: 88
RikiTikiTavi Guesthouse: Kampot Hotel
Right across from the water. Pleasant, very atmospheric. Rooms are downstairs, and upstairs is a bar and restaurant and place to use the internet in a great treehouse setting.
My room had a wonderful wooden bed, and bamboo structure all over the ceiling; clean bathroom, fan and a.c. (which you need!) and tiny fridge.
Quiet rooms are further back.
Atmosphere is lovely More expensive than our hotel in Kampong Cham as this was $39
however it had breakfast and was nicer
- Reviews: 88
Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh: Luxury, History
This hotel goes back to the colonial period. It was where journalists wrote & finally evacuated in the war as Hotel Le Phnom Penh. Now a Raffles, very elegant, fantastic pool, morning & evening buffets; a piano bar, business office, etc.
Seems to have a lively crowd at the Elephant Bar.
I loved the grounds, and the Egyptian-like flora and the double pool - one side would be good for kids - huge but shallow. swam laps on the other side.
I may have gotten a reduced rate - if it is normally $100 (which is what I was quoted) it is worth it.
- Reviews: 228
Blue Lime Hotel: Oasis
This is a lovely hotel situated down a small alley quite close to Sisowath Quay. It has a beautiful pool and lounging area that makes you feel that you are a long way from the chaos that is PP. This is also where they serve breakfast consisiting of juice, fruit, various breads and conserve, tea or coffee. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here it was in walking distance of the Quay and there were plenty of tuk tuk drivers outside when needed. There was one odd thing about our room our ensuite was entered via a very small balcony that overlooked the pool which was a bit of a nuisance for midnight loo visits but you also had to remember to cover up before leaving the ensuite!! I would stay there again ti was very clean and comfortable. There is also acces to free internet in the foyer I think they have 6 computers so always available. It was pretty full I think it only has 14 rooms with a pretty mixed group of visitors. We paid $US50 a room with b/fast however there are several types of rooms available we had a connecting room with the other couple we travelled with.
Everything is made of concrete beds, furniture sounds bizarre but was great never gave the concrete thing a thought!! No children under 16 allowed. There is no lift only stairs.
- Reviews: 1
Lazy Beach bungalows: Idyllic Island, Cambodia
We stayed at Lazy Beach for three weeks in Jan 2009 and enjoyed it so much that we want to recommend it to others. Take the boat from Sihanoukville to the island of Koh Rong Saloem, but you need to book first. There are 10 bungalows on a beautiful private beach - the snorkeling is awesome and the hammocks are so comfortable they're habit-forming. This is the perfect place to chill-out and totally unwind. Check out their website at lazybeachcambodia.
Peace and quiet,
sunsets from your hammock or sitting out in the bar,
freshly caught fish and seafood, great food in general,
natural jungle with monkeys and birdlife,
environmentally friendly place (as much as is possible for a tourist place),
no phone or internet so you have to take things as they come,
very cool people (they should be - they live in paradise) who deliver service with a smile.
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