If you are visiting the ruins at Angkor Wat, your hotel choices are in the town of Siem Reap. By luck I found the new Rumahku Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap and without hesitation I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. In my opinion it could well qualify as a 4-star hotel at 2-star prices.
In five weeks of traveling throughout the SE Asia region (January-March 2013), in every respect it was the best accommodation I experienced, including several expensive 4/5-star places. Given that it is new it may be off-putting to some that it doesn't yet have a long list of ratings/recommendations. Do NOT let that stop you from putting the Rumahku at the top of your list when looking for an accommodation in Siem Reap.
Located in a suburb of the small town of Siem Reap it's well insulated from the raucous din on Bar Street. Even so, the hotel is a quick tuk-tuk ride, maybe 5 minutes, to the dead center of the "action" on Bar Street and Market area. At the end of a hot day's tour of Angkor Wat temples complex the Rumahku's lovely garden and ultra clean pool was an oasis - especially with a cold beer at hand.
On the usual scale of 1-10, I rate it at 9.8. The rooms are huge, modern, and well appointed with a fusion of local tastes with Scandinavian simplicity. The bathroom was excellent and completely up to date, with a large glass-enclosed shower. Pure heaven compared to most of the other places I stayed. The rooms, indeed the entire establishment, are spotless, and compared to other hotels their double room easily is the equivalent of a triple or even a family room. Policy is, I believe, only two adults to a room.
You may arrive as a stranger, but don't be surprised that at the end of your stay you leave as a friend of the Owner/managers, Vivi (a real live wire who goes "above and beyond" to make sure the clientele's needs are quickly and efficiently satisfied) and Dennis who keeps the facilities in tip-top shape. You'll not experience any rattles, clattering aircon units, faucet drips, etc. Hot water never lagged. When the power went off all over Siem Reap the Rumahku power supply was affected for only a couple of hours.....so while the rest of the town stewed in the dark for days, by dint of some Dennis Magic the Rumahku hardly missed a beat. Given their long previous experience in the hotel business in Sianoukville both Vivi and Dennis are true professionals; and it shows!
The place to stay to see the temples is the town of Siem Reap. Hotels are pretty cheap here I stayed in a twin for $7. If you are really desperate there was an outside hammock for $1.
There is enough to keep you entertained in Siem Reap, lots of bars and restaurants, but the street food is the best.
The facility is clean and well kept. The staff is amazing and friendly. They even took us to the market and let us try fried insects and a fruit native to Cambodia (I forgot the name). Then 2 of the fellas with 2 other guests invited us to go dancing and it was fun! They did that out of kindness and without asking for tips or payments. They really enjoy hanging out with their guests! We were there for 5 days and we paid only $4 a night for 2 persons in a bedroom with 2 beds.
They have a lounge area where you can hang out, talk to other guests, watch a movie, or dine-in.
We booked this place through Hostelworld.com and paid $27 for a Deluxe room w/ensuite. Price included breakfast. Free wifi and free airport pickup also included.
Hotel is worn, worn, worn looking. Staff's attitude is 'take it or leave it' Breakfast is your choice of Bread Baguette w/ jam or butter or egg. Tea or Coffee. Tea was absolutely horrible. Tasted like it came straight from the pool. Very, very bad bleach taste.
You could not pay me to stay here again.
Poolitself looked rather nice but building facing it needs painting.
Total indifference to your comfort/satisfaction.
Most tourists visiting the various Angkor monuments will stay at the nearby town of Siem Reap (please see my VT Phumi Siem Reab page). As for me, I stayed at the Sokha Angkor Resort (more information at my VT Phumi Siem Reab page), which is a very good 5-star hotel with great room, great food and very friendly staff. It's location is also very central in Siem Reap, at the junction of National Road 6 (main road to Phnom Peah) and Sivutha Blvd.
As for flights to Siem Reap, they will land at the Siem Reap International Airport (more information at my VT Phumi Siem Reab page), which is a new and small airport located just a few kilometres from Siem Reap and the Angkor monuments, so it is very convenient. The only problem is that there are not many flights to Siem Reap, so you need to plan and book your tickets in advance.
“Sofitel Royal A stay worth remembering. reminiscing. Repeating.”
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
22 Sep 2009 I got to stay two nights at the Sofitel Royal for two nights, Siem Reap, Cambodia, out of which one night was courtesy, American Express under their Rewards Scheme. Sofitel Royal, in my opinion, is the oasis in this Cambodian town of Ancient Angkor and landmine-victims. The hotel is a blend of French and Khmer architecture. They say Sofitel Royal Angkor is the first 5-star hotel in Siem Reap and is the closest to the Angkor Wat ruins. Set in tranquil, landscaped gardens, welcome was very warm and they allowed me early checkin as my Bangkok Airways flight landed at 0855 and I rushed straight to the hotel. The staff are very cordial and bend backwards to accomoodate even your silliest and whimsical requests. The hotel has 214 comfortable and elegantly furnished rooms, 24 suites, a beautiful pool, a luxury spa, five restaurants and three bars. We had a complimentary upgrade to a suite on the first floor, close to the amoeba or octopus-like swimming pool. They say there are four five resturants. But we saw only three.
We had stayed in the hotel and had never expected that we will be so facinated with the Hotel that we woulnt feel like leaving the same and going anywhere else. The Hotel management was just great, in Cambodia, of all places, and the service was so prompt that we were astonished.
The Wayfarer's Pub was has some finest pastries to go with some unconventional cocktails. They say the other restaruant the Leaf on the Stone Bar and Mouhot's Dream which used to offer a fine dining establishment offering French-Asian fusion cuisine were closed. The hotel's spa offers a variety of health treatments including massage and its pool is one of the most impressive in Siem Reap, but neither my wife nor me ventured as the charges were frebiding. I tried some wine flight or choose your favorite wines. THE CITADEL - All-day dining restaurant was really good, with an eclectic western and Asian buffet caters to everyone's favourite needs. I had read that they have nightly Khmer dances, but they were to be only during May to October. We had a fine terrace in our sutie and it was an ethereal expereience to order room service - dead cheap - dine on terrace and gaze out onto the scenic gardens and experience the fantastic services of the hotel staff. My wife wanted to have some pepper sauce and they did not hve any. What they did - surprising, they powdered some pepper, put some vengar and added some white sauce. It was almost European. All within fice minutes.
Breakfast at Citadel comprised a nice selection of salad, pastas and pizzas make this venue one of the most trendy for the best value of money. Ask Sokun, the waiter girl over there, who will explain and serve the best of cusine, mostly made to order, to suite your purse and palate. the resurant itself evokes a colonial-era atmosphere, is a popular place for an aperitif or post-dinner drinks.
Oh yeah, as for Angkor Wat: beautiful, spectacular, breathtaking, and definitely worth the price of admission. We had a private taxi driver take us from temple to temple, his name is Mr. Kriss and if you're ever in Siem Reap look him up, he's great. He speaks English. The other temples were also nice but how many piles of rubble can you look at in 45 degree heat before you're done, unless you're a Khmer historian or archaeologist. So, we spent two nearly full days checking them out, then checked out a night jaunt for Apsara dance for a change of pace.Oh yeah, and the best meal we've had thus far was at No. 12 outside of Ta Prohm in Angkor, Khmer curry to die for. Yes, each person has their stand and their own prep area, and we randomly chose No. 12 over its neighbors Nos. 11 and 13. We did sunset at Angkor and sunrise at Angkor Wat itself, both were somewhat disappointing, but I praise our motivation.
Back to the hotel, were we were spoilt for choice during our free time. A large swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi are perfect retreats from the heat of Siem Reap. The hotel strongly advised me to take advantage of the professional masseurs at the Sofitel’s spa, where one can indulge your senses in one of the western or traditional Khmer treatments. The Phokeethra Country Club is a world class golf course is accentuated by a luxurious clubhouse and outstanding dining. But it is 18 kms far and during our stay there was a world class tournament. Golfers of all abilities are challenged as the course features a mix of par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes.
As far as hospitality is concerned, I always felt that the Taj of India are the best. Still I maintain that. But the Sofitel staff at Siem Reap are no worse. They have the traditional hospitality of the Indo-China and efficiency of the Europeans when it comes to entertaining the whimsical ro eceentric requests of the guests. We wanted fresh flowers every day for our deity worship and after an evening stroll we had the flowers we wanted. Neatly arranged in a bowl or basket.
We had a complimentary upgrade to a suite on the first floor, close to the amoeba or octopus-like swimming pool. They say there are four five resturants. But we saw only three. We had a fine terrace in our sutie and it was an ethereal expereience to order room service - dead cheap - dine on terrace and gaze out onto the scenic gardens and experience the fantastic services of the hotel staff. My wife wanted to have some pepper sauce and they did not hve any. What they did - surprising, they powdered some pepper, put some vengar and added some white sauce. It was almost European. All within fice minutes. The Phokeethra Country Club is a world class golf course is accentuated by a luxurious clubhouse and outstanding dining. But it is 18 kms far and during our stay there was a world class tournament. Golfers of all abilities are challenged as the course features a mix of par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes.
Bopha Angkor is just across the river and very nice place with good breakfast included and below your suggested price. Lots of greenery, pool and nicely decorated rooms.Easy walk to Central Market area and Pub Street.
Easy to find on Google search.
nicely decorated rooms
lots of greenery
Unsless you have specific requirements, it is very seldom necessary to book a hotel before coming to Siem Reap. It makes life a little easier if you know where you wish to stay and have contacted them before hand through email not for the ease of accomodations, but you would be spared the antics of touts at the airport and at the terminals. the hoteliers are friendly to such an extent that they might even refer you to other hotels if you so prefer.. there are plenty of hotels in siem reap and a new one going up every week and there are lots of all types of tourists.. those who stay at Raffles Hotel Angkor to humble guesthouses without windows..if you have any queries, can write to mandalyinn.com, my stays there always have been very good
I have been to Siem Reap twice and stayed there both times. The location is quite convenient, within walkable distance to the market place where there are loads of restaurants for food and drinks. Staff there are no as well-trained as in other 5* but they are helpful.
The Pavillon in Siem Reap is a lovely oasis in a very unlikely location, on a dirt road that doesn't look too promising. But once inside the gates, you find yourself in the middle of a beautiful lush garden, dotted with small, pretty bungalows with small patios. The main hotel body is a 2-level traditional building with a swimming pool besides it.
This hotel is further from the Siem Reap proper, but closer to the temples. However, a return tuk-tuk ride into town is a whooping $3.
We stayed in a bungalow suite (could have slept 4) with a beautiful patio that included a dining table with 2 chairs, a coffee table with 2 armchairs and a hammock. To get to it, we had to follow the "yellow brick road" meandering through the garden and through another pavilion. Gorgeous colonial style, mosquito nets over the beds, tasteful artwork decorating the room. Air conditioning, hot shower.
The hotel arranged airport pick-up/drop-off for $5 each way, and a tuk-tuk driver to the temples for $12 per day. We were lucky to get a great driver, who recommended us some out of the way temples where we were the only visitors.
Also, we booked a trip to a fishing village (Komplong Phluk) on the Tonle Sap lake through the hotel. They did a great job arranging it. It was not cheap ($40 per person), but it was worth every cent!
I love when things just work out. Like when you search a place to stay on the internet, bite the bullet based on pictures, descriptions and comments from previous travelers and then arrive and lo and behold, its just as they said. Peace of Angkor was such a place. It is, indeed, near the city, which in the end does not matter, because you will just get a tuk tuk to take you everywhere anyway. The accommodation itself is very comfortable, with AC in every room and hot water showers, though I have never been able to understand places that do not have shower curtains, which is most of Asia... The owners, and more importantly, the staff are wonderfully accommodating. The Brit owners are photo enthusiasts and run photo "safaris" all around Angkor, but at a somewhat steep price. When you see the pictures on the walls, you may well decide the price would be worth it. You certainly can do things on your own and they do not try to push you too hard into the package deals if you state you are trying to do things on the cheap. As with all places, you are able to rent a tuk tuk and driver for the day to take you to all of the temples, with a premium rate needed for the outlying temples, like Banteay Srei. My only complaint was that it seemed to be a requirement that we use the hotel's tuk tuk driver and not be able to bargain lower prices with the driver of our choice.
Overall, however, this place is a quiet oasis, if that is what you are looking for.
Very comfortable rooms
Hot water showers
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great value ! Nice decorated room. Good breakfast.
Our stay was amazingly satisfying. Staffs were very pleasant and warm. Very prompt to our request too. FCC is a botique resort which consists of 33 room inclusive of 2 suite. Simple and quiet. Great for R&R.
We book the Classic Weekender. For US$480 nett for 2 person (depends on season & room type) , package includes
- 2 nights accommodation (pool view) + 1 free night stay = 3 nights
- Complimentary airport transfer
- Complimentary internet excess
- Daily breakfast
- 2 lunches (order ANYTHING from the menu excluding drinks)
- 1 dinner (same as per lunch, order ANYTHING)
- 30 mins foot massage
- 3 day pass to Angkor Temple
- 1 day tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Temple
- 1/2 day car ride to Angkor Temple
What more can i ask for? It's really a bargain!
I must say that the food is indescribably delicious too. OMG!
FCC is definitely our recommendation. I'm so loving it!
Saltwater swimming pool. Thou small bt i hardly see the pool flooded with guest. So its still kinda of cool too me
Lush greenery. Hotel is actually situated by the roadside but nicely tucked in with the trees and landscaping. U don't quite feel you are actually staying in a hotel by the main roadside.
its a nice hotel . with a nice mini swimming pool. but you can find ant in the room...but its in Cambodia la :)
The facilities are clean. I like the fact that the guests leave their footwear on the landing before going to the rooms. The hot water is plentiful and the bed firm. Not too crazy about the blankets though. Good thing I took my malong with me.
The owner is the one of the authors of Tales of Asia so if you need information you can tap his knowledge right where you're having your coffee if need be. The guest house is within walking distance of the old market and an ATM machine.
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