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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.
Excellent hotel in Siem Reap
We stayed at the City River Hotel for about a week in November 2007, and the hotel was a great place to stay, in a great location near the river. The breakfasts were also pretty good, and mixed Western and asian cuisine. It was a cheap ride into the centre by tuk-tuk, but far enough away to feel a bit peaceful. When they finish the renovations and have a pool it will be even better.
The hotel had a free airport pick up as well, which was great. We were travelling as a group of 5, and they sent a car for us that turned out to be too small. However, this turned out to be very fortunate as they immediately said they'd get a bigger car, and we got an a/c van driven by Mr Tep Sithol (see http://angkordriverservice.blogspot.com/) to take us to the hotel. Sithol was so nice, and the van so good (we had 2 more friends joining us the next day) that we took up his offer for a drive to Angkor Wat that night, and then had Sithol as our driver/guide for the 6 or so days around all the temples. A stroke of luck, and all because we were staying at this hotel!
Wade from Brisbane
Ok for what you pay for but......
This hotel is close to the main town. When we stayed it had renovation going on and no pool was available , so we had to use next doors pool for $3 per person.
Rooms were clean and ok comfortably. Breakfast was good.
As we were 2 men travelling it was dissapointing to be called by te night staff at 11pm to our room wanting to know if we wanted girls......we complained and they appologised. We spoke with couples who were travelling and this did not happen to them, so it must have been due to us being men.
Staff were not very friendly or helpful.
OK value, but with some quirks
The room was large: of American size. Small electronic security box was a welcome convenience. Minibar drink prices looked reasonable, maybe $1 for sodas and $2-3 for beer. Two bottles of drinking water came free with the room, which saves a lot of trouble.
The bed was the typical rock-hard Asian hotel bed. Having endured 4 weeks in Saigon, I am almost able to sleep in one of these for perhaps 3 hours at a time, before awakening with some limb or neck having gone numb. In Bangalore you can get a similarly challenging bed for 6x the price per night, so consider yourself lucky in Siem Reap.
Combo tub-shower is a rather high step in and out, which might be an obstacle for some. Footing in the shower was not too slippery. A hair dryer is provided in the bathroom. Toilet spray handset appeared not to work, but there was plenty of paper. Towels were somewhat worn, but entirely adequate.
The room came with a tiny and cute gecko on the ceiling; no annoying insects or larger critters were spotted. I like geckos, and align with the Hawaiian attitude that they carry good luck.
This room (3rd floor) was carpeted. The bad news is that some other rooms, at least on the 4th floor above, appear to have stone or hard tile floors. The same problem which has plagued my Saigon stay: sharp shoe and furniture noises from above, had dismayingly followed me to Siem Reap. Fortunately, I had brought some earplugs with me, and they solved the problem.
There was a bare fluorescent tube fixture above the desk. This contributed a rather Soviet period element to the ambience, but the dimmable incandescent near the bed worked fine. There were more TV channels in more languages than one could possibly watch. The number buttons on the amusingly plastic-sealed remote, would not take 2-digit channel numbers, so it was a lot of + or - pushing to find out that the TV channel list on the bedside table, did not exactly match the actual programs. That's not much of a challenge, is it?
Yellow Pages are provided, and unlike Yellow Pages elsewhere, contain a classification for De-mining services.
My room was on the end where construction is in progress, and hammering commenced around 7AM. This could be a problem for some people. Fortunately, that was the time that I needed to wake up anyway.
I went out to one of the large covered but open-air restaurants-with-show, and by the time I returned, the hotel elevator had been shut off. Fortunately, the staircase is palatially broad, comfortably wooden, and not at all challenging. (This by contrast with narrow switchback stairways of Mohs hardness 7+ in Saigon toaster-buildings.)
Location would have been good for walking around, if I had a stay of more than one night, and had not become insuperably sleepy immediately upon returning to the hotel.
I only looked at the breakfast, but had already run up to the arranged hour to meet my guide, so did not try it. Nothing too interesting, but probably sufficient to get going with. The hallways leading to the rooms had illuminated advertisements for the restaurant, with rather (and inevitably) faded color transparency photos of various plates, and their US$ prices. Some of these had a red X marked through them, which I found to be quite amusing.
I would stay here again, but I might try a top floor room. I like the moderate price and slightly worn ambiance. It's very nice to have this as a sensible alternative to the $xxx hotels and "resorts" which are now so numerous in Siem Reap.
good little hotel
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights whilst visiting "Angkor". It lived up to its website and was clean, comfortable and staff were helpfull and friendly. They sent a "tuk tuk" to pick us up at the bus station, bus was 2 hours late but he was still there waiting for us, we kept him for the 2 days. This was a "value for money" hotel ($42 for superior room with breakfast) and we would certainly use it again. Fairly central and in a nice area.
Excellent location & value
Contacted hotel online & made arrangements for airport pickup, car & driver & guide for Angkor area. They were very responsive to emails & everything was ready & waiting when we arrived.
The hotel rooms were clean and a good size. I was very excited that they had ESPN (this sounds stupid, but we live in HK & can't get much American sports on TV). So we got to watch the last few innings of the final game of the world series in Cambodia (who would have thought). I happen to be a Red Sox fan. This wasn't intentional, but they were showing it in rerun & we'd just returned from an exhausting day of touring the temples.
The staff was extremely helpful & freindly, as is everyone in Cambodia. The breakfast was included and a buffet that wasn't great, but enough to fill you up. A wide variety of foods, but all precooked & in heating trays.
The location was about an easy 5 to 10 minute walk from the main part of town which is filled with restaurants, shopping, & massage places ($6 for one hour massage, we tried several & all were good). The room was quiet & we were in the front room on the street. It will be nice when they finish the pool.
FYI - bring lots & lots of small bill US$ with you when you go to Cambodia. That is all they take. Even the ATM machines give US$. They will try to give you change in thier money which nobody else will take, so if you have lots of $1 & $5 you are set.
I would definitely go back to Siem Reap & stay at the City River. Our guide didn't speak English to well, but we managed.
Stayed at City River for 6 nights in Nov. 2007. Hotel is clean and well run. Not terribly atmospheric but one isn't in Siem Reap for the hotels. The restaurant was good and cheap. The staff was friendly and helpful.
I was given a taped $20 bill from the front desk and tried to give it back the next day. The desk refused, at first, to take it but after a few words with them they relented and accepted the bill.
The location is great- a short walk to the tourist market, a hop away from the temples and directly in front of the river. The bathroom was very clean and the TV worked well. No problems and I would go back again.
Wonderfully Near and Quiet
I booked this hotel thru the Internet mainly because of its’ rates and location. My boyfriend and I wanted a hotel near the Old Market area yet far enough to be quiet at night without paying several hundred dollars over at most of the large hotels by the airport road. Also we wanted just enough “local flavor and character” yet with the usual western amenities (A/C, hot & cold shower/tub, TV, etc.) and this hotel worked beautifully. The rooms weren’t lush yet it had all the basics we needed and was clean. Although the safe was quite small and bolted onto a movable night table (which could be easily carted away), we appreciated having it. The rooms could use some light renovations particularly the lighting (fluorescent lights are never flattering for dressers), the sliding glass doors (the locks were too flimsy and could easily be broken into) and the bed was ROCK HARD.
Airport pick-up and check-in went smoothly even though our flight from Saigon was an hour late. The lobby was small but clean and functional. On the first floor was an Internet area (access was good but a little slower than what I’m used to) and a restaurant. The breakfast selections were sparse but ok except the eggs were a tad salty. We ended up supplementing it with bread from a bakery called Blue Pumpkin (bread & ice cream lovers this is a little slice of heaven in Siem Reap) and our own granola.
The staff was super friendly but perhaps some of them could use a little more training in English. They helped us arrange our temple tours thru a wonderful, good English speaking tuk tuk driver named David. We wanted to explore the temples by ourselves without being herded around by a tour guide. David was neither too quiet nor too chatty, which was just what we preferred.
Part of the hotel is undergoing construction at the moment so there was no pool and it could be a bit noisy especially around mid morning to afternoon. That didn’t bother us though as we were out for most of the day.
Overall, I was very happy with this hotel and would definitely recommend it. But if you want a healthy breakfast, just pack your own cereal and buy your own bread.
This is a great hotel - good location (just 5 minutes walk to all the bars and restaurants by the Old Market), clean, good-sized room and bathroom, quiet, and good thick curtains so if you wanted a lie-in you wouldn't get woken up by the sun shining through!
The staff were helpful, but the breakfast could have been better - limited choice for us as we were staying five nights. But not too bad for what you pay, and if you do a sunrise start at Angkor just ask the staff to prepare a breakfast bag for you to take away so you don't miss breakfast altogether.
It's also walking distance to the FCC (just across the river) which is great for drinks and food, although rather pricey.
Brilliant for the price
For the amazing price of 40 USD a night this place has a great location near to the old town (5 mins walk to main restaurants and bars) and the superior rooms are a reasonable enough size. We stayed at City River on two separate occasions whilst in Cambodia and each time all members of staff were friendly, warm and helpful. The rooms were very clean and the breakfast was good with the best fried eggs we'd had in Cambodia. Once the pool has been finished being built later this year it will be even better although I suspect the prices will go up then too - not a problem as this hotel offers such great value for money. The only slight criticism I have is that it's all a bit teak-tastic although this seems to be the norm for mid-range hotels in Siem Reap. Would definitely return to City River.
Booking hotels via the internet
Hello to all!
We will be going to Siem Reap from Bangkok around January 10,2008. Should we book a hotel befor we go or show up at the ones I have seen through asiaroom.com and or Tripadvisor.com? Would we be able to negotiate a better deal if just showing up? We are looking at Royal Crown hotel in town or Ankor hotel 10 minutes out of town. Has anyone used either of the on line booking options I have mentioned and are they good and reliable?
Thanks in advance!
Re: Booking hotels via the internet
There are lots of options for the tiny hotels in SiemReap. You can either book via email which requires no booking fee or your visa card. The popular ones are usually booked out. Major hotels will take your visa card as booking guarantee.
Alternatively, one can do walk in.
Most lodgings are very friendly and offer info via email. Write to the hotel/lodgings directly.
Re: Booking hotels via the internet
I suggest you choose a hotel in town so you can easily visit the markets. I booked the City River Hotel online. I arrived Siem Reap at night so wasn't interested in trying to find a room then. The City River Hotel is about the same price as the Royal Crown & within a short walk of each other. I was upgraded to a VIP room without asking for it. I was very happy with my choice.