Detailed review by RunnyHunnyBee
Kent, United Kingdom
This is probably one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. In French Colonial style, it is a trip back in time, and even has its own 3 vintage Citroen cars parked at the front, which are available for hire.
The staff were all impeccably presented and courteous, and we were greeted upon arrival with an ice-cold fruit drink and scented cold towel. Check-in was fairly quick, and we were taken to our room via the old fashioned gated lift. This is a lovely touch, in keeping with the style of the hotel, though it is actually tiny and quite awkward with luggage. The stairs are adjacent to the lift, however, and we chose to use them from that point on.
Our room was very clean and spacious, and the decor continued the French Colonial theme with hard wood flooring and dark furniture. This is the prettier end of town, adjacent to the river, and our room overlooked the Royal Gardens. It is fairly quiet, although there is no real escape from the sound of motorbikes, as they are just everywhere.
The food seemed quite expensive, so we chose to eat in the town. The town is very walkable, being quite small, although pavements do tend to suddenly disappear and you find yourself in the road. We found it a comfortable walk to the Old Market at the southern end of town, which took us around 30 minutes. We opted to get a Tuk-Tuk back to the hotel a couple of times at the end of a trip, mainly due to the dust and heat. This only costs around $2-4 for a trip from one end of town to the other, and though rather noisy and smelly, it’s one of those things you have to do at least once, just for the experience.
The saltwater pool is a decent size, and is situated in the centre courtyard area, surrounded by pretty gardens.
Another lovely little touch is the shallow pond/water feature area containing fish and tiny crocodiles. It is just inside the front of the hotel, to the side of the lobby.
Overall, this was a delightful place to stay whilst visiting Siem Reap and the Angkor temples, and I truly cannot fault it in any way.