I recommend The Kool Hotel if you are looking for good standard and accept a short tuk-tuk ride or some minutes walk to get to the middle of the action, i.e. Pub Street.
The hotel offers complimentary pick-up from the airport (or drop-off, not both). Typically drop-off is charged USD 5 by tuk-tuk and USD 10 by car. The tuk-tuk driver showed up at the airport, as expected, though I confirmed my booking late the same day. The driver made himself easily identified. At arrival I was welcomed by a very friendly and helpful staff. Check-in and check-out is fast and efficient. The staff speaks English well, especially the receptionist
The hotel is located approximately 20 – 25 minutes walking distance from Pub Street, the Night Market and the Old Market. Tuk-tuks are readily available just outside the hotel. But the obvious attractions are the wats and temples, and tours to the attractions are arranged by the receptionist.
The building is nice and appears well maintained. The interior is pleasant Cambodian with nice decoration and either polished stone floors or dark wood.
The hotel offers complimentary breakfast with a good variety of prepared local and international dishes to choose from. It is served by very friendly and polite staff.
Leaving very early in the morning, I noticed a high and good security during the night.
As located a few hundred yards down a lane from the main road (among residential houses), I expected the area to be quit during the night. But my sleep was disturbed by barking dogs from the house next by a few times during the night.
The room was very clean and well decorated. My room had a little balcony. It was OK for drying wet swimming suit and nothing more. The bathroom was standard with all necessary amenities. My only problem was lack of hot water in the very early morning (4:30 AM). The sink was a little loose and the toilet seat was missing a screw to fasten it.
WFfi at the hotel is complimentary, Two PCs are to the guests disposition. The WiFi performance and reliability is poor.
The hotel has a nice swing pool and a small space along its sides for sunbeds.
Exemplary the hotel actually informs on their web page that paying at reception by credit cards will add 3% to the bill.
Note that the ruling currency in Siem Reap is USD, not the local currency. All prices in restaurants, shops and at attractions are in USD, hence no need to change to the Cambodian currency.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kool hotel is located on a quiet lane yet in the heart of Siem Reap town, close to transports and the airport, minutes away from the world's famous Angkor temples, shops, and restaurants. We offer immaculately clean, good value for money, chic, friendly, mid-range luxurious accommodation with modern facilities, also featuring Khmer, Thai, and International fusion restaurant, massage, tours, and pick-up. Our personalised services during your stay sets us apart from others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kool Hotel Siem Reap