OK, i'll admit it, I was skeptical about a $19 hotel. But it was great. Nothing fancy, but nothing lacking. It is on a back street which is not particularly scenic...but I walked to the main drag in about 7 minutes and a tuk tuk costs ~$2 and is imidiately available.
The staff even allowed me to push back my check out time so I could shower after a day trapsing around Angkor in equitorial sun before I flew across the Pacific. And when I paid the bill it was actually $19, not $19 plus a bunch of tax and fees.
An added bonus, the free tuk tuk driver who picked me up at the airport also offered to be my guide for Angkor (for the going rate of ~$30 for 2 days) which meant that I was already comfortable with his driving and English by the time I hired him. (His name was Theon and he was great).
If I get back to Angkor, this is where I'll stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Team New Services New facilities New ways to Make you smile Oct. 2011. New and improved Angkor Pearl ensuring the best value in Cambodian Hotels. At Angkor Pearl Hotel, we pride ourselves on quality of service on a genuinely high level and an emphasis on catering to our guest’s every need with courtesy and warmth. Angkor Pearl Hotel is Cambodian owned, operated, and managed by Cambodian Americans since February of 2010. The story behind the pearl dates back years when Cambodia gained independence from France and King Sihanouk called the Capitol "The Pearl of Asia." Hence, we call ourselves The Pearl of Siem Reap. The Angkor Pearl Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap. A brisk 10 minute walk lead you to the center market where you can shop for food, clothes, souvenirs, and many more. Getting to the Temples is just as easy. A scenic 15 minute drive will take you back in time to the Khmer civilization where you will discover all of Angkor’s natural beauty. ... more less
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