I was very taken with the Siddarta Hotel in Siem Reap. I was here with extended family, and we paid about $60 US per night per room single occupancy, and about $80 per night double occupancy. So you'd expect a flea pit, right? Or maybe not that bad, but certainly nothing special. How pleasant a surprise then to find a hotel of this quality. We were directed here by the staff at the Pavilion D'Orient when we tried and failed to book our accommodation with them. The two are sister hotels, although PO is meant to be more upmarket, I think. Siddarta is no backpacker's hovel however. They pick you up at the airport in a spacious people mover and bring you to the site, a bit outside the main part of the town and on a short, dusty road surrounded by a few small houses and a decrepit, tumble down structure or two. You walk through the gate and are immediately in a courtyard, with the reception desk in front of you and a lovely seating area to the left of this, all covered with a roof but otherwise open to the elements. Behind this small rooved area is the lovely garden and pool making up the rest of the courtyard, and the rooms, spa and rooftop restaurant are housed in a three storey L-shaped building surrounding two sides of the courtyard. At night this is all prettily lit. So the point I am making is this is a very attractive property, and you immediately have a sense of having made a good choice.
The rooms are big and the decor has some funky style as well as a few touches of local flair. The bathroom is nice, too - everything is in this pink-brown plaster, if I recall. The shower was a problem for two reasons - my shower did not have much hot water, although my family said this was not a problem in their rooms. Also, the drain was inadequate to the task and the water soon flowed out of the wet room style shower area into the main bathroom, where it ran down the drain next to the toilet - so no big flooding issue, but a wet bathroom floor every morning. Outside each room is a semi private seating area overlooking the courtyard, so if you don't mind the heat (and you have on your moz repellent) you can enjoy a minibar drink out there in the evening.
Several times I was woken during the night by a chorus of dog barks from the neighborhood. Once it carried on for a half hour. Obviously this is not the fault of the hotel, but something to note. Sleep quality was affected by the surroundings.
You get your own tuk tuk driver during your stay - ours was able to take us to the pharmacy as well as to restaurants and temples, as one of our party had a bad cold. Most sources say a $5 tip per day for your tuk tuk driver is appropriate.
The restaurant is on the roof terrace so not air conditioned, but very, very pleasant. Breakfast was generous. Coffee was excellent, there were two juices to choose from, there were excellent pastries as well as some Cambodian options, and you can also order any style of eggs. The only issue was we ate too much. Even when we asked for a small serving of eggs, we were brought a large plate. Which of course we then consumed.
The spa was very nice and a massage cost as little as $15 US, but be warned - three of our party felt quite bruised after their massages, so be sure to ask for gentle pressure, and let the masseuse know if they are causing pain. Also, be wary of the head massage, if you are prone to headaches. One of us suffered a sinus headache after a head massage and had to sleep for 12 hours. I think the males of our group did not want to admit to the lady masseuse that she was hurting! It is all about communication. My massage was brilliant and quite gentle - in fact I was happily dozing during some of it. I suggest a tip of between three and five US dollars, depending on how long the treatment was.
Bring lots of small bills of American currency with you to Cambodia. Oh, and sorry to mention this, but remember to use bottled water to brush your teeth, and say no to ice in your drinks. Only common sense.
Our guide was sourced by the hotel and although he was pretty good, and we personally liked him, he rather abandoned us on the final morning of our stay to take another group for the full day, even though we had agreed we would go on a dawn elephant ride the final morning. This was disappointing. The staff was unable to help us find anyone else to take us, which was also disappointing. They did not seem to even understand what we were asking for. Their english was a little spotty.
Generally I suggest a ten dollar tip per day for your guide. We had planned a larger tip for the final morning, but obviously that didn't happen.
In spite of the few glitches, this is a good establishment and you get so much more than you pay for - a four star hotel at 2 star prices. On a previous visit to Siem Reap I stayed in a five star hotel which I will not name here, and it was the best hotel I have ever stayed in, BUT it cost more than ten times what Siddarta charges. Don't expect a flawless experience like that here, but I still recommend it highly for those who need to be a little conscious of what they are spending, eg most of us. The Siddarta deserves to be a success.
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