We stayed here for five nights in July, and were generally thrilled with the property and our choice.
The owner was friendly, but never invasive. Hotel staff were charming, and eager to practice their English. More than happy to help with anything - especially tuk tuk rides from Mr.T! Although we had booked our tour of Angkor Wat in advance, they are also available to book tours. We booked massages at the hotel, which were arrived exactly on time and were a wonderful way to ease our muscles after the hiking through Angkor Complex. Emails were always answered promptly.
We stayed in one of the 'upgraded' suites on the second floor. Very romantic/atmospheric with wooden walls, netting around the bed, and separate bathroom/vanity area. One of the best features on booking this room on the second floor is the veranda/balcony with lounging cushions and hammocks. This was a wonderful way to pass the time reading during the brief rains. A few issues with electricity cutting out (had trouble charging our laptop without shorting out) - but these were quickly solved by the owner who is generally on site at all times.
It's very small, maybe 8 rooms? which is excellent if you want to avoid one of the giant megaplexes that somehow seem like blemishes on Siem Reap's main roadway. There is an unheated pool to hang out at (only a few chairs, no loungers), and a restaurant with a limited menu. Breakfast (included) consisted of fresh juice, coffee/tea, baguettes (awesome!) and jam/butter.
Yes, it's right on the 'river'-but think muddy creek. It's tucked away a bit in a residential area, which was neat to stroll around and see 'regular Cambodians' at the barber's shop, tailors, grocery store, etc. The people in Cambodia are wonderful and friendly, and even when we felt slightly out of place, smiles and a nod hello does wonders to make everyone feel at ease. In fact, the Official Angkor Wat museum is about a 10-15 minute walk away-turn right out of the resort, walk until you hit the first road that bisects it, turn right, walk a few blocks, and there it is. We never felt unsafe or threatened in any way.
This is our only "But"...The restaurant at La Villa Loti is very limited, and the food itself is rather bland. We ate here one night, but after discovering other B&Bs/hotels in walking distance (especially RiverGarden) we ended up eating most of our meals there. To be honest, there is nothing 'wrong' with La Villa Loti, we just had a bit of 'grass is greener' syndrome and for us, would rather stay there if we were to return.
In sum, a lovely little gem, but there are other options in the same area worth looking into.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rooms are simplistically decorated, and well appointed with air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities and complimentary water. All our room rates include .breakfast international and complimentary pickup service upon arrival to Siem Reap. All rooms have Wireless Internet connection available, free of charge for our guest. Safety boxes are available in our deluxe rooms. For other rooms safety lockers are available on the ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa Loti Hotel Siem Reap