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“Very good, but not quite great” 4 of 5 stars
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La Villa Loti
near the Angkor Conservation, Siem Reap, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #17 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Edmonton
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Very good, but not quite great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed here for five nights in July, and were generally thrilled with the property and our choice.

Owner/Staff:
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.

Rooms:
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.

Hotel:
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.

Area:
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.

Food:
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.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Excellent guesthouse, 2 km from city center (the city center is a touristic place without any charm), in a Cambodian district (small street restaurants and market in the neighborhood), among the charming Siem Reap river and closed to the access to Angkor.
Staff is so great ! You can feel like in a family. Many things to do could be organised, specialy with the tuk tuk driver.
Rooms are very comfortable, pool area and garden are pleasant and peaceful.
Prices for several activities are too high... as many prices in SR !

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Our second visit and the place is beautifully quiet although 30 mins walk into town which doesn't worry us as there are plenty of places en route to take refreshment.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Yesterday evening, I decided to bring a friend for dinner at Villa Loti. The setting is really lovely and, with a French owner, I had hoped to have a nice dinner. We ordered fresh spring rolls, chicken skewers and a yellow chicken curry. When I asked the waitress to show me the bottle of French wine served by the glass, she brought me a wine from... Chilli. It was rectified later, so no big deal. But the food... The spring rolls themselves were nice and really fresh. The two sauces however were suspiciously sour but we never knew why. The chicken skewers had very small bites of chicken, the chicken was tender but dry. No idea how they cooked it to make it so dry. We never knew what was the dipping that accompanied the skewers eventhough we asked and got the unescapable reply from the waitress: I don't know... But it was my yellow chicken curry which made me very angry: a bland, liquid soup with TWO miserable bits of carrots, ONE miserable piece of potato and a greyish small piece of chicken on the bone that looked most unappetizing. I ended up living the place very angry after paying 20 dollars for our meal. I have eaten curry in many places in Siem Reap, but even the cheapest of them served a much more decent curry with much more vegetables than Villa Loti. So, if you are not staying there but are curious to see, go enjoy a drink in their charming restaurant. But have your dinner elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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13 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

We returned through Siem Reap after traveling in Cambodia & Laos for 6 weeks and 'splurged' on two nights at Villa Loti. And we were SO glad we did! The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming and walking into the hotel's space immediately brought a great sense of calm.

The room on the 2nd floor was spacious, outfitted well and the bed was comfortable. We had a little sitting area in front with a hammock. Our only complaint is that it was pretty noisy. Either the walls were thin or did not go all the way to the ceiling/roof - we could hear our next door neighbor's toilet flush like it was our own!

Breakfast was nice - good coffee, great quality yogurt and very fresh, ripe fruit. We didn't partake in the more elaborate offerings or eat any other meals in the restaurant, so can't report on it.

As for the location, it is a bit out of the center, but really not that far -- an easy 10 to 15 minute walk depending on where you're going. We liked that it was a little out of the way and in an area that felt more 'real' than Pub Street and the Alley do!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

My wife and I stayed at La Vila Loti for 4 nights over christmas following a recommendation from a friend. Since the time our friend stayed here they have added an amazing in ground pool. The rooms are quite large and comfortable with good A/C and all have their own seating area outside with cushions and hammocks.
Its a bit off the beaten track but MOST Tuk Tuk drivers know where it is and its a good base for exploring the ruins by rented bicycle that they rent for $2 a day.
The highlight for us though was the incredible hospitalty of the staff, in particular the manager Jade and her french husband Didier. It helps if you speak French (which we dont!) but we still had some wonderful moments with them.
The value of the rooms is also very good considering the building and landscaping is all so beautiful

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights over Xmas 2010 and this was one of our best accommodation experiences during our 2.5 weeks in Cambodia. Jade was very accommodating in responding to our changing schedule (we arrived one day ahead of our booking) and she still took us in! We booked a great room, top floor left hand side. The whole place is very authentic and yet its a modern environment (as an architect I am a tad fussy about where I stay, but this place really hit the mark). Beautiful swimming pool, and gardens. Staff were really lovely and professional at all times. Jade is a very kind and considerate hostess and is to be commended for her woman owned business.
Yes it is a little bit outside of town center but I considered that an assest considering how chaotic Siem Reap town center is!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: near the Angkor Conservation, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 162 Specialty Lodging in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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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