The wonderful staff, generous rooms and free facilities and services provided by Palm Garden Lodge meant that my stay here could not have been better!
It was incredible that for just 7 dollars a night I was able to get a large room with a very generous bathroom. Although I was very lucky with most of my budget accommodation throughout the trip, this was the only bathroom in which I could shower without saturating the toilet and other contents of the room! The free services provided with the room were quite unexpected and almost too generous, especially given the budget price of the place. The hotel provided free tuk tuks to and from the city, although it was close enough and safe enough to walk there even at night, Furthermore, breakfast, bikes, tea and coffee, as well as fantastic travel advice, were readily expensed free of charge.
As a solo traveller, my trip was made all the more better by the lodge's friendly and approachable staff. Mr Dat, the receptionist, was always up for a chat and more than willing to use his fantastic English with the guests. Also, the moto driver, whom I hired through the Lodge, was very considerate during the long bike trip to more out of the way temples and full of advice as to where I should go. He did not try to rip me off by shortening the trip and spent the entire day until sunset taking me site-seeing, while demanding no extra money in the end.
I feel that the standard of service and accommodation was as good as could be found in almost any more expensive Western-run hotel. Given that Cambodia is a developing country struggling to move forward from the atrocities of the past, the best thing that travellers can do is use their funds to support locally owned and run businesses. I therefore encourage travellers of any budget range to support this local business, as while you will no doubt be satisfied by the professionalism and high standard of Palm Garden Lodge, rather than staying in Western owned and run hotel chains, the Khmer people will benefit from you engaging the services of this wonderful, local place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Garden Lodge & Siem Reap Tours is tropical garden in downtown of Siem Reap with Khmer style furniture, just a simple and peaceful place for your holiday. Closed to Market, Restaurant and Pub Street Area. 10 minutes to Central Market, 15 minutes walking to Old Market, Pub Street, Night Market, Siem Reap River and Artisan D' Angkor. You will enjoy staying in Our Lodge! Free WiFi & Internet 24 Hours Free Pick up Free Breakfast Free Tea & Coffee 24 Hours Free Picnic Box (Minimum 2 Nights Stay). Best regards, Leng Dein ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Garden Hotel Siem Reap