My partner and I stayed at the Hotel BE in October 2010 and loved our stay here. Initially we stayed one night at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa as we didn’t know where to stay but immediately switched to Hotel BE after discovering it while dining at the restaurant below the hotel. Having traveled quite a bit, we know the best local experiences are found not in an international hotel chain. Out of all the other accommodation options we noted during our stay in Siem Reap, we felt very comfortable we had ‘lucked-upon’ one of the best accommodation options in this tourist town.
The rooms were exciting to view, SEPIA, BAMBOO & SAFFRON ROOM, each very different, the only hard choice was which one to select. Each room is modern in design and if our itinery had allowed, we would have stayed much longer than the three days we had available. This stay we selected the Sepia room which had a great room layout, and next time we will stay in the Saffron room, the lower cost option with a very homely feel to it. Access to each room is either by staircase or ramp from the foyer and restaurant at ground level.
Located in the old market area of the town, the hotel is in the centre of everything. It is a short walk to the market, night-market, and the vibe that comes with the adjoining restaurants and bars. If you feel the need for a more local dining experience, there are plenty of low-cost establishments beside the market. While a tuk tuk generally costs $2USD for central locations, its central location means you can access most entertainment places by foot and we made definite advantage of the close-by bootleg DVD vendors.
We stayed in the Sepia room and we found it a great haven. The rooftop area afforded us an alfresco eating area and you could take in the local vibe each morning and evening this khmer town exudes. The room is not like the standard hotel which overcompensates with soft furnishings and instead provides a clean and comfortable layout. We noticed soundproofing is excellent despite its central location to the restaurant/bar scene.
The staff were surprising friendly and accommodating. They were able to arrange a reliable and trustworthy tuk tuk driver to visit Angkor Wat who spoke very good English and who helped us arrange travel back to Phnom Penh.
WIFI is available in each room, but this is Cambodia so don’t expect T1 internet speed. Banks (ANZ Royal Bank) and mini-marts are close-by for stocking up on the comparatively cheap consumer items. Water supply is clean, a refreshing change from Bangkok water! Other than the incredible Angkor Wat, try a visit to Miss Wong’s for one of their 3 unique cocktails.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel gets personal. No room numbers – just three beautifully created design experiences. Hotel Be Angkor lavishes its cherished guests with a choice of three rooms, each showcasing the work of a different locally-based artist. Hotel Be Angkor is the creative inspiration of American hotelier Martin Dishman and is a part of The One Hotel Collection. ... more less
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