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“Perfect Oasis between temple visits”

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Siddharta Boutique Hotel
Ranked #57 of 345 Hotels in Siem Reap
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East Meadow, New York
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“Perfect Oasis between temple visits”
Reviewed March 27, 2011

Angkor Watt is daunting! There are so many temples and magnificent spots to visit and a sense of not wanting to miss anything. Having your own tuk tuk and driver is IDEAL!!!!! We were able to go everywhere by tuk tuk and had our own expert to advise us. We went to some early, some late, some lunchtime, back to some spots for better photo light in late afternoon, exploring the villages around Bantey Srei, to some less visited spots.....wherever and whenever we wanted. We returned when it was hottest to swim and rest at the hotel and then went out again. Our fantastic driver, Panh, helped us maximize our visit and carried ice water for us. The Siddharta Boutique Hotel is perfect. The rooms are comfortable, have good beds, plenty of hot water, great AC, free wifi, and good lighting. The hotel restaurant is on the roof in a very breezy cool spot with nice views and a mac computer for guest use. The breakfasts are very good, the staff is quite helpful, the gardens and plantings create privacy, and there is even a good masseuse. The hotel library had excellent books we read about the history of Cambodia while there, adding to our understanding of this lovely country and its delightful people.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

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.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

I had a great stay here....great help and advise on planning my temple trips. Wonderful landscaping and overall ambience. Nice pool. Car driver and tuk-tuk drier were great. Liked being a bit outside the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. Would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

The Siddharta hotel was everything you could hope for in a boutique hotel and so much more. The rooms were good sized, the beds were very comfy, the grounds beautiful, the food yummy, but the best thing about the hotel is their staff. Sona was the most helpful and most resourceful front desk manager I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. So, the night time front desk manager was also very nice, helpful and knowledgeable and was able to help us with any requests or information that we needed. We traveled with our very energetic 3year old son, and the hotel was able to provide baby sitting services for him with their employee Hap Thos. She was marvelous with him and sweet and kind and playful and my son really enjoyed staying with her, which was a much needed break for us after full days of temple touring. And speaking of touring, the hotel provides you with your own tuk tuk driver, ours a Mr. Boran (sp) always was ready for any situation, had cold drinks available as well as a hammock that he put up when our lil boy fell asleep so that he was able to rest comfortably during one of the long days of touring in the tuk tuk. Nice guy and excellent driver:) When we decided to use an American speaking guide to help us understand more about what we were seeing, So arranged a tour guide for us, his name is Poy Pines, and he was great. He was so knowledgeable about the temples and knew the exact places where we should stand or position ourselves to take the best pictures and get the best views. I recommend him highly if you need a guide. The breakfasts every morning were delicious and were served with a beautiful smile by Nareeth who was always so friendly and so accommodating. The rest of the food menu was very good and very inexpensive. Along with the spa treatments, great spa treatments at extremely affordable prices. We plan to take another trip to Siem Reap and we will be staying at the Siddharta, a wonderful hotel with wonderful staff, we can't wait to come back. Oh forgot to mention that we were greeted our first morning by the Manager Teng Reaskmey, a lovely lady who ensured that our whole stay there was top rate. Thank you to all the staff at Siddharta for such a wonderful visit.

  • Stayed March 2011
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6 Thank CynSpecht
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2011

As a solo traveller, I was looking for a comfortable and safe small hotel, with good food and other amenities to make my few days to see Angkor easy for me, and that was just what I got. This new hotel (3 months old) is owned by the owners of Pavilion D'Orient and Pavilion D'Indochine, and runs on similar lines.

There are just 26 rooms, spacious and very comfortable, with good sized shower rooms en-suite, excellent cable TV coverage, and free wireless internet throughout the hotel. The rooftop restaurant is excellent, if a little warm, but fans are available for those who don't do heat well.

Service is excellent, with all the staff very attentive and polite, and willing to go the extra mile. A tuk-tuk is included in the room rate, although I paid $15 extra per day for an air conditioned car and driver, which was well worth it due to the heat. My driver, Mr Prach was very reliable, and drove very well. The hotel is a little out of the centre of town, but as your driver is available from sunrise to 10pm, this is not a problem at all, and it's just a few minutes into the centre of town.

There is a salt water pool at the hotel which is refreshing after a hard day at the temples, and the spa can also be recommended - great pampering at a very reasonable price.

I would return again on my next visit.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Grand Cayman
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

The hotel was out of the main area of town, but it was very nice to go back to a quiet place after pub street. The staff was amazing... for example we left something in the room and they called us on the way to the airport to let us know. By the time we turned around they had it waiting for us wrapped up at the front desk.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank mschreiner
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

We had booked for 5 nights and ended up extending for an extra 2 nights as we did not want to leave. Today is our last day here. Everything about the hotel is just right. Rooms are a good size, nice bathrooms and all very clean. Great staff throughout the hotel all very friendly yet professional. Really good massage too. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Siddharta Boutique Hotel
Address: Jean Commailles Road, Siem Reap 17253, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #57 of 345 Hotels in Siem Reap
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Hotel Class:4 star — Siddharta Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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Siddharta Boutique Hotel located in the midway between the center of Siem Reap and the Angkor temples, in a quiet and green area, the Siddhartha hotel is warmly welcoming you in an intimate and refined setting. This brand new charming structure, twenty-eight rooms only, while simplicity and elegance meet the colonial and secular Cambodian style. ... more   less 
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