Siem Reap is one of the destinations on many people's bucket list for the magnificent temples at Angkor. As such, it would be such a drag to have the trip of a lifetime ruined by a bad hotel stay. Fortunately, the Siddharta Boutique hotel is a way to make sure that doesn't happen without breaking the bank.
The hotel is located a mile or so North of the city center, right next door to the hotel Le Meridian. It's in a back alley so you may need to provide your tuk tuk driver some additional directions to find it. The city center is about a 25 - 30 minute walk away so barely in walking distance if you want to save the 3 usd tuk tuk ride. The closest shopping mall is about 20 minutes walk away. As there is nothing nearby the hotel itself, be prepared to do all your shopping and pub crawling in one go. If you are not up for walking or taking a tuk tuk, I would recommend staying at a closer hotel.
The hotel itself is fantastic. The staff were always pleasant and were very helpful in arranging a car, driver and tour guide for the ruins. When I ended up having to stay one extra day due to a mistake on my itinerary, they helped me arrange another room in one of their sister hotels as they were booked. It seemed any request was never too much to ask.
The room was very clean with a bit of style. Most of the furniture was wood and it gave the room a very neat ambiance. Unfortunately, they committed one of my hotel mortal sins by having items available for sale in the room, not just minibar but statues and pictures. Everything had a price tag on it. I spent enough time living in a showroom during my college days so this is something that is a pet peeve of mine for hotels. However, as the hotel itself was otherwise very nice, I only knocked off one star for it.
Other than that one issue, the hotel was fantastic. The pool was beautiful, the breakfast was excellent and the service was top notch. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone thinking of visiting this wonderful city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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