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Community Residence Siem Reap
Ranked #120 of 345 Hotels in Siem Reap
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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494 reviews
153 hotel reviews
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“Excellent B&B and Tours!”
Reviewed January 28, 2008

i cannot recommend Journeys Within highly enough. The B&B is simply the best: large, clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated rooms with gorgeous bathrooms , fabulous food, exceptionally good service, beautiful pool & gardens. As a matter of fact, food was so good, the beer so cold and the setting so lovely, that we ate many evening meals on our patio outside the room. Andrea & Brandon Ross and their staff truly make every effort to make you feel at home in their home.

We stayed in the bungalows for the 1st week of a 2-week tour of Cambodia arranged for us by Andrea. It was very easy to work with Andrea via e-mail to arrange this tour which included accomodations in Siem Reap, Battambang & Phnom Penh, sightseeing, boats & vans, drivers, guides, most meals - an affordable way to gain a real insight into Cambodia. I highly recommend using Journeys Within for a memorable visit to Cambodia.

Stayed December 2007
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leicester UK
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Reviewed January 23, 2008

We stayed at Journeys within B&B for 3 nights in Jan 08, as part of a 5 day tour including Phnom Penh. The whole tour was well put together including flights, guides, meals and transfers.

On arrival at Journeys Within (after about 28 hours of travelling) we were greeted by our host and made very welcome. We stayed in bungalow 3 which was of a very high quality, clean & comfortable with a lovely eye for decorative detail. The pool right outside is a clean and quiet area to relax in. All the food at Journey Within was delicious, served by attentive staff in pleasant surroundings. There is a general
feeling that the staff are well respected by the proprioters and that they are keen to give good service.

Journeys Within is also a non profit organisation with projects to help Cambodian people. When you hear the hosts Brandon and Andrea Ross
talk about there projects (which they only do if asked) it's clear that they are dedicated to their projects and to helping Cambodians help themselves.

I cannot recommend this B&B highly enough, I only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Liked — Friendly, clean, calm, eye to detail, great pool, they go the extra mile.
  • Disliked — That we didn't stay longer.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2008

What a great experience we had! Siem Reap is awesome- interesting Angkor Temples, history, culture....you name it! The bungalows by the pool are very nice. Wouldn't change a thing. The staff guides are wonderful, the service is great, and the property is quaint and a great experience. I would highly recommend it!!!

  • Liked — The guides that take you to the temples
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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WA and CA, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 11, 2008

Where to start...from the moment we were picked up at the airport until the moment we were dropped off (and beyond), Journeys Within really took care of us!

The rooms were large, clean, brightly lit, and had everything that I needed. The staff always smiles on their faces and warm greetings...like everyone says, the free laundry was a godsend, and the food was delicious! You have to ask them to make the traditional Cambodian noodle soup for breakfast - it's not on their menu, but they gladly provided it!

I spent some quality time in their pool...and the property was cozy enough where my travel companion and I had the whole pool to ourselves most days!

Andrea worked with us extensively, revising our itinerary to acccommodate every change we made, and she even arranged our travel to and itinerary at our next stop (Vietnam.)

We also had a chance to see some of the villages and the wells that they are involved with...and we went to a local kickboxing match as well...these were the highlights of my trip...they weren't on our itinerary, but as opportunities popped up, Andrea and Brandon let us know and made sure we had everything we needed.

They really have a unique and amazing organization...be sure to check them out!

  • Liked — Cozy feeling, superb staff!
  • Disliked — Nothing at all~!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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LA
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights during our honeymoon in one of the bungalows. We loved every second. Siem Reap is a beautiful place full of welcoming, friendly people. That beauty and spirit is evident at Journeys Within.

The amenities are excellent - gorgeous pool, spacious and clean rooms (our bungalow was 2-stories, private, had two showers, living room, kitchen, and a balcony), beautiful grounds, and great food (available throughout the day with breakfast included). The owners pay particular attention to the details: there were traditional, Cambodian scarves waiting for us upon arrival; welcome drinks; and nice touches throughout (very tastefully decorated rooms).

But the best reason to stay here is the Cambodian staff. Every time we passed a staff member, we were greeted with a friendly hello. They asked about our day out in town. The owners arranged all of our tours for us and we loved our guides (incredibly knowledgeable and sweet - have them take you through Angkor Wat, the Flooded Forest, and the village of Kompong Phhluk). Among the staff we truly saw the future of this growing, hopeful town and that future is bright.

One final word. The owners do quite a bit in town to help improve the lives of locals. They have set up a non-profit to provide wells to villages, boost education for kids, and offer training for adults. You will be incredibly comfortable and happy staying here, but you'll also feel good about it.

Go visit Siem Reap and stay at Joruneys Within. It will be a memorable experience to fall in love with.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — We loved everything.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Rio Rancho, NM
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2007

After reading all the great reviews about this place, I was prepared to be disappointed, thinking nothing could be that great! However, after staying with Andrea, Brandon, staff and family for a week in their beautiful B&B in Siem Reap, I am a complete convert. The food was great, the service was outstanding, the pool was inviting and the free laundry service was over the top! Andrea arranged a flawless three week trip for my husband and myself throughout northern Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. As a retired former travel agent, I tend to be very critical of tour operators and the products they sell. However, without hesitation, I would book this trip again and would definitely recommend it as a trip everyone should take. The final week of our trip which was spent in Siem Reap at Journeys Within was the highlight of the vacation. The temples of Angkor Wat were fantastic and climbing over the ruins of Beng Mealea will be a memory we will keep forever. The village tour and helping teach the English classes at Wat Thmei Pagoda School made our vacation seem so much more meaningful. Journeys Within B&B is a great small oasis in the large,ever growing tourist mecca of Siem Reap.

  • Liked — Very difficult to pick out one thing we liked best because there were so many things we enjoyed.
  • Disliked — Journeys Within is located on a dirt road and it does become dusty in the dry season.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Clifton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 17, 2007

Journeys Within B&B in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is without a doubt the best B&B I've found in over 50 years of foreign travel. Our 4 day trip from Bangkok, planned by Andrea, went without a hitch with superb service from the moment we cleared Cambodian passport control. Andrea and Brandon, the young owners and operators, greeted us offering a remarkable Cambodian dinner that evening, Our room was large, quite comfortable, and well appointed. Our guide Sena was with us on daily excursions to Hindu and Buddhist temples, attentive to our every question and request. After full days of hiking and climbing about temples in the vicinity of Siem Reap, the large pool at the B&B was perfect for winding down in the evening before dinner. This tropical oasis was well designed containing a fish pond full of Tilapia with yawing mouths. Extraordinary was the attention of the staff to our every need and deft replacement of towels in our room. Breakfast was custom prepared and clothes washing was free. We felt like part of Andrea's and Brandon's family as they drew us into conversation at an evening get-together for guests. Before we departed, Brandon took us on a tour of a squatters village that he and colleagues are helping by installing wells, teaching English, and organizing micro loans. We highly recommend Journeys Within.

  • Liked — Well designed tropical oasis run by young family attentive to every need.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Community Residence Siem Reap
Address: | Off Route Six, About 300 meters down Korean-Cambodian Friendship Rd, Kruos Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Formerly Unique Boutique Cambodia)
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection 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 #120 of 345 Hotels in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Community Residence Siem Reap 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Community Residence Siem Reap run by local Cambodian and this is the social business. At Community Residence Siem Reap, we want you to feel like you are staying with friends, that means never nickel and diming our guests for small necessities. Every room rate includes all the amenities you would expect to have at your home...and then some: ... more   less 
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