I really felt at home during my stay at The Villa! Upon landing at Siem Reap Airport my companions and I were surprised that they had already arranged a tuk-tuk driver to pick us up. When we arrived at the hotel, we were welcomed with cold towels and drinks. I was also able to consult with one of the staff regarding our itinerary and he gladly made suggestions and helped us arrange our schedule and transportation for our 4-night stay. They provided us with a tuk-tuk driver, Jeer (?) for our trips to Tonle Sap and around the city ($15/day), and a car ($50 w/ guide---his name was Soo (?)) for our trips to the temples.
However, there was some confusion with our itinerary during our last day: we missed the sunset at Phnom Bakheng on our 2nd day, and one of the staff assured that we could go up the temple at 5 PM for free the next day, knowing that we only availed of a one-day pass. We turned up at the Angkor Wat ticket booth on our last day at 4:30 PM only to find out that we had to wait until 5:30 PM before we were allowed to proceed to Phnom Bakheng. Perhaps we should've verified his claim before actually making plans, but as a staff member we expected him to be sure of his facts. Anyway, I suggest you do your own research before following anybody's advice; I think the language barrier can get in the way!
Despite that misunderstanding, I was really pleased with their service. Though it's a bit more expensive than other hotels in the area, we were able to get our money's worth!
+ The staff were EXTREMELY friendly and accommodating---no question about that. We felt so spoiled.
+ The location is fantastic---it's nestled in a quiet neighborhood, but it's a short walk away from convenience stores and small cafes.
+ It's also easy to walk to some of the city's interesting spots (come on, you need the exercise after binging on Khmer food): it's 700 meters away from Pub Street, where you can find the best restaurants and bars in the city, and about 800 meters away from the Old Market, the Siem Reap Night Art Market (great for souvenirs!) and the Angkor Night Market.
+ We stayed in a triple room on the second floor, which had a shower heater, a vanity table with a big mirror, a small fridge, VERY cozy queen and twin beds, and a split-type air-conditioner. We had no problems with mosquitos. The bathroom was a bit elevated compared to the rest of the room, which was quite odd. We had to place a towel near the door to prevent water from seeping out. It was a minor setback, though.
+ The WiFi wasn't very fast, but it allowed me to do simple tasks, download apps and browse through social media. If you don't have a portable device, they have a PC at the lobby.
+ The breakfast was okay. I tried their beef noodles once, but the meat was quite hard, so I settled for bacon and eggs, which was much better. The lady at the restaurant was very friendly! She was always smiling at the guests, which I really appreciated.
+ I wasn't able to swim in the pool, but I did get to check out the area: the pool is quite small, but the poolside beds looked quaint and cozy, and they had free WiFi in the area.
Will I stay here again? Definitely! Thanks for making our first time in Cambodia absolutely enjoyable, The Villa!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Siem Reap offers the best central location, fantastic rooms, and the best service in Siem Reap. Information is available on touring the best of Siem Reaps temples and other attractions. All rooms have AC,HW,Safe,Mini Bar and Satelite TV. The Villa looks forward to welcoming you and being part of your Siem Reap adventure. ... more less
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