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“Quaint, steeped in history and great value for money!”
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Ivy Guesthouse
Ranked #268 of 489 Siem Reap B&B and Inns
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Quaint, steeped in history and great value for money!”
Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

We were reccommended to stay in the ivy by a friend who lives in siem reap. I believe it is one of the oldest guest houses in the area, and has much history.

Good things about our stay included: free wifi, great value rooms, amazing pumpkin soup, 1$ cocktails every night, customer service was fantastic, location near pub street but far enough away to be quiet

Bad things: rooms are a bit dingy and dated, some cracks in the wallswhere Mosquitos could get in, lizards running about - this would be everywhere you stay in cambodia though, not specific to The Ivy.

Overall we had a great stay and even when we had to leave and stay in the NGO house, we kept sneaking back to the ivy to eat -the food is amazing!!! Best food we had in Cambodia! Khmer and western cuisine!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank Heatherdx
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VannaryIvy12, Guest Relations Manager at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Hi Heather DX

We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us at the IVY, and thanks for the positive feedback. We've made a lot of changes recently at the IVY and the rooms are at the top of our list of things to do for the future. We welcome any feedback on how we can improve our service.

Thanks again, and safe travels.

Dave.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This is a late review, we stayed here last 2009.

Ivy Guesthouse is a cozy hostel with very reasonable price. It is located within town center but away from the noise from bars or vehicles, it is almost close to the creek but not on the other side of the creek which is the residential area, it is quite a good location that’s why we settle here after seeing a lot of guesthouses around.

It has its own cafeteria that serves good breakfast too, they accept dollars and they also have bikes to be rented, it has a billiard pool and hammocks you can lie on while reading books and magazines you can borrow from them. We just walk after hanging out at Pub Street but it’s quite dark and only few lights were on when the reception closed already.

The rooms are ok and clean, it doesn’t give any good window view and there is no hot shower. It’s a good price for your money as it is really very cheap.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank shylla s
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VannaryIvy12, Owner at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Valued Customer


I'm very sorry for the late response, but we have had issues with a page double up on Trip Advisor, and have only been getting notifications for one of the pages. So here we are...better late than never!

We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the kind words.

Hope you have a good 2013

Safe Travels, Hope to see you again soon


Regards Vannary
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The Ivy is a great place to stay. Near the river, a very short walk into the main part of town, it is quiet and very friendly. All the staff were lovely and it was a very reasonable price. You can opt for a fan or air con room, I stayed for 10 nights, 1 night with a fan and the rest with air con and both rooms were great! The rooms are clean and the fans are air con work really well. The food is fab too. There are menus for vegetarian and meat eaters serving Western and Khmer food. There is a lounge area upstairs to chill out in too.

Everyone is so friendly, a great place to stay and I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Rachel W
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VannaryIvy12, Owner at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Valued Customer


I'm very sorry for the late response, but we have had issues with a page double up on Trip Advisor, and have only been getting notifications for one of the pages. So here we are...better late than never!

We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the kind words.

Hope you have a good 2013

Safe Travels, Hope to see you again soon


Regards Vannary
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

I didn't stay here overnight, but went here for dinner one night while in Siem Reap. It was great! On Friday nights they have a dollar tapas menu. The food was excellent and they gave you 2-4 items per plate. Even the drinks - wine and cocktails were a dollar (so was the beer but on Pub St. you can get it for less).
The atmosphere was great and it was busy, but we didn't have to wait too long (note: service in restaurants in Cambodia is not known for being speedy). Just remember to put on some bug spray before coming here as you are closer to the river and they have some gardens surrounding the dining room. Loved the pumpkin flan for dessert!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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VannaryIvy12, Owner at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Valued Customer


I'm very sorry for the late response, but we have had issues with a page double up on Trip Advisor, and have only been getting notifications for one of the pages. So here we are...better late than never!

We're glad you enjoyed our restaurant, and thanks for the kind words and advice for other travellers.

Hope you have a good 2013

Safe Travels, Hope to see you again soon


Regards Vannary
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Big group for bfast and the food all came out together still hot. Big breakfasts both veg and meat for only $4 including coffee or oj. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank RARHJB12
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VannaryIvy12, Owner at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Valued Customer


I'm very sorry for the late response, but we have had issues with a page double up on Trip Advisor, and have only been getting notifications for one of the pages. So here we are...better late than never!

We're glad you enjoyed our restaurant and thanks for the kind words.

Hope you have a good 2013

Safe Travels, Hope to see you again soon


Regards Vannary
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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

After a couple of nights in a far inferior guesthouse I discovered this little gem tucked out of the way down a side street near the river. Calm and relaxed, with friendly, helpful staff, and spartan but adequate clean rooms with en-suite bathrooms -I opted for a room with a fan, though there are rooms with air-con too. There's a lovely bar area with tables and a free computer, an ancient physics-defying pool table, and great selection of eclectic background music, as well as a nice chill-out space upstairs: the perfect place to return to after a hard day at the temples or a night out on Pub Street.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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VannaryIvy12, Owner at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Valued Customer


I'm very sorry for the late response, but we have had issues with a page double up on Trip Advisor, and have only been getting notifications for one of the pages. So here we are...better late than never!

We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the kind words.

Hope you have a good 2013

Safe Travels, Hope to see you again soon


Regards Vannary
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Reviewed April 26, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here. The air con rooms we were in were pleasant and clean, exactly what we wanted for the price. The aircon was modern and worked really well, as it was very hot.

The staff friendly at all times and food was good, although expensive. The tapas night however is amazing, the food was excellent and cheap, we ended up feasting for very little.

Slight walk from town 5 mins, but that's not a bad thing as it's quiet and relaxed.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank Martin J
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VannaryIvy12, Guest Relations Manager at Ivy Guesthouse, responded to this review, April 28, 2012
Hi Jarvatron

Thanks for choosing Ivy, and we're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The Tapas Night has become a very popular evening for our guests, and expats/locals alike. Thanks for the positive feedback...

safe travels

Dave & Vannary
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Property: Ivy Guesthouse
Address: Central Market Street, Before the river on the right, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #268 of 489 B&Bs / Inns in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The original Ivy opened in December 1999, as the second western run business in the Old Market (by a couple of months). Owners Karl & Vannary have been catering to Siem Reap backpackers ever since and provide a warm homely atmosphere in which to enjoy your time visiting Angkor and the surrounding area. The guesthouse has 20 rooms (8 single w/fan, 8 double w/fan and 4 double a/c) all with en-suite facilities. The current Guesthouse opened in 2005 and is conveniently located along the Siem Reap river just minutes from the Old Market area and the center of town, it has since been improved with more rooms, air-conditioning and wifi-facilities. The Ivy provides a perfect budget option in the heart of Siem Reap. The simple rooms are cleaned everyday and are great for travellers trying to get a feel of Siem Reap before the rapid development of recent years. Whilst Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have rushed to develop over the past decade the majority of Cambodians are still farmers and live very simply in the countryside. The pace of life is slow and relaxed and family is the most important aspect of people's lives. The Ivy reflects this ideology and provides a fantastic atmosphere to relax and unwind after a day's exploration. Take advantage of the highspeed internet, unwind in the lounge, grab a hammock on the upstairs balcony or veg out on the sofa and watch some cable TV. The Ivy provides laundry service, bicycle rental, as well as bus and tuk-tuk reservations. Our English speaking staff are a wealth of local information and can assist you in booking trips to Angkor Wat and the surrounding area as well as inbound and onward travel. All at no extra charge. The Ivy and its owner, Van also prides herself on making some of the best food at incredible value for money. The all day breakfast is renowned and suitably large enough to sustain a long day out. The Khmer food is cheap and is prepared perfectly, this is complemented by an wide range of western favourites selected from menu created by a western chef exclusively for the Ivy back in 2001. There are also regular tapas and world food evenings and occasionally freebies of Vannary's latest new dishes. Find out why we are a firm favourite of the expat community in Siem Reap. ... more   less 
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