The GB hotel is located in a small lane, a short walk away from the hubbub of the central Siem Reap. It has just ten rooms encircling the pool which gives it a very personal and private feel: you get to know all the staff and you see guests arriving and departing.
We booked all of our trips through the hotel and we ended up paying less that we would have paid to a travel agency. Because of dirt roads and clouds of dust, we opted for a car rather than a tuk-tuk and were very happy with our decision. We paid USD 8 for the airport ride, USD 25 for the small circuit of the temples, USD 30 for the large circuits and USD 25 for the floating village. The driver also bought the boat tickets for us, so we paid just USD 25 for the entire boat instead of USD 20 per person we would have paid had we decided to buy tickets ourselves (yes, they do take advantage of foreigners). Based on our experience, I recommend to let the hotel to handle all the reservations.
Also, the hotel is very close to what probably is the best restaurant in town - Cuisine Wat Damnak. At USD 22 for a delicious five-course meal, it was too good to be true. Just step out of the hotel and carry on walking along the same lane for some 500 metres.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Banana Boutique Hotel by Rambutan. Villas built in traditional pagoda style in garden setting -5 minutes walking distance to the old centre of Siem Reap -Located in a quiet residential area - Swimming pool with fountain and cocktail bar -Gay friendly. Visiting the temples of Angkor Wat is an experience you will never forget. Staying in our lovely Hotel makes that experience even better. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Golden Banana Boutique
- Golden Banana Boutique Siem Reap