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Tanei Boutique Villa
Ranked #140 of 342 Hotels in Siem Reap
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Butuan, Philippines
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“Siem Reap”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed at Tanei Guesthouse for 4 nights. It has a new and old building and we stayed in the old with airconditioning for $20 a night. The rooms are clean and large; very comfortable with fridge, cable, closets and large bathroom. The rooms are well maintained and the beds comfortable. The hotel has a pool which is an okay size, but it should have a sun protection roof or shade cover over top as it seemed to be in full sun all day. The hotel has a nice tile area with some greenery and Wifi which is fairly slow, but does work sometimes in the room, but they say it is supposed to be used in the kitchen or in the tiled entryway. They also had one computer for guests without a laptop. The food was very average and the breakfast was free, but very basic. If you head out for the sunrise trips the breakfast consists of a loaf of bread, jam and butter. Just basic. The staff was helpful when you had any questions. They can supply tuk tuk drivers at $5 for the sunset picture trip where you can purchase your tickets for the sites the following days. The day trips by tuk tuk can vary from $15 to $25 for a couple depending on how far you want to head out. Some sights are 40 km+ if you so choose. The most impressive are, of course Ankor Wat and Thom Prom (tree roots). Overall the guesthouse is very comfortable, but is a few blocks away from the downtown area with great selection of restaurants and the markets. we walked and it really was not so far, but it is hot here at this time of year. It gets close to 40 degrees at peak times; good time for the pool where the shade cover over the pool would be very welcome.

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

My friend and I (two middle aged women) just spent 4 days 5 nights sharing a 2 single-beds room at Tanei. We requested and got a room on the 2nd (which turned out to be the 3rd cause for them 1st floor is ground), something I always do as a safety precaution. There was no elevator but the steps were low and easy to climb -- and I HATE stairs. The view from up there was good and provided a really nice sunset to watch on the one day I was forced to stay near a bathroom... so it turned out to be a good choice anyway. Also our flights to and from arrived/left near midnight, and the hotel still provided us with a driver for pick up and delivery.

There is a cleaning staff that comes in every day and keeps the place relatively clean and tidy. While there are tiny ants in the bedroom, the numbers are small enough that you can tell the owners do wage battle against them. The bathroom was clean and comes with little bitty packets of shampoo (of some local brand) and a few inch square soaps (which they replace daily even if you didn't use it all up), so I suggest bringing your own shampoo/conditioner or picking some up at the local minimart which is only about a block away if you intend on an extended stay. Overall the linens were also clean (read on).

(We discovered there are some older expat western men who essentially live at Tanei, which tells you its a pretty good place for the price).

We paid for the 'package deal' which turned out to be a good choice: it included 1 day of a tour guide to take you through most of the temples (ours was a former English Lit major who had to leave college after two years because his wife developed expensive health issues, but was intending to go back -- so very good English and he knew all the little hidden treasures on back sides of or between temples that you'd miss as part of a big tour group), a Tut tut driver who was our 'personal driver' for the full 4 days (he also had relatively good English and was ridiculously helpful and considerate of us, figured out what kind of stuff we did and did not like and directed us based on that), a few meals in addition to the included breakfasts (including one buffet/show which I think upset my tummy but my friend was fine -- we had insisted that our Tut tut driver join us and it turned out he had worked at that show as a dancer a few years before and was able to give us the skinny on some of the performers -- for instance a couple who always danced as a pair were in fact married), a 1 hour long foot massage, and visits to two different local arts and crafts schools that were set up to try and employ the locals (both with the obligatory gift shop selling their goods), which both turned out to actually be very interesting -- all for $30 a day.

While there is wireless, its painfully slow (forget about streaming CNN video clips), and is of the sort where EVERY time you connect you're forced to a web page where you have to type in a painfully long login name and numeric password. If you're like me and your devise goes to sleep.. you have to type it in again, and again. There is a computer in the main office that you can use which is a bit faster, and my traveling mate spent a lot of time on it getting office-work done -- the down side of the wired modern world).

The hotel pool is tiny, and has salt water, which some folks like, and others don't. It's very warm, to the point where one fellow guest compared it to floating in a salty soup, but my traveling companion really enjoyed it.

The Hotel is a very easy walk from 'pub street' which has a few well rated TripAdvisor restaurants but is very touristy and the top 5 on TripAdvisor Haven Training Restaurant is only 2 blocks away (you'll want the tuk tuk driver to take you the first time or you'll need a map cause its on a side street), which is worthy of note in part because its run by a Swiss guy who worked as a food safety expert in Europe (food was also very tasty with a mix of local dishes and European ones for fussy eaters). The hotel is also very close to the old market and the night market, all along relatively busy back streets upon which we as older women never felt uncomfortable walking along at night.

Also, in spite of the fact that we accidentally left our doors unlocked the first day (it does NOT automatically lock, and you have to hit the button on the inside before you leave, the key won't do it) and were constantly forgetting to lock up our suitcases, none of our stuff went missing. So the staff seems pretty conscientious.

Only issue we had was after two days of clean towels, on the 3rd day our towels were impressively dirty with dark streaks on them and a bit oily. We told the staff who got really flustered -- seems something had gone wrong with their washing machine and they didn't realize it. Next day our towels were clean again. So while they're not perfect, they do try.

Also, beware that in Cambodia power outages are common, its not just the hotel its all the businesses in an area, so be prepared for that.

(NOTE: We later learned you really do NEED to pay attention to your stuff when on the streets cause there are still little kids in the area who will get seriously hurt by gang leaders if they don't steal from tourists -- and some of the leaders are the local business owners. An aide worker we met said that the nearby salon that has the fish pedicures is one such business, and a few of those salons with the gaggle of women sitting out front that just strike you as a bit sleazy do in fact double as ladies of the evening).

Overall, we were very happy with our stay at Tanei, especially at the price.

Side note, if like me you're someone who struggles with dehydration, I STRONGLY suggest seeing if you like coconut water. Coconuts for drinking are sold EVERYWHERE, next to every temple, along every street, in almost every restaurant, etc. The liquid is so sterile that it can double as I.V. fluid in a pinch (seriously, look it up), and has more potassium than a banana while also being good for diabetics (like me). Think of it as mother nature's Gateraide and is better than water at keeping you hydrated in the high heat/higher humidity weather of Cambodia.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We recently spent 6 nights in the VIP room. The room was quite large and very reasonably priced. Our room(201) overlooked the front road, but we found it a little noisy (lots of dogs barking nearby and roosters crowing early) General road noise was ok after about 10pm. The breakfast was very basic, although adequate but we found the service could do with improvement. We had to continually ask each day for sugar and milk, with their english was very limited..... it would have been far more pleasant if they showed a little more interest instead of watching the tv, they just didn't seem very happy...or interested at all. Check in was fine, wifi was ok after some initial hiccups and all the markets were within easy walking distance...albeit very hot in April! The pool would have been appreciated more had it been cooler, but i guess the water temp was warm because of the excessive heat.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

The guesthouse warmly welcomes any customer. The rooms are small and basic and relatively clean. They come with a hot shower and fan and are very well priced. The pool is in a nice tropical garden and well maintained. The food is ok but could be better. They can arrange different kind of daytrips to Angkor and also transportation. Overall very satisfied.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

This guesthouse goes above and beyond what is included in the price. We stayed for 8 days and had the best time. The rooms are spacious and made up daily and the included breakfast is filling and tasty. The pool has a great vibe and is perfect to cool off after a hot Siem Reap day! The staff were very friendly and had plenty of advice about the area. The location is ideal - two minutes walk to Pub Street, the night market and all the buzz. The guesthouse also had free bicycles which were fun to explore the town on. For the price, the accommodation is outstanding. I would recommend Tanei to anyone looking for a good spot in Siem Reap.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed April 1, 2012 via mobile

I had a wonderful stay at Tanei Guesthouse. Loved the pool, the restaurant, the location, and most of all the incredibly friendly and helpful service. The rooms were nothing to get excited about but very clean with cold air conditioning. The pool/garden/courtyard is a welcome break from dusty, busy Siem Reap.

My only note of caution is about reserving a room--we failed to get a reservation the first night we arrived because wedding not respond to email #3 with a subject line like "confirmation"--a long email where thievery last line said to email again to confirm. We were disappointed when we arrived but they set us up at another very nice place nearby and we got a room at Tanie the next night. If I go back this is where I will stay, for sure!

Stayed March 2012
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SF Bay Area
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

This was my first trip to Cambodia and I wanted to stay in a place that was affordable, central to attractions, clean and safe. Tanei Guesthouse was all that and more. I was met at the airport by Buut, their Tuktuk driver. The complimentary pickup service was a plus. Tanei was about fifteen minutes away a couple of blocks off the main street. As such, it was a quie location. The building itself was a modern French influenced three story complex that you enter through a mango tree covered courtyard. I was brought to my room within minutes of arriving. The room, 202B, was huge. It had a comfortable bed, wifi, fridge, AC, cable tv, and flip flops. The morning breakfast was good. They even packed my breakfast whenlongest early one morning for my sunrise temple
Tours. Speaking of tours, they set up my three day temple tours with an English speaking guide with no hassles. I was also able to book an Apsara show through the front desk. I also used their laundry service. The pool was great after a long day hiking the temples. It was a little small but was a welcome respite from the heat. Another plus was its central location. The Old Market, Pub Street, and the Night Markets were only a five to ten minute walk. All n all, I would come back here again and recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Property: Tanei Boutique Villa
Address: 017 Steung Thmey Village | Svaydangkum Commune, Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia (Formerly Tanei Guesthouse)
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#30 Best Value Hotel in Siem Reap
#70 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#79 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#101 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tanei Boutique Villa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tanei Boutique Villa is ideally located at a good location a quiet road a few minutes walk from the fantastic cafes/restaurants & bars of Siem Reap City Centre. Free buffet breakfast and pickup from the airport. Bus and boat station. Nice outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Phsa Chas( Old Market) market is just a few minutes walk from Tanei Boutique Villa, 10 minutes from International Airport and close to down town, which a great place to go shopping, A easy 15 minutes to a magnificent Angkor Temple in the north. ... more   less 
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