Siem Reap, Cambodia
Conde Nast Traveler (US), Hot List 2008
"Sitting squarely in the sweet spot between cheap guesthouse and big-box hotel—and unbeatably priced—Viroth's has a simple, clean design that is accented by gray Khmer tile floors, rosewood railings, and the occasional indigenous objet or scarlet wall. The ground-floor saltwater pool (in full view of the reception desk) may be best for exhibitionists, but the bamboo-walled massage area and rooftop thatch-covered breakfast/lounge nook are more private sanctuaries. Each of the seven artfully lit rooms also has its own balcony or terrace that looks out over the street, pool, or small private courtyard. The hotel is located just across the river from the bustling Old Market; the helpful staff can arrange a tuk-tuk there or to Angkor Wat, three miles away. For dinner, walk the two blocks to Viroth's Restaurant, which the hotel's French owner opened four years ago on a moat-enclosed patio, and which serves Khmer and Western dishes.
When to go: From December to March you'll encounter the least rain (but the most tourists).
Which room to book: Ask for No. 7, the second-floor corner room overlooking the pool."
The New York Times, December 2008
"With its minimalist aesthetic, neutral palette and saltwater pool, the seven-room Viroth’s Hotel provides a welcome respite from temple overload."
"I dare you to find another hotel that is this chic and this cheap. A small boutique affair, this spot provides a private, intimate experience. The rooms have cool gray stone floors, and the shelves, entertainment unit, and bed frames are built into the white walls. One corner is painted a contrasting maroon color and marks the shower console. It is minimalist and modern with sleek geometric furniture, but soft touches like a floor vase filled with large pieces of dried palm leaves, dark brown leather desk tops and coffee-colored coverlets and accent pillows keep it warm and inviting. Most rooms have private balconies. The best room in the house is room 3, on the ground floor. It comes with a large, poolside corner terrace equipped with cozy lounge beds. There's a small outdoor pool surrounded by cream-colored sun beds. Breakfast is served on the rooftop restaurant. It's lit with fairy lights at night and is an excellent place to spend the evening, looking out over the rooftops of Siem Reap."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“Only place in our travels where in a comparable establishment there wasn't a kettle or fridge in the room which seemed strange. Breakfast very ordinary considering their restaurant, which was only a couple of blocks away and was superb. Very minimalist rooms which were a bit 'cold'.”
Carrie, France (18.04.14)
“Really good value for money. They have a cute roof terrace for breakfast. The pool is small so don't expect to do laps. The rooms are really good size & ours came with a terrace as well.”
Siu Mei, Singapore (05.12.13)
“Stayed in Room 6 which was super stylish and spacious with a nice balcony. Lovely pool area and garden. Breakfast could be improved, especially the quality of the bread selection, but at this price its a small issue.”
Hannah, Switzerland (03.11.13)