“An old French governor’s mansion turned contemporary, buzzy hotel with mouth-watering Khmer cuisine, just minutes from the iconic Angkor Wat”
The 3 room types - all gorgeous - are Standard (which have garden views), Deluxes (which overlook the pool) and Suites. Rooms are the same size, with little difference other than their outlooks. The Suites are double the size with extra-swish bathrooms (bigger and with a separate tub), and a living area; if budget allows, they're worth the extra cost.
Each is simply decorated and named after a different herb or spice such as cardamom, lemongrass or mint. Every day rooms are scented with their eponymous fragrance so expect an uplifting aroma when you enter, making for a unique stay. Design is modern with clean lines and soft, dim lighting, and schemes are natural in mahogany, white and cream. Walls are adorned with vivid, brightly coloured art. Floor to ceiling windows with long curtains lead onto your breezy balcony or terrace. Here you have seating dotted with silk cushions (and little candles at night) for those evening impulses to sip a cocktail or two.
All room and suites enjoy contemporary comforts such as LCD flat screen TVs, DVD players, sound system and free WiFi. You also get a safe, air-con, a fan, a minibar (with cold towels in), and excellent coffee and tea making facilities with a cafetière and real ground coffee.
Bathrooms have natural eco-friendly Sense Nature products, hairdryers and bathrobes alongside gentle reminders about water usage. Uniquely, water comes through a stone passageway in the wall into the black slate shower/bath. If you're not a couple comfortable with each other's bathroom habits, the large long louvered sliding door may not provide as much privacy as you'd like.
The restaurant and bar are in the stunning French mansion itself. The best tables are alfresco, on the beautiful terrace amongst the French shutters, overlooking the greenery on the buzzy main street. If it’s too hot to be outside the air-con tables inside are a treat, or you can sit in the shaded pool area. The culinary delights make the restaurant one of the most popular in Siem Reap, with its own blend of East meets West cuisine. There is also a great selection of cocktails in the upstairs bar.
The highlight is definitely a decadent breakfast on the terrace - helpfully served from 4.30-10.30am giving you the flexibility to eat before or after the dawn excursion to Angkor (food is served to your room before 7am, and in the restaurant after). Feast on a vast spread of fresh pains au chocolat and other pastries, succulent tropical fruit, creamy homemade natural yoghurt (our personal favourite) with sweet, organic honey, and nutty muesli or Khmer porridge. Coffee is served strong with cream and there is a selection of herbal teas such as peppermint or camomile. Fresh juices are made to order, too.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. It boasts tasty Cambodian dishes such as K'mai kari bonlai - a thick, spicy vegetable curry with coconut milk and Tamarind chutney; Lok lak saich - Cambodian style stir-fried beef, and the generous Khmer platter for 2 - a mix of spring rolls, fish amok and curry with fragrant steamed rice (excellent). Other options include chilli mud crab with basil, mint and lemongrass sauce, and European favourites such as fillet of beef and lamb and confit of duck. There is also an interesting mix of vegetarian options.
There are lots of good Khmer restaurants in town - Pub Street is the best for a wide range of venues.
This probably isn't the ideal place for kids as there are no special facilities laid on for them and its quite near a busy road.
Babies (0-1 years)
The Suites are the best option as they can fit 2 extra beds or baby cots, while the rooms can only fit 1.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking