“Vast rooms and great prices in a charming quiet setting by the river, just 5 minutes' drive or a cycle ride from Angkor Wat”
In the little courtyard outside are a cooling pool and restaurant, while lushly planted paths lead to your pleasantly private realm. And if everything has a sense of ‘almost’ about it - almost stylish décor, almost competent staff - it somehow adds to the authentic Cambodian rather than blandly international feel of the place. Highly recommended for restfulness and ease.
- Excellent prices for the sheer space you get to occupy
- Just 12 huge rooms with individual character, kept spotlessly clean by an army of friendly staff
- Bikes to borrow - you can cycle to Angkor Wat
- Then cool off in the pool after a dusty, hot day at the temples
- A perfect location, perhaps the prettiest spot in town, yet just a stone’s throw or short tuk-tuk ride from everywhere else
- The pool is extremely shallow
- When we visited soon after opening we found the food average, but we're assured it has improved considerably since then
- Why oh why does a row of betel palms block your view of the bucolic river outside?
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
The rooms are much the same in terms of space and amenities. There is a great expanse of dark wood, there are indirectly lit 'treasures', there are paintings of generic Asian provenance. Furniture is huge and comfortable, beds are magnum-sized, entertainment is provided on a big TV and entertainment system. Some are upstairs, some are down: see which suits you best.
Bathrooms are sometimes idiosyncratically arranged, but all come with beautiful egg-shaped marble tubs, and lotions and potions. Just beware: the refillable bottles are labelled in English, which the cleaning staff don't read, so on our first morning we washed our hair with body lotion.
Villa Suite Rooms are particularly lovely in terms of design, with large living areas. But the best room is the Pool View Suite above the restaurant, which runs along the whole front of the building and benefits from a balcony and 2 queensize beds.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast dishes up excellent fresh bread and good pastries, fruit, fruit, and fruit. Tea is Twinings, and the preserves are locally made. Eggs are cooked nicely to order. There is also a menu of authentic local lunch and dinner dishes (amok, deep-fried spring rolls, Pra Hok etc).
If you venture out into the Wa Bo area or the Old Market/Pub Street, you'll find a bewildering variety of dining options. Barrio is an unprepossessing but very decent French place with excellent Kampot pepper steaks and a French owner who'll give you a free glass of rotgut if he likes you. Several good Khmer places are nearby, along the river or down the main street.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- You're here for Angkor Wat, the principal temple of this ancient capital and the largest religious building in the world (it's surrounded by a 5km moat). Don't miss Ta Prohm, where the roots of giant banyan trees hold temple ruins in their mighty grip as they soar towards heaven, and Bayon, the state temple of Angkor Thom, where 216 giant faces are chiselled into the stone
- We loved Banteay Srei, a wonderful pink sandstone temple with exquisite stone carvings
- At Artisans d’Angkor you can watch the stonemasons and other craftsmen and -women at their tasks and buy their keenly priced work
- Relax in the hotel spa
- Visit the Tonle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake, which floods with monsoon rains. It’s 10km south of Siem Reap, and boat cruises plough the waterways, taking in various floating communities
- Drink with the hordes in the Old Market/Pub Street. Miss Wong's is a great Old Shanghai-style bar down an atmospheric alleyway
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Hot air ballooning
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Although all ages are welcome, the emphasis is on tranquility and the swimming pool is not cordoned off - watch toddlers carefully.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Premier Deluxe Villas can fit an extra bed; Villa Suite Rooms can fit a baby cot; the Family Villa can fit an extra bed; the Pool View Suite has 2 queensize beds and can fit a baby cot or extra bed.
HanumanAlaya Villa is on the outskirts of Siem Reap, central Cambodia, a 5-minute drive from the temples at Angkor Wat. The location - take our word for it - is perfect. The river is right outside the door, which means you have no immediate neighbours that way, yet everything you need to see in town remains an easy tuk-tuk ride or gentle walk away.
Siem Reap International Airport (7km) is the closest. If you're flying in from abroad, aim for Bangkok, then take a connecting flight. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
From the Airport
We'd recommend booking an airport transfer in advance through the hotel.
It's possible to take a ferryboat or speedboat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Tonle Sap lake (4-6 hours), but choose your vessel with care. The crossing can be extremely rough, the boats overcrowded, and the lifebelts non-existent. Some of slower cruises (2-3 days) are much more civilised - the hotel can recommend and book a 1-day speedboat trip or a 3-day cruise, through their tour operator Hanuman Tourism.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Cambodia and getting around
- Siem Reap international 7.0 km REP
- Beach 500.0 km
- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km