“A 3-room hotel dedicated to local artists in the entertainment hub of Siem Reap; a truly unique experience”
Three rooms, 3 totally different experiences. Hotel Be feels like you’ve entered the home of a friend who has far better taste than you can ever hope for. The overhanging steel bridge that connects one room to the hallway, the exposed concrete floors, the light-filled atrium... it's all been designed to create a feeling of maximum space. It’s ingenious stuff in a lane that's small, a shophouse that's small and a hotel that, if it weren’t for The One Hotel, would be the smallest in the city.
The Deluxe room (Saffron) is all about golden mocha hues and the fun tongue-in-cheek artwork of Filipino artist, Loven Ramos. His multi-dimensional prints of monks are an exercise in cheeky serenity. Saffron is also all about wood: exposed streamlined slats are complemented by concrete and steel. Add a sitting area filled with suede box seats in shades of clay, a sunken rain shower, and a balcony with dining setting and you’ve got most relaxation elements covered.
Bamboo (one of the Terrace Suites) is for lovers of sculpture. Local artist Sopheap Pich has woven raffia, twisted bamboo and created dividing walls of replicated tree branches. It’s bold, exotic and playful. Natural hues, aqua-greens and rich reds extend from the sleeping area into the open-plan bathroom with its rain shower. The 2-storey pied-a-terre has a delightful roof terrace, complete with a rattan sun lounger for sunset viewing.
John McDermott is a photographic legend in Cambodia and the second Terrace Suite (Sepia) showcases his finest work. This sophisticated 2-storey suite has streamlined white stairwells and steel-hued mosaic tiles in the bathing area. Adorning the walls are McDermott’s portraits of Angkor Wat. It’s more New York than Asia, with a cool roof terrace and sun lounger overlooking The Passage.
All come with WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations (Bose, naturally).
Within the hotel, guests can dine at AHA, an uber-fabulous Cambodian-style tapas lounge. It has a delicious menu designed for sharing, and is described as 'beyond Khmer cuisine'. Expect the likes of green mango and dried snake salad, or grilled prawn and radicchio with duck confit.
The décor is streamlined and clean, with warm woods and loads of curved lines. Lighting is funky, with cool umbrella-style hanging lights and a 30m wave of lighting above the dining tables. With two entrances, an alfresco area and a separate wine bar with extensive regional wine list, this is the premium dining experience in Siem Reap. It’s warm, friendly and relaxed, with attentive service and a good atmosphere - refreshing in the mayhem of Cambodia.
Hotel Be makes use of Linga Bar's kitchen to serve its breakfasts. Choose eggs cooked to your preference, muesli with fresh fruit or fried yellow noodles with a choice of chicken, pork or vegetables. While the majority of guests prefer to eat in the restaurant, breakfasts can also be served in your room on request, as can AHA’s lunch and dinner menus.
If you'd prefer to eat out, you couldn't be better placed; Hotel Be is mere steps from some of the best food on offer in Siem Reap. Reception can recommend places.