“Not a villa, but a serene Old Town hotel with modern Khmer design, a small saltwater pool and an open-air tropical lounge-cum-spa”
Three of the 7 guest rooms are on the ground floor, the remaining 4 on the floor above; all bar one have outdoor space. Large in size, minimalist in style, they provide a refreshing calm after spending the day ogling ornate temples and experiencing sensory-overload at the markets. Colour is used sparingly: grey floor tiles and concrete surfaces on the sink and shower area make the splash of red on the outside of the shower partition extra striking. Speaking of splashing, you can do plenty of it in the extra-large shower space featuring a gigantic rain-head fixture.
The queensized platform beds covered in a soothing chocolate-coloured comforter are the perfect place to rest temple-tested feet and backs. Air con and a powerful ceiling fan keep things cool. Recessed lighting above the beds is a little bright, but contributes to the modernist feel as the room is thus uncluttered by lamps. Decorative details are provided by natural objets d’art, inspired by the Cambodian landscape.
A small bookshelf area holds a TV with a surprisingly good selection of channels, as well as a 'desk area' to hook up your computer and take advantage of the hotel’s free WiFi – although the bench on which you sit to do this is not suitable for people of all heights.
Storage space is impressive: large closets with ample hangers, a sink big enough for 2 people to unpack their entire toiletry kits, and lots of shelves and nooks for keeping things neat plus a safe. A built-in daybed provides a nice spot for reading.
Rooms on the ground floor (#1, 2 and 3) all have private outdoor patios, the one belonging to room #1 being the most secluded. Of the first-floor rooms, #4, 5 and 7 all have balconies, with room #7 being a favourite thanks to its proper desk area and view over the pool. Room #6 has no outdoor space but is private, spacious and quiet.
Breakfast is a simple affair, served in the chic rooftop lounge cafe. Each night, front desk staff will give you a ticket to make your selections for the next morning. You can tick boxes next to a variety of hot and cold beverages, different kinds of breads, eggs prepared to your liking, cornflakes, noodle soup, yoghurt and/or a small fresh fruit plate. If you change your mind the next morning, the smiley staff seem happy to accommodate.
There's a bar on the roof, too, which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day.
The hotel is owned by Kol Viroth, who is also responsible for the famous Viroth’s Restaurant, located a few blocks from the hotel and well worth a visit. Its open-air contemporary setting is the perfect place to sample affordable and excellent Khmer cuisine such as Fish Amok - a popular Cambodian dish. If you prefer, you can have Viroth’s food delivered to your room or it can be served in the rooftop lounge.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby should you want to eat out. Make a left out of the hotel, turn right and you’ll see Chilli Si Dang Restaurant which serves excellent Thai food on a lamp-lit patio beside the tranquil Siem Reap river; it’s hard to beat the waterside charm of this spot. Or, if your budget allows, try Chez Sophea and Matthieu, a French-owned oasis near Angkor Wat, which serves up stunningly good local and continental cuisine.
The modern décor, small pool and open-sided steep staircase are meant for adult customers, and in fact, we only saw adults during our visit. That said, children of all ages are welcome, and older kids will love the impressive temples.
Teens (over 12)
A number of the Deluxe rooms can be made up as Triples. Do note that no baby cots are available.