Siem Reap is a tourism boom town, and you can’t take two steps without stumbling into a hotel guesthouse. Luckily, quality was not sacrificed for quantity, and amazing value can be found at every price point. I love a good hotel. As a design lover, I can’t get enough of the details, and as a traveler, I’m drawn to great service. Read on for my top picks of where to stay in Siem Reap.
Budget / Counting Pennies
Cashew Nut Guesthouse
The new Cashew Nut guesthouse has not only a fantastic moniker, but also the most helpful and friendly staff of any guesthouse we stayed in throughout Cambodia. Manager/owner Allan has insider info on nightly events and things to do around town, as well as info on all the usual tourist attractions. Located five minutes from the Old Market area, it features a lush continental breakfast spread, a social rooftop sunset lounge, and the best bedding in town. We love the Cashew Nut! $11-18, Psaa Krom Road, Vahear Cham Village, Cashew Nut Guesthouse
The Mandalay Inn is a popular budget option excellently located just strides away from the Old Market Area. Staff are friendly and there is a restaurant and travel agent on site. Rooms are simple, but the standout feature here is the rooftop gym with a view of the city! Wake up before the sun comes up to escape the heat and get back in shape after too many 50 cent Angkor beers on Pub Street. $7-18, Psar Kroung Street, Vahear Cham Village, Mandalay Inn
Midrange / Treat Yourself
River Garden Guesthouse
The River Garden guesthouse is away from the main tourist area and tucked away along, you guessed it, the river. The rooms are stylishly decorated in South East Asian style. The real stand out feature here is the beautiful and relaxing pool, perfect for soaking in after a day of temple traipsing. The River Garden also offers a popular Khmer cooking class and street food tours. $45-80, 113 Mondul 111 Phoum Treang, Slorkrum, River Garden Guesthouse
This is the kind of fun and funky accommodation that could only be dreamed up by artists. Part hotel, part art gallery, 1961 has a surprise around every corner. Each of the eight rooms is completely uniquely decorated. There is also an on site restaurant and a bar worth a special visit even if you aren’t staying over. $35-55, The River Road, Upper West Side, the1961.com
Top End / Rolling In It
Hotel de la Paix
The road to Angkor Wat is an endless row of hotels. Few stand out, but Hotel de la Paix catches the eye with a sleek art deco exterior. The lobby doubles as an art gallery, showing rotating works from local artists. Rooms are sleek, modern and stylish. Features a top end spa, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and fitness center. Starting at $275, Sivutha Blvd
Update: The Hotel de la Paix has been converted to the Siem Reap Park Hyatt.
Viroth’s is a true boutique hotel, and popular, making the Conde Nast Hot List in 2008. The beautifully decorated rooms feature floating beds, open showers and balconies overlooking the swimming pool. There is also an on site restaurant and spa. $70-100, Wat Bo Village, viroth-hotel.com
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Mandalay Inn in exchange for a review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I have personally stayed at the Cashew Nut, The River Garden, and the Mandalay Inn, and dined at 1961. Photos of The River Garden, Hotel de la Paix and Viroth’s are courtesy of their respective websites.