If you’re heading to Siem Reap to visit the famous Angkor Wat temples and other local sights — bird and butterfly sanctuaries, the artisan stalls of Night Market, rowdy Pub Street — then consider these 14 boutique hotels. From an upscale wellness retreat to a collection of contemporary country villas, these are the most charming properties in the Cambodian town of Siem Reap.
The 62-room Belmond La Residence d'Angkor feels exclusive and sophisticated. The resort hides behind a wall across from the tree-lined Siem Reap River, and guests walk across a teak bridge over a carp pond to enter the open-air lobby, which is filled with Buddhist sculptures, Khmer Apsara figures, and other pieces of art. All rooms are spacious and elegant, with amenities like DVD players, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs, plus lovely balconies or patios. The resort has a garden swimming pool, an excellent spa, fitness center, and two excellent restaurants, along with an upstairs bar. An art gallery and traditional Apsara shows set this hotel apart from others in town, even nearby luxury options.
Housed in an Indochinese colonial building, this stylish boutique property has just 26 rooms. The bulk of these are Bungalow Suites, which feature open-plan bedrooms with both roll-top bathtubs and personal saunas and private stone gardens with hanging rattan chairs and outdoor showers. The hotel has a lovely garden pool with a poolside bar, as well as a small spa and a boutique selling fine jewelry, carvings, silks, and other souvenirs of Siem Reap. The Heritage Restaurant and Bar offers upscale Khmer and Western cuisine, and has special evenings such as jazz nights with special happy hour cocktails, or Khmer barbecue nights with classical Apsara dance performances. The hotel also has an on-site tour agency, and there are a couple of vintage Mercedes in the driveway to take guests around the temples or further afield.
The Shinta Mani Club is one of the most unique hotels in Cambodia. The small boutique hotel, designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, has only 39 rooms, all of which are super stylish, with features such as art etchings on the ceilings, minimalist black-and-white decor, and terrazzo bathrooms with rainfall showers. The resort features a small swimming pool, a pool bar with bean bag pillows, a movie room, a spa, and the swank Bensley Bar and upscale Kroya Restaurant with hanging tables. Since the hotel is part of the Shinta Mani Foundation, staff here come from a grassroots hospitality school where training is free, and the service here rivals, and even bests, the top five-star hotels anywhere in the world. The only drawback of this property is the price -- and its lack of a fitness center.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Resort is an upscale wellness retreat and secluded resort all rolled into one. Guest rooms are set around three enticing swimming pools, plus there's a gorgeous spa, yoga room, and a fitness room. The hotel's restaurant and bar offer local and Western fare, as well as vegetarian and macrobiotic menus. The 28 rooms are spacious and rustically chic, with modern amenities and private patios. The resort is not close to town, though rates include personal tuk-tuk drivers, so attractions like Pub Street and the Old Market are within a 10-minute drive.
The Shinta Mani Resort is a unique property, which along with its sister property across the street, is one of the finest hotels in Cambodia. The medium-sized boutique hotel, designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, has 62 rooms, all of which feature custom-made iron beds and handcrafted lights, plus rainfall showers and garden terraces to go with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located on a quiet street in central Siem Reap, a 10-minute walk from Pub Street and the Old Market, and there is easy access to Angkor Wat and the airport, both a 15-minute drive away. The resort features a large garden swimming pool, and has the Bai Tong Restaurant and Royal Lounge for drinking and dining. Rates are high, and there's no fitness center, but it's still a great luxury pick.
The upscale Sojourn Boutique Villas is a boutique property situated in a small village that's a 10-minute drive outside of Siem Reap. The hotel is surrounded by rice paddies and countryside, and feels quite secluded. There are 10 rooms and villas available, all of them elegant and refined, with Khmer silks, paintings, and artistic details to complement the sleek dark wood furniture. Most rooms have terrazzo bathtubs and large rainfall showers, plus private garden space with outdoor showers as well. The hotel has a lovely pool with a swim-up bar in the garden, a small spa, and a romantic candlelit restaurant serving Khmer and European specialties.
Bunwin Boutique Hotel is a charming upper-mid-range property that's a short drive from the lively center of Siem Reap. Spacious, contemporary rooms have open-floor plans, Khmer artwork, romantic in-room bathtubs, and rainfall showers. The garden pool is long enough for short laps, and there is a small spa and a quaint restaurant serving free breakfast plus a poolside bar. Freebies include airport transfers and tuk-tuks to and from the center of town. With its quiet and peaceful setting and art-filled interiors, it's hard to beat.
The Pavillon d'Orient is a small boutique hotel with 35 rooms, located on one of the access roads into Angkor Wat, slightly outside the town center of Siem Reap. The hotel has a charming colonial style, with rooms featuring hardwood floors, rattan furnishings, and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars, and safes, as well as pleasant terraces with comfortable chairs. The hotel has two saltwater swimming pools, a small spa, and the Le Planteur restaurant/bar where free breakfast is served, along with lunch and dinner. While there aren't any restaurants, bars, or shops nearby, and the hotel is a 10-minute drive from downtown, guests are provided with free tuk tuk service during their stay, making it easy to get around. Rates are a bit higher than those at the sister hotel, The Siddharta, but it really does feel like a true boutique stay, and is a pleasant choice for those who want peace and quiet away from town.
The Siddharta Boutique Hotel is a small resort with just 28 rooms, located outside of the Siem Reap downtown on the road to Angkor Wat. While the hotel is far from restaurants and bars, it is close to the temples, as well as the airport. There are mostly Deluxe Rooms here, with a couple of Honeymoon and Family suites. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, safes, and minibars, and come with free breakfast and Wi-Fi. The Siddharta has a swimming pool in a sunny courtyard, small spa, and rooftop restaurant and lounge. An added bonus is that rooms include a free tuk tuk driver throughout one's stay. It's a quiet property, located off the main road, and is best for those looking to escape the crowds and noise of central Siem Reap.
The Golden Temple Hotel is a small, boutique-style resort located just across the Siem Reap River and minutes from the restaurants and shops of Pub Street and the central downtown area. The hotel has only 30 rooms, set around a central pool, all of which have bright orange or purple colors set against wood floors, with paintings and cloth lamps creating a homey feel. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, DVD players along with films on Angkor Wat/Cambodia, and terraces set with loungers. There's a restaurant serving free breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner service, and the hotel also has small spa. This bright and pleasant resort is competitively priced with nearby properties and is a good bet for a central yet quiet stay. However, standard rooms lack views and bathrooms can be small.
The Memoire d' Angkor Boutique Hotel is a medium-sized property with 48 rooms set right in the heart of downtown Siem Reap. The hotel is on Sivatha Road, the main street, with hundreds of restaurants and shops nearby. It's also only a 15-minute drive to Angkor Wat and the airport. The rooms here have contemporary Khmer decor, plus modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars, safe boxes, and electric hot water kettles -- but they don't have any views and some of the furnishings are a bit worn. The hotel has a small pool, fitness center, and spa, plus a lobby lounge and restaurant that has live traditional music and Apsara dance shows each evening. There is also a nice art gallery in the lobby which is used for a cocktail happy hour at night.
Suorkear Boutique Hotel & Spa is a small, upper-mid-range resort with just 15 rooms. It sits on a quiet road that's an eight-minute drive from the center of Siem Reap. Other than a few other boutique hotels, there's not much else in the area, but the resort provides free tuk-tuks into town upon request. Clean, contemporary guest rooms are clustered around a garden swimming pool and have private balconies or garden patios. A host of nice freebies include airport transfers, bicycles, breakfast, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a small spa, a sharp pool, plus an open-air restaurant and bar that serves Khmer and Western food.
Set back from the road in a pretty white building that conjures Grecian getaways, this intimate, 19-room hotel is wonderfully located in walking distance to the main tourist area, but away from all that noise and clamor. Pub Street and the Old Market are a 10- to 15-minute walk away, but Sok San Road, where the hotel sits, has plenty of restaurants, shops, and traffic on it as well. Rooms have polished hardwood floors, slat-wood furniture, and small balconies or terraces. Amenities include flatscreen TVs, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi, as expected in mid-range hotels. The higher category rooms have espresso machines, too.
Rambutan Resort is a lovely, gay-friendly boutique hotel located on a quiet lane on the east side of the Siem Reap River. Lively Pub Street and the boutiques of the Old Market area are less than 10 minutes away on foot, and there's lots of trendy dining on the river's east side. The upper-mid-range resort has 16 rooms, all of them villas and suites with rustic tile floors, furniture sourced from sustainably harvested palm wood, and a private terrace with a large terrazzo stone bathtub. There's a lovely saltwater pool in the central courtyard, a stylish restaurant and bar, and a pleasant tropical garden for relaxing. Kids aren't welcome here, but families can stay at the sister property Rambutan Hotel, which is just down the lane.