Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hotel Review: Boutique Cambo Hotel

We had booked tickets to Siem Reap, Cambodia late last year during one of AirAsia's promotion. Lucky for me I already had a copy of this year's semester breaks so I conveniently booked tickets during which I knew there'd be no classes. I booked a four-day trip to Siem Reap right after Eid-ul-Fitr for me and hubs.

We decided to stay in Boutique Cambo after finding a flash deal on Agoda and this is a photoblog of the place:

We've finally arrived! Clearly marked in front of the hotel's driveway is its signage engraved in stone. The journey (via tuk-tuk) from the airport to Boutique Cambo took roughly about 15 minutes. 

From the entrance gate we were greeted by lush green foliage and Balinese style massage beds on our right. I was informed that a one-hour massage at Boutique Cambo would only cost you about USD8 per person. You can opt for a massage in your hotel room, or out here. 

On the left side of the hotel's entrance is a small swimming pool that hotel guests can use for a swim or maybe just chill and get some tan.

The hotel's lobby. I have always loved boutique hotels, they have the trappings of any regular five star hotels but with smaller number of guests, thus making your stay at the hotel a much more private affair.

Checking in. The hotel owner (the one in the black shirt) greeted us personally on the day of our arrival. The hotel provides free pick up service to and from the airport (just make sure that you inform them earlier on the details of your flight) so it was definitely a very convenient way of first-time tourists to Siem Reap (like us) to arrive comfortably at the hotel. Be forewarned that the pick-up service is via tuk-tuk and not by car.

The view from the registration desk, looking out onto the patio.

Being a boutique hotel, the hotel is only three stories high, thus there are no elevators in the building. But the hotel staff can help you bring your luggage up to your room if you like.

Stairway from the lobby.

The corridor on the third floor, where our room was located.

And this is our room, the superior double ensuite. 

And the adjoining bathroom. The hotel is exactly as advertised in its website and Facebook page.

The next morning we woke up for breakfast and this is the small cafe where we had breakfast. I absolutely adore this hotel. The hotel is actually filled with people but it is also private enough that we enjoyed having the hotel to ourself most of the time. Should you need to leave the hotel early in the morning (like we did when we opted for a sunrise tour of Angkor Wat that had us leave the hotel as early as 5.30 am), the hotel would provide you with packed breakfast consisting of fruits, bread and jam. Just make sure you inform the hotel staff the night before so that breakfast is ready for you when you leave the hotel.

And a pool table where you can play for free.

On the last day hubs took photo with the hotel's owner (I'm sorry but I forgot his name, he's the one in the black shirt) and his staff who regularly mans the reception and arranges tuk-tuk rides for guests. The hotel is located at National Road 6, Phum Sala Kansen, Svay Dangkum Commune. It's slightly out of the way (you can still walk to town if you like but it would be roughly a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the city center) from the regular nightspots like Pub Street and Night Market, but the hotel does provide complimentary tuk-tuk rides to town. The hotel itself is not located on the main road, rather it's located down an alley by the main road so don't be surprised if the tuk-tuk driver suddenly veers off into a small alley. For more info on the hotel you can check out its Facebook page [here] and website [here].

Our verdict? I'd recommend the hotel for the great service from the staffs, warm welcome by the owner, very comfortable rooms and complimentary tuk-tuk rides to town but if location is your main concern (i.e. walking distance to Pub Market and Night Market) then this might not be the hotel of your choice. But we certainly loved the hotel and a big THANK YOU the staffs for making our stay in Siem Reap a very comfortable one. They even helped us book tuk-tuk rides (you're better off booking with the hotel, we rented their tuk-tuk for the whole day and it only cost us USD15 per tuk-tuk per day). Just in case you're wondering, a tuk-tuk can comfortably fit about four people max.

Will put up more posts on Siem Reap soon! I know of a friend who's planning a visit to Siem Reap in January so I'd better make sure I can share all about the place.

xoxo Mrs Fashionista