This is the view that will greet you upon arriving at Banyan Leaf Hotel, and most prolly the one thing that made me choose this — plus some other things! On a serious note, it really doesn’t look so big (picture in Agoda looks so big) but it does look like somewhere to dip yourself after a hot day at the Angkor. There’s a dedicated time for pool time in the itinerary, I tell you! That and a cocktail, aaaaaaaah.
It’s not that bad, really. I got the room for under PHP2500 ($60) for two nights and it was a lovely stay. Even I can’t believe that this is already a 2-star hotel rate. In Singapore, it’ll cost the same for a hostel. I am truly amazed how affordable Cambodia is so far.
While the room is nothing to rave about, it’s comfortable enough to shelter us in our stay in Siem Reap. One cannot deal with bad room and service after temple tramping, shopping, drinking, and more temple tramping in this land of wonder. I like that when you arrive – backpacks, heavy stuff, and all that shnazz – they offer you a drink. And immediately, you’re led to your room. Wi-fi is complimentary — and more! Breakfast is complimentary! It’s nothing local, though. Sausages, eggs, beans, pancakes, bread. Usual stuff, but still really important!
It is a small place, that the bar is right across the pool and the concierge, and behind is the dining area. No frills, if you ask me. Pretty much how I live now, so who the hell cares. I like that they offer drinks til the wee hours of the morning. It’s a quiet alternative to Pub Street if you’re in for a quieter night. (Not for me that time, lol)
And if the temple run becomes too much to bear and you just need a good kneading, they offer massage in your room. This one I didn’t get. I’m not the massage type of person, but I did ask if you get to choose between a masseur and a masseuse and they do offer that!
I think the most important thing to consider here is how near it is to Pub Street and the night market. It is a 15 minute walk from everything, even 10 if you’re a brisk walker.
Plus you can always take a tuktuk for a couple of dollars. Really essential thing to remember when you’re going home a bit more drunk than you’re used to (hello people who make me drink so much at Pub Street!)
Banyan Leaf Hotel
Taphul Road, Taphul Village
Khom Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap
P.S. I can’t wait to blog about the temples!