FINDING a Siem Reap hotel can be an intimidating prospect.
If you’ve never visited the Cambodian tourist town you don’t know where to start with the settlement seeming to stretch north, south, east and west along two main roads that meet near the Royal Residence.
Landmarks dotted around the place – Angkor Wat, the Old Market, the Night Market, the Royal Gardens, Pub Street, Angkor National Museum – just add to the complication in selecting a spot to sleep.
So, here’s a tip, stay in a hotel that’s walking distance to Pub Street and the Old Market with the location making it easy to drift into the bustling streets of the tourist quarter after an epic day exploring Angkor ruins.
On my most recent visit to Siem Reap I spend three nights at the Steung Siemreap Hotel, on Street 9 literally one block from the town’s central shopping and eating precinct, and am impressed by what I find in this appealing mid-priced property.
The hotel has 75 guest rooms with most boasting tall French doors and a balcony big enough to sit on at the end of the day, enjoying sunset when the weather cools enough to linger outdoors, and interiors offer a sense of place by combining a simple colonial-style charm.
There are shutters on the windows, to keep the rooms cool during the day and quiet at night, as well as lots of English-language channels on the television and free wifi.
Breakfast is simple, with the morning meal served in the dining room of the hotel’s annex across the quiet street from the building my room is in, and there’s a swimming pool to cool off at the end of a hot day sightseeing.
During my second night at the Steung Siemreap Hotel I come and go, drifting out for sunset drinks and dinner at the FCC before returning with my shopping and heading out again to visit to Blue Pumpkin just around the corner for a late-night feast of ice cream.
While the address won’t suit folks seeking an opulent five-star stay, and will be too expensive for those on a frugal backpacker budget, it will be the perfect combination of comfort and affordability for travellers looking to pay a mid-range rate.