We came to this hotel after staying at a local tuk tuk driver’s home whilst volunteering at a school just out of Siem Reap. So the thought of a clean room, a flushing toilet and a shower with running water was so exciting! I will however try and make my review of our accommodation in Siem Reap as unbiased as possible.
An escape from the outside madness
The Villa Medamrei is located a short walk from the centre of Siem Reap. Perfect if you want a little bit of quite and to be off the man drag, but close enough to be amongst the action. The desecrate tropical garden entrance leads you into a small hotel foyer with welcoming staff. After confirming our booking and removing our shoes, we were shown to a comfortable, relaxing, very ‘zen’, seating area for our welcome drinks (very nice hospitality). We were served damp towels with a cool refreshing drink of iced tea mixed with Cambodian lime, sugar and lemongrass. After a week of roughing it, Chris and I thought we had died and gone to heaven. It was oh so yummy!
Up a set of steep stairs (there is no lift, but they can keep the pram in the foyer if you have one) and we were shown to our room located on the second floor down the end of a long hallway lined with pebbles. The zen theme ran through into the rooms and we knew we were going to have a relaxing stay. The space was small but very comfortable and well presented. The balcony though was tiny, enough to have poke your head out for a bit of warm humid air, and the view was a little lack luster. There are garden outlook rooms on the ground floor which seemed to have a more pleasant view.
There was no wardrobe or much space to put your luggage, but there was a small desk with stool for those that need a workspace (and a working wifi connection). There was also a decent size safe box for any valuables. The bathroom was modest with contemporary fittings and a little wooden shelf for your tooth brush and paste by not much else. After a week of showering out of a bucket, I was really looking forward to having one here. The pressure and temperature was great, although I needed to be about a foot taller for the shower head!
Food was ok, and it was readily available
The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a restaurant down the other end of the hall with a view to the street. We enjoyed our breakfast in a lounge area on the balcony – a perfect spot if you wanted to read a magazine or chill out somewhere other than your room. The predominately Western breakfast menu with a few Khmer options was ok, but not amazing. It was nice to see muesli with a bowl of fresh fruit on the menu for a change! The fruit snacks are delicious as always and their ice tea very refreshing. We enjoyed room serves twice, both times we had Western cuisine (we were a bit rice and noodled out!). The meals were not bad, but nothing to rave to home about.
Staff were great!
The staff at the hotel we welcoming, attentive and very friendly. Our room was very clean and well presented making for a very pleasant stay. I would definitely return to the Villa Medamrei on a future visit to Siem Reap. There is a bike rental shop just across the street which also does your laundry (cheaper than the hotel). We recommend you drop your dirty clothes off their before heading to Angkor Wat on push bike, you will love it!