Update: this hotel had a total makeover since we stayed there and is now called Ly Villa Angkor.
During our visit to Siem Reap, we stayed at Siem Reap Holiday Garden for 4 nights ($67.21). Siem Reap is filled with tuk tuks, restaurants and pubs catering to the needs of countless tourists, due to the popularity of the Angkor Archeological park. And we were two of those tourists, only in Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat. There are lots of Western restaurants, some of which we tried, and there is even a Pub Street, alive with many tourists like ourselves, and lots of bars playing live music.
Now, about our guesthouse. We had a room with private bathroom (no soap dispenser), a fan, and airconditioning with remote. As was the problem in a couple of guesthouses where we stayed at up until now, the sink leaked and we couldn’t change the temperature of the airconditioning. There was no fridge and an old television. The WiFi connection was fine in our room (which was situated right next to the router), but not great in the common room downstairs. We loved that the head of the bed had some cabinets and a decent platform where we could stack our phones, laptops, Kindles and headlamp, everything was within reach.
To get fresh towels and toilet paper, we had to ask at the reception. The staff didn’t spend much attention to us, but they were not unfriendly. Although when we asked to print something, that wasn’t possible, while we saw the printer sitting there. We did get a nice welcome with a printed map and some quick information about the tours to Angkor they offer. The tours only include a tuk tuk which drives you to a certain amount of temples in a day. In our opinion, it’s better to walk to the end of the road (or anywhere at the side of the street) where there are always a couple of tuk tuks waiting for customers. That’s what we did when exploring Angkor. You can choose your own route, which temples to visit and the price depends on your negotiating skills.
Breakfast is not included, but they do offer free coffee and tea in the common room. There’s a fridge as well, filled with soft drinks, water and beer (not free). The laundry service costs $1 per kilogram, but we didn’t make use of it. The guesthouse is close to a Green e-Bike Shop, where we rented an e-bike for 24 hours ($10 per e-bike) to explore Angkor and there are always a couple of tuk tuks near, waiting for you to need their services. Pub Street and several Western restaurants (tried and approved) are within walking distance.
Overall we were satisfied with our stay at Siem Reap Holiday Garden in Siem Reap. The room was clean and the distance to Angkor Archeological Park was acceptable and a rather easy route.