Where to Stay in Siem Reap (and Where You Shouldn’t!)

Trying to figure out where to stay in Siem Reap and which area is going to suit you best? Then read on.

After living here for over 6 months I’m going step you through how to choose the best area, and the best guesthouse or hotel for you.

As you surely know, Siem Reap is home to the amazing temples of ancient Angkor and undoubtedly that’s the main thing you came to see. But, I am sure you’re also going to like engage with local culture, local foods, sightseeing, maybe some partying, and relaxing, so, visit here for my info-packed intro to the city and loads of things to do in Siem Reap.

Let’s answer that question of where to stay.

First, we need to understand a little about the dynamics of Siem Reap as a tourism city. It attracts a lot of visitors from Thailand, Korea, China and Japan and, especially for the Chinese, many services are tailored just for them.  This is also true for western backpackers as you’ll see at places like Funky Flashpacker. Lots of locals from outside Siem Reap also come to visit the country’s sacred temples and have their own style and preferences. Can you follow where I am heading? A lot of different folks and a lot of different strokes.

As an example, if a western tourist finds themselves booked into one of the Chinese tour group hotels, they are probably going to have a bad time. Nothing against Chinese, I love them so much, but the cultural differences can often clash. A Chinese tour group can be like a flock of gaggling geese, they really are so vivacious, expressive and love to stay up late talking and playing games. A western individual stuck in the middle of this could be driven insane! Don’t believe me? Some larger hotels actually use separate buildings for Chinese tour groups for this very reason.

The same is also true if a family found themselves at one of the hip backpacker hostels. Trying to put the young ones to sleep while a whole bunch of 20-year-olds rave the night away would also drive a person insane.

I feel you have got my point about diversity and the need to choose the right place for your style 🙂

Let’s also consider location. Siem Reap doesn’t have a transport system, just tuk tuks. So while you might find a cheap deal at an outlying hotel, it’s going to be a pain in the butt having to take a tuk tuk back and forth from the hotel/hostel if you like spending your time out and about. For example, visiting attractions, eating out, mingling at the markets or visiting the bars and clubs are going to add up to a lot of tuk tuk rides each day if you are in the wrong location.

Of course, there are also hotels which offer a destination experience where people like to spend all their time enjoying the in-house services and attractions, occasionally heading out to visit the temples and sights.

That’s the beauty of Siem Reap. it offers something for everyone, whatever your budget or style.

So first up let’s take a look at a map and get some bearings

You can expand the map and note the main temple area where you’ll be going to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and so on. Then note the location of the city center in red. This red area is where all the restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, markets and shopping places are all clustered.

Being within walking distance of the city center will make your time very convenient, unless, you are happy to spend your time at the hotel and only heading out for the temples etc.

Pub Street – Siem Reaps epicenter

So, knowing all this, let’s start to pick out some of the top hostels and hotels based on desired experience. And I am excluding any tour group hotels and those that specifically cater to locals from these lists.

The Top Hotels near the city center and Pub Street/Old Market

These hotels all receive high visitor ratings and range in price from on average $30 to 60 per night bar the more expensive Park Hyatt which averages around $240+.

Shadow Angkor Residence  – 4 Star – French colonial-style that’s very central, but quiet with river views. Also has family rooms.

Terrasse des Elephants Hotel – 4 Star – The most central hotel with a very convenient location in the heart of the central area. The hotel has a very Cambodian feel featuring colonial architecture with local traditional craft and interior design. Also has roof top pool and spa services.

Apsara Centrepole Hotel – 4 Star – Located on Sok San Road which features many small boutique restaurants it is only steps away from Pub Street and the Old Market area. The hotel has a salt water swimming pool and spa/massage services.

Chhay Long Angkor Boutique – 4 Star – a quiet location and just steps away from the Pub Street and the Old Market area. The hotel is modern and offers outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and in house spa and wellness services. They also have a family suite.

Cheathata Suites Hotel – 4 Star – Another great location near to the Angkor Night Market and also offering roof top pool and some rooms featuring bath tub.

La Da Kiri Boutique Hotel – 4 Star – Located on Sok San Road it offers outdoor pool, free airport shuttle, rooms with bath tub, and great location.

The Tito Suite Residence – 4 Star – A new hotel offering swimming pool, nice sized rooms and bath tub.

The Night Hotel – Just within walking distance of Pub Street and the Old Market area this hotel offers a swimming pool and free airport shuttle. It’s on Sok San Road where you will find a number of smaller bars and cafe/restaurants.

Chronivada Residence – 5 Star – a modern and elegant hotel in a quiet but very convenient location.  Hotel features fitness centre, swimming pool, and spa.

Royal Crown Hotel & Spa – 5 Star – This hotel is located across the river from the Old Market and Pub Street but just within comfortable walking distance. It is only metres away from the Riverside Night Market and Made in Cambodia Market/Kings Road where there is a cluster of cafes and restaurants including Hard Rock Cafe and Costa Coffee.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap – 5 Star – Located on Sivatha Bvld it’s only just within comfortable walking distance of the Old Market and Pub Street the hotel offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools and 3 dining options including the popular Glasshouse Deli. It also offers 24HR gym, steam room, hot tub and spa services.

The Top Guesthouses near the city center and Pub Street/Old Market

Guesthouse prices range from $10 to 20 per night.

Cheng Lay Guesthouse – offers free airport shuttle, free wifi, on-site restaurant and family rooms.

Garden Village Guesthouse – offers a swimming pool, free wifi, and on-site restaurant.

Golden Papaya Guesthouse – fan or A/C rooms available all with private bathroom.

Kandal Village Inn – A/C rooms with cable TV and en suites. Free wifi and restaurant on site.

I Lodge – A/C rooms and en suite bathrooms available.

Big Lyna Villa & Homestay – offering more traditional Khmer style rooms and free airport shuttle. Rooms include A/C, cable TV, a fridge and private bathroom.

 

The Top Backpacker hostels near the city center and Pub Street/Old Market

Dormitory bed prices start at $4 and private rooms are similar to guest house prices.

Funky Flashpacker – The music doesn’t stop here and it’s one of the most popular hostels in the city. Featuring two roof-top bars, swimming pool, ATM, mini mart, free wifi and bicycle rentals. Offers dorm style accommodation with fan and some rooms with A/C and private rooms with fan and some with A/C.

One Stop Hostel – Offering a rooftop bar, free wifi, and single beds in mixed dormitory rooms with air conditioning.

I Bed Hostel – Breakfast included, free airport shuttle, free wifi, and the choice of A/C or fan dorm rooms.

Onederz Hostel Siem Reap – Featuring both private rooms and dormitories and all rooms have A/C, roof top swimming pool, and laundry services.

Cercle D’angkor Villa – featuring free wifi, on-site restaurant, private rooms and dorm rooms all with A/C and private bathrooms.

Adventure Hostel Siem Reap – offering free wifi, dorm rooms or private rooms all with A/C.

Hangout – a family-friendly hostel with a popular in-house restaurant. Offering dorm beds and private dorm areas.

Experience Based Hotels

If you like to relax at the hotel, enjoy its services and amenities, and don’t care to be near pub street, then this list is for you. The accommodation choices here have all been chose based on their amenities/value offer, and all have 9.5 out of 10 or higher visitor ratings!

Farm stay – an insight into real Cambodian life and rural life. Free wifi is available and meals are available.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat – 5 Star – Offering  3 swimming pools, 2 yoga studios, a fitness centre and a restaurant.

Suorkear Boutique Hotel & Spa – 4 Star –  Outdoor pool, family rooms, spa and wellness centre,  steam room, hot tub, à la carte restaurant, rooftop bar and free wifi. Some rooms have private pools. Free transport to and from the city.

UngD Angkor Suites – 4 Star – Offers spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, hot tub, garden, free bikes, free transfers, on-site restaurant, and bar.

Hillocks Hotel & Spa – 5 Star – Offers spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool set amongst landscaped rice fields and gym.

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor – 5 Star – Set amongst private gardens the hotel offers in-house restaurant, bar, an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness and spa centre equipped with a sauna.

Viroth’s Hotel – 5 Star – offering a fitness centre, spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, bar and popular open air restaurant.

Phum Baitang – 5 Star – offers unique luxury wooden stilt villa accommodation set amongst lush gardens and rice fields. Features include swimming pool, gym, sauna,  spa and wellness centre, free airport shuttle and more.

Jaya House River Park – 5 Star – Set amongst tropical gardens it features 2 outdoor pools, roof top bar, in-house restaurant, spa and wellness centre.

Templation Hotel – 5 Star – offering outdoor pool, spa, gym, garden and villas with private pools.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort – 5 Star – featuring a golf course,  spa centre, gym, hot tub, pool, terrace, and garden.

 

More? Check out my list of the top 5 Star hotels in Siem Reap.

 

Get the book: Essential Siem Reap which is available from Amazon in e-book and print. Featuring temples, maps, activities, things to do, where to eat, local foods, language intro, how to stay safe and more.

 

More posts on Siem Reap:

Guide: Renting an Apartment in Siem Reap

The Top Five Star Hotels in Siem Reap inc. City Centre and Outer Siem Reap

Siem Reap to Poipet/Aranyaprathet Border Crossing & Return [Scammerless]

Spa’s, Massages and Ways to Relax in Siem Reap

Cambodia Gone Wild – The Amazing Khmer New Year Festival in Siem Reap

Beating the Heat in Siem Reap & Cambodia

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The Fast Guide to Angkor Wat & Angkor Archaeological Park

The Essential One Page Cambodia Starter Guide [for Visitors and Future Residents]