On my expedition through South East Asia, I wanted a variety of accommodations – from living the dorm life in hostels to repping royalty status in boutique hotels. After scouring the net and hearing tales from numerous travel bloggers, Cambodia can offer up the best of both worlds.
My wonderful stay at Oasis Capsule Hostel – close to all the action at the popular Pub Street neighbourhood – had me thinking “could it get any better than this?” Oh yes, my friends, it can.
La Residence Blanc D’Angkor is everything you dreamed it would be, and more!
When my friend and I arrived to the hotel in Siem Reap, which was a short $4 USD tuk-tuk ride away from Pub Street, I felt like I stepped into paradise. While walking through the perfectly groomed grounds to the front lobby, we were welcomed by the friendly staff – most of whom are local high school and college students. Check-in was a breeze and soon enough we were making our way to our deluxe double room.
Two things that I usually require from a hotel room is space… and air conditioning. The Deluxe Room (great for duo travelers!) is super spacious. There was enough room for our bags – plus a decent sized sliding closet. The king-size bed made for a comfortable and pleasant sleep; I never felt cramped while sharing with my adventure-mate!
Speaking of the bed… have you ever gone on vacation and the staff make the towels into cute designs? Well, at La Residence Blanc D’Angkor, they go beyond that! Upon entering, the bed was adorned with a welcome message made out of plants and beautiful local flowers. It was such a nice added touch and one that will make my stay a memorable one.
Now, onto the bathroom, which is bigger than some of the bedrooms I’ve lived in! The sink area has plenty of counter space to keep our toiletries within in reach and to get ready for the day. The toilet is in a separate room from the shower – they’re across from each other, which in theory sounds great when more than one person needs to use the facilities. However, the doors are glass so you could see right through to the shower. Besides the low privacy factor in the washroom, the shower size and water pressure makes up for it.
The hotel’s restaurant provides a variety of Khmer and Western cuisine that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Breakfast is buffet-style plus a la carte, as well as station where you can have your eggs just the way you like it.
The restaurant has both indoor dining as well as an outdoor patio that is surrounded by a beautiful pond with huge koi fish. It makes for such a beautiful setting in the evening with the peaceful waterfall trickling in the background.
Finally, the pièce de résistance – the stunning infinity-style pool that provided just the right amount of bliss at the perfect temperature. Although the hotel wasn’t packed with people, there are only about a handful of lounge chairs, so it’s best to head poolside in the A.M. We never had a problem claiming a chair, probably because many folks were exploring Angkor Wat. This only gave privacy and tranquility for a perfect day by the pool.
I absolutely loved my stay at La Residence Blanc D’Angkor! I cannot get over how beautiful the property is. You can tell the management puts careful consideration into creating a relaxing oasis for their guests.
My stay wouldn’t have been as amazing without the friendly hotel staff who were there to provide assistance with tuk-tuks and give recommendations on things to do and places to see. Their radiant smiles show just how much they care about bringing life and love back into their country that was once plagued by genocide.
I highly recommend this place – and would definitely stay here again. At a very reasonsable rate of $30 USD a night and up, La Residence Blanc is the perfect place for any type of traveler – because let’s face it, everybody needs a little R&R! To book your stay, visit the hotel’s reservation page here.
This blog post was written in exchange for a complimentary stay at La Residence Blanc D’Angkor. As always, opinions are my own.