Best Place to Stay in Siem Reap if You Want to Visit Angkor Wat

By on April 25, 2019 in Accommodation, Asia, CAMBODIA, Reviews with 0 Comments

The Best Place to Stay in Siem Reap

The word is out.

In fact, the word is well and truly out.

Angkor Wat – the enormous, ancient, UNESCO-listed temple complex in Cambodia – is incredible and quickly shooting to the top of many a traveller’s bucket list.

And so it should.

For it is, truly incredible.

Located in the middle of the jungle and fearlessly guarded however, you can’t stay in or really even near Angkor Wat, so the closest place to rest your head, especially if you want to be up early for those sunrise pics, is the nearby city of Siem Reap.

The second biggest city in Cambodia, I spent 5 days here trying out a range of accommodation and can happily confirm I have now found the best place to stay in Siem Reap if you want to visit Angkor Wat.


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IBIS Styles Siem Reap

Enter the Ibis Styles Siem Reap!

A new and modern small hotel right in the heart of Siem Resp, this place is as functional and convenient as it is quiet, peaceful, relaxing and comfortable.

And this perfect blend is exactly the reason I’m calling the Ibis Styles the best place to stay in Siem Reap.

With a choice of suite or standard rooms, it’s also perfect for every budget and for every traveller – be it business, backpacker, family or couple holidaymakers.

Staff are incredibly friendly and with 24hr reception, a bar, restaurant and swimming pool onsite, there is honestly everything you need here – perfect when you come back from those temples utterly exhausted and can’t make it too much further!

The international brand of the hotel also means you can trust the quality and standards here, as well your safety and security.

Generous buffet breakfasts are included in your room rate and everyone will be delighted to know the wifi here is lightning fast too!

 

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Location

So as I briefly mentioned above, the location of the Ibis Styles is excellent and certainly one of the top reasons I’m naming it as the best place to stay in Siem Reap.

However, it’s so perfect, that I really do think it deserves a bit more explanation.

Spread out along a river, Siem Reap is a sprawling city, although the tourist centre, unlike Phnom Penh, is quite concentrated.

Ibis Styles combines the best of Siem Reap by being located on the edge of the tourist centre (making it quiet) along the river (giving it nice views)  and next to the night market (giving you loads of food and people-watching options).

Everything you could possibly need is within easy walking distance, and even alone as a solo female at night, I felt very safe strolling around by myself after dark.

Just being able to take a amble through the thronging streets, enjoy an al-fresco drink, or grab some food along the water’s edge meant I really enjoyed the location of the Ibis Styles Siem Reap.

 

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Comfort and Design

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Ibis Styles Swings

I also liked how spotlessly clean the Ibis Styles Siem Reap was, as well as its modern, contemporary design.

Simple and sophisticated with an urban cross Asian influence, the decor perfectly lent itself to the feel of the hotel’s home city.

Swinging, colourful wicker pods in the lobby were a lovely touch and accompanied some intersting art pieces and wall paintings around the hotel.

My large, double bed was incredibly comfortable and shower superbly hot with excellent pressure.

An in-room safety deposit box was large enough to fit my laptop in and the desk in my room was a welcome addition when I needed to do some work!

The rooftop swimming pool was a delight to enjoy after a long, hot sweaty day exploring the temples and the sunbeds meant I could even catch some late afternoon rays too!

Best of all was the way you could gaze out over the people on the streets below from the refreshing waters of the pool!

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Ibis Styles Daybeds

 

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#2 Walking Shoes – There’s likely to be a lot of walking in Siem Reap especially around those temples at Angkor Wat. As such, I advise packing a pair of good runners, like these New Balance trainers, which are perfect for strolling and climbing the big steps.

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Facilities

So from lightning fast wifi to excellent service, buffet breakfast to clean, modern design, friendly staff to comfortable beds, there’s no doubt the Ibis Styles ticked all the boxes for me as the best place to stay in Siem Reap.

And with a very reasonable price tag to match, this certainly makes a great choice if you want to visit Angkor Wat too.

Tuk-tuks can easily be picked up outside the door at any time of the day – meaning getting to the temples for sunrise or sunset couldn’t be easier.

And then, when you’re hot, sweaty, exhausted and templed-out, you can easily return to the peaceful and quiet Ibis Styles to enjoy a refreshing swim and reset before you venture out for a delicious dinner in one of Cambodia’s best tourist destinations.

 

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Ibis Styles Me

 

So what’s my recommendation for the best place to stay in Siem Reap?

The Ibis Styles of course!

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