I did not expect much from the choices of accommodations I considered during our previous trip to Cambodia. All I wanted was a comfortable private room that I could share with my husband after a long day of touring Angkor. I found this interesting lodging called “Golden Temple Villa” from Tripadvisor and was impressed with its good ratings. I checked on their web page and saw that it was within my budget, so I booked with them right away.
front facade at night
The booking procedure was a breeze, I just emailed them and requested for a reservation on my chosen date and they replied promtply and said that I was already booked. They didn’t ask for any downpayment whatsoever, so it was another plus point for me.
The hotel is stategically located very near the Angkor Night Market and Pub Street (where many restaurants are located) but is located in a quiet alley, so you won’t be bothered by any noise. At night, when you have nothing to do, you can just walk towards the Night Market which is just a few blocks away, maybe a good 5-10 minutes walk (depending on how fast is your pace), and enjoy shopping till you drop! There are also many spa offering massage, there are even a few fish spa massages being offered in the area.
The Arrival & Check-in
Prior to our trip to Siem Reap, the staff of Golden Temple Villa told me that they have a free pick-up service for their guests which is really nice because you get to save a few bucks for the transfer and you won’t get lost looking for the hotel. They just told me to tell them in advance of our arrival time in Siem Reap and what bus will I be taking. I was not able to inform them in advance the time of our arrival and the bus station where they can pick us up since we only booked the bus tickets when we were already in Phnom Penh. And of course, also, maybe due to my excitement, I forgot to email them the night before our arrival. I only remembered to email them when hubby and I are already on the bus going to Siem Reap. I only had a couple of hours to inform them, hoping they could read it in advance before we arrive in Siem Reap and hoping we still have our reservations with them. Thank heavens we were lucky because we chose a new bus company called “Giant Ibis” which has WIFI connection while on board, because of that, I was able to email GTVilla. I was kind of nervous they won’t get my email in advance, but 30-minutes before we arrived the bus station in Siem Reap, I checked my email and I was so relieved to receive a reply from GTVilla, telling me that a tuk-tuk driver will pick us up at the bus station.
arrival at Borey Seang Nam bus station
Giant Ibis ticketing office in Siem Reap
True enough, when we arrived at Borey Seang Nam bus station of Giant Ibis, I was so happy to see a tuk-tuk driver holding a placard with my name on it!
our tuk-tuk pick-up service
As I approached the tuk-tuk driver, I told him we were the guest he was picking up, he then immediately asked for our bags and told us to hop on to his tuk-tuk for a short 20-minutes ride to reach the hotel. By that time, I already had a good vibes that I picked the right accommodation for me and hubby. Golden Temple Villa was very reliable! :)
It was a short, but very nice ride, the town of Siem Reap is very laid back, simple but very lovely.
the way to Siem Reap
Upon Check-in, we were welcomed by their courteous staff in the lobby and told us to wait in their restaurant area so that they could brief us about our stay while we sipped their very cold and thirst-quenching welcome drinks.
our refreshing welcome drinks with peanuts
While we were enjoying our cold drinks and cooling ourselves with the cold towels they provided along with the drinks, one of their staff named Kimyan Yinh approached us and briefed us about their hotel and what’s in store for me and hubby during our stay. He gave me a welcome letter from GTVilla and courteously asked for the payment of our rooms (it’s their policy to pay the room accommodation upon arrival since they did not ask for any downpayment upon reservation). He also told us that part of our freebie for staying in their Villa, we get to have a 30-minute massage which we can avail during our stay. He also told us that tea, coffee and bananas are free to drink and eat in their restaurant, and that it is unlimited! Wow! I’m really feeling so good about our hotel at that moment. :)
welcome letter from GTV
unlimited tea, coffee and bananas anytime :)
The Hotel Amenities/Ambiance
Golden Temple Villa is a 2-star hotel accommodation but the ambiance and service are five-star class! The ambiance is so chic and relaxing. Their restaurant is very homey, and you’ll feel good while dining in it. The garden area is a great place to just relax and read a book or a magazine. There is an internet room where you can surf the net for free during your stay. They have a massage room where you can avail of a very relaxing massage for an hour for only $3. The rooms were beautifully designed, very Khmer and very romantic. The pictures will speak for themselves….
entrance to the restaurant area
play billiards while waiting for your food
from the restaurant leading to the garden area
hammocks in the garden
in the gardens
main entrance of GTV
front desk/reception area
books you can read which are free to use (you can even trade)
internet room free for use
massage only for $3/hour
2nd floor hallway
at the 2nd floor balcony area
Our room was a Standard Superior Aircon room, but it felt more like an upgraded room for me. The decor is tastefully done, more of Khmer style and yet has a tropical feel to it. The ensuite private bathroom was spacious enough for me to move around and not get my things wet. They provided enough towels too. The only setback, is that we were only provided 2 pillows, which was not fluffy enough for someone like me who likes big pillows.
inside the room
safety deposit box inside the room for your precious items :)
the simple but clean ensuite bathroom
I give Golden Temple Villa 5 stars for their magnificent service. Hubby and I felt like a king and a queen during our stay. The staff are very courteous, accommodating and very, very friendly. They really went an extra mile to make you feel really at home. We even befriended some of their staffs, they always assisted us with smiles on their faces, they always greet you whenever they see you and ask how your day was, eventhough you are only a guest, we felt so at home. Cambodian people are really one of the friendliest people I have ever met. They are sweet and gentle people. Even sellers and tuk-tuk drivers you meet on the streets are always smiling and courteous.
Value for Money
Golden Temple Villa is definitely a great value for your money. The room rates are very affordable and budget friendly. Even the prices on the menu at their restaurant is very reasonably priced. It’s a pity I didn’t get to try to eat at their restaurant because we opted to dine out and try the recommended restaurants in Siem Reap. Maybe next time I get to visit them, I will definitely try eating there because I heard about the good reviews of the food they serve in their restaurant.
I give Golden Temple Villa 5 Stars! The service is amazing, they have a wonderful crew there. The hotel is kept very clean and has a very relaxing and homey ambiance. The price rate is worth your every penny. Surely, when I get a chance to go back in Siem Reap, I’ll definitely stay again at Golden Temple Villa…my home in Siem Reap.
Golden Temple Villa
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