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Hotel Highlights

  • Smack-bang in the centre of Siem Reap
  • Close to the Old Market, Pub Street and Siem Reap's restaurants and bars
  • Just three rooms, each designed by a different local artist

Overview

Local artists designed each of the three impeccably thought-out rooms in Siem Reap’s Hotel Be Angkor in different ways, but kept a luxurious, modern feel throughout. Despite being front and centre for all the town's top drinking and dining, this elegant hideaway never feels overrun, disproving the old saying that three’s a crowd.

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Facilities

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Hotel Be Angkor – Siem Reap – Cambodia

Need To Know

Rooms

Three, including two suites.

Check–out

Noon; check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $89.00, excluding tax at 12 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast, airport pick up (this must be arranged with the hotel pre-arrival) and access to the gym and pool at a nearby hotel.

Also

Want holiday pics like a pro? Snappers should book the Sepia Package, which includes a three-day temple pass and a half-day photography excursion to Angkor Wat with John McDermott. (Scope out his stunning shots in the Sepia Room for inspiration.)

At the hotel

Spa treatment rooms, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, rain shower, Hotel Be toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Three Siem Reap-based artists have been let loose on the rooms, fitting out the three suites with a quirky mix of evocative photographs and bold fabrics. Our pick is the Bamboo Room, where Sopheap Pich's striking rattan and bamboo sculptures and framed drawings take centre stage. A rooftop terrace with day-bed and Old Market views seals the deal.

Packing tips

Channel Angelina Jolie à la Tomb Raider with cool khakis for temple treks. After dark, opt for laid-back linens or jewel-bright hues to match the colourful surrounds. Bring a fistful of US dollars to snap up scarves and trinkets at the markets (antique opium pipes are our current take-home fave).

Also

The rooms are non-smoking, but you're welcome to spark up on your private terrace or balcony. Sister property the One Hotel Angkor shares the same Pop Art-filled lobby.

Children

Kids are welcome at Hotel Be. Free cribs for babies and extra beds for one child can be provided. Babysitting can be arranged, given 24 hours notice.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Bar

Located opposite the hotel, across the narrow alleyway, Linga Bar is decked out with chocolate leather couches and candy-hued cushions, and draws an up-for-anything party crowd for moreish mojitos and chilled dance tunes.  

Last orders

Linga Bar starts shaking, stirring and pouring at 4pm and calls last drinks at 1am.

Room service

You'll be handed a mobile phone at check-in, so you can dial up snacks and drinks from ground-floor restaurant Aha and Linga Bar. Early-birds take note, options are limited for pre-dawn breakfasts if you're heading off on a sunrise temple tour.

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Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Leaving Siem Reap without seeing Angkor Wat et al would be like going to Egypt and skipping the pyramids. There are as many ways to tour the big four as there are photo ops. The masses descend on Angkor Wat at sunrise, but if you can stand the midday heat, you'll find that this majestic monument is far less hectic. Take the morning to view the graceful faces of nearby Bayon, play Tomb Raider at vine-shrouded Ta Prohm, or explore the terraces and towers of Angkor Thom. Once you've plotted your course, all that's left to do is choose your trusty steed: tuk tuk, taxi or vintage limousine.

 

Local restaurants

Situated in the same shophouse as the hotel, Aha (The Alley, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 965 501), from the Hôtel de la Paix team, dishes up a range of creative Khmer and European tapas in a Scandi-style room with a tiny open kitchen at its heart.

 

Respected restaurant Viroth's (246 Wat Bo St, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 760 774) is a must for elegant Khmer and pan-Asian fare. Nearby sister property, Viroth's Hotel (658 Wat Bo Village, Street 23, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 761 720) offers classic Cambodian dishes, such as delicate fish amok, in the breezy rooftop restaurant. 

 

The Sugar Palm (Taphul Road, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 964 838) is a favourite for zesty pomelo salads and Khmer curries, served on the balcony of a traditional timber house. 

 

For Asian-Euro fusion fare in contemporary surrounds, book a table at Abacus Garden Restaurant & Bar (National Road 6, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 966 156). Globe-trotting tastes include crab, mango and wasabi salad, duck with honey and star anise, and chocolate truffle cake with ginger ice-cream. 

 

Sate Italian cravings at Il Forno (16 The Lane, Siem Reap; +855 (0)92 238 914), where pastas and wood-fired pizzas reign supreme. They home deliver, too, if you fancy in-suite indulgence.

Local bars

Channeling 1920s Shanghai, Miss Wong Cocktail Bar (The Lane, Siem Reap; +855 (0)92 428 332) is a Sino-chic blend of ruby-red walls, lanterns and carved timber booths. Beat the heat with a tropical fruit cocktail spiked with house-infused vodkas.

Local cafés

For fresh-from-the oven pastries and luscious house-made ice-cream, pop into The Blue Pumpkin (563 Mondol 1, Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap; +855 (0)63 963 574), a chilled-out space of white day-beds and blonde-wood chairs.

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Old Market alleyway

Hotel Be Angkor

The Passage, Old Market Area, Siem Reap

Hotel Be Angkor is located in the atmospheric Old Market area, in the centre of Siem Reap.

Planes

Touch down at Siem Reap International Airport (www.cambodia-airports.com) from regional gateways including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. For connections, try Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeairlines.com) or Thai Air (www.thaiairways.com). It’s about a 40-minute flight from Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Hotel Be is six kilometres from the airport and return car transfers are included in the room rate. Routed via the temple complex into town, the drive from to the hotel will give you your first glimpse of Angkor Wat.

Automobiles

Self-drive is not permitted and a lack of road rules makes the traffic chaotic at best, so leave it to the professionals. Buses ply the streets to Phnom Penh from US$6 and take six hours. If you want to explore, ask your hotel to hook you up with a reliable driver. Or, opt for a remorque (tuk tuk), which start at just US$15 a day.

Other

Fast boats connect Phnom Penh and Siem Reap via the undulating Tonlé Sap river and lake (it’s still a five- to six-hour ride). Luxury cruise operators also run between Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, if aquatic action floats your boat.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this bijou boutique hotel, a full account of their Cambodian escape will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Hotel Be Angkor in Siem Reap... Give three local artists free rein over the ro…
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Hotel Be Angkor

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this bijou boutique hotel, a full account of their Cambodian escape will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Hotel Be Angkor in Siem Reap...

Give three local artists free rein over the rooms of a narrow shophouse and you have Hotel Be Angkor, a Siem Reap boutique stay in the heart of the buzzy Old Market area. 

The ground floor of this converted shophouse is a free-flowing space that is home to a Pop Art-filled lobby, professional photo gallery and sleek Khmer diner Aha. Upstairs, the serene Saffron Room, nature-themed Bamboo Room and photo-filled Sepia Room beckon.

With stylish bars and eateries on its doorstep and Angkor's snap-worthy monuments and temples a 20-minute drive away, this designer den makes the ideal Cambodian crashpad.

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