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“Luxury! Treated like royalty! Amazing staff!”

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Sojourn Boutique Villas
Ranked #29 of 365 Hotels in Siem Reap
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed 4 nights at the Sojourn in August 2011. I can't think of anything negative to say about this place!! We booked the 3-night Getaway and added an extra night. Included in the package were a private driver each day and night, breakfast (delicious!!!), a tour guide one day, a picnic lunch two days, a sunset picnic (wine, cheese and crackers, olives, etc, overlooking Angkor Wat), and one massage each. The package is more expensive than you can find in Siem Reap, but well worth it and still a bargain.

We were treated like royalty and called by name (although my husband laughed when they referred to him as "Stephanie"!). The staff is amazing and so, so friendly. I was extremely impressed by their kind attitudes towards guests, from the manager and driver to the waiters and massage staff. Having a private driver is such a bonus. The Sojourn provided us with a suggested itinerary but we were able to adapt and change it as we saw fit. It was so nice to not have to think about anything!!

The hotel is about a 15-minute drive from town (as another review said, don't get scared when the driver turns down a dirt road!), located next to a Cambodian village. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and there are only about 7 bungalows so it's all quiet and very private. The pool was great and had an underwater bar. The food here was the best we had in our 2 weeks in Cambodia and Thailand.

The rooms are luxurious. My only negative comment is that there is no luggage rack. The bathtub seats two easily and is filled up by water cascading down the granite wall behind the tub, like a waterfall. There is a huge indoor shower and a fantastic outdoor shower. Robes and slippers are provided. The bed was extremely comfortable and there were lounge chairs in the room, as well as an outdoor porch with a table and chairs.

We had a "destination dining" experience for my birthday and it is one of the most romantic things we've ever had. We had a private table over a lotus pond, lit by candles, with our own chef and waiter. Only one couple a night can book this experience and sitting there listening to frogs and other nightlife was an amazing experience. Check out their website for details and treat yourself!

Room Tip: We were in a Temple Villa and had an outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

I should have written this review ages ago, but better late than never. We were booked in for a total of 3 nights but went back for another 3 nights. we stayed in both the Apsara, as well as Temple Villas. The rooms are very large, with excellent size bathrooms. (outside shower in temple villa is quite wicked) overlooking the swimming pool. This boutique hotel is very aesthetically and tastefully done. The decor is almost always done using indigenous material or artefacts, thus promoting local flavour.

The cuisine is excellent, especially in the quality of the meat and vegetables. Even an extreme dieter would find it hard to resist the temptations of the mashed banana and palm sugar toast in the mornings and the "amoks" (a typical cambodian dish) in the evenings.

Our driver and guide were excellent - both spoke good english and both were extremely patient with me. Sometimes my work would continue many hours past lunch time and they never once grumbled about it. they would take us wherever we wanted to go, whenever we wanted to go, suggesting the best of itineraries. they would wake up at 4 am and be spot on at 5 am....they even had me eating stuffed barbecued frogs....ha...

Last but not the least, the soul of the place is the staff. the hotel and staff seem to have the most harmonious marriage that makes for a perfect getaway. They are extremely friendly, courteous and the manager needs special mention - he did give us quite an insight into Cambodia as a whole - politics, history, people, culture, etc.

although it is not close to the temples or the city, it is so worth getting away from the hustle and bustle to a peaceful end after a busy day.

some minor hiccups not even worth mentioning, but apart from that, top quality and top stuff from a super team. kudos!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Good: Room is in good size, especially the bathroom (stayed in the terrace room, villa should be even bigger). The restaurant offers very good local food at reasonable price. Service is brilliant. Laundry service is also good, didn't use the pool since there was heavy rain almost everyday. Would defintely return next time and try the villa.

Bad: 15mins drive to the town, but if you are looking for somewhere quiet then this is the place.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

I'm writing this review on my iPad in the Siem Reap airport, having just checked out of Sojourn Boutique Hotel.

My brother and I spent 4 nights at Sojourn and we used it as a home base for exploring the nearby Angkor Wat temple complex. Sojourn is not a 5-star hotel in the strict sense, even though I am giving it a 5-star rating. For the adventure traveler, however, it is difficult to imagine a more friendly and comfortable place to relax between temple outings.

Sojourn is in a village a few minutes outside the hustle & bustle of Siem Reap. It is contained inside a walled compound – the grounds are lush and lovely. It is a little jarring, though (literally & figuratively) as the road to the village has been rendered almost impassable by the recent severe floods. And the village itself is impoverished compared to the very comfortable Sojourn grounds.

We had excellent service at Sojourn – the native staff is very friendly, eager to please, and keen to practice their English. We dined at Sojourn every night, most mornings, and one lunch. The selection is abundant, the quality good, and prices are quite reasonable.

The villas are charming. They are a little dark, but generally clean and comfortable. The bathroom was quite large and well-appointed.

Sojourn arranged a driver for us. He became a good friend and loyal guide. For three mornings in a row he picked us up at 04:30 in the morning to take us for sunrise photography at Angkor Wat. He patiently waited for us and took us wherever we wanted to go – sometimes past sunset.

I could go on and on. Bottom line... Just do yourself a favor and stay at Sojourn. Not only will you not be disappointed, you'll wish you could stay longer.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Pros:

- the French manager (who isn't really French, having spent most of his life outside France) can either whip up the perfect temple itinerary in a few moments or sit down with you and chat about life in Cambodia and elsewhere

- the staff, perfect and attentive, always smiling and friendly (I could go on but others have described their wonders better)

- the rooms are huge and very relaxing. We stayed in both terrace rooms and villas, both are great, just check out the pictures (the villas have a bath and are in the garden, next to the pool)

- the grounds are superb, alive at night with the sounds of frogs and geckos and the occasional kitten, beautiful by day with flowers and water everywhere. Good pool too.

- the food selection is huge and brilliant, a mix of khmer, French, international and other Asian with a large vegetarian section (all dishes can be amended too)

- it doesn't get flooded! while most of Siem Reap was seriously flooded, this hotel is outside town on slightly higher grounds


Cons:

- some would argue it's a "con" to be outside town... We felt that being in the middle of a beautiful, typical Cambodian village was much, MUCH nicer (and more authentic), than being stuck in the middle of a noisy, flooded and generally not very attractive town. You're a bit farther out to get to the temples, but the extra 5-10 minutes are spent going through beautiful countryside. Getting anywhere at all was extremely easy and the Sojourn arranged it instantly.

Conclusion: we really felt that staying at the Sojourn helped us get the best out of Siem Reap, Angkor, attractions further away and Cambodia in general.

Room Tip: Apsara villas have a bath, which the terrace rooms don't have, and are in the garden around the...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sojourn Boutique Villas

Address: Treak Village Rd. | Treak Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#9 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#25 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#27 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range: $98 - $262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sojourn Boutique Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among rice paddies and palm trees lies Sojourn, the place to unwind and experience Siem Reaps best treasures. Imagine relaxing in tropical surrounds, enjoying decadent cocktails poolside, or at the swim up bar or perhaps indulge in a massage at our 'Origins' Spa. And when a hard days travels draw to a close, watch our magical sunset, as the day sinks into the palm trees. Sojourn offers unique accommodation, the best Khmer hospitality and a team committed to ensuring you have the ultimate escape. With only ten private villa rooms Sojourn offers journeys of an entirely different nature.Located only a short drive from Siem Reap town, within walking distance of the Ancient Wat Athvea temple and purpose built for your ultimate experience....Welcome to Sojourn! ... more   less 
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