One thing that I noticed about Siem Reap was that the average hotel rate is relatively higher than in Phnom Penh. If you haven’t recognized my traveling style already, I like my accommodation to be affordable yet comfortable.
I’m in my 30s, so hostels are definitely out of my options. I won’t say I’m so demanding when it comes to the accommodation, but I usually have one thing that is usually on my filter when it comes to searching for my ideal one: the elevator.
That, until I realized that most of the hotels in Siem Reap with elevator is a little over my budget on my last Indochina trip.
Angkor Pearl Hotel doesn’t provide elevators, but is it worth staying when you bring big luggage with you? This review has the answer to this question! 🙂
Angkor Pearl Hotel, Siem Reap
I added a special request through my booking on Agoda to provide me a room at the hotel’s lower level when I found out that they don’t have an elevator.
I was actually a bit nervous when I checked in, especially since I arrived late due to my delayed departure with Giant Ibis from Phnom Penh. And speaking of checking in, based on my personal experience, they could have done better.
The check-in process took a while since the couple who did it before me seems to know the owner or something, that they spent almost half an hour having chit-chat in the receptionist desk.
But anyway, when I checked in, it turned out they noticed my request since I got a room on the ground floor.
Judging from its look, Angkor Pearl Hotel looks like an old hotel that still gives you some vintage vibes when you enter.
If you asked me, when I entered the hotel, I actually got some spooky vibes as well but the good thing is that nothing happened so I could just brush it off.
I booked the Standard Twin Room for 3 nights, and I paid for $62.94 USD. It’s worth the price, especially since breakfast is included in the booking.
If there’s anything in my first impression that is a little off, it’s probably the hospitality in the hotel since the receptionist seems less friendly than when he handled the guest before me. But anyway…
Location-wise, I think Angkor Pearl Hotel has a really nice location even though it’s not precisely situated in the city center.
It’s relatively close to Pub Street, but it’s far enough to avoid its noise. Besides, it’s quite easy to get around Siem Reap with the availability of apps like Grab and PassApp.
The hotel area is also close to restaurants, groceries, as well as laundry.
Review: Standard Twin Room at Angkor Pearl Hotel
I was relieved when I found out that my room was on the ground floor, so I didn’t have to feel bad about asking someone to take my big luggage to my room.
The key to my room was still the standard key with no card whatsoever to enter the room. By the time I entered the room, I was actually quite happy with it.
Most of the furniture is made of the real wood, it somewhat gives some antique vibes when you enter the room. All those things with the dimmed light, if I gotta be honest, that actually gave me more spooky vibes around the hotel.
Since I booked the Standard Twin Room, the room came with two comfortable twin beds. But what surprised me is that the room already comes with a bath tube even though it’s just a ‘standard’ room.
The room standard is quite similar to most 3-star hotels in general. They have a quite spacious closet with a moneybox inside. There’s also a teapot with tea and coffee and complimentary mineral water for the guests.
Minus the spooky vibes, I think the room is a cozy place to stay in Siem Reap. It’s a good thing that there was nothing weird or scary that happened when I stayed there. If anything, I had a pleasant stay with the hotel.
The wifi connection is quite good, even though my room is located in the hotel’s corner. It works well in all the devices I used when I was there, and I didn’t find any problem when I used it for a virtual meeting with a client.
Yes, the bathroom comes with a bath tube, and even though it wasn’t as fancy as the one I had at River Hotel in Ha Tien, it got everything that I needed.
Even though they don’t give any slippers to use in the room, the standard amenities are provided. If you’re the kind of traveler who relies on the hotel’s soap and shampoo, everything is handled at Angkor Pearl Hotel.
What’s better is that the room also comes with a hairdryer in the bathroom, so you’ve basically got everything ready in your stay there.
The breakfast is included up to 10 AM, but then I only used the opportunity to have it on my last day in Siem Reap.
My first day, I had to skip it since I woke up late, and I already got picked up by Kim for the tour around Angkor Wat. On my second day in Siem Reap, I woke up late again, and I had lunch with my date, who left the city that day. 😛
And I was actually quite impressed by the breakfast menu. Breakfast at Angkor Pearl Hotel has several options, from toast with peanut butter and jam, or the buffet with some oriental menu like fried rice and some assorted meat and vegetables.
There’s also an egg corner where you could request either omelet, scrambled egg, or sunny side up for breakfast.
Final Verdict: Angkor Pearl Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Pearl Hotel may not be your priority if you want to find accommodation close to Pub Street, which is popular among travelers. However, you can easily go there by tuk-tuk, so there shouldn’t stop you from booking the hotel when you’re in Siem Reap.
If I should sum up the high and low about staying at Angkor Pearl Hotel, here it goes!
- It’s a budget-friendly hotel with decent facilities, and it is located around the central of Siem Reap. What else do you need?
- The breakfast menu is quite good, it’s definitely worth the money you spend on the nightly rate.
- The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, groceries, as well as laundry. It’s an ideal place to stay if you have the same traveling style as I do.
- The vibes are quite off, it’s a bit spooky, to say the least.
- The staff could have been more friendly and assertive.
- No elevator, so maybe you should reconsider if you have a heavy bag with you.
So, that’s my experience staying at Angkor Pearl Hotel in Siem Reap… Have you stayed there in Siem Reap? Or do you have another recommendation to stay in the city? Leave a comment below, and cheerio! 🙂
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