Siem Reap, Cambodia

Viroth's Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$102.46

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD125.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

New Khmer on the block

Setting

East Bank backstreet

A modernist vision in white, glass and living plant walls, Viroth’s Hotel takes inspiration from Cambodia’s mid-century architectural boom. Inside, this urban bolthole has been decked out with Khmer antiques, custom-designed lamps and inviting day-beds. Outside, a courtyard restaurant spills out around a picture-perfect pool – an idyllic, spa-blessed retreat, in short, from the hustle of bustle of Siem Reap just a short stroll away.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including four suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $102.46, excluding tax at 22 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD125.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include the à la carte breakfast of French toast, pancakes, waffles, banana cake, yoghurt and fresh fruit, cold cuts and cooked-to-order eggs, bacon and noodle soup, as well as an in-room welcome drink and seasonal fruit.

Also

Responsible for much of Siem Reap’s recent modernist revival, East-Bank firm Asma Architects is the Khmer-French outfit behind Viroth’s Hotel’s striking good looks. Their vision embraces south-east Asia’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle – look out for their breezy, leafy design in cafés, spas and restaurants around town.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Decked out with black floor tiles, jewel-toned day-beds and hand-picked antiques, rooms have a retro flavour livened up with tropical foliage and local handicraft. Each has a private terrace; pick one overlooking the pool for a spot of people-watching. Suites are large and airy, with tub-equipped bathrooms for restorative soaks.

Poolside

The centrepiece of a peaceful palm-fringed courtyard within drifting distance of the bar, the hotel’s 20-metre, mosaic-tiled pool is a crisp shade of aqua blue – just the ticket for a cooling dip after a day of temple-traipsing in the heat.

Spa

Framed by a living plant wall, Sokkhak spa bears the Khmer name for tranquility. Book one of the three treatment rooms for a soul-soothing rub (the four-hands massage is recommended for total indulgence); beautifying wraps and facials are whipped up using powerful botanicals and vitamin-packed local ingredients such as mango, avocado and pumpkin.

Packing tips

Get in the mid-century mood by tracking down a copy of Vann Molyvann’s Modern Khmer Cities, an insightful look at urban development by Cambodia’s pre-eminent architect.

Also

All ground-floor rooms are accessible to wheelchair users.

Children

Babes-in-arms (under two) and over-12s welcome. Extra beds (in some cases, sofa beds) can be added to some rooms, on request, for US$20 a night (including daily breakfast).

Eco‐friendly

Viroth’s Hotel takes care to tread lightly: water is heated by solar power, lighting uses low-energy LED bulbs and most of its waste is recycled.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take refuge from heat and humidity in the air-conditioned dining room, or pick a spot by the pool for a starlit tête à tête.

Dress Code

Channel the Drapers on holiday: bold shifts and kaftans for her, tailored linen and a colourful krama (the ubiquitous Cambodian scarf) for him.

Hotel restaurant

Just steps from the pool, the hotel’s restaurant is a wide-open indoor-outdoor space decked out with banquette seating and tables clad in crisp linen. The kitchen whips up tempting classics from across the globe (comforting hummus, cooling gazpacho or a scrumptious niçoise) as well as seasonal Khmer dishes such as banana-blossom salad and crunchy, zesty mince laab. Carnivores should order their lok lak with fries – the local take on steak frites.

Hotel bar

With its high ceiling, vintage-inspired fans and imposing bookshelf, the pool bar is a mid-century-styled watering hole for weary travellers. Sip on classic mixes (negroni, martinis and whisky sours) or plump for something a little more exotic involving rum, coconut cream and passion fruit. Peckish? Summer rolls, avocado tartare and pandan chicken will make short work of any hunger pangs.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 6.30am–10.30am. Guests can order from the all-day menu 11am–10pm and sip on a post-prandial tipple until 11pm.

Room service

A light menu of burgers, sandwiches and Khmer dishes can be brought to your room until 10pm; the bar delivers cocktails until 11pm.

Location

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Address
Viroth's Hotel
Street 24, Krong Siem Reap, Old Market area
17252
Siem Reap
Cambodia

Planes

A 15-minute drive away, Siem Reap airport (www.rep.aero) serves international flights from most Asian hubs and domestic flights to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. The hotel offers a free one-way airport transfer in a vintage Mercedes between 6am and 10pm.

Automobiles

There’s free parking at the hotel, but visitors aren’t allowed to drive. You’ll need to hire a chauffeur-driven car, tuk tuk or moto (motorcycle) to explore Siem Reap's temple-dotted countryside.

Worth getting out of bed for

You’d be forgiven for hiding away in Siem Reap’s up-and-coming East Bank, the verdant, still sleepy quarter just across the bridge from the Old Market. Wat Bo and Wat Damnak pagodas are both worth a gander. The latter, a former royal palace, now houses a centre for Khmer studies where the curious can pore over maps, guidebooks and journals; its frangipani-scented gardens are a peaceful spot for a stroll for those of less scholarly disposition. Meander down the serene, calming backbone of the river for glimpses of life in what was once a small provincial town: wooden houses on stilts, monks chatting in their saffron robes, children skipping stones on the water. There’s much in town to please shopaholics, too: bright, textured couture from Eric Raisina (you’ll find samples in his shop at FCC Angkor as well as at Le Bon Marché in Paris), delicate ceramics and hand-dyed scarves at Prolung Khmer near Bakong temple, or wild honey and fragrant Ratanakiri coffee at Senteurs d’Angkor. Nearby Angkor Night Market is good for a bargain. Most visitors, of course, are here for the captivating splendour of Angkor, a sprawling complex of pink-hued granite temples, carving-lined river beds and mirror-smooth reservoirs; staff will happily organise passes, tours, drivers and picnic lunches.

Local restaurants

Viroth’s Restaurant has been a fixture of the Siem Reap dining scene for the past 10 years – an elegant spot to sample carefully prepared Khmer classics such as fish amok, stuffed tomatoes and pungent, fermented prahoc (fish paste). Cuisine Wat Damnak’s tasting menu changes every two weeks; book in advance for a fine-dining take on local cuisine that’s earned plaudits from Raymond Blanc. For a taste of idle colonial days (and pan-Asian small plates), grab a table at FCC Angkor and watch the world go by.

Local cafés

If you’ve fallen for Viroth’s retro-chic style, drop by nearby Pages, a salon, café and showroom where you can pick up custom-designed lamps, furniture and decorative objects alongside fresh seasonal fare. Lofty Temple Coffee n Bakery is a quirky hangout for local hipsters. Don’t miss a taste of Blue Pumpkin’s home-made tropical ice-creams – the durian flavour is quite addictive, if you dare. 

Local bars

Scarlet-hued Miss Wong Cocktail Bar has the seductive allure of 1920s Shanghai: perch at the bar and sip on a kaffir lime martini. Sheltered beneath a sail-like canopy, Nest is a garden bar with cosy rattan day-beds and live music.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Cambodia and unpacked their hand-woven scarves and sarongs, a full account of their adventurous break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap…

There’s something deceptively simple about Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap. In this residential neighbourhood just east of the river, a tried-and-tested formula – stylish rooms, a central location, a contemporary restaurant circling an inviting pool – has been executed with aplomb. Liberally inspired by the heyday of Khmer modernism, the whitewashed building elegantly evokes Cambodia’s stilted houses with its clean lines, elevated shapes and luxuriant hanging gardens. Bold, colourful and impeccably detailed, the decor breaks pleasingly with local tropes, artfully mixing hand-carved antiques, retro floral prints and quirky details (a wall of antlers caught our eye). Cosseting and considered, Viroth’s Hotel sits seamlessly in its surroundings – a welcome, welcoming addition to the Wat Bo area bound to seduce first-time explorers and return visitors alike.

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