Hotel Review: The River Village Manor
Welcome to the first ever “Hotel Review” featured article in Cambodia Insight.
In each issue our “inside eye” will take you to a Siem Reap Hotel or Guest House.
River Village Manor – located 2km from the Old Market, is a luxuriously appointed 10 bedroom guest house with an outdoor restaurant and a secluded salt water pool at the rear of the property. River Village Manor is set in 864 sqm of land with beautiful views overlooking the river, having a paved frontage and natural shade provided by mature trees.
This is the greeting to guests as they return to River Village Manor from a day at the temples, or shopping, or touring, and it’s meant sincerely. Bud and Jeannie Davis, the owners, have a natural friendliness that makes their guests feel, well, right at home. The Manor, as it’s affectionately termed, itself adds to this feeling of welcome, and is located along the banks of the Siem Reap River, close to both town and Angkor Wat. A 3-story villa painted light yellow with white trim, it’s framed with mature greenery leading to the wide porch,
which houses two red wicker chairs (in case you wore yourself out between the tuk-tuk and the porch). The double doors lead into the large reception area, a testament to the woodworking skills of Khmer craftsmen. A hallway running to the back of the villa beckons you to the sparkling pool just beyond, the perfect spot for relaxing and cooling off after a hard day. Everywhere you look you see freshly-painted walls, shining woodwork, gleaming floors and fresh flowers. A majestic, carved staircase leads to the upper levels where the 10 spacious guest rooms are located. Each one features flat-screen TVS, cable, individual air-conditioning, mini-bars, and luxury bed linens and amenities, all with en-suite bathrooms. There’s a grand roof-top terrace which affords long views of the river, as do the balcony rooms located on the first and second floor. Jeannie, putting her cooking skills to work, provides a substantial and delicious Western-style breakfast for her guests, and Bud ensures that travel and touring requirements are met, from temple tours to onward transportation from Siem Reap (although most people really don’t want to leave for some reason...)
The outdoor breakfast pavilion is the perfect spot for a cold drink after a day of “templing”, as is the sparkling salt-water pool. And let’s not forget Yapa, the resident receptionist-cat, who assists with check-ins and check-outs, and in-between those duties poses for photos. www.rivervillagemanor.com Phone: 096 22 465 73 / 063 760 425
The front entrance
Sparking Salt Water swimming pool
A beautifully carved bed
Another lovely bedroom
The beautiful front doors
Outdoor seating at the restaurant