Viroth's Hotel, Siem Reap
Tel: 855 63 761 720
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Sitting squarely in the sweet spot between cheap guesthouse and big-box hoteland unbeatably pricedViroth's has a simple, clean design that is accented by gray Khmer tile floors, rosewood railings, and the occasional indigenous objet or scarlet wall. The ground-floor saltwater pool (in full view of the reception desk) may be best for exhibitionists, but the bamboo-walled massage area and rooftop thatch-covered breakfast/lounge nook are more private sanctuaries. Each of the seven artfully lit rooms also has its own balcony or terrace that looks out over the street, pool, or small private courtyard. The hotel is located just across the river from the bustling Old Market; the helpful staff can arrange a tuk-tuk there or to Angkor Wat, three miles away. For dinner, walk the two blocks to Viroth's Restaurant, which the hotel's French owner opened four years ago on a moat-enclosed patio, and which serves Khmer and Western dishes.2008 Hot List
When to go: From December to March you'll encounter the least rain (but the most tourists).
Which room to book: Ask for No. 7, the second-floor corner room overlooking the pool.