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$400 or more
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Amansara
Road to Angkor
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 800 477 9180 (toll-free)
Tel: 855 63 760 333
amansara@amanresorts.com
www.amansara.com/amansara/home.aspx

This modernist guesthouse, commissioned by King Sihanouk in 1962, is the place to stay in Siem Reap. Like most of the Amanresorts, Amansara is intimate, luxurious, and relaxing. When you arrive at the serene compound—likely in the hotel's 1965 Mercedes limousine—you'll be welcomed "home." The concept sounds gimmicky at first, but with just 24 suites (half clustered around the slate pool; the others, each with a plunge pool, flanking a grassy courtyard), a staff that has mastered the art of hospitality (leave muddy sneakers outside your door, and they'll be scrubbed clean), and a pervasive "as you wish" attitude (no need to make dinner reservations—the kitchen's ready when you are), it does start to feel like you own the place. In the suites, an unembellished design of dark wood, ivory fabrics, terrazzo floors, and a subtle bas-relief wall decoration makes for a meditative space—one that's best for couples, given the open plan (the soaking tub is within view of the king-size bed) and glass-walled shower open to the private courtyard. The highlight of staying here, however, is entrée to Amansara's exclusive temple excursions—you'll be outfitted with a private guide and remork (moped-powered pedicab) driver. Hotel manager Siddharth Mehra enables guests to see the Angkor sites in as adventurous a way as they can handle: by motorcycle, by balloon, by helicopter, you name it. Want to dig deeper into the local culture? The library is stocked with books on Khmer civilization; scholars and artists give house talks and performances; the spa utilizes Cambodian techniques and products; and both Khmer and Western menus are available in the dining room. The tariff at Amansara can be breathtaking (rooms start at $750 per night, not including the compulsory half-board charge of $100 per person, per day); yet when you're welcomed back from a sunset outing by smiling staff proffering chilled, lemongrass-scented towels, and find intricately folded lotus blossoms floating in the bathtub, you have to admit, it's a pretty magical place.—Updated by Lynn Suhrie

$199 or less
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FCC Angkor
Pokambor Avenue
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 760 280
angkor@fcccambodia.com
www.fcccambodia.com/angkor

The FCC—which stands for Foreign Correspondents Club—is probably the best deal in town. Set in the grounds of a former French ambassador's vacation home along the west bank of the Siem Reap River, it's a very pleasant mix of colonial and contemporary styles. The main building is a breezy two-story structure that houses the very popular restaurant and several boutique shops. The 31 modern rooms are simple but elegant, with polished concrete floors, modernist furniture, and open airy bathrooms.

$199 or less
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Hotel Be Angkor
Old Market Area
Siem Reap
Cambodia
2be@hotelbeangkor.com
www.hotelbeangkor.com

Located in a renovated shophouse alongside sister property the One Hotel in the middle of Siem Reap's nightlife district, the three-room Hotel Be is more casual than its neighbor but no less interesting. Guests access the hotel through Aha, a hip tapas café that also serves the hotel's breakfast and will deliver meals day into night. The three guest rooms are beautifully rendered, and decorated with works by Siem Reap–based artists. The Saffron Room, accessible by an interior bridge, is filled with the funky monk-themed artwork of Filipino artist Loven Ramos. Its sunlit living area features a Bose iPod docking station and stylish loungers, while double-glaze laminated glass provides soundproofing. Plenty of closet space and an expansive sunken rain shower enhance this room's good value. All accommodations come with modern essentials like Wi-Fi and a 32-inch flat-screen television; those in search of Siem Reap's low-tech offerings can tour the food market with a Khmer-speaking French chef.

$200-$299
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Hôtel de la Paix
Sivutha Boulevard
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 966 000
Fax: 855 63 965 002
www.hoteldelapaixangkor.com

What's old is new again. La Paix, as it's locally known, originally opened in 1957. In 2005, the landmark hotel reopened after a complete renovation—as in, they tore it down. Rebuilt in Khmer palace style, there's a large enclosed tropical garden and a swimming pool. Even the rooms are princely in size and come with every modern convenience. The modern spa focuses on total well-being and offers meditation and tai chi along with aromatherapy and facials. Meric, the in-house restaurant, serves both Khmer and Western fare.

$300-$399
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Knai Bang Chatt
Phum Thmey Sangkat Prey
Thom Khan Kep
Kep
Cambodia
Tel: 85 512 37 97 42
www.knaibangchatt.com

Seaside vacationers are returning to the country's southern shore with the opening of this stylish compound a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh along bumpy country roads. Comprising three Le Corbusier—influenced villas built by Khmer industrialists and one modern house that stylistically links the historic buildings to form one intimate retreat, Knai Bang Chatt offers 11 minimalist-chic rooms with elevated beds that face either the calm Gulf of Thailand or artfully landscaped gardens. Though there are excursions such as hikes to ancient Buddhist cave temples and snorkeling around Rabbit Island, many guests opt to stay put, thanks to poolside and beachfront canopy beds, morning yoga on the beach, Mediterranean-influenced seafood menus, and expert deep-tissue massages from a therapist (who is blind). The hotel sponsors a nearby agricultural cooperative through a micro-credit program, which can help guests feel at ease about enjoying world-class luxury in a struggling country.

$300-$399
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La Résidence d'Angkor
River Road
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 963 390
info@residencedangkor.com
www.residencedangkor.com/web/pang/pang_a2a_home.jsp

This Orient Express hotel is a deluxe all-wood compound modeled on the centuries-old Khmer style, with gorgeous gardens, pitched roofs, and wide terraces. The 54 guest rooms (and one suite) have colorful silk pillows, bamboo screens, and oversize bathtubs. It's a luxurious, serene oasis by the Siem Reap River in the center of town. And if the lovely deck off your room or the calming, shaded saltwater pool area (adorned with 45,000 green tiles) get boring, you can always play a game of chess or read in the hotel's cozy library, or head out into the Old Market, which is a ten-minute walk or $1 tuk tuk ride away.

$200-$299
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The One Hotel Angkor
The Passage, Psar Chas (Old Market)
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 12 755 311
youaretheone@theonehotelangkor.com
www.theonehotelangkor.com

This tasteful hideaway on a tiled, pedestrian-only lane between Pub Street and Psar Chas (Old Market) couldn't be more romantic—or exclusive: There's only one room. The minimalist suite is well-appointed, with hand-woven silk pillows, a custom-built king-size bed, and capacious shower and tub, topped by a terrace with a daybed and open-air Jacuzzi. The waiter, Sima Sen, will set out breakfast (omelet, flaky croissants, and coffee) on the rooftop of this former private row house overlooking the town's colonial quarter. Three additional staff members, whom you'll also see working at owner Martin Dishman's Linga Bar, attend to every other wish. Outside, the Passage is springing to life with new restaurants and art galleries. When you weary of shopping the nearby market and traipsing about the ruins, local temples, and villages on The One's customized tours, retreat to this air-conditioned iPod- and flat-screen-equipped cocoon.

$199 or less
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The Quay Hotel
277 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Tel: 855 23 224 894
info@thequayhotel.com
www.thequayhotel.com

The swank 16-room Quay Hotel (opened in spring 2008) mixes a mod Jetsons aesthetic with a solid environmental ethic. Owned by the same folks behind the well-regarded Foreign Correspondents Clubs in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the Quay is the first carbon-neutral hotel in the kingdom: Emissions are offset by financing a project that provides rural villagers with fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves. The minimalist rooms, decorated in shades of cream with teak accents, Swan chairs, and flat-screen TVs, also incorporate eco-friendly materials such as hand-loomed Khmer silk and natural soaps. Rooms 15 and 16 on the top floor have the best river views; avoid the windowless back-of-the-house quarters, which feel like space capsules. Although the Quay is located on busy Sisowath Quay, you might almost miss it—the reception desk is behind the in-house Asian fusion restaurant, Chow. On the roof, there's a deck equipped with a Jacuzzi, wine bar, and a pair of tents overflowing with pillows—the perfect place to toast a Mekong sunrise or take in the Water Festival boat races held every November.—Christopher Cox

$200-$299
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Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Khum Svay Dang Kum
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 963 888
ask-us.siemreap@raffles.com
www.raffles.com

The attractive Art Deco decor is probably this famed hotel's greatest draw. Definitely don't bother staying here if you can't get one of the "landmark" rooms in the original section (that was recently renovated), many of which overlook the lush, landscaped gardens. The new wing is fairly charm-free, with rooms that are noticeably smaller than those in the main house. But do stop by to have a Sidecar in the classically "IndoChine-Style" Elephant Bar, and then stick around for one of the best Apsara (classical Khmer dance) performances in town.

$300-$399
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Tel: 855 23 981 888
phnompenh@raffles.com
www.phnompenh.raffles.com

The colonial-era Raffles Hotel Le Royal, located a five-minute walk away from Wat Phnom, seems to exist in a sepia-toned world far removed from tourist-oriented Sisowath Quay. Liveried staff serve cocktails garnished with orchids; dulcet tones from a classical musician's xylophonelike roneat ek fill the lobby; and a broad hardwood staircase dating from the hotel's 1929 debut leads to lemongrass-scented rooms with antique prints and original claw-foot bathtubs. Not that the rooms are totally retro: There's also cable TV, Wi-Fi, and cold storage–caliber air conditioning. A 1996 renovation added three wings (bringing the room count to 170), but request a Landmark room in the original building for higher ceilings and a more nostalgic mix of Cambodian and Art Deco decor. A quartet of "personality suites" are decorated with items relating to their famous occupants, including Charles de Gaulle and Jacqueline Kennedy. Downstairs, in the elegant Elephant Bar, order the Femme Fatale, a Champagne-based cocktail served to former First Lady Kennedy during her 1967 visit. The hotel grounds have been shaped into the capital's most intoxicating landscape, with frangipani and travelers' palms flanking the porte cochere and an interior courtyard bursting with heliconia, and shaded by rain trees.—Christopher Cox

$199 or less
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Shinta Mani
Junction of Oum Khum and 14th Street
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 761 998
gm@shintamani.com
www.shintamani.com

Sister property of the sparkling Hôtel de la Paix, the Shinta Mani may be older, but it remains one of the best values in Siem Reap. The place has its own very quiet charm—the name, derived from Sanskrit, means "the gem that provides everything that one desires"—and the service is excellent. Rip a shirt pocket, for instance, and a maid quickly performs seamstress surgery. The rooms are on the small side (unless you spring for the "deluxe") and could use some updated furniture and plumbing. Staying here, however, is still a pleasure, as you're helping the community—directly. At Shinta Mani, about 20 percent of your bill goes to fund the hotel's admirable on-site Institute of Hospitality, which helps train low-income locals for positions in the industry.

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Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf and Spa Resort
Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Khum Svay Dang Kum
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 964 600
sofitel@sofitel-royal-angkor.com
www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-3123-sofitel-angkor-phokeethra-golf-and-spa-resort/index.shtml

"A must-see" sums up this French colonial hotel. Ivory rooms atop stained-timber floors are cooled by ceiling fans, and some open onto patios overlooking the gardens. Dine in-house: "Staff cater to your every desire—we ordered simple food like fried lake fish, spiced rice, and greens fresh from the morning markets."

(238 rooms)

$199 or less
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Sokha Beach Hotel
Street 2 Thnou, Sangkat 4
Mittapheap District
Sihanoukville
Cambodia
Tel: 855 34 935 999
info@sokhahotels.com
www.sokhahotels.com

Sokha Beach is one of the world's most beautiful—a mile-long stretch of powdery white sand edging an azure sea. Better still, it's private: Access is granted only to guests of its namesake hotel. All 160 rooms are commodious and comfortable, with teak floors, cable TV, baths with separate showers and tubs, and balconies overlooking an enormous pool and handsomely landscaped gardens; there are two tennis courts, and the food throughout is solidly good though not gourmet. Service by the earnest young staff is both heartbreakingly sweet and highly efficient. A spa is slated to open next month.

$300-$399
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The Sothea
Road No. 6
Svay Dangkom
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 85 56 396 6788
www.preferredboutique.com/preferred_boutique/hotels/index.aspx?id=69522

From the waterways that flow throughout the grounds (representations of water are the Khmer symbol for woman) to the white sandstone sculpture of a mother and child by the pool, this all-suite hotel offers an almost maternal experience. The service throughout could not be more attentive, with doting though never overbearing butlers assisting with everything from unpacking to babysitting to the 20-minute drive to Angkor Wat. In the 39 suites, claw-foot tubs, bouquets of red roses, and thickly upholstered settees with silk roll pillows create a romantic ambience. There's even a bedside copy of Cambodia's most famous love story, Tum Teav, translated into English. Rooms overlook the striking gold-flecked slate-tiled pool, which was modeled on Angkor's Srah Srang, where kings bathed. The market-fresh Khmer cuisine at Chatra restaurant, named for the chandeliers that hang from its 45-foot-high ceiling, is excellent.

$200-$299
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Villa Romonea
Prey Thom, Kep Thmei
Kep
Cambodia
Tel: 855 12 879 486
info@villaromonea.com
villaromonea.com

Built in 1968 and reopened in January 2010 after renovation, Villa Romonea is one of the few surviving modernist villas of the Le Corbusier–inspired New Khmer Architecture movement. Designed by Lu Ban Hap, the structure gracefully blends zigzags, curves, and straight lines to optimize Kep's natural assets as a stylish seaside retreat. Rows of windows fill the rooms and lounges with sunlight and afford views of the palm-fringed hills, azure Gulf of Kampot, and tropical grounds. The villa's minimalist aesthetic mandates simple furnishings in the six guest rooms; indeed, some have little more than a bed. Splashes of vivid color contrast with the largely white interior: molded plastic royal-blue bedside lamps, cherry-red chairs, orange and crimson rugs. The personable staff make guests feel at home, arranging private tours of the crumbling villas nearby, or serving sunset cocktails on the ample wooden deck overlooking the infinity-edge pool. Breakfasts are memorable, taken under a mango tree, with tropical fruit, made-to-order eggs, and pastries and meats delivered from Phnom Penh's best shops.

$199 or less
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Viroth's Hotel
Siem Reap
Cambodia
Tel: 855 63 761 720
viroth@online.com.kh
viroth-hotel.com

Sitting squarely in the sweet spot between cheap guesthouse and big-box hotel—and unbeatably priced—Viroth'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.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.