The very promise of staying at an ethically-run and gorgeous green oasis in Siem Reap was all I needed to pick Maison557 as my base for the 3 days I was spending to explore the world-famous UNESCO site, Angkor Wat.
Located a few minutes away from the main market and ease of access to the temple, I was very keen to explore all that Angkor Wat has to offer with and escape the humidity and heat of Siem Reap at the comfort of my own little villa.
Lush, leafy and authentic are three words that came to mind when I first stepped to this charming bed and breakfast. It feels like a little green paradise in the middle of the city. Inspired by the architecture of the bygone French colonial era of the 1950s, this little bed-and-breakfast is your little heaven if you wish to avoid all the branded hotel chains that have seemingly popped up everywhere overnight in Cambodia.
Where to Stay in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a famously touristy destination, and there’s no shortage to find a budget hotel or hostel as your base to stay in whilst exploring Angkor Wat. With so many tourists and motorists around, you’ll find that it can get super noisy in the area, but fortunately, Maison557 is located at a convenient spot in the Wat Bo Area neighborhood minutes away from Pub Street, local markets and only 8km away from the airport, which is often the point of arrival for most tourists.
The location of the B&B is really great with a local market right across from the river, restaurants, pizza / pastry shops (thanks to the French, there are tons of bakeries/pastry shops, and coffee shops found throughout the city), and even the famous Pub Street is an easy walk from the B&B. I walked home in the evening a few times with no issue, and if you feel safety is a major concern, there are still plenty of tuk-tuks to be found.
The allure of having my own luxurious room and space to escape the heat and humidity was too much to pass up so I was glad to have the Villa Suite with its own pool, for my personal use during my stay.
The B&B consists of 7 rooms so it’s best to book earlier than later, especially during the high-season. With standard rooms, loft suite as well as the Villa Suite for families available, it’s a charmingly delightful place to stay.
Maison557 is a more upscale experience, and your experience will reflect that. With a complimentary breakfast spread that’s simply begging to be posted on Instagram, as well as details to personal touches like welcome fruits in addition to locally-sourced toiletries, this is one of those places you can feel really good about splurging a bit of extra money on.
I knew how hot and humid Cambodia can be so I knew I was also going to spend a lot of time at my chosen accommodation. That’s what made the Villa Suite at Maison557 so attractive. Beyond the welcoming king-sized bed, was my own personal 10×3.5 pool and a private terrace surrounded by fronds and palm trees for a truly relaxing and indulgent experience.
The Villa Suite Experience
I wanted a taste of tropical paradise without the price tag and Maison557 is the place to splurge. Boasting a massive bedroom, lounge, private terrace, and your very own pool, I knew this was going to be a fantastic 3 day stay.
Tastefully decorated, and peppered with locally-sourced toiletries, Maison557 quickly became a home away from home that I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about. Within a few minutes of my arrival, I had already insta-storied, and sent my friends a family a peek and snapshot at my home away from home.
Breakfast is served outside, overlooking the pool and garden and within the comfort of your private terrace. If you are a fan of French pastries (and who isn’t?) then you’ll definitely enjoy this breakfast spread. Fruits, yogurt, croissants, sweet rolls, coffee/tea to get you started for the day! If you plan on doing a day trip or plan on leaving the vicinity for your tours earlier than when breakfast is provided, be sure to ask to have some breakfast wrapped to go. The suite probably suits honeymooners / couples best as it provides a lot of privacy, and relaxation opportunity.
The staff is what really made my stay all that much more enjoyable – from the initial contact over email all the way to alleviating my concerns about being a solo female traveller in a quieter part of town. Every morning, I am greeted with smiles and my breakfasts are ready even before I’m fully awake. They are incredibly helpful when it comes to helping me arrange day trips and tours for my short stay – no question was inconvenient and no
A quick glance of their website showed a bunch of options for tour guides, and drivers. Knowing that there are pre-vetted and highly recommended guides helped me narrow down my options quickly, spending much less time on research and trying to guess who I should hire for my trip.
Additional Pictures from Maison557
Maison557 is a stunning bed-and-breakfast that has an authentic Southeast Asia vibe to it, and feels a world away from the chaos and hubbub of Siem Reap. Perfect for anyone looking to indulge at a reasonable price and have the most comfortable quiet spot after a morning of temple-hunting all over Angkor Wat.
Conveniently located close to Angkor Wat, this hotel makes the perfect base for couples, families, and anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing time in Siem Reap. With only a few rooms and limited number of guests, this may not be the most convenient hotel to find travel partners / enjoy the social scene.
Keep in mind, the hotel operates on a cash-only basis (so bring those USD) and via PayPal.
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