Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Weekend accommodation

The Golden Palace from the Yu Vann park in Battambang
A quick note on my weekend accommodation over two nights in Battambang and Siem Reap. Above is the Golden Palace Hotel in Battambang, a fifty room hotel built in 2006 and one of the most comfortable places I've stayed at in the provinces. Everything worked and the place was very clean. Internet rate is around $18 which includes breakfast and free internet in the room. I've usually stayed at the TEO Hotel in Battambang and that's cheaper but the Golden Palace is worth a look if you aren't on a tight budget. The Yu Vann park in front of the hotel contains a Hanuman statue with a mermaid, so it was a fitting place to stay for the Hanuman team!
In Siem Reap, I went for a slice of luxury and took up an offer from the folks at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel, the 5-star resort complex on the road to Angkor. Very nice indeed. In the $200+ price range, its furnished in a modern style and has everything you could ask for at that level of comfort and class. 200+ rooms, unusual pool layout and excellent quality breakfasts, I arrived late at 9pm and departed at 7am the next morning, so it was a short but very sweet stay.
The Romanesque-style pool area at Le Meridien Angkor, Siem Reap

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