The Golden Banana Hotel

June 29, 2013 Mid-Range 6 Comments 13,321 Views

Hotel Review: The Golden Banana In Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Very rarely do we write reviews about hotels, yet during our four-week trip through Southeast Asia, two hotels/resorts turned out to be worth writing about. I’ll start with the Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s by far the best hotel – in terms of location, comfort level, food & drinks, service, hospitality and price range – we ever (yes, I really mean ever!) stayed at. In details, this means the following…

Location.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Siem Reap is by far not a large town, yet you’ll find hotels located all over the place; many of them out of reach from the city centre (at least by foot), which doesn’t make them attractive for us (5 stars back and forth).

The Golden Banana hotel is located perfectly – not right in the centre, but still in walking distance. This will give you peace & quiet during the night, yet freedom to roam the streets of Siem Reap without having to rely on tuk-tuk drivers or hotel chauffeurs.

  • Address: Golden Banana Lane, Phum Wat Damnak, Kum Sala Komreuk, Krom 10, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Telephone Number: +855 (0)12 654 638
  • Website: rambutans.info
Comfort Level.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Arriving in the small alley that leads to the hotel, wouldn’t make you think that any minute now you’re stepping into a little city oasis. But that’s exactly what happens.

The Golden Banana has four different hotels, all located next to each other. Depending on the room you booked, you’ll be living in one of these. We were at the Golden Banana Boutique Hotel – the smallest place out of the four – with about 7 double-decker villas, a lovely pool, as well as a dining/cocktail area.

Greeted with a friendly smile by one of the staff members, we took a seat while writing down our details and zipping fresh lime juice. Afterwards, we were lead to our apartment for the next 3 days.

Just to be clear, I did have some expectations of the way the hotel & its rooms looked, since we already stayed there 6 years ago (even though back then there was only one Golden Banana Hotel) & I was the one who booked the hotel. So I knew what it should look like … but you know how it is with hotel photos found on the internet … photoshop ahoy! This time our expectations where definitely exceeded; lots of space, lovely furniture and decorations, great balcony and amazing bed & bathroom – all set on two floors. It couldn’t get any better than this.

Big Plus:

  • Guests can use all 4 facilities. You can sleep in one hotel, dine in the other and go swimming in the next – and all of this within approx. 50 metres!
  • The hotel is located in a side street, so you won’t be bothered by loud noises during your sleep.
  • Very gay friendly.
Food & Drinks.

Rating: 5 out of 5

We never understood why anyone would dine in their hotel when travelling. That is until we stayed at the Golden Banana hotel in Siem Reap.

After an exhausting day of 6-8 hours temple running at Angkor Wat, we weren’t able to walk another metre when returning to the hotel, so we decided to give the house kitchen a try … and we were (again) not disappointed. The food was delicious. The Cambodian cuisine like Fish Amok or Cambodian Curry was exquisite and we decided to eat here every night. After stuffing our bellies, we always treated ourselves to a couple of nice & refreshing cocktails – amazing cocktails that it! Best Mai Tai ever!

Service & Hospitality.

Rating: 5 out of 5

A lot of times when someone is really friendly to you, they want something; whether it’s money or something else – a hidden agenda is very common. Not at the Golden Banana Hotel. The staff is trained very well and you can see & feel the Western influence behind it. No one will try to rip you off and you will always get a fair price.
Example: we asked for a private taxi down to Phnom Penh and staff didn’t even charge any commission or tried to add a couple of dollars for themselves.

Big Plus:

  • Free & working Wi-Fi
Price Range.

Rating: 5 out of 5

One would think that with all the amazing services mentioned above, the price must be the big downer. Think again! The Golden Banana Hotel offers a great & very fair overall package.

Here’s a quick overview of the most important:

Sleeping.

  • 1 night per villa (including breakfast & free Wi-Fi): Starting at US$ 52

Food & Drinks.

  • Dish: US$ 2.50 – 6.50
  • Soft Drink: US$ 1.50 – 2.50
  • Cocktail: US$ 4.00
Overall Feedback & Impression.

Rating: 5 out of 5 – well deserved!

Everything was perfect and there’s not a single thing we could complain about. It’s the best place to stay at in Siem Reap. Thanks for a lovely time! Also, there’s a new hotel in Phnom Penh, the Rambutan Resort, which we need to check out next time for sure!

The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Pool Area.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Pool Area.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Pool View from Room.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Pool View from Room.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Room View.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Room View.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Bathroom.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Bathroom.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Balcony.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Balcony.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Breakfast.
The Golden Banana Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Breakfast.
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“Hotel Review: The Golden Banana In Siem Reap, Cambodia.”

  1. Hi Guys, I am really jealous! So nice pictures. It inspired me to take a photographer course soon. Less pictures but better ones for my next travels :). Keep on traveling. Feli

  2. Nisa

    Thanks a lot Feli! Wow, great that we inspired you :)
    Looking forward to your travel shots ;) Have a great start into the week!
    Best, Nisa

  3. Hi,
    Great review on the Banana Hotel. Love the photos, they really look amazing. I’ve been to Siem Reap before. It’s a lovely place and I plan on visiting again. When that happens, I think I will choose to stay at the Golden Banana Hotel. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay in a conveniently located hotel that provides great food and hospitality at an affordable price? Thanks for the lovely post!

  4. Nisa

    Thanks so much Fon!
    Glad you appreciated the article and found it helpful. As said, I can really really recommend the Golden Banana Hotel :)
    Best, Nisa

  5. Maraina Saufi

    i love your website, its design, its color, the pictures are awesome too. the review bout the hotel and its pricing, and the date that u went, i like that. good job =)

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