Tucked away in the Wat Bo district of Siem Reap, Viroth’s Hotel is an altogether serene and sumptuous place to stay.
Indoor areas segue into the outdoors, thanks to Viroth’s astonishing gardens that comprise towering palms and tropical plants, as well as open-air communal spaces and large glass windows that look directly onto the greenery. The hotel’s façade sets the tone for this nod to nature, covered as it is from top to toe with plantlife – a distinctive and memorable start to your stay.
Step inside and you’ll find a decidedly minimalist interior, taking design cues from the New Khmer Architecture movement that pervaded the mid-20th century here. So, look out for white backdrops interspersed with splashes of colour, patterned tiles and flower-like lampshades throughout this boutique Siem Reap hotel. Walk through to the central courtyard and you’ll no doubt be tempted to immerse yourself in the azure waters of Viroth’s sparkling 20m swimming pool, encircled by that ever-present foliage.
This love for nature is also evident in the hotel’s eco-friendly policy, as it seeks to offset its carbon footprint by using solar power, low-energy LED lighting and recycling as much waste as possible, so you can surrender to the luxury with peace of mind too.
Rooms at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap, display the same hip retro vibe as the rest of the hotel, with spotless white walls, polished tile floors and a pop of colour. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite in plenty of natural light and open onto private balconies, while beds are wrapped in immaculate white linen and topped with patterned cushions for a little added elegance.
Viroth’s main restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a variety of spaces in which to enjoy both local and international cuisine, from an open-air bar to the lobby. Pull up a chair in the glass-encased dining room and savour dishes from the a la carte menu, awash with tantalising delicacies including gazpacho, salads and tabbouleh, to name a few.
Set away from the hotel itself, on Wat Bo Street, this is where to sample local fare for lunch and dinner, in style. Also adorned with leafy plants and modern design, Viroth’s Restaurant serves up authentic Cambodian dishes and provides a delicious alternative to the hotel’s onsite eatery.
Adjacent to the swimming pool, the bar whips up all manner of libations, from cocktails and champagne to smoothies. You can also order finger food to keep hunger at bay.
Activities and Entertainment
Viroth’s Hotel is located in the Wat Bo district of Siem Reap, within easy reach of the popular Old Market and bustling Pub Street, teeming with shops and bars. Wat Bo Monastery – the oldest Buddhist temple in the region – is also just moments away, and of course, Angkor Wat will certainly be on the agenda during your Siem Reap visit. Catch an Apsara performance, watch demonstrations in arts and crafts at the Artisans of Angkor workshops, or make a day trip to Tonle Sap, a vast lake home to traditional floating villages.
The star of the show has to be Viroth’s glittering swimming pool, stretching for 20 metres through the foliage-filled courtyard. Grey sun loungers with canary yellow pillows are strewn along the patio, with the bar irresistibly close at hand for when you need a liquid pick-me-up. The hotel gym is wrapped with glass windows, facing the ubiquitous plantlife, and there’s also a small spa where treatments and therapies promise blissful relaxation during your stay.
Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Viroth’s Hotel is a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride south from Angkor Wat and half an hour from the airport.
1/12 - Exterior of Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
2/12 - Swimming Pool at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
3/12 - Poolside at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
4/12 - Restaurant at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
5/12 - Deluxe Double Pool View Room at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
6/12 - Deluxe Triple Room at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
7/12 - Pool at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
8/12 - Deluxe Double Room at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
9/12 - Bar Area at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
10/12 - Deluxe Double Room at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
11/12 - Poolside Terrace at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
12/12 - Deluxe Twin Pool View at Viroth’s Hotel, Siem Reap
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