Built in the style of a traditional Khmer home and set around a peaceful swimming pool, the Montra Nivesha's small number of rooms allows it to benefit from a more personal feel than many of the larger properties in the area. Designed in teak and furnished with Khmer artefacts, the serene ambience is complemented by the attentive and friendly staff. The restaurant serves some of the best fish amok in Cambodia, while the pool and spa offer a welcome respite from a day exploring temples in the tropical heat.
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The property has four different room and suite types. Superior rooms are on the ground floor and have twin beds. We'd recommend Deluxe rooms if you'd prefer a bit more space, most of which are found on the first floor, with two more connecting rooms on the ground floor. The Studio Suite is the largest option, featuring two queen size beds and space for additional beds for those travelling with children. Meanwhile, the Alaya Suite has a touch more luxury and is ideally suited to couples, with a four-poster bed and a welcoming bathtub setting it apart.
All rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms, with all but the Alaya Suite featuring showers only. They're each decorated with Cambodian artefacts and photographs from the country's French colonial era.
Nestled among residential buildings on a quiet street away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the property is just a short ride by bicycle or tuk tuk to the popular Pub Street or central market.
Food and Drink
The Reahoo Restaurant here is one of our recommended spots for trying some wonderful Khmer cuisine. Under the Khmer-style wooden sala you can discover a wide range of superbly cooked local dishes or any of the international fare also offered. They also provide unique private dining experiences at the temples or their own remote countryside residence. Meanwhile, Asura Bar and Lounge serves delicious cocktails and other beverages.
A family-friendly property, children can be accommodated comfortably in the Deluxe rooms and the two suites. Though there are no specific children’s activities or facilities other than the pool, the staff will go out of their way to ensure your children are made to feel welcome.
If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion then the private dining experiences are ideal, providing an intimate evening meal at a private location at one of the smaller temple sites or in a traditional Khmer house in the country. Honeymooners can also enjoy a special 'his ‘n’ hers' spa package.
Facilities and Activities
The small spa offers a wide range of treatments and packages to suit everyone. There is no gym and the pool is not one to do laps in but is a wonderful little oasis for cooling off after a day at the temples.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
At Montra Nivesha guests enjoy a free minibar in the room as well as drinkable water on tap, the first hotel in Cambodia to offer this. They also provide reusable bottles to help in the fight against single use plastic.
A perennial favourite of Audley's, the Montra Nivesha is a welcoming locally-owned and run property that provides excellent value for money. While some of the rooms are a little dark, all are comfortable and well-equipped.
Siem Reap itinerary suggestions
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Without doubt the most stylish hotel in Siem Reap, perfect for those who want to see Angkor in the lap of luxury.
Belmond La Residence d’Angkor exudes understated luxury and is definitely among the most stylish options in Siem Reap. A firm Audley favourite.
An excellent and stylish hotel option for those who want something more refined whilst in town.
This charming, intimate hotel is set alongside its delightful sister property, the Hanuman Alaya Boutique Residence. The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with Cambodian artefacts and the friendly staff are always willing to help in any way they can.
A chic boutique hotel in a quiet location just outside Siem Reap, Jaya Park River House offers stylish rooms and easy access to the Angkor temples while also supporting local charities and environmental concerns.
Set on the eastern side of the Siem Reap River and just a short walk away from local markets, the Maison Polanka comprises of two stilted villas set among lush tropical gardens.
The Park Hyatt is a deluxe boutique hotel situated within close proximity to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. The art deco inspired design is complemented by strong Khmer influences that embrace the future while respecting the past.
This elegant retreat is set among eight hectares of lush tropical gardens around fifteen minutes away from downtown Siem Reap. The beautiful setting, serene atmosphere and excellent facilities will allow guests to experience the wonders of Siem Reap at a truly relaxing pace.
Located ten minutes from the majestic temples of Angkor, the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor is a Siem Reap landmark. Its charming colonial style and high standard of service makes it a great option for your time here.
The traditional Cambodian houses at Sala Lodges have been beautifully restored to offer guests a unique and peaceful hideaway, just a short distance from central Siem Reap.
The most contemporary option in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is infused with innovative design and modern art touches that make this well located hotel like no other.
This stylish, modern resort stands in a central location within walking distance of the Old Market, cafés and bars, offering the perfect location to explore Siem Reap and the surrounding Temples.
The Siddharta Hotel is a small boutique property nestled in tropical gardens on the edge of Siem Reap town. The staff are delightful and add to the charm of this property.
Exuding the air of an exclusive 1950s bolthole where diplomats and the cognoscenti might meet, Viroth's Hotel offers vintage styling and an air of understated glamour. The chic decor, large pool and quiet location make it an appealing base.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Watching the sun set, sat on one of the temples ancient walls is a magical experience.
This excursion is not only a great birdwatching opportunity but also offers a fascinating insight into life on the lake. The village of Prek Toal is one of the largest floating villages on the lake.
Join a Cambodian chef and go shopping at the local market for fresh locally-grown ingredients. You explore several classic Khmer dishes and enjoy tasting the end result at a traditional Khmer style luncheon. The class takes three to four hours.
Travel southeast to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry.
For those with a keen interest in photography and wanting to get the best of their time at the temples in Cambodia, this trip has been designed to help you do just that. All levels of skill are welcome.
Follow your guide into the countryside immediately surrounding Siem Reap for an insight into a different side of Cambodia seeing how local people live and taking in the rural scenery.