Battambang is a large rural city to the west of Siem Reap which is about a three hour private taxi ride. With little to offer in the way of tourist attractions, this also means not a huge array of choice in accommodation. However we manage to find a fabulous period hotel that was in total contrast to the uber slick and cool Viroth. La Villa is a fine old colonial building that had a bit of a nip and tuck back in to 2004 when it became a hotel and is now under the care of the lovely manageress, Corinne. If you sat in the foyer long enough you could sweat that Miss Marples was about to totter in and solve a mystery. Our charming egg shaped doorway gave way to a canopied bed and many pieces of furniture in heavy sensible dark wood that were constructed to last forever.
A truly unique hotel and one of the best in Battambang, with the added essential of a fabulous pool. It was a pleasure to spend an evening or two with the charming Corinne at her first best exotic La Villa Hotel in Battambang.