Southeast Asia Hotel Reviews

Signature Hotel

Journeys Within Signature Hotels

After living and playing in Southeast Asia for the last 15+ years, we have had many hotel experiences. We have been lucky enough to stay in some amazing properties, and we have definitely visited some less-than-appealing places. Websites can be deceiving!

So we started reviewing the hotels we visit and felt that this information could be helpful as you plan your trip with us. On this page we’ve listed our Signature Hotels – these are the properties that we feel embody the spirit of Journeys Within. Our Signature Hotels fall into all price ranges and locations. They are the places where we like to stay when we travel to Southeast Asia. We feel these hotels go above and beyond and are our partners in making each trip we run special and memorable.

We have listed these hotels here so you can see our reviews of them and because they are the hotels likely to be included in our custom itineraries. Of course we stay in many hotels – in fact Andrea is famous for staying in a different hotel each night on her trips so she can try each of them out. While not every property will rise to the level of a Journeys Within Signature Hotel, we do try to review them and you’ll find these additional reviews on the Journeys Within Travel Blog when available.

Our rating system is described below. My good friend Dawn Johnson once warned me that it was a “Rating: Socks on” hotel, and I loved the mental image and expanded on her clever description.

If you have any questions about any of the hotels we have listed or any you don’t see a review for, email or call us and we will be happy to share our experiences with you personally.

Rating System

Shoes On: A more basic property that might not be clean enough for the Socks On rating. If on our list, there will be another compelling reason to stay here.

Socks On: Not dirty, but not really ready for bare feet either. Oftentimes these properties are a good value for the money and are fine, but could use some new carpets.

Socks Off: Clean and fresh, you can take your socks off and not worry about stepping on anything or getting grubby feet.

Everything Off: This is for those special properties that make you want to get naked! Expect fluffy white beds with lots of pillows, sparking clean hardwood floors and big bathrooms with only flattering mirrors.

Karma Ratings

Karma: NirvanaNirvana: These are the hotels that have found a project, or projects, to support and then do so in a sustainable and consistent manner. These hotels take this support one step further and help enlighten and inspire others by getting guests involved. Whether through donations, environmental practices, or time, these hotels are talking the talk and letting their guests walk the walk with them.

Karma: EnlightenedEnlightened: Our Enlightened hotels are committed to their communities and the environment beyond just the usual lip service. They find and support projects that help to change lives or save the planet and they do it above and beyond the bottom line benefits. They haven’t yet gotten their guests involved, but they are on their way.

Novice: Like a Novice monk still learning to chant, these hotels have the right attitude, but haven’t taken it to the next level. They “hire local” and give guests the option not to change their sheets and towels, but they don’t go above and beyond. They might point guests in the right direction, but they aren’t yet leading by example.

Non-believer: Though often lovely properties, these hotels aren’t yet seeing the light and supporting their communities or the environment. These are also the hotels that didn’t respond to our inquiries, because I believe that if you’re doing good, you want people to know about it.


Cambodia

Siem Reap

Jaya House River Park
Rating: Everything Off
Jaya House River Park
Kralanh Petite Villa
Rating: Socks Off
Kralanh Petite Villa
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Rating: Everything Off
Raffles Angkor
Sala Lodges
Rating: Everything Off
Sala Lodges

Battambang

Bric-a-Brac
Rating: Everything Off
Bric a Brac
Battambang Resort
Rating: Socks Off
Battambang Resort

Phnom Penh

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Rating: Everything Off
Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh

Southern Cambodia

Knai Bang Chatt
Rating: Socks Off
Knai Bang Chatt
Song Saa Private Island
Rating: Everything Off
Song Saa Private Island
Veranda Natural Resort
Rating: Socks On
Veranda Natural Resort

Other Cambodia locations

Mayura Hill Hotel & Resort
Rating: Socks Off
Mayura Hills
Rajabori Villas Resort
Rating: Socks On/Off
Rajabori

Vietnam

Saigon

Caravelle Saigon
Rating: Everything Off
Caravelle
Hotel des Arts
Rating: Everything Off
Hotel des Arts
Park Hyatt
Rating: Everything Off
Park Hyatt Saigon
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Villa Song
Villa Song

Central Vietnam

The Nam Hai
Rating: Everything Off
Nam Hai
Anantara Hoi An Resort
Rating: Socks Off
Anantara Hoi An Resort
La Residence Hotel & Spa
Rating: Socks Off
La Residence Hue
Vinh Hung 1 Heritage Hotel
Rating: Socks On
Vinh Hung Heritage

Halong Bay

Dragon Legend
Dragon Legend
Dragon Pearl Junk Cruises
Rating: Socks On
Dragon Pearl
L’Amour Junk
L’Amour
Prince 1 Junk Cruises
Rating: Socks Off
Indochina Prince

Hanoi

Apricot Hotel
Rating: Socks Off
Hanoi La-Siesta Hanoi
Rating: Socks On
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel
Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole
Rating: Everything Off
Sofitel Legend Metropole

Mekong Delta

Victoria Can Tho Resort
Rating: Socks Off
Victoria Can Tho

Sapa

Topas Ecolodge
Rating: Socks On
Topas Ecolodge
Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
Rating: Socks Off
Victoria Sapa

Laos

Luang Prabang

Le Sen Boutique Hotel
Rating: Everything Off
Le Sen Boutique Hotel
Kiridara Hotel
Rating: Socks Off
Kiridara Hotel
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao
Rating: Everything Off
La Residence Phu Vao
Maison Dalabua
Rating: Everything Off
Maison Dalabua
Mekong Riverview
Rating: Everything Off
Mekong Riverview
Satri House
Rating: Everything Off
Satri House

Champassak

La Folie Lodge
Rating: Socks On/Off
La Folie Lodge

Nong Kiau

Nong Kiau Riverside Rooms & Restaurant
Rating: Socks On
Nong Kiau Riverside Rooms Restaurant

Phonesavanh

Auberge de la Plaine des Jarres
Rating: Socks On/Off
Auberge de la Plaine des Jarres

Vang Vieng

Riverside Boutique Resort
Rating: Socks Off
Riverside Boutique Resort

Vientiane

Green Park Boutique Hotel
Rating: Socks Off
Green Park Boutique Hotel
Settha Palace Hotel
Rating: Socks Off
Settha Palace