A hotel with a heart, promoting local causes to help the local community, this boutique hotel is more than just a place to rest your weary head for the night.
What to experience ?
Soria Moria is a cheerful little hotel in the centre of Siem Reap, with 38 comfortable, bright and spacious rooms. Being a small intimate hotel, they are able to provide every guest with the personalised service that is synonymous with Cambodian hospitality.
Their modestly decorated but spacious rooms are well appointed with air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and WiFi.
Their fusion kitchen serves local and international food, and their popular rooftop bar with great views over Siem Reap serves refreshing cocktails and tropical fruit shakes. There is also an open-sky Jacuzzi and a sundeck. The Sangkheum Center for Children comes to perform traditional APSARA dance in the hotel’s restaurant every Friday. The performance is free of charge, but donations to the Sangkheum center are encouraged.
The team at Soria Moria have developed their own guidebook of recommended places to visit, and it’s packed with information about sites outside the main tourist tracks to allow for more authentic experiences. They advise on the cultural behaviour to be adopted. They also organise community trips, and encourage guests to visit projects that they endorse in their guidebook.
Ground floor rooms are able to accommodate physically challenged people.
How does it help ?
Soria Moria is a social enterprise that applies market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose, where parts of the surplus are reinvested into the local community.
Their most recent revolutionary and ground-breaking development has been to hand over 51% of the ownership of the hotel business to the local employees. Since the opening, the local employees have received ongoing training to take over the responsibility and management of the operation of the hotel and its outreach programmes. The Soria Moria Trainee Programme in collaboration with three local organisations have provided seven paid trainee positions for their Young Adult Preparation Programmes.
The local staff have good working conditions, are insured with personal accident insurance, and are members of National Social Security Fund. Gender equality is fundamental in the hotel’s organisation, and females hold more than half of the managerial and supervisory positions.
With the majority of their staff from farming families living below the poverty line, with few opportunities to move forward in life, this pioneering approach is the essence of responsible tourism.
Soria Moria has taken action to reduce its impact on the environment wherever possible without reducing the customer’s satisfaction. Improvements have been made in the areas of electricity, water & paper usage. Cooking oil is recycled and given to Angkor Children’s Hospital to be used as biodiesel for their generator, and food waste is given to local pig farmers.
Soria Moria is selective when choosing suppliers and partners, and wherever possible purchases local goods and utilises local suppliers and transportation/guides.
- ICMS distinguished Alumni Awards 2010
- Foundation for Young Social Entrepreneurs (FYSE) Paragon 2009
- Heritage Watch gold status
- ConCERT Cambodia