I don’t often give five stars but Pavillon d’Orient well and truly deserves them. Like another reviewer, we were a little nervous when our driver stopped at the side of a dodgy looking road, late at night. We seemed to be surrounded only by locked auto repair and small food shops and the first glimpse of the outer wall of the hotel seemed inauspicious. But when we stepped through the understated gateway into the hotel grounds we could see, even in the darkness, that we’d made a great choice.
We were greeted, shown straight to our room and told we could complete the check in process in the morning – a much appreciated gesture. We stayed in a junior suite and quite frankly we couldn’t fault the room; it was utterly delightful! The décor is superb – warm buttery yellows with contrasts of “Tuscan” terracotta, and dark, unpolished wooden floors. Every little detail fits together perfectly – from the fabrics of the cushions, drapery and bed linen, to the objet d’art housed in the simple white shelving. The small private balcony was comfortably furnished and the tropical greenery in front of it provided semi-privacy whilst still allowing glimpses of the pool. The separate shower was a wonderful treat – huge, luxuriously tiled and a fabulous rain shower with strong, hot water. Bliss!
The grounds are lovely and the two swimming pools are idyllic places to relax. Breakfast was both good and generous and is served from 6.30am to 5pm – how civilized!! We dined in the restaurant on our last evening as we had a late night flight and didn’t want to go far. The food was excellent and the value was unbelievable. For a light dinner for two, one dessert and two (large size) beers, the bill was $20!!
The crown jewel in this place though, is the quality of the service. The staff are totally dedicated to making your stay unforgettable. From Claudia and Dany at the front desk, to the restaurant staff, the smiling faces of the housekeeping and grounds keeping staff and the girls in the spa, we were met with absolute pampering. Having a personal tuk-tuk driver at our disposal all day, every day (included in the rate), was an excellent touch. Pavillon d’Orient has hit on a brilliant business model and we will certainly reward it by choosing it again when we return to Siem Reap. Our eagerness to return is in no small measure due to the marvellous experience we had by staying here. There are very good hotels in town for around half the price but the feeling of special luxury we had at Pavillon d’Orient means we will willingly spend the extra to stay there again and we’ll consider it to be money well spent.
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