We booked the apsara suite for 7 nights. We arrived at Siem Reap past 10 pm and we took a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The hotel lobby was a bit dark and there was only one receptionist (at night), he was friendly and helped us carry our luggage to our room. there are no elevators, the hotel has only 4 floors.
The room that we booked was nice, quite big for 2 person. After an hour of unpacking and settling up for the night we realized that the ac was on and off so we called the receptionist through the phone but he didnt answer so my partner had to go down and asked him to go to our room, the receptionist said that we can transfer to the other apsara suite on the fourth floor, but since we have already unpacked and very tired we decided to stay and opted to transfer tomorrow if the ac still doesn't work. Fortunately the ac worked fine in the morning and for the next 7 days. Free breakfast was included, the food is nice, i love the fried rice, sausage and noodles that was served every morning.
The hotel is near the Angkor museum walking through the park. There are also tuktuks waiting in front of the hotel. But we got our tuktuk driver for the rest of our trip in front of the Angkor museum after we visited the museum. We were lucky to have found him because the other tuktuk driver asked too much. We visited the small and big circuit then we watched the sunset at pre rup then back to the hotel, our tuktuk driver only asked for $15 which was way cheaper than what drivers would ask. The next day we watched the sunrise at angkor wat, then the other temples the whole day, he even gave us free bottled water. :) Our third day at siem reap, we did quad adventure cambodia, half day tour and helicopter ride tour via Helistar over the angkor wat, both are worth a try, very memorable activities. I must say It was always nice to come home to our hotel after a tiring day. Felt very homey :)
On our fourth day we left Siem Reap for Phnom Penh, we left some of our clothes and some valuables at the in room safe. They assured us that our room will be kept for us while we were gone.We went back again the following night at Siem Reap. The room was kept clean and nothing was missing specially in the safe.
The hotel is just minutes away from the pub street and noon night market. Tuktuk for two in the morning and afternoon is $1 and at night goes up to $2. Always bargain. Through our tuktuk driver we found out fair prices of tuktuks and specially the price of bottled water. If you'd ask how much the water is they will always say $1 but the truth is 1 bottled water only cost $0.50. You can also look at the price of tuktuks for going around in the information guide provided in the room.
Overall our stay at Angkor Pearl was very nice except for the noisy hallway and noisy neighbors. We realized that for our first 4 days, sun-wed, very minimal noise, but over the weekend, when the hotel is filled up, it was VERY noisy. I think it's because of the poor noise proofing of the rooms. Our room was located at the very end of the hall but we can hear people talking and laughing from the stairs near the lobby. The food is delicious and very helpful staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Team New Services New facilities New ways to Make you smile Oct. 2011. New and improved Angkor Pearl ensuring the best value in Cambodian Hotels run and managed by Cambodian-Americans. At Angkor Pearl Hotel, we pride ourselves on quality of service on a genuinely high level and an emphasis on catering to our guest’s every need with courtesy and warmth. Angkor Pearl Hotel is Cambodian owned, operated, and managed by Cambodian Americans since February of 2010. The story behind the pearl dates back years when Cambodia gained independence from France and King Sihanouk called the Capitol "The Pearl of Asia." Hence, we call ourselves The Pearl of Siem Reap. The Angkor Pearl Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap. A brisk 10 minute walk lead you to the center market where you can shop for food, clothes, souvenirs, and many more. Getting to the Temples is just as easy. A scenic 15 minute drive will take you back in time to the Khmer civilization where you will discover all of Angkor’s natural beauty. ... more less
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