This hotel is conveniently located a little bit out of the main hustle and bustle of Siem Reap but still only 10min walk from the night market and main restaurant and bar street.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a very service minded member of staff and we were served some cold lemonade while he explained the main practicalities about the hotel. We also realised during this that we were getting a massage treatment for free and that the hotel offers all kinds of different tours around Angkor and the other temples.
We headed straight for the restaurant as we were starving and the food there is decent without being fantastic. The breakfast is fine again without being fantastic but you can order extras to accompany the still "big enough" portion you are getting.
Pool area is just fantastic and a great treat after a full day spent in the dust and heat of the various temple areas.
Rooms are clean and reasonably spacious (not to "American outside New York standards) and the AC worked fine. Our room had a DVD player and a very interesting free movie about the temples of Angkor.
As mentioned the hotel offer tours and tour programs at very reasonable prices so there is no need to get stressed out trying to arrange something in advance. They also offer advice on different opportunities getting to Vietnam, Thailand etc. The prices they can arrange taxis at are also very reasonable. At least to our knowledge ;o)
Only little remark is that the people working the reception are not always fully up to date with the the tour menu causing slight confusion at times. But nothing major as long as you also do a little checking yourself.
Unfortunately our free massage never happened but this was partly (fully?) our own fault. When we arrived back at the hotel after a loooong day to quickly shower and then head for the spa area we learned that the massage was going to take place in our room. This was unexpected and our room was in no condition to have guests over as we were leaving the next morning. Again, really not a fault on the staff but on the other hand they could have mentioned this the first day and we would have been prepared for it.
When leaving the hotel early in the morning (7.30am is early for me on Holiday) we were given complimentary bottles of water and a souvenir T-Shirt. Nice touch.
We ordered sandwiches the evening before and they were ready for our departure and tasted fantastic at the time we reached PoiPet on the way back to Bangkok.
All in all a good hotel with value for money. Remember it is not a Hilton or Marriott but there is nothing to complain about from a cleanliness and service point of view. Alos remember you will be spending the whole day (most likely from 5.30am in the morning) in the temple areas or seeing Tonle Sap. Enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a luscious temple garden, Golden Temple Hotel is enchanting, peaceful, elegant and luxurious. The Golden Temple experience is about stylish relaxation, modern comfort, and the enjoyment a range of activities beyond the discovery of the incredible Temples of Angkor. The hotel has a full restaurant service, with both Khmer and Western cuisine, a comprehensive massage service offering diverse massage techniques, an outdoor hot steam area, and a large pool. Laid around the swimming pool are temple features. Shaded hammock alcoves and gazebos that add a touch of romance and privacy to the relaxed settings. At Golden Temple Hotel, visitors have all the comforts of modern amenities while enjoying traditional Khmer hospitality. All rooms and outdoor areas of the hotel have complimentary WiFi access and there is a complimentary internet bay with the latest software and communications. Travel to the hotel on arrival and later to any point in Siem Reap and the Temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park is by the hotel's own specailly vetted and trained tuk tuk, car and mini bus drivers. Golden Temple is conveniently located within walking distance of central Siem Reap and the Old Market (Psar Chas) shopping and restaurant areas. ... more less
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