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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Ranked #19 of 342 Hotels in Siem Reap
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India
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“Sofitel Royal A stay worth remembering. reminiscing. Repeating.”
Reviewed 22 September 2009

I got to stay two nights at the Sofitel Royal for two nights, Siem Reap, Cambodia, out of which one night was courtesy, American Express under their Rewards Scheme. Sofitel Royal, in my opinion, is the oasis in this Cambodian town of Ancient Angkor and landmine-victims. The hotel is a blend of French and Khmer architecture. They say Sofitel Royal Angkor is the first 5-star hotel in Siem Reap and is the closest to the Angkor Wat ruins. Set in tranquil, landscaped gardens, welcome was very warm and they allowed me early checkin as my Bangkok Airways flight landed at 0855 and I rushed straight to the hotel. The staff are very cordial and bend backwards to accomoodate even your silliest and whimsical requests. The hotel has 214 comfortable and elegantly furnished rooms, 24 suites, a beautiful pool, a luxury spa, five restaurants and three bars. We had a complimentary upgrade to a suite on the first floor, close to the amoeba or octopus-like swimming pool. They say there are four five resturants. But we saw only three.

We had stayed in the hotel and had never expected that we will be so facinated with the Hotel that we woulnt feel like leaving the same and going anywhere else. The Hotel management was just great, in Cambodia, of all places, and the service was so prompt that we were astonished.
The Wayfarer's Pub was has some finest pastries to go with some unconventional cocktails. They say the other restaruant the Leaf on the Stone Bar and Mouhot's Dream which used to offer a fine dining establishment offering French-Asian fusion cuisine were closed. The hotel's spa offers a variety of health treatments including massage and its pool is one of the most impressive in Siem Reap, but neither my wife nor me ventured as the charges were frebiding. I tried some wine flight or choose your favorite wines. THE CITADEL - All-day dining restaurant was really good, with an eclectic western and Asian buffet caters to everyone's favourite needs. I had read that they have nightly Khmer dances, but they were to be only during May to October. We had a fine terrace in our sutie and it was an ethereal expereience to order room service - dead cheap - dine on terrace and gaze out onto the scenic gardens and experience the fantastic services of the hotel staff. My wife wanted to have some pepper sauce and they did not hve any. What they did - surprising, they powdered some pepper, put some vengar and added some white sauce. It was almost European. All within fice minutes.

Breakfast at Citadel comprised a nice selection of salad, pastas and pizzas make this venue one of the most trendy for the best value of money. Ask Sokun, the waiter girl over there, who will explain and serve the best of cusine, mostly made to order, to suite your purse and palate. the resurant itself evokes a colonial-era atmosphere, is a popular place for an aperitif or post-dinner drinks.

Oh yeah, as for Angkor Wat: beautiful, spectacular, breathtaking, and definitely worth the price of admission. We had a private taxi driver take us from temple to temple, his name is Mr. Kriss and if you're ever in Siem Reap look him up, he's great. He speaks English. The other temples were also nice but how many piles of rubble can you look at in 45 degree heat before you're done, unless you're a Khmer historian or archaeologist. So, we spent two nearly full days checking them out, then checked out a night jaunt for Apsara dance for a change of pace.Oh yeah, and the best meal we've had thus far was at No. 12 outside of Ta Prohm in Angkor, Khmer curry to die for. Yes, each person has their stand and their own prep area, and we randomly chose No. 12 over its neighbors Nos. 11 and 13. We did sunset at Angkor and sunrise at Angkor Wat itself, both were somewhat disappointing, but I praise our motivation.

Back to the hotel, were we were spoilt for choice during our free time. A large swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi are perfect retreats from the heat of Siem Reap. The hotel strongly advised me to take advantage of the professional masseurs at the Sofitel’s spa, where one can indulge your senses in one of the western or traditional Khmer treatments. The Phokeethra Country Club is a world class golf course is accentuated by a luxurious clubhouse and outstanding dining. But it is 18 kms far and during our stay there was a world class tournament. Golfers of all abilities are challenged as the course features a mix of par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes.

As far as hospitality is concerned, I always felt that the Taj of India are the best. Still I maintain that. But the Sofitel staff at Siem Reap are no worse. They have the traditional hospitality of the Indo-China and efficiency of the Europeans when it comes to entertaining the whimsical ro eceentric requests of the guests. We wanted fresh flowers every day for our deity worship and after an evening stroll we had the flowers we wanted. Neatly arranged in a bowl or basket.

A stay worth remembering. reminiscing. Repeating.

  • Liked — Best hospitality, good fod
  • Disliked — None in my view
  • Stayed September 2009
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

If going read the Lonely Planet Guide and get a guide from one of the services provided..it is not expensive and is worth it!!

  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank mikichrist
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Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2009

Great hotel located close to Angor Wat. Rooms were nice. Spa service great. Beautiful setting.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank vdoran
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2009

The resort was breathtakingly beautiful. The service at the hotel was brilliant and the green around the resort was so relaxing. The friendly smiles from each staff member was so welcoming. On top of it was the fabulous Angkor temple which was so close to the hotel... infact, the hotel/resort is at the center of the activities, not that there is much to do in Siem Reap but it was a great experience.

  • Stayed February 2007, travelled on business
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2 Thank Promila B
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2009

Sofitel must be located in one of the best settings, it has a huge garden with lakes and swimming pools. Rooms are large, if you get upgraded like us, you even have an espresso machine. I really enjoyed my time there, especially to relax after the Angkor temples, which makes you very tired when its 40degrees outside!
On the negative side, food on one evening was average, they serve you an outside buffet, but with the heat, careful as what you eat as it can go off very quickly and some items were missing. Breakfast buffet has a large variety, but orange juice is not fresh.
Otherwise, i would recommend this hotel, as it has amazing settings compared to others which are usually by the river and dont offer as much space.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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2 Thank SamDBxl
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

This is a terrific hotel. Beautiful grounds; friendly, extremely helpful staff; great food. When you enter, the grounds look like a luxurious Hawaiian resort carried across the Pacific ocean. The rooms are lovely, large with beautiful wooden floors. There is a charming Khmer dance show outdoors every night. The breads and pastries are excellent as are the spring rolls. The place is an oasis. I cannot imagine anyone who would not like it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank rmfish
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Seal Beach, California
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Reviewed 11 March 2009

My family and I stayed three nights at the Royal Sofitel Angkor during our visit to Cambodia three weeks ago. We were blown away by the hotel. When we entered the large and sprawling lobby we were greeted with fresh flowers, a very cold drink, and cold facial towels. Staff took care of our luggage and had them in our room before we even got there.

The hotel environs are absolutely gorgeous, with the pond and the over the water walkway. We stayed in room 520, it's a suite with a living area and another small room for storage and makeup. My 23 month old son loved the spaciousness of the room, he was able to explore. Right outside our patio is the lush landscape - every morning we woke up to birds singing on the trees.

The buffet breakfast was also top notch - the selection can't be beat. I kept going back to the omelet chef. My wife enjoyed the rice porridge and the hot noodles selection as well. The variety of juices was great as well. It fueled us for our tours of Angkor, which is just 5 minutes from the hotel.

We also thoroughly enjoyed the enormous lake-like pool. I liked the shallow area at the north end of the pool for children. The "island" in the middle was also a nice touch. I also had the chance to use the fitness center at night. While it was a nice fitness center with new treadmills, I didn't like the fact that the room air conditioner was activated via motion, so the system kept turning off while I was in there running (it apparently didn't detect me) so it got very hot. But I appreciated the complimentary water.

We liked the free gifts that the housekeeping staff left every evening during turndown. The DVD of the history of Angkor Wat at the end was a nice farewell gift. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel and were sad to leave. But when we return to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat we will be sure to return to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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2 Thank Paolo B
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Property: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Address: Vithei Charles De Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Siem Reap
#6 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#7 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#14 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#16 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
#17 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in landscaped gardens on Charles de Gaulle Avenue, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is the closest Siem Reap hotel to the ruins of Angkor Wat. This unique Siem Reap Cambodia hotel is situated near traditional markets, tourist attractions and the airport. Enjoy the many features of Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, including 238 rooms, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, five food & beverage outlets, the Phokeethra Country Club, and a world class 18 hole golf course. ... more   less 
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