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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf Hotel Siem Reap
- Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel
- Sofitel Siem Reap
- Siem Reap Sofitel