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“Excellent hotel, though a little overpriced.”

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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Ranked #25 of 365 Hotels in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 January 2010

Excellent hotel and facilities, great restauramts and helpful staff. Nice rooms and the pool looks and is great. Close to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, short tuk tuk ride, however it is quite overpriced in reality, almost double what we paid for the same standard hotel and room (at a sofitel) in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

I went over New Year's eve for visiting the temples of Angkor and was pretty late with my booking, so choices were limited at the time and the Sofitel was the only branded property without mandatory New Year's Eve's dinner. Since also recommended other properties were fully booked I chose Sofitel.

Considering it to be a five star and definitely charging like one (230 USD / advance purchase rate: breakfast at 23 USD extra per head), it was a rather disappointing experience, since (barring the service attitude most staff and the close location to the temples) especially the room was surely no five star and not worth the money spent.

Conclusion:
If you take a short break to visit Angkor's temples and don't bother spending the money, you can well stay there, but don't expect too much really.
If you have a bit more time and do not need all amenities (since you're out sightseeing all day and night), I'd not recommend staying there.

Friends who booked earlier stayed at the Australian-run River Village Manor in Siem Reap for USD 24 and the rooms were clean and perfectly all right as well.

Actually, due to the rather poor concierge-knowledge of the Sofitel, the host of the River Village Manor helped us organise our stay there which was great.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 December 2009

In my 40 years of traveling the world, this Sofitel in Siem Reap(Angkor Wat) Cambodia is right up at the top of a group of Real 5 Star hotels. The entire staff was superb. I highly recommend it. I also had the best massage of my life at the spa..

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 December 2009

In all my travels, I can honestly say that it would be hard to beat the friendly, smiling service at the Sofitel Angkor Wat. The staff were superb, the facilities excellent, the room spotless, and the whole ambience wonderful. I normally travel all over the world for work as a free-lance tour manager, and I chose this hotel for my own personal holiday. never having visited Cambodia before. I was not disappointed. Whilst I was staying in the hotel, there was a cultural music and dance programme every evening, but this may not be available throughout the year

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 November 2009

We would definately stay there again.. the staff cannot do enough for you and the rooms were lovely and extremely clean. Something quite memorable was the foot massages we got in the cabanas.. they were heaven!!!! We came back and got another one the next day!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2009

I visited the Sofitel for three nights in August and what a difference it made. I arrived back every evening to find a calm and relaxing place, one I thought I might become bored it with it not being in the center of things. The bar is lovely, be sure to spend some time talking to the locals who work there. The place is large, so if you are a solo traveler and feel the need to be surrounded by a large number of people, you may want to rethink this hotel. The location is a few minutes by tuk-tuk to downtown, but I didn't venture out much in the evenings because I was there to relax. Highly recommend. And, as others have mentioned, if you have a chance, book Soluy Loeurt as a guide for at least a day. She was amazing and showed me great ways to better use my camera. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

We stayed for six nights recently and it has become one of our favourite hotels anywhere. Unlike some of the new hotels in Siem Reap, the Sofitel has an understated and classy elegance which instantly makes you feel welcome. Our room was one of the few standard rooms with a balcony, on the 3rd floor. The room was well maintained, the bed extremely comfortable but the bathroom is slightly smaller than you might expect.
There's a TV with channels for most European languages, mini-bar, safe, free bottled water each day and small desserts most nights as part of the turndown service. The internet service is quite expensive.

As it was low season the main restaurant was closed so we ate at the Explorer bar or had room service, apart from one night at the French restaurant for the Apsara dance performance. Apart from a couple of dishes, the food was very good. They also have a bakery so you can buy fresh pastries, cakes and baguettes each morning, useful when setting off for the temples and you don't fancy paying for the standard breakfast. After 18:00 most of the cakes and baguettes are half-price.

The large pool was empty most of the time and is perfect after a long day trekking around the temples. The spa is also very good but luckily we received vouchers for a free massage each, otherwise it's the usual high-end spa prices.

The hotel is a fair walk to the town centre (20 mins) but it's a cheap tuk-tuk ride ($2) to get to all the bars and restaurants.

Service here is amongst the best we've experienced anywhere and the staff greet you by name and know your room number. If we return to Siem Reap we will stay here again, even though it costs significantly more than most hotels there.

While visiting the temples over three days we cycled, used a taxi and finally a tuk-tuk. Only attempt to cycle if you're quite fit as the temperature was about 35C with high humidity. Bring plenty of $1 notes as everything costs $1, including a glossy guide book called Ancient Angkor. Buy this book and it'll instantly get rid of some of the sellers when you show it to them. The rest will still pester you to buy postcards, scarves, handbags and cold drinks but the young sellers are friendly enough, with a few exceptions.

We didn't make it to sunrise over Angkor Wat (too lazy!) but climbed up Phnom Bakheng for the sunset. My advice is to skip the sunset there as it's massively overcrowded and Angkor Wat is a speck in the distance, so you need a very long zoom lens. It's better to remain at Angkor Wat itself. The Bayon nearby is also very nice in the late afternoon.

We took a boat ride to Battambang which lasted 6½ hours in a smallish wooden boat. The ticket you buy shows a modern speed boat which looks nothing like the one you'll be taking! The trip itself is fascinating and unforgettable, where you see many floating villages and the level of poverty the inhabitants deal with. There's one brief stop at a floating village when the drivers stop for lunch and you can buy some snacks and drinks, otherwise it's whatever you bring or buy at the departure port. There is a toilet onboard but we saw no one even think about using it. The boat service is used by locals so it's a normal service, not one dedicated to tourists. Battambang itself isn't as pretty as we'd been led to believe and it's only a 2 ½ hour taxi ride back to Siem Reap ($40) along paved roads the entire trip.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Vithei Charles De Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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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
#21 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#22 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range: £128 - £254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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