I was recommended to the La Residence by a client who had returned from Cambodia the month before. I was glad I arranged the hotel airport transfer. On arrival outside the terminal I was warmly greeted and taken to their luxury 4wd where the driver had refresher towels and chilled water waiting for me. On the short drive from the airport into Siem Reap he gave me a quick tour of the town and showed me the entrance to the temples and it gave me a good opportunity to gain my bearings. It was a nice touch to start my trip.
The property is very understated from the outside and once you pass through the entrance and across the small water over bridge you are greeted by a beautiful hotel.
Check in was a breeze, I received a quick tour of the hotel, where breakfast was in the am and other facilities.
My room was very large and over looked the pool. The writing desk complete with an iPod player was a nice touch and all rooms have free wireless internet which was great to send the temple photos home at the end of each day.
La Residence has to have one of the better locations and its only a short 10min walk to bar street and all the nightlife and restaurants.
I used one of the hotel preferred Tuk Tuk drivers, Mr Ohda. I am not sure what the usual rates are but I paid him $15 a day for exclusive use. He was at the hotel every morning at 7am waiting for me right and stayed with me until the end of the day when he dropped me back to the hotel from dinner. I recommend him if you feel like having a driver for the day. You can find him outside the entrance to the hotel or ask the doorman for him
Overall my stay at La Residence was wonderful and exceeded my expectations. Its great value for money and I must admit was nice to head back to at the end of a long day trekking the temples.
Pascal the GM made a point of coming over on my first evening to say hello. Its obvious his team enjoy working at the property, everyone was happy and greeting you everywhere so thanks Pascal!
From the bed turn downs complete with slippers waiting, fresh fruit in your room every day, the newspaper hanging on your door in its own woven bag every morning to the oil burners lit with lemon grass for you every evening, the attention to detail is very high.
A must stay property when in Cambodia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond La Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an intimate retreat that beautifully captures the region's history while offering every modern luxury. Located close by Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Tonle Sap Lake, it's an ideal base to explore the wonders of the region. Siem Reap's lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and bar scene are just steps away. Local elegance and stylish luxury are the hallmarks of the hotel's rooms and suites, furnished with traditional hardwoods and bamboo and exquisitely decorated in soft cottons and jewel-toned silks. At Circle restaurant, enjoy a unique gastronomic experience of International and Khmer cuisine or enjoy more relaxed fare at Ember. The Martini Lounge is a relaxed cocktail lounge with impressive views of the gardens. A tropical oasis-like large swimming pool is at the heart of the hotel and is complimented by the tranquil Kong Kea Spa. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre, two boutiques, a tour desk and complimentary daily activities such as a monk blessing or shopping tour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Residence d`Angkor By Orient-Express Hotel Siem Reap