Siem Reap was the first leg of a three stage trip to the far east which also included a cruise round the Andaman coast and a few days in a resort complex in Thailand. Recommended by friends we were not disappointed. We booked directly with the hotel and got an excellent rate which included a full day private tour with guide and picnic lunch, breakfasts, one dinner and airport transfers.
The hotel is centrally situated in Siem Reap and I loved being able to step out and walk down to Pub Street or the Old Market (a lovely 7 minute stroll along the river) and watch the hustle and bustle of the town. The famous sites were a short ride away either by car with a guide or for a bit of self-exploration, by tuk-tuk. (There are plenty available outside the hotel). The hotel is small but beautifully and perfectly formed. The rooms are large and tranquil, all with balconies either overlooking the pool or the river. The bathrooms are also large and well equipped with marvellous corner marble baths (though these are showing some signs of wear now), separated from the bedroom by sliding doors and bamboo screens. There is a new spa (which I didn't vist, but it looked gorgeous). There are many water features in the hotel aside from the lush salt water swimming pool which add to the feeling of calm that pervades the property, and interesting architectural features in the old colonial style using a lot of wood with high vaulted ceilings in the main building. The staff are simply delightful and try to please in every way. We enjoyed the food in the hotel. I cannot comment on the price as the meals taken were included in our package. The breakfast has plentiful choices and can be eaten either indoors in the cool airconditioned dining room, or outside on the verandah overlooking the fish ponds that form a small moat around the main building. Dinner can also be taken here and three times a week the hotel has Aspara shows, featuring local Cambodian musicians and dancers. We celebrated my husband's birthday the night we went which happened to coincide with the Cambodian National Day celebrations. Thus not only did he receive a birthday cake from the hotel kitchen but also witnessed a stunning firework display courtesy of the local authorities! We took picnic hampers on our day of touring the temples and chose the Cambodian option which presented some unusual picnic dishes!
We ate two marvellous meals at local restaurants both just around the corner from the hotel: Bopha and Viroth's, both of which have beautiful gardens (make sure to apply deet based products before sitting outside in the evening), and enjoyed wandering round the night market and Pub Street afterwards (try Dr Fish foot massage for something a little different). One extra tip: If you need any laundry done, don't use the hotel facility. Just around the corner from the hotel (opposite Viroth's) we found an excellent local laundry (in a restaurant!), where we paid the princely sum of $1 for the lot.
- 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