If it was a beach hotel we‘d go on a yearly basis... Unique for total well being.
I had a hard time to decide on the RIGHT hotel before I went to Siem Reap. The choices beside the Residence d‘Angkor were the Amansara, Raffles Grand Hotel d‘Angkor and the Hotel de la Paix. I know a number of Amans, the FS and MO‘s (the last two are not in Siem Reap) but I‘ve never stayed at an Orient Express Hotel. The pictures looked nice, so I thought to give it a try.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport Mr. Ran Sophea, the front desk manager himself was with the driver to pick us up. From the minute we entered the hotel we felt at home. Every single staff member was just extremely nice and helpful, the food excellent, the massages at the new Kong Kea Spa close to heaven. The Gym is also well equipped.
The hotel is ideally located to visit the temples but also to walk to nice bars and restaurants at night. While the Amansara and the Raffles are directly on the loud road that leads to the airport/temples the Residence d‘Angkor sits a little back in a lovely, very nicely landscaped garden directly on the banks of the river.
The huge 25 m pool offeres quiet space to relax after sightseeing with very attentive but unintrusive service. Also, the Martini Bar is nice to have a cocktail at before dinner. From the breakfast buffet you can expect everything a buffet can possibly offer.
We stayed in room 49 (third floor, pool view) and enjoyed the stunning pool/garden views, the well maintained interior and the spotless room and turn down service.
While in Siem Reap we checked out the other hotels, too. You‘ll find the Aman in a poor, far away location on a crammed estate, you‘ll find an old ramshackle hut as the Raffles Grand Hotel d‘Angkor with very stiff service and you‘ll find an overstyled, loud and hectic Hotel de la Paix on a loud and busy main street. While visiting the de la Paix I could not understand why it‘s so hyped for it‘s design. The location is really not that great.
If you want it relaxing in a charming, colonial atmosphere, go for the Residence d‘Angkor. It‘s worth every cent.
And at night: Do something special: Visit the www dot acoda dot org The ACODA orphanage brings you in touch with real Cambodia. We enjoyed our evening at the Orphanage so much. A show put up by the children starts at 6.30 h for about a half hour. An amazing project that helps the many orphans in Cambodia. There is no charge but you can donate some money if you want to.
Residence d‘Angkor and ACODA both strongly recommended ;-) Enjoy!!!
- 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