We stayed here for five nights in December and loved it. All staff were incredibly friendly and accomodating. The lobby is very impressive and luxurious (in fact, it was so posh we thought we were in the wrong place, lol). We arrived after dark and the ride from the airport had been very short, but still they welcomed us with lovely refreshing cool towels and drinks. Speaking of the airport - it is only about 15 minutes which is so convenient but we did not hear a single plane the entire time we were there. So if you are worried about noise caused by the hotel being so close, worry no further; it won't be an issue.
We had an executive suite which was beautifull decorated. The bed was officially the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The bathrooms (yes...two) are large and have everything you need, and there are widescreen TVs in both the sitting room and the bedroom. The room was always immaculately clean and the hallways always had a beautiful lemongrass smell to them...not sure what the staff did there but it was so nice to come out to in the mornings!
A lot of tour buses use this hotel, as well as people travelling for business. Understandably 95% of people there are there to see the temples, as most people in Siem Reap are. I highly recommend this hotel because it's on the Angkor side of the city and is only about five to ten minutes drive to the main gate of the Archaeological Park. A tip for temple viewing: go out as early as you can, no later than 7am, then come back when it gets too hot at around 11am. Have a little swim or a nap and head out again at around 3pm until the sun sets. This hotel was a beautiful cool refuge to come back to during the heat of the day and those midday naps in the cool air conditioning of our room were delicious.
Speaking of heading out to the temples, the hotel can arrange a driver for you if you would like to get around by car, and the price is cheap. But if you want the real Cambodian experience hire a tuk tuk driver for the day. There are a group of drivers just to the left of the hotel who will drive you around all day for around $15. We used a driver by the name of Mr Chea and can highly recommend him. Also, don't be afraid to eat at some of the local restaurants in the street just near to the hotel. Be VERY careful crossing the road (it's busy and nobody has time to wait for you...lol) and go have a look at what they have to sell. We got a delicious meal of noodles and fried rice for two of us, plus glasses of iced tea each, for $4. And I'm sure the locals pay cheaper but I don't even care...we used to pay $6 for a meal for two plus drinks in Bali and we thought that was awesome, but this beats that. Many of the restauranteurs speak English and are very welcoming, plus it's a great way of mixing with the locals who will love to have a chat also.
The only area I would say where this hotel can improve would be the food...breakfast was very varied, but there was a lot of white breads and refined flour products. I would have liked to see more wholegrain things and mueslis. The bar in the lobby is nice but the cocktails are small (strong, but small). And although the cakes are nice they appear to not be fresh - I do understand it's difficult to keep things fresh in this heat but perhaps if the cakes were made on site it might be nicer. Just an idea.
On the whole, thanks Allson Angkor Paradise Hotel for a lovely stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the center of Cambodia's historic city of Siem Reap, Angkor Paradise Hotel offers comfort, elegant, captivating and soothing accommodation of international standard to leisure and business travelers alike. The resort-style hotel is just a stone's throw away from the city's cultural and shopping hubs, local markets and other sights of interest. Angkor Paradise Hotel is situated a short distance away from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. The archeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the world's largest collection of religious temples and complex, is the ideal combination of culture and civilization that dates back to the era of the Khmer Empire. Centrally located in Siem Reap City, 5- Star resort style Angkor Paradise Hotel is in a convenient location as it is situated only 3-minute walk to the Royal Residence, 10-minute walk to the famous Old Market (Phsar Chas), the lively Pub Street and the bustling Night Market, and 15-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat Temple. ... more less
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