We stayed at Shinta Mani for 5 days in late October. The renovations had been complete by the time we arrived.
We had a deluxe room with a "living space" in the upstairs with a window that overlooked part of the pool (#18). The room was well appointed, very comfortable and spacious. The bathroom was very nice (an important factor for me!) and the room was extremely clean. The room was so large, we didn't really use the living area (which is fairly small). It might work well if you are traveling with a teenager as it does have a TV in it, as does the main part of the bedroom.
We plan to go back, but on the next trip I think I would prefer one of the pool rooms, which are slightly smaller, as they do not have the "living space" They do however have a lovely patio next to the pool.
The pool is smaller but in our mind it was absolutely perfect. The temp. was perfect, the tranquil waterfall structure at the end of the pool provided great ambiance and the servce at the pool was wonderful.
We were pleased to not have a crowded pool scene. We truly enjoyed hanging out and reading, relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine around the pool. For the most part, this was a very tranquil and relaxing space.
We participated in the community outreach program, donating a house for a family of six, a water well, a set of piglets and shoes for a school. The poverty out in the villages is extreme. Having traveled through South America, Latin America and much of Asia, I think Laos and Cambodia have had the greatest degree of poverty that we've experienced. The director of the community outreach program, Cielo, speaks excellant English and is an absolute delight. She and two other
staff members took us out to the village, down the dirt, dusty, rutted
roads. The house we donated was complete by the time we arrived so we were able to see the house as well as the well and deliver the piglets
ourselves. A truly amazing experience not to be missed.
Our purposes for staying at this hotel was due ot its community outreach program. Participation in the program and our stay at this hotel were one of the major highlights of our trip. Use some of your vacation funds to give back to the people who reside in this part of the world.
We did indulge in the spa several times, even though it is more expensive than the other massage places around the town (about $30 for
a one hour full body massage and $20 for a one hour foot massage compared to about $5 to $7 for those in the "local places" around town). The spa is incredible. I tried to justify the cost by thinking that the hotel's mission is so positive and my spa experience was supporting the mission!
The only problem we had with the spa is that a family with a 3 year old was at the pool and the child was crying and screaming a lot. The spa rooms are pool side so this can be a bit disturbing. This was the only young child we saw during our 5 day stay at the hotel. The pool is not geared to children, as it is more of the "sanctuary" advertised
by Shinta Mani, with spa rooms surrounding the pool. (There were several very respectful and delightful teenagers/young adults traveling with parents). The spa services did surpass the other full body massages and foot massages we had elsewhere (except for the Raffles in Phnom Penh, which was on par with Shinta Mani).
The restaurant is good, but I think a bit high priced for the area. You can find wonderful restaurants all through the town so I'd experiment with some other options. The breakfast buffet is small but they made eggs and noodle soup, both which were good, had fruit, baked goods and bacon/pancakes etc.
The staff is wonderful. They are attentive and try very hard to please. The women who were primarily at the front desk during our stay
were always ready with a cold towel when we returned, a warm smile and
The hotel has a quaint, lovely, environment, that demonstrates the warmth and kindness the owners and employees of this hotel share with their guests and the spirit of giving they provide to the villagers outside of Siem Reap. If you just stay in Siem Reap and around the temples you will not really witness the significant level of poverty in which the rest of this country resides (although there is certainly
poverty in Seim Reap and near the temples, the outside villages are an entirely different level).
I would definitely recommend this 18 room boutique hotel if you are looking for a life changing experience, with a warm, caring staff. The hotel is becoming popular and we heard from other travelers it is becoming more difficult to obtain reservations. I hope with its rising popularity it will continue to dedicate itself to its mission of goodwill and retain its delightful charm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap is an upscale boutique property in the French Quarter of Siem Reap town. It boasts 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a European style with Khmer inspiriration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.Shinta Mani, with a culture of Open Doors, Open Hearts, reflects its commitment to responsible tourism. The staff hope that during your visit you will open your heart to the beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, its gentle people and its fascinating culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap