We booked this hotel off their website after reading its reviews. It was chosen for its Community Projects and that the cost of our stay contributed towards training the young staff who worked there. Prior to arriving the hotel communicated with us really well over email.
We were not disappointed. The room was on the first floor overlooking the pool, was very clean and had the most comfortable bed. Any tiny little problems, like no towels in the bathroom on arrival were rectified immediately. The staff were shy but very friendly and as helpful as they could be. The hotel appeared empty at times but in fact was fully booked so was especially quiet and unintrusive.
A highlight of the stay was the trip to Angkor arranged by the hotel who got us a fantastic guide. Then we went to the village with our donation of bicycles and school attire. We were escorted by 4 people and had a very humbling experience meeting families and children in a school during our trip. It was special to us to be able to meet all the people yet we were made to feel special by them. The poverty was as extreme as we have seen and we felt that our donation was just not enough so would like to contribute more since returning home. The project are doing a fabulous job educating and helping the villages.
We highly recommend this hotel to everyone who travels to Siem Reap. It was the first leg of our holiday around SE Asia and probably our favourite part - Great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Angkor 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 inspiration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Shinta Mani Angkor, 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