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“Shinta Mani - Siem Reap”
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Shinta Mani Angkor
Ranked #14 of 365 Hotels in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2012

A fantastic little hotel on the edge of Siem Reap. Great location for both the town and Angkor Wat. Good service, reasonably priced. Only downside, and this is the only possible gripe that there is no lift so anybody staying on the second floor has to traipse upstairs and when it's hot.... Overall very good and would stay again

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Visited for a quick weekend away without the family. Staff was very helpful in arranging tours and transportation. People remembered my name (perhaps because there were few guests at the time) and were attentive to any request I had.

Pros:
- Brand new and super clean, I may have been the first person to stay in the room I had
- Location: close to Pub Street and restaurants in Siem Reap. Everything is walkable, but a tuk tuk is easier after a long day walking the temples
- Hotel donates proceeds to local community and has a small classroom inside to educate locals
- Breakfast (free with room) was very good; omelette, eggs benedict and waffles (not all on the same day) were all cooked perfectly
- Going in off season and staying at a new hotel meant I was one of a few guests. Over four days I may have seen four or five other guests in total
- Bed and pillows were excellent. I hear some beds in Cambodia are too hard, but the one I slept on was similar to any western style hotel

Cons
- It is a new hotel and is still working out a few kinks. Service staff get an A for effort, but still need a little more training and experience, which should come with time
- If you want a French-Indochina feel, this hotel is more modern

Bottom line: I would stay here again, perhaps not with my family as the pool is a bit small for the little kids, though in low season you will have it to yourself. I would expect that after one busy season when the staff has gained a bit more experience this place will be perfect.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

I was excited to see the new Bill Bensley makeover of the old, dark Shinta Mani hotel, especially after the Angkor-inspired minimalist chic of his Hotel de la Paix. Unfortunately the recently re-opened boutique hotel is over-decorated with objects, textures and art bordering on near-baroque. In one small hallway may be found collections of baskets dipped in paint, chests, day beds covered in suitcases, and monumental paintings; in another are collections of oversized Khmer "wine" bottles, large wooden spheres, paintings on easels, and elephants. Any one of these collections would have been enough, but in a Bensley hotel the architecture IS the decor, and all the clutter distracts from the exquisite touches - my favorite being the textured brick lining the closets in the poolside rooms (did the room also need every surface covered by framed mirrors, apsara folk paintings, and even a photo on the ceiling?). Is the "lap pool" even narrower than the former pool, or just an optical illusion? The oil lamp soot on the entry hall walls fits perfectly with the black, grey and white color scheme throughout - even the graffiti accumulating on the soot references Angkor - but an unsuccessful attempt to clean up one of the stains adds doubt. I was not bothered by the open air public toilet, although some may be discomfitted. The rooms have showers only. Breakfast was a disaster, both for service and the kitchen. The main course was served first, followed afterwards by juice, then (on reminder) the coffee, and finally a side dish at the end. The crustless bread was toasted only on one side, the butter served frozen, the benedict came on a soft brioche, and there was confusion about whether the compressed ham cut into bacon-sized slices was, or was not, bacon. Finally proper bacon was brought, undercooked and rubbery with the fat still unrendered. I was told that regular coffee is not available (only cappuccino, latte or espresso). Wi-fi was too weak to work in the restaurant. In the dining room the already super-striped architecture was additionally painted in alternating bands of gray and white) and the ceiling was dominated by a hand-painted and unfinished-looking ceiling graphic of the Bayon floor plan (a great idea, perhaps more effective and less distracting if done in clear gloss on the matte black). In the end, all the superfluous decor does not help to make the hotel brighter or lighter, which is what it needed most of all.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

We were lucky to stay here over the weekend for 2 nights. The staff are absolutely fantastic, they are so friendly, attentive and helpful.

The rooms are clean and beautiful with exceptional attention to detail.

We tried the spa, we both had massages (different ones) and were very happy.

The highlight of the stay was the restaurant. The breakfasts are superb, best I have had in Cambodia and the dinners are outstanding.

This place is perfection, I couldnt recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

As the first guests in the newly, fully remodeled and expanded Shinta Mani, we were blown away. Having stayed in this hotel many times in past years, this newly designed hotel is now in a league of it's own. All rooms are totally new. We had one by the pool that provided every thing we could need for a working vacation. Each room now has a recessed mural in the ceiling, representing some aspect of Angkor Wat. The dining area would be/is a credit to any fine hotel. Dressed in the traditional orange of the monks, the servers provide excellent attention to each guest. An added touch are the new outdoor "swings" proving a unique ambience to dining. Don't overlook the newly designed bar upstairs and the returning award winning spa. Unique to this hotel is now a foundation supporting community outreach. The hotel/foundation will be resuming the Institute of Hospitality training for the very poor, yet qualified student. These students will be learning the key elements of hospitality: cooking, front office and rooms training. When making your reservation, ask about setting up time to see the "real" Cambodia village and school life and see where you can help make a difference in the lives of the next generation of Cambodia.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We stayed there for a few days and loved the place. The hotel is clean, well serviced, calm, and somehow heartwarming. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. The spa is amazing, all natural products, great massage, perfect reception and welcome. The pool is small but very beautiful. The whole place is very relaxing.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

We stayed at Shinta Mani during our honeymoon in January 2010, but the menu would not allow me to go back that far, but I liked this place so much that I still wanted to review it even though my memory is a bit spotty at this point. Of all the hotels we stayed in when we visited Indochina, Shinta Mani was one of our favorites. The staff were wonderful - friendly, helpful, unobtrusive. I don't remember much about the room except that it was comfortable. The pool was simply gorgeous - I remember very clearly plunging in after a morning touring the temples in the sun and thinking, this is pretty much the best thing ever. Food at the restaurant was delicious. Plenty to see and do within walking distance of the hotel (including the night market). Shinta Mani is part of a hotel school for young people (who are doing a great job), so what you pay to stay there does some good, too.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shinta Mani Angkor

Address: Oum Khun Street | 14th Street, Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia (Formerly Shinta Mani Club)
Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#12 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#13 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range: £137 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shinta Mani Angkor 4.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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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