The reviews on tripadvisor are spot on for this hotel! We stayed 5 nights on the resort side, and took full advantage of the restaurants, pool and spa. The decor was lovely, with elegant black palm wood furnishings accented by colorful, fun modern touches. Location is convenient - walking distance to the old market and city center, or a tuk tuk ride to the temples - but so quiet and peaceful inside that weary travellers can really kick back and rest before the next busy day in dusty Siem Reap.
What was most impressive is the incredible staff and how well the hotel seems to be managed! It could offer some good lessons to any student in hospitality. Everyone was so helpful and friendly, there were smiles everywhere. Special thanks to Sophear, who took such good care of us throughout to the very end of our stay, to the adorable merry waitresses at Green (Thavdy and Noni(?)) and the very attentive waiter by the pool (I didn't get his name).
I recommend Green, the restaurant on the resort side, not just for the delicious breakfasts but for the scrumptious pool side snacks and refreshing cocktails, or for lunch or dinner. We had two dinners at Green after a couple of days at the temples and the food was delicious - much better than some of the restaraunts in town that had very good reviews on tripadvisor.
Because this is an honest and critical review - a few comments for improvement. We were not impressed with the Khmer tasting menu at Kroya (some of the meat dishes were quite dry). While the spa facilities were lovely, the massages were decent but not great. However, there were so many positives going for this place, so these were quite minor issues.
Other comments: loved the jasmine scented towels and folded lotus flowers . . .
Would definitely recommend staying here if you plan to head out to Siem Reap!!
- 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