The staff are the key, while the facility is beautiful the staff is even better. I am a middle aged male traveling solo, (meeting friends ) my arrival was very late however door staff and desk where expecting me as treated to a quiet and dignified greeting, the door was enthusiastic without the overbearing, so nice compared so the nicer hotels in the US where workers hover at the perimeter waiting for their tip.
my turn down service was nice, room was stocked with cold drinks and small bag of pistachios, after 27 hours of flights and transfers to step into a comfortable room with some small amenities (in my case a cold beer and nuts was a blessing.
The mosquitos are common at dusk and mornings, and if you aren't used to mosquitos hovering around it might drive you to distraction in the public spaces (all the public rooms are outdoor spaces ) since I am from a part of the South U.S. where we have mosquitos and no-see-ums they don't bother me. if mosquitos bother you wear some feet..(or try the skin product called skin-so-soft which for some reason is not a repellent but mosquitos hate it!
Breakfast was great as was the service, we had packs made for our earlier excursions and those where so yummy to picnic after some sunrise shots...
be sure to take advantage of the amenities across the street at the sister hotel-Shinta Mani Resort, those are free to guests, I preferred the menu particularly the curry items, and the fish amok! The pool across the street is warmer as it has more exposure, the salt water is like bathing is the tears of a million apsaras! The salt cleanses the tiny bites and scratches associated with scrambling around ruins and jungle!
my only negative was after an afternoon room cleaning I hopped in the shower and stepped out of the shower to find another employee in my room, doing something else, fortunately for her I had a towel to cover the pale freckly carcass of an overfed overgrown middle-age westerner!
(to staff: if you put a broom whisk straw at the edge of the door jam your staff can observe the position of the straw to indicate wether the guest is in residence or has a left, though this takes training and observation to use well, but it might cut down on room entries of occupied rooms)
Amenity --the soaps used in the bath areas are great, I think I want a years supply of the body wash!!
I will return to this hotel!! hopefully next time with my wife!
- 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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- Shinta Mani Siem Reap