We stayed in Shinta Mani Club after staying 3 days in Navutu Dreams on our 6 day Siem Reap trip. We chose Shinta Mani because of it's proximity to the centre of town, i.e. Old Market and Pub Street. Although for convenience' sake, it is still more practical to take a 3 minute tuk-tuk ride for $2, specially since we are here during the rainy season.
Now, about the hotel itself. We booked a poolside room, which was very convenient, as we didn't have to go up any stairs and gave us quick access to the pool, where we normally lounge all day. The rooms are very modern, but tastefully decorated with paintings, and murals of Ankor Wat. The ceiling mural above the bed is especially stunning as it gives off a 3D illusion of a view from the temple. The bed is extremely comfortable, plus the minibar is free.
The breakfast is another element that surprised me. There is a small buffet area, and you can also order from a selection on the breakfast menu; so this makes the selection quite adequate. What surprised me, quite pleasantly, I might add, is aside from the usual selection of fresh juices and coffee or tea, this is the first breakfast buffet that offered champagne! Ok, not quite champagne, sparkling wine. Imagine starting your day with a glass of "champagne"! It's the best cure for a hangover after a night in Pub Street.
Finally, and probably the best service perk that they gave us, was allowing us to have a late check out....until 8pm! Since our flight out of Siem Reap is at 1030pm, we were allowed to stay until whatever time our car was supposed to take us to the airport. Although they moved us to their property across the street, Shinta Mani Resort, a bigger but older property. They let us stay in a new room and we could still enjoy the facilities of both properties. I think this is service that goes above and beyond!
The only downside that I can think of is that the food in the restaurant is not that good. With a hotel this nice and service this good, I hope that they can improve their menu to be up to par with other aspects of the hotel.
Being avid travelers, we've been to a lot of hotels, and coming to Siem Reap, I did not expect to have an experience as good as we had in Shinta Mani. I was more than pleasantly surprised, it went beyond expectations!
- 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