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“The Shinta Mani is a lovely and extraordinary place to stay in Siem Reap”
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Shinta Mani Angkor
Ranked #14 of 356 Hotels in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
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“The Shinta Mani is a lovely and extraordinary place to stay in Siem Reap”
Reviewed 21 July 2009

I spent a number of weeks at the Shinta Mani with my two children (one teen ager, one younger child) while working in Siem Reap. We could not have chosen a better place to stay! The Shinta Mani has all the best amenities of a lovely hotel: extremely clean and comfortable rooms, a nice pool area, wonderful spa, delicious and interesting food served in a lovely garden. But what we appreciated most about the place were the extraordinary people we met there. They were unfailingly kind and helpful and always very sweet with my children. They helped facilitate all our transportation, both for work and fun. But beyond their kindnesses to their guests, we admired them for their community work, which involved the entire staff. The hotel also runs a training institute for students from villages all over Cambodia. It was interesting to meet them and hear their stories. The community aid work that the hotel does in villages is for real - and very inspiring. A portion of the profits earned from your stay goes back to the community so just by staying at the Shinta Mani you are helping poor villagers. The hotel also has development projects including seed banks, support for elderly and disabled villagers, support for village schools, farm animal projects (giving pigs and chickens to poor villagers who then give some of the offspring of their animals to others). Shinta Mani gives you the opportunity to have fun and relax in Siem Reap, but also to learn about (and visit, if you wish) what Cambodia is like outside of the town and ancient temples. My kids loved the place and I will definitely stay there again when I return to Siem Reap.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

It was the perfect romantic getaway. The staff were friendly and professional and the service was excellent. Definitely try out the restaurant for more than just breakfast (their fish amok is out of this world). The pool and spa are also beautiful, as is the upstairs library. The fact the Shinta Mani also runs the Institute for Hospitality which benefits the community by training young Cambodian adults from areas of risk made us feel great about our choice.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2009

From the get-go, I was sold. The staff is so eager, kind and attentive. The welcome was wonderful, and my room, which was on the main floor was the perfect size and location. Just a point to note - my room was along the pool, the first night it was a bit noisy with the water running and hearing the street, but the following nights it was just fine, almost soothing. For the rate, I thought the room was perfectly suited, though there could be a few things updated that would make a great difference.

The pool was a refreshing treat in between temple visits, and the chairs were very comfy. The food was just alright - I'd recommend going elsewhere for most meals thought. And, the hotel is in a great location for wandering, so it's no problem to find some great restaurants, shops and snacks in the area.

Overall, the staff really sold the place, and how could you not appreciate the mission of the property?

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
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Minneapolis Miinnesota
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Reviewed 22 April 2009

Wonderful hotel with a caring and very pleasant staff. It also houses a hospitality school with students eager to please. Rooms are clean, well appointed with comfortable beds.
The General Manager, Chitra, has a heart of gold which shines through everywhere.
If you want a memory of a lifetime, contact Salomon Deleon at cba@shintamani.com, who is from Seattle and is in charge of the Community Based Activities group, and take a trip to a very rural village. We brought bikes, food, school uniforms and notebooks with us and gave them to families. For a couple hundred dollars it will be an extraordinary experience that will make a difference in your life but just as importantly, perhaps even more importantly, to a very poor family. Unforgettable. One of the major highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

We arrived on New Year's Eve day and spent four nights at Shinta Mani. Since we were there on New's Years Eve we were required pay for the New Year's Eve party, which wa pretty expensive for a buffet dinner...but that was OK. The staff really tried hard, played Madonna music and got most everyone out dancing. We even played musical chairs! Then there were fireworks...and we all released helium balloons with our wish attached at midnight......pretty surreal!

Anyway, back to the hotel. It is spacious, we were on the second floor where there is a large common area balcony with computer, which was convenient. The room was also spacious and the bathroom was great....actual hot water with pressure! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We already had a car and driver and tour guide for the area so we didn't use the front desk for any arrangements.

The spa was really lovely. I had a 90 minute body massage that was heavenly, also had a 60 minute foot and leg massage the next day. All very inexpensive (compared to costs in the US).

There are some rooms poolside, but I think the rooms upstairs are probably quieter. The breakfast buffet was OK, it looks really good anyway. We had one dinner at the hotel(other than the New Year's buffet) which was also OK....there are lots of restaurant choices in Siem Reap. We went to a mexican restaurant (don't remember the name), but it was close to the night market and had one of the best meals of the whole three week trip.

Staying at Shinta Mani was our "splurge" hotel on this trip and it was nice to come back to after a day at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, etc. This is an amazing place to visit. The Angkor Wat temple took my breathe away the first time I saw it....I think perhaps I was a Buddhist in an earlier life, or maybe it's like that for everyone who visits.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed 5 March 2009

We chose Shinta Mani as it is advertised as a training facility for the hospitality industry and also because it is owned by and supports Cambodians.
We were greeted warmly on arrival and usually had attentive service. The problem is the hotel itself. The rooms are much smaller than most of the other hotel’s rooms in this price range. The rooms are clean enough but not comfortable for lounging in after a long day at the temples. If anyone has ever been to a Motel 6 in the US, these rooms are just a bit bigger; although they are decorated much nicer.
The bathroom was shockingly small. Two people could not stand in it at the same time. The shower was marble but designed poorly so the water ran out from under the glass floor and flooded the bathroom. The fancy shower head could not be used as the shower was too small to allow anyone to stand under it without more flooding.
I thought the pool would be much bigger after looking at the pictures on line. Again it was pretty but disappointingly small.
Upstairs is a large open area with chairs and a balcony for sitting, reading and using the hotel’s computer. That was lovely.
The buffet breakfast was mostly Western food and surprisingly tasteless. This was a daily occurrence and I found it quite hard to find something to eat other than the fruit. I can not understand the practice of serving a chafing dish of canned baked beans to Westerners. Only people from 2 countries, which I know of, eat the stuff for breakfast. The patio on which meals are served is close to the road and no particular effort has been made to fix up the landscaping. Mosquitos were constant companions at breakfast.
I saw the Day Inn across the street with its lovely landscaping and pool and wished I had booked into there. When I return to Siem Reap I will stay at a Cambodian owned hotel I feel it is important that the tourist dollar goes to Cambodians as so much of it appears to go to other countries. There are also other avenues for donating money directly to the people that need it.
I will not return to Shinta Mani. It is very overpriced for what it delivers.

  • Stayed February 2009
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gmsm, General Manager at Shinta Mani Angkor, responded to this review, 6 March 2009
First of all would like to thank you for taking your time off to write a review about your stay in our hotel.

To answer to your question with regard to the size of the room, we have very clearly indicated in our web site (http://www.shintamani.com/rooms/index.php ) the size of the four different types of rooms available. Our room sizes are from 28 - 43 sq meters. We did this for the convenience of the traveler to select the right rooms suitable for them. I am sorry that you have missed out this information given in our web site.

As for the comment regarding the breakfast served, I would leave it to the readers to check the review of other guest comments where they have enjoyed our Breakfast. Every day we do have a selection of both Western and Asian.
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intsik
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Reviewed 5 March 2009

Was looking to stay at the FCC in Siem Reap but they were already full, so they recommended the Shinta Mani. It turned out to be pretty good. We travelled in a group, and one of our rooms was upgraded to a suite, which was pretty spectacular. The regular room is fine in itself. Well decorated, with good amenities.

There is a small pool in the center of the property, a spa, and a cool library area in the second floor.

Service is excellent. Most of the staff are students of the hospitality institute, and they were eager to provide service. Very helpful and a refreshing lack of attitude.

The hotel is close to the city center, convenient to the market and the pub/restaurant street.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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Property: 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 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#11 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#12 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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