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“A Gem.”
Review of Shinta Mani Angkor

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Shinta Mani Angkor
Ranked #13 of 385 Hotels in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2009

Shinta Mani is our new favorite place, anywhere. It has local character, charm in abundance, great rooms/beds, excellent restaurant (best meals we had in Cambodia), wonderful staff, and walking-distance location. Spa services were provided by staff, not contractors. Siem Reap was a surprise with its main road lined with modern monster hotels. This one stands apart not just in location (historic building in old French quarter) but in character and quality. Walk to the market and Pub Street. The proprietors run a school to teach hospitality services and the service reflects exacting standards. Sample the gourmet entrees in the restaurant (also walk to Le Oriental and have frog legs!). You won't find much in Cambodia, or SE Asia from our experience, like this place. A gem.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

We stayed in a poolside room for 5 nights, during our trip to Cambodia. All the staff are fantastic and can not do enough to help you. The room may be a little dated, but was very comfortable, with a good shower room. We booked all our trips (Temples and Tonle Sap) through the hotel and this worked very well. Excellant guide and tuk tuk driver, who we then hired by ourselved for our final day.
A quick tuk tuk ride to the Central Market area of town with lovely restaurants. We only had breakfast & lunch at the hotel which was fine, but expensive by local standards.
The spa was great. Would recommend this hotel to anyone with an interest in putting money directly towards good causes.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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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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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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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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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 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#12 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#12 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range: £120 - £219 (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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