My friend and I stayed at the Shinta Mani for four days last week. We spent a lot of time investigating all the various hotels in the area ahead of time and found that this hotel was a very good choice for us. We wanted to stay near the night scene but not right in town. The Shinta Mani is within walking distance of Pub Street and the markets. When it was too hot to walk we just caught a Tuk Tuk which were always available in front of the hotel. It was easy and inexpensive to get around that way. The hotel has two bicycles and I used one for touring around the hidden roads off the beaten path one day. However, I thought the bike would be free, but found out there was a minimal charge. Be sure to ask first as they didn't tell me ahead of time.
The staff is always eager to do whatever they can to help make your stay the best it can be. The lady manager wasn't always the most pleasant though. We set up tours with them and our guide was excellent and proficient in both English and his knowledge of Cambodian history. Even though it was a bit pricey the guide was worth it. The drivers were good and the vehicles were of recent vintage.
We had a pool side room which was spotless and in very good condition. The mini bar is stocked with soft drinks and is refilled every day free of charge. We were given a fruit basket filled with local fruits, chocolate truffles and a bag of locally grown cashews as a welcome gift which was a very nice touch. There were new bottles of water placed in the room every day too. It had a very nice shower, good air conditioning and a lovely view of the gorgeous pool. The pool was a little on the small side for real exercise but was refreshing and lovely to look at! The water fall added a soothing feeling which was great for relaxing.
The dining room puts out a lovely breakfast and you can order eggs in a variety of styles, including Eggs Benedict and delicious Eggs Florentine. We only ate breakfast there so I can't speak about other meals, but for breakfast there was always a fresh variety of fruits, breads and sweet rolls and cereals, coffee and juices. As an included meal for the price of the room the breakfast was exceptional. It would be great if they offered a Cambodian style choice for breakfast too though.
One of the nice things about a small hotel is that they can provide a personal touch unlike a big hotel. My departure flight was at midnight, but unfortunately I couldn't get a late check out since the hotel was full, so I checked out of the hotel at noon. They were kind to hold my bags and allowed me to continue to use all the facilities. I enjoyed sitting in the lovely open air library upstairs to write postcards and to read and relax. There is a computer there for the guests' use which I found to be a little finicky but it got the job done. I was able to use one of the spa rooms to cool off in the A/C, take a shower in one of the beautiful outdoor showers and change clothes after a full day of touring. I was very grateful for that prior to my flight!
We both had a facial at the hotel spa and it was a deluxe experience. We booked a half hour for the facial and also received a shoulder, head and neck massage which brought it up to close to an hour. After the treatment we were given hot tea and fresh spring rolls to enjoy. That was totally unexpected and very welcome! We had also tried some of the massage places in town and nothing compared to the Shinta Mani in cleanliness, professionalism and special treatment.
Because this is a training hotel, patience is a wise course. Also, be attentive to the exchange rate you receive when changing money. All in all it was a very good experience. I would definitely stay here again.
- 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