I liked this hotel quite a bit. Siem Reap is a hot place, and the air conditioning worked wonderfully. That alone put it on the A list, but in addition, the rooms were large, good bedding, nice tub and shower area. A flat screen accompanied all this with international multi language programming. BBC news and HBO. Hard to beat when your passing out at night after a long day chasing ancient relics. The hotel though could use a little more insulation in the walls, as you can clearly hear the conversations of those guests coming in later than you, or leaving for that early flight in the hallway.
I wanted to try the pool out as it looked terrific, but never managed to find the time. Nonetheless, it looked very inviting, and had a bevy of tourists in it throughout my crossings. As the pool was on the way to the breakfast area after crossing through the lobby, I came across it every morning. Speaking of breakfasts, it was quite adequate. International fare, varying in quality, but some exceptional items. Coffee wasn't good, tea was much better. The omelet bar, was very good. A large number of choices were present so weather you wished Pho or eggs and bacon, you could indulge yourself.
The location was quite central to the things you would visit Siem Reap for. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, The Angkor Museum, Pub Street, the Night Markets. A tuk tuk ride to or from Pub Street and the Night Markets was around 3 to 5 USD with tip included, and as with everything in Cambodia, the price is negotiable.
On the plus side: the hotel staff (exceptional), rooms, location, pool area, in room wi-fi (good in the room, and the lobby), included breakfast (it's average in my opinion, but any included breakfast is usually better than foraging you own meal early in the morning), the hotel bar (excellent service and good wi-fi, however spirit choices are somewhat limited)
On the downside: Some noisy neighbors that you can hear too easily.
Would I stay there again? Absolutely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built around a stunning landscape with Khmer décor and hospitality, Royal Empire Hotel offers visitors to Siem Reap the ultimate in luxury and services. It features an outdoor salt water pool, a restaurant and bar, and free Wi-Fi access.Fitted with wooden flooring and styled with eclectic Khmer touches, spacious rooms at Royal Empire Hotel are designed to be your home away from home. Each room comes with satellite TV, safety deposit box, complimentary bottled water, tea /coffee making facilities, bathrobes, slippers and a private bathroom with bathtub, show cubicle, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor salt water pool, workout in the fitness centre, and indulge in massage and spa treatments while delighting in the splendor of historic and charming Siem Reap Angkor.Emerald Restaurant specializes in both local and international cuisines ranging from Khmer, Chinese, Thai, Asian and Western served in a modern Khmer-styled setting, and offers a sensational view of the pool and landscaped garden through its towering glass walls. Hotel is only 2-minute walk to the Angkor Shopping Arcade night market, 5-minute walk to Cambodian Cultural village, less than 5-minute drive to the Pub Street, and only 10-minute drive away from Siem Reap International Airport. ... more less
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