Stayed here at the peak of the Cambodian summer just prior to the monsoon breaking.
The hotel isn't very large, so you're not jostling with 10 other people to get service or pay or sit at the pool. Its a heritage building with a really lovely look and feel, lots of green and local flavour but not overwhelming.
Its got a nice fresh water pool and a small spa. There's a restaurant that overlooks the river and rooms with just two levels, ground and upper. And, reception stocks some DVDs and I think music that you can borrow. And of course they can arrange a drop off and pick up service to the airport and honestly its a bit cheaper if you organise it but may not be worth the trouble.
The room was huuuge, well decorated and with all amenities, a lovely welcome tea provided with little portions of typical Cambodian savouries/sweets. The rooms were v.well airconditioned , the importance of which I cannot overemphasise and this with a really large room! They also name them after spices , which was nice except that I kept forgetting the name of the spice!
Breakfast was included in the package I took and fantastic - not a buffet but with a range of choices that were very very satisfactory. They did this lovely take on Eggs Benedict that was to die for, and in the process doubtless raised my cholesterol reading to 'sound-the-alarm' levels in a week. Very very friendly service indeed, everyone from the front desk staff to the cleaners were v warm and helpful. My only problem with the restaurant area was lizards, being green, tropical its got a gazillion lizards in the evening , most out of range of the dining area but not always. Many people don't mind that but they gave me the creeps so i wouldn't recommend dining in the balcony areas if they're a problem for you.
The only downside was that apparently during one day the shower glass of my bathroom broke and obviously as these things take time I had to manage without. My grouse, they should have informed me with even a note , an offer to change rooms wasn't necessary but would have been nice as each shower left loads of water . But a small quibble I think, because whenever i called they did turn up promptly.
The location is sadly mosquito friendly so stock up on the repellent , especially because its located on the riverside that is home to a sluggish river. But it was also peak summer and humid so anywhere would have mosquitoes. Its a short walk to the main market and safe , though you could also take a cycle rickshaw that costs a dollar to the market and some will even wait for you for an hour or as long as you want and take you back.
Would I go back? Definitely, anytime. It was small enough not to be impersonal but luxurious enough to feel indulgent. Loved my stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The FCC Angkor sits at the heart of Siem Reap Town, overlooking the Siem Reap River and just minutes away from Cambodia's most alluring attraction, Angkor Wat.Renovated from the old French Governor's mansion, art deco embraces chic hotel, creating an atmosphere of refined luxury and casual elegance. Defined by its lush green gardens and the salt-water swimming pool, the FCC Angkor embodies Cambodia's tranquil pace of life: a casual swim, drinks in the garden, dinner on the terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fcc Angkor Siem Reap