It's the morning after the flight back fr SReap. Spent 3 nights (Fri, Sat & Sun) in FCC Angkor. Read about the very decent reviews and decided to take the plunge. We (2 couples) booked 2 King Pool view rooms from the FCC website at US110/night with b/fast. Transfer was included, but note that it's one way only. Only found out when we were about to check out (wanted to kick up a fuss, but it was US7 and split amongst 2 couples it was decent).
What's striking about the FCC is its size. Although it was at full occupancy (very impressive as it was low season), you don't feel the crowd. Partly because there are only 29 rooms and also because the guests are usually traipising the ruins all day. The airport pick up was fuss free and the trip from the airport to the hotel took no more than 20minutes. Check in was a breeze in this boutique hotel with a very small reception area.
We were led to our room which was designed in what I would call a "modern asian" style. Dark brown parquet floor hemmed at the borders with yellowish granite (sorry, not too good with these descriptions), king sized bed and a study table- TV-console cantilever along the full length glass sliding door that doubles up as the wall that faces the pool (Note to hotel : yes I know budget for a real flat screen TV is not approved, but am sure you can do better than a 17inch monitor). The clean lines and colour scheme are carried through to the toilets with decent amenities. But what was puzzling, and got a little annoying is the absence of matches to light the incense sticks which they left in the room. Just outside the sliding full length glass door entrance to the room are three flat large leather cushions which are perfect for an afternoon read with the fan running full blast above.
I would classify service at this hotel as decent. The lack of more than basic English would sometimes make instructions at the cafe a little tiresome, but we always got what we wanted, except for our couple friend who did not get the 430am breakfast and wake up call on the morning of our sunrise visit to the temples. Aside from the blip, the entire stay was very pleasant. The food was decent, rooms were great and the service unobtrusive.
Won't go into the colonial history of the hotel, but we liked the very neat and cohesive juxtaposition of the old world charm of the colonial setting of the main building with the modern rooms.
If there was one thing the hotel could improve, it would have to be the spa. Perception certainly did not match reality. The rooms and toilets were great, but the massages were at best average. The therapists didnt seem to have their heart into the session and mine disappeared several times for at least a minute during a 60min session. My wife had a manicure and pedicure done in what was an almost sauna-like setting with the airconditioner blowing into the other side of the room and her sitting on a wooden bench with a towel as a cushion. We had much much better sessions at the newly opened Bodytune near the Old Market.
We would stay at the FCC again, but only if there was something other than the temples to visit. All in all an enjoyable trip and stay.
- 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