Someone on this trip told me that the average length of stay in Cambodia was 2.5 days. Plane loads of tourists depart from Seoul or Hong Kong arrive in Siem Reap, do two days touring the temples of Angkor Wat by bus and then depart. This hotel caters to that tourist crowd.
The lobby seemed alway full of either people waiting to board a bus or with luggage awaiting to go to the assigned room or the bus back to the airport. The staff seemed harried and overworked. A smile and a 'Thank you' or a small tip really seemed to brighten them.
The hallways are wide and echo quite a bit. Add in the solid wood doors to the rooms and you get quite a bit of noise when the groups are departing or returning to their rooms. I don't remember having to slam my door every time I left the room, but some of the doors must have been very hard to latch based on the noise level they caused.
The room was nice, and nothing stands out either good or bad about it. It must have had a hair dryer, a tea kettle. in room safe and toiletries or I would have noted it. The in room Wi-fi was a joke. My computer could see it, but never was able to connect even when the signal read 'Good'. I tried both hard wired computers in the lobby and could not connect to the internet on either one. When I asked the staff about it I got a "what can you do?" type of answer.
The bed was fine and the pillows plenty. The bathroom was clean as was the room. My belongings stayed safe and unmolested by housekeeping. The view from my room on the second floor (the one above the lobby) was of a large empty concrete expanse that could have held dozens of tables for events, but was devoid of anything. If my curtains were open anyone walking across this would be able to see directly into my room. I kept the curtains closed the entire time I was there.
The only meal I ate at the hotel was the free breakfast. The room was crowded and noisy. I just wanted to get in, get my breakfast and get out. I didn't feel like lingering over a second cup of coffee.
I stopped in the gift shop to get a postcard for a friend back home. The choices were minimal and some so old that they had started to yellow with age (really). The staff in the gift shop was very helpful in the sale and even affixed the stamps I bought from her to the cards.
I heard there was a pool on the property but did not pursue it.
As I said the staff seemed overworked and under appreciated. Which is a pity. They went out of their way to make certain that any requests I had were attended to quickly and efficently.
The plaque beside the entrance door had 4 stars on it. Maybe stars are awarded for things like, elevators and swimming pool. As far as 4 Stars from a tourist stand point this hotel just doesn't cut it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Angkor Hotel has a prestigious location within Siem Reap town, where guests have high accessibility to numerous major sightseeing and entertainment. The Resort is conveniently walking distance to the popular local handicrafts Old Market, Night Market, Pub Street, and various local restaurants. Angkor Hotel is just 7 minutes away from the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and 7 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Allson Angkor