Stayed in the Shining Angkor for 3 nights in Jun 2010. Booked across the net and had no previous experience of the hotel. Pleasantly surprised! The rate for the 3 nights was US$117 including breakfast, airport pickup and a free tuktuk return trip into town or to your first temple.
Location - about halfway between Angkor Wat anf Siem Reap town centre. Not much in the immediate hotel vicinity, however the tuktuks are cheap, safe and reliable. The hotel will organise a tuktuk and driver for the day for $15 ($20 if you intend to go to the further temple complexes) - the trip into Siem Reap's 'Pub Street' was $1.50 - and about the same for a street tuktuk back to the hotel late at night (don't forget to negotiate the price first!).
Rooms - nice and more than functional - a balcony runs around the first floor offering an immediate outside space to sit and chill. The staff make a real effort, everything is clean, neat and tidy. There was cable access on the TV for news addicts like us. Internet access was provided free via a desktop station on the first floor. Decor - they do like their wood - but modern and fine (I've been told to say pretty). Downside to the room - only warm water through the hot tap - but no great hardship, it's hot enough outside most of the time.
Staff - friendly, accessible and try to be helpful. English is broken but we were never not understood.
Food - only did breakfast during our visit. It is well cooked, basic and filling. The downside - the coffee was NOT good, bitter and grainy.
Overall - very good value. Quiet area but close enough to the attractions and the night life in town. A good hotel with good staff - who actually make an effort. A great find!
Additionally they are building a swimming pool at the front of this little place which will certainly enhance its visitability (when there were guests actually in the hotel, or standing outside waiting for transport - the workers all stopped in order not to disturb the guests - hotel estimate pool will be finished by end of Jul 2010).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shining Angkor Boutique HotelJust as the name implies, Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel indeed shines as the new boutique hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is a 21 rooms classy, traditional yet contemporary hotel nestled in a very quiet residential district midway to the famous Angkor Wat temple and the City Center of Siem Reap. Located in Siem Reap, Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel is a 5-minute motorbike ride from Angkor Wat. It has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and offers a free one way shuttle service to the city centre daily.Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel is 1.6 km from the Angkor National Museum and 2 km from Angkor Shopping Centre. Free pick-up services are provided from Siem Reap International Airport.Traditional Cambodian décor and hardwood furnishings feature throughout the non-smoking guestrooms at this Siem Reap Boutique Hotel. Each offers views of the greenery, and is fitted with a TV with cable channels. Guests can enjoy a body massage, or rent a bicycle to explore the area. With a 24-hour front desk, the hotel provides car rental services and free parking. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk. The restaurant serves a fine selection of local and European dishes. Outdoor dining options are also available.Clean and spacious with Khmer-style decor...All rooms are clean and spacious and include high quality cotton duvets and feather pillows, complimentary wireless Internet access, bathrobes, slippers, bottled water and bathroom accessories. The decor is traditional Khmer style with contemporary elements and elegant accents. The management and staff at Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel also strive to offer it's guests immaculate service to make every stay at Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel a memorable one. ... more less
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