I found this place because it had all kinds of awesome reviews, free airport transfer, pool (fantastic), great check-in, etc. I came out of customs (never got my picture for my visa, so they "fined" me $1), through baggage claim to see a guy from the hotel holding a sign with my name on it. He helped me put my backpack in the tuk-tuk and off we went! Riding in one feels like you're in a chariot. I did have to put my sunglasses on, though, because I didn't want to get smacked in the eye by the bugs. We rode about 20 minutes passing all kinds of fancy motels with Xmas decorations lighting up their front lawns, street food vendors, tons more tuk-tuks and motorbikes, and signs for massages and tours of Angkor Wat. Once we got to the hotel, I was given a freezing cold, wet washcloth, some tea and banana chips to nibble on while the check-in desk got my stuff in order. I noticed all kinds of activies that the hotel could book for me. A young lady showed me to my room on the second floor and walked me through all the stuff in it. And stuff there was! On the bed, there was a dish of candy, a plumeria flower and a scrolled piece of paper with a Cambodian bedtime story. There was a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter(replenished daily) along with a coffee kettle and COFFEE!! There's a fridge, toiletries (replenished daily), AC and a flat screen TV with HBO. They even printed out the schedule for each night with a synopsis of each movie. The room is huge and it's very tastefully decorated. The bed is hard, of course, but I've come to expect that in SE Asia. I saw a rollaway bed and they were happy to let me use the mattress. The shower was separated from the toilet, unlike many places in SEA where everything gets wet when you shower. In-room massage was cheap and standard quality of SEA. It's not in the downtown area and I appreciated that. The bicycle brought me where I needed to go. They have free bicycles to use, so I rode my way around Angkor Park. Each time I came back, they gave me a glass of cold water. The restaurant is great!
Free breakfast buffet with made to order eggs. Everything in Siem Reap is very inexpensive. I spent a total $54 on food for a week. I was so pleased with the service here that I left a big tip at the front desk. Well done!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Accommodation for tourists who are looking for a home away from home and it is located near the wonderful Angkor Wat Temple. GLORIA ANGKOR HOTEL is built in natural surroundings and combines traditional Khmer hospitality with modern facilities. ... more less
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