In January of 2012 I wrote that this hotel was the best I had ever been to. Logically I decided to go back to this same hotel some eleven months later, only this time to stay a little longer: 10 days. I think it's only fair to write a new report to confirm the optimal rating of the first one even if it is not going to be of much use to anyone because I've learned the hotel is fully booked for the coming months. This second time we admired even more than the first the elegance of the public areas.
This time I've checked that wi-fi works beautifully all over the hotel facilities even in the hotel limousines that bring you from and take you to the airport. I don't know if this was previously available because we didn't bring smartphones when we came in January.
So, the good news is that everything is fine as it was at the beginning of the year.
The bad news is that prices have gone up (or special offers have disappeared). This is only logical because the popularity of Siem Reap as a tourist destination seems to be soaring worldwide and this hotel seems to be acquiring a worldwide reputation, judging from the national diversity of the guests, some even coming from very distant countries such as Mexico or Brazil.
However, this hotel is showing some little negative signs which are typical of a successful venture that considers its success is immune to minor quality cuts.
One is that the Eau de Vittel has been taken off the breakfast buffet (although, when I pointed that out to the manager, they were kind enough to serve us a free bottle every day). The good Reblochon de Savoie cheese is still there.
Another is exemplified by the Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel (85$ per person). The garden was beautifully appointed for the occasion, food was good and varied and the live music played was extremely pleasant and adequate. However, the wine was terrible and you were entitled to only one small glass per person.
A third one was that there were two missing dice (and the doubling dice) from the beautiful wooden backgammon table. We pointed it out to the staff to no avail.
These are small things so if you don't play backgammon, don't drink wine and you cannot tell the difference between Eau de Vittel and other kinds of drinkable water, this hotel is 100% for you...if you can find a room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore the World Heritage Angkor Temples and immerse yourself in the Khmer Empire. Located next to the King's Residence, overlooking the Royal Gardens, discover the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, inspired by 20th century colonial architecture and design. Situated ten minutes from the Angkor Vat, the hotel provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Angkor Resort And Spa
- Victoria Angkor Hotel Siem Reap