Siem Reap apparently has exploded with hotels and resort hotels for tourists looking to visit Angkor. Many of them are owned by foreigners, thus not really helping the locals. Borei Angkor is owned by local Khmers, so you feel even better while enjoying the amenities of this fabulous resort.
I say resort because it's not just a hotel. It is so grand, and large, that you feel like you stepped into a 5 star, and reasonable prices. The woodwork is amazing, and the staff are right there to help you, no matter if you're coming in for the first time, or happen to be in the elevator.
We had a room through a package that included two 60 minute massages at their on-site spa. The king-bed room was a newer one, with a sitting area, and an outdoor bed on the large balcony. The bathroom was gorgeous with an old-fashioned tub, and modern fixtures. The only problem was that there was no wi-fi in this new wing at the time, so we would have to go out down the hallway to the 4th floor lounge area to get internet. (This is was not a real problem since we were always out exploring, or enjoying the amazing pool area).
Every morning, there was a buffet breakfast included in our package (about $110/night) which featured all Western AND Eastern breakfasts. Omelets and Noodles made to order, fresh waffles or pancakes, you name it, they had it. And you could sit outside at the pool area, which was so peaceful.
We had dinner 2 nights at the hotel, which was quite tasty. The second night, I tried one of the Khmer samplers that they featured, which was amazing, and WAY too much food. I wanted to try it all, but I think I would have exploded. There is also a poolside menu with lighter fare, which they will bring to you while you sit in the outdoor beds overlooking the tropical pool area...heaven.
The spa was quite beautiful. The massages were good, but you have to be okay with being naked in front of them, as their transitions to clothed to table ready were not the most discreet (I'm used to being able to disrobe and get under the towel while the masseuse is out of the room).
And please, if you get the chance, explore Siem Reap while you're there to see Angkor. Angkor is amazing, and will take up many days because you want to see everything. The market (easily accessible by a $2 - and ONLY $2 (do not get swindled) - tuktuk) has everything you could be looking for.
Also, go to the main street near the market where all the expats go to hang out. It's a little off putting because all the foreigners are there, but you'll meet some cool people and food is so cheap! Make sure you try Chicken Amok - sooo good!
I would DEFINITELY stay there again. But stay away from the front desk person Sovichet. He was so mean, and tried to deny our late check-out that our initial front desk person set up for us (Alex - who was so gracious and let us have this late check-out even though we never asked).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aptly named after ‘a territory of Angkor’ in Cambodian, Borei Angkor Resort & Spa – a truly Cambodian five-star hotel – is set right in the center of Siem Reap, where privacy and connectivity blend together to form a perfect base for exploring the “Kingdom of Wonder”.Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is ideally situated within 7 km from airport, 7 km from Angkor Wat, and within 5 minutes’ drive of the main shops center, Night Market, restaurants and bars – Pub Street and other town attractions in Siem Reap. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borei Angkor Hotel Siem Reap
- Borei Angkor Resort And Spa
- Borei Angkor Siem Reap