My husband, me and three friends just stayed at this hotel for 4 days and have an an amazing experience! The staff are so helpful and genuinely kind! My husband and I had won a free night through a Charity Auction in Hong Kong (let me point our how charitable they were to donate a free night stay to this charity). For $100 USD per night, we had a huge room, extremely comfortable beds, big fluffy comforters and wonderful fluffy pillows...blissful really. The aircon worked well. The wire-less internet connection works in every room, and we had a huge TV. Each day, they delivery 4 free bottles of water for you to use! Most hotels nowadays charge you for it.
The staff are so thoughtful. Three years ago some guests saw how poor the local people were and so they asked the staff to take them to a village so they could donate some clothes, so the hotel has since begun a charity leg to their operation. Though they do not solicit this fact, I heard about it through a friend. So when we came, I gathered two huge duffel bags filled with kids clothing, toothbrushes, shampoos, toothpastes, wash clothes, soaps and little toys for the villages. When I asked the hotel if they knew where we could distribute it all, they immediately said that they would take us to a place where we could make a huge difference. They took us to the poorest villages so that we could physically put the clothes on the children (who were all half naked, filthy and living well below the poverty level). While my husband and I distributed the clothes to these beautiful, gracious and truly grateful children, the hotel staff had brought huge bags filled with beautiful breads and bread rolls which they made sandwiches out of for the children, who were very hungry too.
After that, they took us to some of their charity projects where we saw they had built 100's of water wells for families, which improved the standard of their lives considerably. They also showed us homes (metal shacks) for the homeless, who would be dead without the shacks and who were so thankful and grateful! Then they stopped to buy produce from the local farmers they'd helped so again, they were helping sustain the projects by buying their products as well!
We have had the most wonderful time staying at this hotel. We also had their massages and yes, they're more expensive than getting one outside, but you get clean sheets, beautiful aromatherapy oils used on your body, skilled massage therapists, beautiful music and treatment like any 4 star hotel....so you get what you pay for. I don't think ANY hotel would let you bring in your 'massage therapist' into their respectable establishment and I for one would not like to stay at a place where I had to witness such behavior. There are plenty of 'massage parlors' catering to such needs... This hotel takes very poor children who would otherwise not have any opportunities and offers them a free place into their hospitality program, teach them about the field, and them employ them! Charging more for their food and massages enables them to sustain such generous programs. So we were very happy to contribute by paying for their clean, beautiful food and wonderful massages!
My husband and I usually stay at 5 star resorts and we HIGHLY recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Cambodia. It's a hotel that cares about quality, their guests and the community! Their sustainable projects added so much to our holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap is an upscale boutique property in the French Quarter of Siem Reap town. It boasts 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a European style with Khmer inspiriration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.Shinta Mani, with a culture of Open Doors, Open Hearts, reflects its commitment to responsible tourism. The staff hope that during your visit you will open your heart to the beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, its gentle people and its fascinating culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap