I was on a business trip to Phnom Penh but stop over for 3 days 2 nights short holiday at Siem Reap to bring my dad for some relaxation excursion. My business partner had previously stayed here before, and hence he was a return customer to book room for all of us this time around at Royal Empire Hotel.
The location of the hotel is very near to the airport (around 10 minutes via the “tuk tuk" i.e the motorbike with a carriage, at slow speed - leisurely cruising along) and along this street, it is obviously a tourism town with hotels lying on both sides of the road at National Road No.6 where the Royal Empire Hotel is situated. Since this is very near to the airport, there is quite a distance to the town centre. But the distance can be perceived as far if you are to walk while consider a short trip with the tuk tuk. Distant to the ancient temples sites were all within reach. Anyway the whole town is very small as I view it. So honestly, I don't worry because the tuk tuk is fairly cheap and abundant as well.
Hotel pricing vice, the over the counter/phone price is around USD 100-130 and that is somewhat ridiculous. But my partner was able to book the room via internet online costing us a 2-single bedroom at around USD49 per room per night. At USD 100 plus, I reckon you can get a better 5 stars hotel with more amenities and maybe closer to the town centre although I am comfortable with this one at USD 49.
At my time of visiting, the hotel was constructing a new wing for further extension. This served no hindrance except for the usage of the swimming pool which was too dusty to be utilized.
Breakfast was a buffet style which is normal for most of us everywhere but with 2 days I reckon that everything was just a repetition day in and day out. I don't expect much because the 5 stars hotel do have the same menu every other day.
Massage. I had tried out the in house massage and being the most expensive in the selection, USD 24 for the 1 and a half hour Khmer Oil Massage, I reckon it is not really worth it compare to "SO Angkor Khmer Massage & Spa" where I paid USD 25 for 2 hours Khmer Oil Massage where I can even choose what essence oil I wanted. However you must take account of the tuk tuk fee, where I had waived off since I hire them for the whole day basis* :) take note here that my hire start from morning to 12midnight??!! That is why I say it's cheap and why worry about transportation.
Further note: Don't pay USD 30 to book a car for the butterfly trip (not including the entrance fee of USD 4 per person) and to the Palm Sugar (that is actually stalls by the road sides). Get a tuk tuk, it's actually very near but we were told that it will take an hour. I think it is more relaxing to get breeze with the tuk tuk to the butterfly centre and palm sugar!
Anything else, try to get a tuk tuk driver that can speak YOUR language if possible. Be it French, English, Chinese. You will be amazed if some of them speak your language albeit in simple and that can help you in a big way. My driver actually act as a tour guide to my dad! That save me so much in showing my dad around.
So good day to you and hope my encounter helps you in your trip!
Gary, C. Wong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built around a stunning landscape with Khmer décor and hospitality, Royal Empire Hotel offers visitors to Siem Reap the ultimate in luxury and services. It features an outdoor salt water pool, a restaurant and bar, and free Wi-Fi access.Fitted with wooden flooring and styled with eclectic Khmer touches, spacious rooms at Royal Empire Hotel are designed to be your home away from home. Each room comes with satellite TV, safety deposit box, complimentary bottled water, tea /coffee making facilities, bathrobes, slippers and a private bathroom with bathtub, show cubicle, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor salt water pool, workout in the fitness centre, and indulge in massage and spa treatments while delighting in the splendor of historic and charming Siem Reap Angkor.Emerald Restaurant specializes in both local and international cuisines ranging from Khmer, Chinese, Thai, Asian and Western served in a modern Khmer-styled setting, and offers a sensational view of the pool and landscaped garden through its towering glass walls. Hotel is only 2-minute walk to the Angkor Shopping Arcade night market, 5-minute walk to Cambodian Cultural village, less than 5-minute drive to the Pub Street, and only 10-minute drive away from Siem Reap International Airport. ... more less
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