We stayed at the Le Meridien for four nights. The rooms were beautiful as was the property. Yes, there are some problems with the water running hot and then cold but, frankly, I forgot about that until I read some of the reviews on this forum. The breakfast buffet is wonderful as is the swimming pool. We also used the hotel spa for a massage. Great and reasonably priced. "Tuk"tuks are readily available if you want to go into the center of town. They are safe and they cost $2 - $3 one way depending on where you want to go. Lots of restaurants and cheap shopping down town. If you want to walk to the center of town it's about a 15 walk which you can easily do during the day. Based on the quality of the breakfast buffet, I believe that the Hotel Restaurant for other meals would be good and does not seem overpriced for a hotel restaurant. We ate in town.
We got a private driver and guide for a day and a half to tour Angkor. You can get a "tuk tuk" and do it for slightly less but it is not the same as having a car and a very knowlegeable english (or other language) speaking guide. The concierge at the hotel arranged the whole thing. It cost $105 for the day and a half plus the cost of the park entrance ($20 per person for one day or $40 for 2 - 3 days). At that price it does not pay to arrange the tour outside of the hotel, as our taxi driver from the airport tried to do. By going through the hotel you will be relatively sure of what you are getting. Yes, on the full day portion we went to a local restaurant where all the guides take their clients. It was inexpensive, clean, and it saved alot of time from having to go into town or the Hotel for lunch. The guides got their lunch for free but so what? Nobody tried to scam us.
Cambodia is an extremely poor Country. The descriptions by the guide of Angkor were, ofcourse, interesting, but the most interesting thing for us was talking to the people about their lives and the history of Cambodia since 1975. There is a "Killing Field" area near the Hotel. Ask the guide to take you there for a few minutes after your Angkor Tour.
Getting from the airport to the hotel is straightforward and inexpensive. There is a taxi voucher stand and you pay a set fee depending on where you are going. The Hotel can arrange transport back to the airport. Again, not expensive. By the way, visa on arrival at the airport worked just fine. I don't think that we would have saved that much more time by prearranging visas, either online or through the Cambodian Embassy. I would definately recommend the Le Meridien Angkor.
- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Angkor Hotel Siem Reap
- Le Meridien Angkor Hotel
- Meridien Siem Reap
- Le Meridien Siem Reap
- Siem Reap Le Meridien
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being the closest 5 star luxury international hotel to Angkor Wat itself, Le Meridien is the perfect choice for travelers afar, who want to be close to the very reason for visiting. And the rustically colourful township of Siem Reap with its charming French colonial buildings and 400 years old teak trees is just 5 minutes from the hotel where local markets, art galleries and cafes abound. ... more less
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