Backpackers will want to stay closer to Pub Street and honeymooners will want something more luxurious but for budget travelers -- including those of us who are 'women of a certain age' and travelling alone -- this place is perfect! It's about 15 minutes by tuk tuk from either the entrance to Angkor Wat or the restaurants in town. I chose it because it has a spa and its own restaurant. The spa was very convenient of course, but it turns out no one who stays here eats here, and I dined alone the first night. On the other hand, there's a great and plentiful breakfast buffet served next to the pool. The rooms are very nice -- mine had a balcony -- and the prices of massages and rooms are extremely good value.
But what set the Smiling apart for me was the staff. Their effusive greetings actually seemed genuine and they consistently (and happily) went out of their way to be of service: when my old laptop couldn't pick up wifi, they changed my room and moved my things -- with no fuss -- to one closer to the modem. Seriously. They arranged a tuk tuk driver for me who followed my itinerary to the temples I wanted to see, a guide for the day I decided at the last minute that I needed one, massages at the times I asked, and a second tuk tuk driver to take me into town for dinner. They gave me good information no matter how many questions I asked -- and they kept on SMILING!
I haven't had service like that since the good ole days when I could go four-star!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smiling Hotel and Spa is a newly established, Deluxe Four Star hotel, seeking to share true Cambodian hospitality and luxurious facilities with visitors the world over. Situated only four kilometers from the bustling city centre of Siem Reap and seven kilometers from the majestic Angkor Wat, Smiling Hotel and Spa is ideally positioned for those seeking to experience the wonders of Cambodia’s past as well as the exciting Cambodia of today. Boasting 150 well appointed rooms, with 86 more to be completed during 2012, Smiling Hotel and Spa offers luxurious and comfortable accommodation with international standards. Between the large outdoor swimming pool, massage rooms, spa and sauna, gym, restaurant and cafe, guests will be able to relax in facilities of the highest quality. Our friendly and accommodating staff will ensure that your stay at Smiling Hotel and Spa is unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smiling Hotel Siem Reap
- Smiling Hotel And Spa