Nice hôtel with a really Nice swimming pool for children and adults. Breakfast is more than correct. Rooms are spacious and cleaned. Service is very kind and compréhensible very good hôtel thanks you and thank youMore
Nice hôtel with a really Nice swimming pool for children and adults. Breakfast is more than correct. Rooms are spacious and cleaned. Service is very kind and compréhensible very good hôtel thanks you and thank youMoreShow less
Thank you very much for your kind compliments about the entirety of Sokhalay Angkor Villa Resort. It is a pleasure to know that every detail of our service and our facilities are wonderfully appreciated. I hope that you had a great and memorable Siem Reap holiday.
Our team looks forward to welcoming you again in our Resort.
Deputy General Manager
We had booked a garden villa. The layout of the villa's is great. A small colonial village in it's own, all situated around the outside swimming pool, which has great childrens pools too. The room was HUGE, more than enough room (2 adults & 2 children). The staff were helpfull, friendly and extremely polite, going out of their way to make the stay as perfect as possible. I would recommend this hotel, a great place to return to after hot mornings at the temples.
Thank you very much for staying at the Sokhalay Angkor Villa Resort. It is a pleasure to hear that you’ve had a wonderful experience on your first travel to Siem Reap and I hope that you brought home with you lasting memories in this legendary villa resort and of the magnificent temples of Angkor. We look forward to welcoming you again for your next visit Siem Reap.
Deputy General Manager
We are a family of four – 2 adults and 2 teenagers. We stayed in Siem Reap for 8 nights. We have friends who have lived and worked there for 12 months. So the purpose of the trip was twofold – to catch up with friends and sample the delights of Siem Reap.
We stayed at the Sokhalay Angkor Resort & Spa – this is on the main road with many other similar luxury hotels. I chose this resort as I wanted somewhere with indoor and outdoor pools and a villa that would take our family of four. There is a hotel section to this resort but we stayed in a Grand Villa down the back – short walk or buggy ride to the front of the hotel.
Very spacious villa and layout suited us with teenagers. In fact it was too big! Would not be suitable for very young children as second room is upstairs and the stairs would not be suitable for toddlers or the very elderly. It did have a nice big dining table we could eat at. Great kitchen area but only a small bar fridge in each room. No bigger fridge in the Kitchen.
The room was very dark but if you opened the shutters it did let more light in but at times privacy may be an issue. They were building a villa near us which was very noisy. When I complained they said it would only be between 7-4 but this was not always the case. They did offer to move us but that proved difficult as we had tours and could not get organised in time. But after a while we either got use to the noise or it became quieter – so did not bother us as much.
The breakfast was busy but well organised. The food was delicious with a good variety – both Western and Asian tastes catered. The guests appeared to be mainly Korean and seemed to transit through the hotel for only a few nights. We only ate breakfast or had room service pizzas at the resort. The Marguerite pizza was tasty. All other meals we ate out of the Hotel – for no other reason it just happened that way.
The outdoor pool was hardly used by anyone else but us. We certainly enjoyed having it too ourselves. The indoor pool was also hardly ever used. We took great advantage of this pool as well. Only complaint it was supposed to be heated but you always had to request the heating to be turned on (this included the spa and the bubbles!) and they would have to call the “engineers” and it did take quite a while to heat up. But we still enjoyed the swim. The fitness centre was small but a good variety of equipment.
The Spa was divine. They had a 20% off special while we were there and we enjoyed massages, wraps and scrubs for around the $20-$30 mark. The surrounds were beautiful. This was probably expensive for Siem Reap but I enjoyed the convenience and flexibility it offered. The staff were very well trained and polite. All staff at the resort were very friendly and helpful.
Tuk Tuk one way to pub street was about $5 and $8 return (about 20 mins). There are many drivers in Siem Reap we built a relationship with Kemy who was reliable and an excellent driver. We just walked to the front of the hotel and he would be waiting there. We went directly to the drivers and did not organise anything via the Hotel.
Being Australian I always find this a bit awkward but our friends suggested 5%. So we followed that.
Overall, a very nice luxury hotel. We found it hard to reconcile the luxury within the resort with life outside. I enjoyed the tuk tuk ride into town but my husband would have preferred to maybe stay closer to the main centre of town and in more “khmer type” accommodation.
This resort reminded me of ski chalet style accommodation. It is actually quite difficult to review. The rooms are two story wooden buildings that when you enter you are greeted by a quite large (sparse) dining room/kitchenette. There is also a bathroom and a staircase. These facilities are shared by guests in the downstairs and upstairs rooms. I stayed in the downstairs room which as a hotel room was quite large. It featured a king sized bed, good cupboard space, a modular lounge, writing desk and a very large bathroom with bath and separate shower. I imagine the upstairs rooms to be two bedrooms. If this accommodation was to be shared by a family or friends, it would be great, however there were noise problems on the one night there were other people upstairs on my stay and if they had been using the dining area or kitchen downstairs, it would have been intolerable. The resort itself comprises of a huge lobby area, hotel rooms, spa, restaurant, cafe, indoor pools and then for the outdoor pool buildings you need to be driven in a golf cart to connect the two. It is not a huge distance but draining in the heat. The hotel is situated on the airport road and you need to take a motor- scooter to get into the main streets of Siem Reap. It is also a fair distance from the temples.
Huge pool and pool area.
Great spa facilities but expect to pay hotel prices
Second indoor pool
Lovely staff but not great English. (See Seth if things get confusing)
Good breakfast but very hot, humid conditions
Golf carts on call to transport you to the main lobby ( they are quick and friendly)
Biggest bad point is that he rooms are dark and by that I mean you cannot see a thing even in the middle of the day if the shutters are closed. The problem is that the shutters are inside the windows but open out wards. This means that you have to choose between insects or light. It also means you are unable to secure your room if the shutters are open. You can open the doors to the balcony but once again it is not very secure. I imagine the upstairs rooms would at least be secure due to their height.
Hotel is a fair way out of town but most of the larger hotels are also on airport road. The motor scooters are very cheap. There are no taxis as such, only motor scooters ( like tuk tuks) or hire cars.
The huge breakfast area is very attractive, surrounded by koi ponds and aesthetically pleasing but there were small birds flying in and pecking at the pastries most mornings. This wasn't an issue until the bird flu warnings were announced. (in fairness I don't think it is spread this way). But the breakfast area is open sided)
A bit of a language barrier but that's part of travelling. If smiles were currency we would all be rich in Siem Reap.
Overall:- I think this would be a great place to stay with family and friends. If you were splitting time between seeing the sights of Siem Reap and relaxing by the pool it would be ideal. Tourism is still young here and I would be surprised if any of the hotels in the area can pull off a true 5 star experience. I had just come from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, so I may have had too high expectations. Also, a traffic accident had wiped out most of the power in Siem Reap (a large amount of power is imported from Thailand) and it was not fixed for the duration of my stay. The major hotels etc were running on generators so I also must factor that into my review. I hope I have been fair in my opinions.
We booked the pool villa which costed a little more than the garden villa.
The room was very spacious and well appointed. There is even a basic working kitchen with gas hobs! Wi Fi is free and is adequately fast if not exactly broad band. The staff are all very courteous and pleasant. The hotel is a little way from the town centre which is not at all a problem as there are plenty of tuk tuks.
There are a couple of negatives though, firstly I emailed the hotel twice before arrival to request an extra bed, arrange a (free) airport pick up, and some other assistance but received no reply and so was not picked up at the airport. On arrival I asked the hotel to find a driver/taxi and guide for me which they were able to do at short notice. The cost for a full day in the vicinity of Siemreap was USD 70 for driver, car, and a guide. The cost goes up to USD 90 for sites further out (Kban Spean), and a preposterous USD 280 to Prear Vihear. With a bit of planning you can arrange for driver and guide yourself for much less. There are some very good recommendations for driver and guide here in Tripadvisor.
Over all I can recommend this hotel. If you need to contact them better phone them and not rely on email!
If you need some privacy and lots of space then this is the hotel for you, but remember to book a villa. The villa rooms are spacious and cosy enough for a family of 2 with probably one child. The villas are within walking distance from the main hotel building, but you need to know the short-cut. Otherwise a simple call will bring a buggy to your villa in 2 to 3 minutes.