This is a very nice hotel - with nice gardens, a good sized pool, but there are a few odd things about it.
Firstly the rooms. They are generally very nice, but the balconies in other than the suites are too small, with room for only one chair which is not very sociable. The bathrooms are a bit of an odd design, with a large jacuzzi-style bath which is uncomfortable and not particularly easy to get into and out of. The bed was very hard.
Breakfast is excellent. Dinner we found disappointing, being far too bland. We far preferred Viroth's just round the back of the hotel, which was half the price and twice as good.
The main problem we had was the water festival on the river outside the hotel. It takes place at full moon in late October / early November, lasts at least two days and is EXTREMELY noisy. As well as a very loud disco from 6.30am until 11pm, there are fire works being set off. Relaxing by the pool was difficult, and it was no quieter in the room. The hotel management had not anticipated the disco music nor the late finishes; they were however very obliging and moved us to a room at the back of the hotel which was lot better.
Reading the above, you may wonder why I rated this hotel excellent. Despite my reservations, it is a very good small hotel, the staff are very helpful and friendly, and it is generally very comfortable. We would definitely go back - just not at the time of the water festival!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond La Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an intimate retreat that beautifully captures the region's history while offering every modern luxury. Located close by Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Tonle Sap Lake, it's an ideal base to explore the wonders of the region. Siem Reap's lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and bar scene are just steps away. 59 Suites have been fully renovated in 2016 and exude local elegance and stylish luxury, furnished with traditional hardwoods and bamboo and exquisitely decorated in soft cottons and jewel-toned silks. At Circle restaurant, enjoy Khmer hawker-style cuisine or a more International menu at Ember. The Martini Lounge is a relaxed cocktail lounge with impressive views of the gardens. A tropical oasis-like large swimming pool is at the heart of the hotel and is complimented by the tranquil Kong Kea Spa. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre, two boutiques, a tour desk and complimentary daily activities such as a monk blessing or shopping tour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Residence d`Angkor By Orient-Express Hotel Siem Reap