Stayed here for 8 nights with my wife on a half board basis as we were only doing the Siem Reap area and not as part of any tour.
Hotel was booked directly through their own website and they provided excellent emails and updates throughout the lead-up period (thank you Mr Moth!)
You look at these reviews and think to yourself 'what do they mean - a little oasis?' but once you leave the airport and are travelling to the hotel you soon see how much development is going on and the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap-ian town life, and you are travelling along this busy street when you turn into an entrance-way to suddenly realise that (a) you have arrived and (b) you really are unaware of whatever else may be going on. It is quite surreal considering what you have just driven by.
We had a Landmark room with balcony overlooking the pool...OMG!!!! It is very much days of the Raj and whatever the Indo-China version of that is, be it the room, the service, the outside terraces, the sunrises and the drinks at sunset opportunity. Smoking on the balcony is permitted. Insect repellent is a necessity at this time of year.
Sure, the bar service around the pool may have been a bit on the slow side, but I am just as capable of getting up to go order a drink. The hotel is clearly geared up for short stays, therefore our 8 nights meant we were virtually on first name terms with the catering staff and struggling for variety in food, but that is not the hotels fault, just bear this in mind when considering your length of stay.
The personal guest relations adviser (in our case Jenny) was excellent and nothing was too much trouble - they did not (publicly) bat an eyelid at collecting our laundry from a local laundry service on our behalf!
We did the spa twice - in my mind I am tossing up as to whether my preference was for the hotel spa or one of the massage parlours (no... not THAT type of massage parlour!!!) in town - and as my wife pointed out if you were to do the hotel special deal in the spa then the cost is not too dissimilar to the upper-mid-range one we went to in town, especially when you take into account ease of access, facilities and ambience
February/March is, according to the staff, Cambodian wedding season and each wedding goes on for a couple of days with early starts, late finishes and singing much in the style of Islamic call to prayers, but that is the culture so roll with it.
The hotel is conveniently accessed for a short stroll into the town centre (very Indo-Chine) and has its own tuktuks. We used hotel and private tuktuks, both being reasonably priced, the benefit to the hotel tuktuk if you are not keen on haggling being the set prices.
Did we get good value for money? Undoubtedly
Would I book through the hotel's website again? Definitely, they also have a clear cancellation policy much in keeping with many of the various online booking agencies
Would I/we stay there again? You bet
We cannot get over how friendly and considerate the hotel staff were, we thought the service providers we met in Thailand were good but the staff at the Borei Angkor were much better.
General travel info: You won't need it for the hotel but take with you lots of one dollar bills: culture and context...you will be harassed at each of places you go to by people selling their wares. You will hear to it referred to as begging, which it isn't - you soon realise that these are all officially condoned business enterprises! Again, roll with it and practice your haggling skills because if you take it to heart and get aggrieved by it then it may well spoil your time. The real beggars are those with extremely ill children who just sit there literally with their hands out. This may well cause upset and were the only people that we voluntarily gave money to
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- Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is the one and only most reviewed hotel in Siem Reap Cambodia given by thousands of travelers' reviews on TripAdvisor making Borei Angkor the most popular and chosen hotel to stay in Siem Reap while visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat. Aptly named after 'a territory of Angkor', Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, a truly Cambodia 5 star hotel in Siem Reap is set right in the center of Siem Reap, ideally situated within 15 minutes drive either from Siem Reap International Airport or to Angkor Wat, and only 5 minutes drive to Siem Reap downtown including Pub Street, shopping malls, Angkor Night Market, local restaurants and bars, and other nearby local attractions in Siem Reap. ... more less
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