The hotel is recently renovated and extended, and has a wonderful ambiance. Its architecture and outfitting is well thought out and quite artisitic with a number of local artefacts, and the hotel is very quiet. Our room faced the courtyard with the pool and the bar, but we never heard a sound from the outside. There is complementary WiFi, but don't expect broadband speeds, and the connection was a bit hit and miss.
The staff was very helpful and forthcoming, and very quickly sorted out an issue with the guide company which failed to show up as agreed at the airport. On the day we left, even if there was no late checkout from the room available, without us asking we were offered another room to take a shower and dress for the return flight which was early evening. Everyone we encountered greeted us with a smile, no hint of the "don't bother me, can't you see I'm working" attitude that seems to be the norm in Europe. We had breakfast boxes ready as we left very early in the mornings (5am) to catch sunrise at the temples, ask for more filling sandwiches rather than croissants. The temples are just a few minutes away up the road by car, and the airport 15 minutes. Center of town with Pub Street and alleys is within walking distance, but try a tuk tuk anyway for fun and support of the local economy.
The restaurant has good food both for lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. In addition to the usual tables and chairs, there are a number of swings were you can really feel like a colonial explorer after dark and savour your drink and meal. Across the street another restaurant (French) has apsara shows in the evening.
There is a small pool well sheltered from the midday and afternoon sun, and if you are lucky, the spa staff will come and ask if you want a five minute neck massage by the pool. Of course, you might want to spend some more time in the spa itself if you like the demonstration!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap is an upscale boutique property in the French Quarter of Siem Reap town. It boasts 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a European style with Khmer inspiriration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.Shinta Mani, with a culture of Open Doors, Open Hearts, reflects its commitment to responsible tourism. The staff hope that during your visit you will open your heart to the beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, its gentle people and its fascinating culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap