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“A wonderful boutique hotel for those with discriminating taste”
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Shinta Mani Club
Ranked #11 of 345 Hotels in Siem Reap
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San Francisco, California
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“A wonderful boutique hotel for those with discriminating taste”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is not a big-name, huge hotel located on acres and acres of land. This luxury boutique hotel is urban and sophisticated, with a design and service focus. If you like the colonial, old world style, you are not going to like this hotel. If you appreciate modern aesthetics and want to be closer to the action, then this is the place to be.

The rooms are amazing with comfortable, large beds with high thread count sheets. The bathrooms are spacious with huge showers. There is a flat-panel TV and an iPod/iphone 4 dock but we hardly used them since there was reliable wi-fi throughout the property. The pool, albeit small, is PERFECT - the water temperature is perfect, no chlorine small, and long enough to do laps. There are only a few dozen rooms in this hotel and so the pool is never crowded - very civilized and relaxing.

Breakfast was amazing with both western and Cambodian foods - the Cambodian rice porridge/soup is delicious. They also offer a la carte Western breakfast to satisfy your waffle/bacon/pancake fix.

But what really puts this hotel over the top is the amazing staff. I have stayed in plenty of 5* hotels around the world, and I must say that the staff at Shinta Mani really are the best at anticipating your every need and bending backwards to make sure that everything is just perfect. And it's all done with a smile and sincere concern - how do they teach this? It's truly incredible.

Angkor Wat is beautiful, but the staff at Shinta Mani really made our Cambodia trip truly memorable.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Recently stayed here for a few days escape. Having stayed previously with it's sister hotel, Hotel de la Paix (now undergoing renovation as Park Hyatt), I fell in love with the recently reopened Shinta Mani. To be honest I found many of the architectural features of de la Paix here and it felt like coming home.

The team here is incredible. Nothing is too much trouble and the hotel's commitment to the community is evident without being thrust down your throat.

The public spaces are alot of fun with the black, white and gray tones contrasting with the vibrant pops of orange wherever you look. The pool is beautiful. Just wish I had more time to use it.

I love the restaurant. Sure it's perhaps more expensive that many at Pub St, but you get what you pay for! Service highly attentive everyone remembers your name.

I had a lovely room on the second floor in the new wing overlooking the pool and it's couldnt be better after a hard day exploring temples or the city. Loved the high ceilings and the bathroom layout. Comfy bed too!

Didnt see a lift anywhere so the stairs could be an issue for those who cant negotiate them.

Also found the spa to be amazing. A true surprise on the rooftop area. You can really feel the design of the old de la Paix here too which I loved!

Location wise, couldnt be better. Quiet enough in a little side street but within easy walking distance to all the action.

I also notice they are expanding across the road which will bring an interesting feel to the street.

My honest opinion is to avoid the big five star hotels and choose Shinta Mani. It has much more character and personality with everything you could wish for. And you know you are supporting the local community at the same time.

Thank you to all the Shinta Mani team...you really did make me feel like part of the family and hope to return again one day.

ps, I think they have taken over AHA restaurant (from de la Paix) down near Pub Street and they still have the honeycomb icecream....a MUST try!

Room Tip: Did see the old wing, but the new rooms in the new wing were fantastic. Also have rooms at pool leve...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Out of the way but still in the center of Siem Reap, Shinta Mani is a fabulous gem. The staff is second to none - friendly, patient, helpful, pleasant (all 5-star hotel staff should follow their example). The rooms are gorgeously modern yet Cambodian at the same time. The shower is an open shower with a rainfall head (lovely) and the pool is PERFECT.

Breakfast is a wonderful mix of Western and Cambodian cuisine and again the decor is beautiful (there are also "floating" tables/beds for outdoor eating).

The only one negative was the pedicure that I got in the spa (it took a bit long and wasn't as extensive as I had hoped).

But service is FABULOUS! Coming from China where service is minimal at best, we have found the staff at Shinta Mani to be a welcome breath of civility and kindness.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

If you come to siem reap, this is a great choice--beautiful rooms, beautiful staff and beautiful location! For those Americans (like me) that need the ac to work well--it does here!! The staff could not be more helpful--and the hotel trains youth from the provinces to work in the hospitality industry. A perfect place!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Stayed here for several nights while doing volunteer work at a local hospital. It was a wonderful place to come home to every day, with friendly attentive staff and the most comfortable beds in the world. Started every day with a great breakfast, and often finished it with a drink at the bar. A delightful pool for keeping cool. Very helpful with planning trips to see Angkor Wat and other sites. Shinta Mani also has a long history of supporting local charities and community-building efforts and feels integrated into the local Cambodian community. I recommend it highly for those visiting the temples or visiting Siem Reap for business purposes.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights and it was a fantastic experience. The hotel is a little out of the ordinary, also being a training hotel for hospitality students. The hotel itself is beautiful, the service is second to none, and nothing is to much (or small) to ask for.

The location is perfect, near the river and within walking distance of everything in the main town. Also, only about 15 min drive to Angkor archeological park.

We had an early start one morning (4:30am) to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. The staff prepared a Breakfast box for us (free of charge) for us to take with us.

Also made use of the spa facilities which were fabulous!

I couldn't recommend this hotel more highly.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Hasselt, Belgium
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Staying in Shinta Mani in Siem Reap was really great. I stayed in the hotel for two nights together with my boyfriend. I was surprised by the design of the hotel. It is almost like walking through the corridors of Angkor Wat. The interior is a devotion to the Angkorian period but also includes all the luxury facilities to guarantee you a unique stay. After a hot day visiting the temples I signed up for a massage while my boyfriend was enjoying a refreshing swim. I chose for a traditional Khmer massage on the outdoor terrace. The massage was really heavenly and very relaxing. The masseuse was a very friendly Cambodian lady that really knew to push the right spots to release the stress. At the swimming pool there is a bar where you can get fruity tasteful smoothies. In the evening we enjoyed having dinner at Kroya the hotel’s restaurant. The orange candle lights in the walls and on the tables create the ideal atmosphere for a romantic dinner. They serve traditional Khmer dishes but the flavors seem to get harder trough and the food is really delicious. The cook didn’t want to share his secrets but told us that they use local fresh herbs and ingredients to top up the taste. After visiting the temples Shinta Mani offers the perfect relaxation.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shinta Mani Club
Address: Oum Khun Street | 14th Street, Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#2 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#10 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#10 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shinta Mani Club 4.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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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