We travel quite a bit, but we rarely get around to writing reviews of places we've stayed. But we've decided that we'd really like to share our wonderful experience at this amazing little hotel in Siem Reap.
A couple of weeks ago were searching TripAdvisor for small, boutique-style accommodation in Siem Reap for a few days; however, our first couple of choices were booked out. A friend in Vietnam then suggested Shinta Mani; we hadnt noticed iat on any of the usual popular hotel websites.
We are absolutely delighted with our experience and are so glad we stayed there. In the future, if and when we return to Siem Reap, we will most definitely book to stay at Shinta Mani once again.
It's not just the excellent location - in the heart of old Siem Reap, five minutes walk along the river path from Old Market.
It's not just the stunning decor and brilliant architecture - the hotel design evokes the styles encountered at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.
And it's not just the wonderful five star service provided by the always smiling, unfailingly attentive, young staff.
What sets Shinta Mani apart from almost every other place we've stayed is what guests will learn - if they enquire - about the origins and purpose of the hotel. It is owned and operated by the Shinta Mani Foundation ("Good Heart" in Khmer), not for making profit, but for making a difference to the lives of Cambodian people.
It turns out that SMF is a long-established Cambodian NGO that recruits young people from poor families in rural areas of Cambodia, provides education and tuition in English, provides training in all aspects of hospitality industry - and then provides employment.
But when you stay at Shinta Mani you'll discover all this yourself, as you meet various staff members, chat to them, and hear their stories. And like us, you'll be amazed when you wander upstairs and come upon the SMF Training Centre, where you'll meet hopeful young Cambodians studying English language, hospitality, accounting, cookery, etc.
So when you stay at this particular hotel, you are contributing to Cambodia not just through tourism - but you're also directly assisting Cambodian people and their families to have a secure and stable future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Angkor 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 inspiration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Shinta Mani Angkor, 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