Our first stop in Siem Reap. We had selected the hotel in an effort to find the Cambodian experience often lacking in the major chain hotels. The rooms are beautiful and large with a balcony and all the comforts of a 5 star hotel including an over-priced minibar and a large LCD TV. Then it's mostly downhill. The lobby in spite of all it's teak wood simply fails to impress and is not air-conditioned. The restaurant is equally unimpressive including it's menu. But the poolside terrace is exquisite for breakfast even though the breakfast itself isn't.
And than there is that swimming pool : simply one of the best in Siem Reap because it stays in the shade in the morning. Most other swimming pools are a boiling soup by 10.00 am in April.
The staff is friendly and helpful but be prepared for a few communication problems in English
So if you are temple hunting, want a nice place to sleep and a nice pool to cool down and don't mind eating somewhere else.......this is pretty good for what you pay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built around a stunning landscape with Khmer décor and hospitality, Royal Empire Hotel offers visitors to Siem Reap the ultimate in luxury and services. It features an outdoor salt water pool, a restaurant and bar, and free Wi-Fi access.Fitted with wooden flooring and styled with eclectic Khmer touches, spacious rooms at Royal Empire Hotel are designed to be your home away from home. Each room comes with satellite TV, safety deposit box, complimentary bottled water, tea /coffee making facilities, bathrobes, slippers and a private bathroom with bathtub, show cubicle, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor salt water pool, workout in the fitness centre, and indulge in massage and spa treatments while delighting in the splendor of historic and charming Siem Reap Angkor.Emerald Restaurant specializes in both local and international cuisines ranging from Khmer, Chinese, Thai, Asian and Western served in a modern Khmer-styled setting, and offers a sensational view of the pool and landscaped garden through its towering glass walls. Hotel is only 2-minute walk to the Angkor Shopping Arcade night market, 5-minute walk to Cambodian Cultural village, less than 5-minute drive to the Pub Street, and only 10-minute drive away from Siem Reap International Airport. ... more less
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