This was our second visit to this hotel – the last being in 2010. It was no surprise to read on a banner that the Sokha Angkor had been voted the best hotel in Cambodia for 2011.
It was very nice to be recognised by the person I’d been dealing with over the internet – she had handled our stay in 2010, and was on duty the afternoon of our arrival this year.
We were a party of six (three couples) and as we checked–in we were told that we had been upgraded to club rooms, which were large and spacious with a small balcony over looking the pool.
Th accommodation had plenty of storage space in the bedroom and the bathroom, which had rain shower head, plus a linked mobile shower, which gave you the choice of rain shower, as against strong jets. A large circular bath tub – enough for three people if you are that close a friend. We didn’t try it, so I can not comment on the efficiency of filling the tub. The bathroom was much larger than a standard bathroom. Plenty of amenities, large soft bath towels etc. In the bedroom we had a flat screen TV and DVD / audio system. Large choice of TV stations.
The DVD system allowed me to check the quality of various DVDs & Cds that I bought in Siem Reap – they all worked.
Breakfast was the standard buffet style with the eggs station, which also included an Asian vegetable station where the vegetables were flash cooked to order. The staff were efficient and friendly throughout the hotel. They have an Irish Pub in the basement area, which has live music after 8.00 pm. I never saw the pub packed, as it would have been difficult for any hotel bar to compete with the bars / restaurants of Pub Street. At $0.50 per 330 ml glass of beer hotel bars would be hard pressed to match this, never mind sell at a lower price.
The hotel dining room was closed in the evening. Small tourist groups had their meals around the large pool with a floor show in the background. We returned one evening, after eating at Pub Street, and were able to watch the floor show from our balconies.
During 2010 we used a particular guide to show us around Angkor Wat, so of course we used him again for this years sight seeing, plus we hired, through the guide, our own bus & driver to drive us from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. It took us about 5 hours and for logistical reasons the bus was a 30 seater, for the six of us, so we had plenty of room.
If we return to Siem Reap, the Sokha Angkor is the place we would choose to stay, even without an upgrade.
Thanks to the General Manager, Emmett McHenry, who has created the atmosphere and the tone of the hotel, and it feels so ‘right’ and the staff appear happy at their work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sokha Angkor offers luxurious resort living in central Siem Reap! Provide instant Temple Passes- Within walking distance to famous Pub Street and Night Market- 15 minutes drive to Airport- 10 minutes drive to Golf Course- 10 minutes drive to Angkor Balloon ( Tethered Balloon )- Located in the heart of Siem Reap- Large salt water swimming pool- Complimentary Unlimited Internet Access- Affiliated with over 500 hotels across the world ... more less
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