I first stayed at Angkor Village Hotel almost a decade ago and in the intervening years it has lost none of its charm. Ignore the reviews that criticise the rooms and the bathrooms, this is a great slice of Cambodian hospitality served up with considerable style. I defy anyone not to gasp when they first see the setting for the amazing restaurant surrounded entirely by water (of which more later) the teak walkways and bridges over the pools, the antique-stuffed lobby, the verdant immaculately kept tropical gardens and the candlelit bar in the evening. It's in a perfect location , a short stroll away from the local market and the nightlife and a short ride away from the temples of Angkor. Service is never less than faultless and the front desk staff cannot do enough to make you feel welcome. There is an issue with the Angkor Village Hotel however - the restaurant. It's heartbreaking to see what is potentially one of the finest dining rooms in this part of Cambodia go to such waste. The setting is astonishing and with a little more work could be world-class. The food however is a shadow of what is possible. I'm under no illusion about how hard it is to do this well here, many good restaurants in Siem Reap struggle to find their way. My friend who I was travelling with (a professional chef) was on the verge of saying to the management that she wanted to take it over and fulfil its obvious promise. Everything about the restaurant needs to be changed, the service, the breakfast, the dinner menu, it has such amazing promise but it needs an expert eye over it to bring it up to the standard of what is otherwise a great hotel for Siem Reap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the old colonial area, Angkor Village Hotel blends harmoniously architecture, culture and tropical nature to make it an oasis of greenery and tranquility right in the city centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Angkor Village
- Angkor Village Siem Reap