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Angkor Village hotel is a 5* hotel in Siem Reap. I stayed for two nights and paid under $200 for the privilege. This is excellent value for a 5* hotel.
The hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels Group. They have a partnership with Hyatt. It means that the hotel needs to adhere to international standards. In developing countries, I try to avoid local hotels. I don’t know if staff will speak English, or what standards they will adhere to.
I booked direct through the Small Luxury Hotels website. As such, I got free breakfast, room upgrade and 2 free massages. This is obviously a great deal. I should mention that massages aren’t expensive in Siem Reap. Me and my wife paid $45 for two massages, during our trip.
Angkor Village Hotel occupies a quiet location. But It’s still close to the main attractions in Siem Reap. It’s a 10 minute tuk tuk ride (and $4) to Pub Street. Pub Street has bars, cafes and restaurants. You find an interesting mix of visitors. There’s backpackers, families and Australians on bachelor parties! The hotel is 20 minutes from the temples of Angkor Wat.
The hotel grounds are stunning and traditionally Cambodian. There’s a HUGE swimming pool. It’s basically a lagoon that snakes around the entire hotel. The rooms overlook the pool. The hotel has tons of vegetation. As such, the air is beautifully fresh.
The hotel is massive. To walk from one end to another takes around 15 minutes.
I loved the uniqueness of the hotel. International Hotel brands tend to look very similar. The lobbies look similar. The rooms look similar etc. It was nice to stay somewhere that’s infused with local culture. There are international hotel brands in Siem Reap. One of the best is the Park Hyatt, which I have previously reviewed.
I was upgraded to a one bed suite. The suite was massive, and had the following features:
The suite was fabulous. Every day, fresh fruit was replenished. This was local, exotic fruit. There was dragon fruit, rambutans and longans. I absolutely love sweet fruit – so this was heaven for me!
The suite had a private swimming pool in front of it. It was basically a round lagoon with a centre island. The pool was warm and clean. It wasn’t heated, so the warmth would have come from the sun.
The suite was well designed. The furniture was in excellent condition. There were lovely pieces of Cambodian art. Sculptures and paintings. I was worried my kids might break something. Thankfully, they behaved themselves!
The living room had two sofas and a dining table. The bedroom had a 4 poster bed frame, a desk and a small coffee table.
The above slideshow has loads of photos of the suite. So make sure to click the photo above.
The suite bathroom was massive. There were his and hers sinks. There was also a hot tub in the centre of the room. It was under a ceiling window, which created a lovely visual effect. You can see photos of this in the above slideshow. The hot tub looked AMAZING!
The bathroom wasn’t all that practical however! The hot tub took two hours to fill up half way, and the water wasn’t hot. Eventually, we gave up and had a shower each day!
The breakfast was really nice. There’s no buffet – everything was cook to order. There were a variety of Asian and western dishes. I’ve provided the menu in the above slideshow.
The fruit was lovely. Everything was local and cut fresh. My fruit bowl had dragon fruit, papaya, mango and watermelon. My daughter simply asked for mango in a bowl.
My wife tried the vegetable fritters. I had pancakes and bacon. The quality of the food was very good.
I had a pot of English breakfast tea. It wasn’t the best – quite weak. However, I’m particular about my tea. Most places won’t get it right! My wife had a coffee. She said that it was strong.
The hotel has an executive lounge. I had access to it, because of my room type. However, the lounge was pretty pointless! There was nobody working in it. There was barely any food or drinks in the lounge. There were some canapes and fruit juice. That’s about it!
The food and drinks options in our room were better. Given that our room was a stunning suite, we didn’t return to the lounge!
The service at the hotel was truly exceptional. I should also mention that Cambodians are friendly in general. The staff went above and beyond at every stage.
At arrival, the manager greeted us personally and gave us ice tea. When walking around the grounds, the staff all smiled and said hello.
My daughter was hungry on one evening. I went to reception and asked for potato chips. The restaurant didn’t have any, so they cut potatoes and made them fresh for her. They chips were amazing!