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I really enjoyed my stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. It is a beautiful hotel, in a prime Siem Reap location. The best thing about the hotel is the stunning architecture! The only negative was that I found the fine-dining restaurant to be over-priced and under-whelming.
As always, my review has lots of photos – so please check out the slideshow!
I booked the Park Hyatt Siem Reap through AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts. This is a program available to holders of the AMEX Platinum card, which costs $575 in the US, and comes with a large package of travel benefits.
I paid $190 for the room. I got the following benefits:
If that sounds like an insane deal, it’s because it is!
The Park Hyatt is the only Hyatt in Siem Reap. However, Angkor Village Resort is part of the Small Luxury Hotels scheme, which has a tie up with Hyatt. I have stayed there in the past, and found it to be an excellent hotel. When I stayed at the Angkor Village resort, I ordered potato chips for $5, which I thought was pricy. The chef actually cut the potatoes, and fried them fresh – which has never happened to me before or since!
Siem Reap is famous for the Temples of Angkor – which are the remains of Hindu temples. The most famous temple is Angkor Wat, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. I’m not normally into seeing sights like this, but the temples really are astonishing.
It is not possible to visit the temples on foot, as they are miles apart from one another. You will need to get a rickshaw to take you from one temple to the next – I paid $15 to hire the rickshaw for 1 day.
For me, the best thing about Siem Reap are the Cambodian people! They are a very polite and kind people.
The area is still inexpensive for tourists. You can book a 5* hotel for $100/night, and the cost of food and activities is not large.
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap has a fantastic location, 10 minutes walk from Pub Street. Pub street is the tourist centre of Siem Reap, and is full of bars, restaurants and cafes. There are also lots of massage places – I was able to get a 1-hour massage for myself, my wife and my daughter for $60!
The hotel has stunning colonial architecture. You can feel it as you walk around – it’s as if you’ve gone back in time! The centrepiece of the architecture is the central courtyard, which has a beautiful tree in the middle of it.
The hotel has the following features:
The room was fantastic and had the following features
The hotel has clearly spent a lot of money designing the room, and if felt luxurious. The room has the same colonial architecture as the rest of the hotel.
The breakfast is held in the fine dining restaurant, The Dining Room. It was very good – there is both a buffet and a cook to order menu. The highlight of the breakfast were the fresh pancakes and the fresh fruit smoothies. However, when I stayed at Angkor Village Resort, they also had fantastic fresh fruit.
The breakfast consisted of the following items
I had the pancakes (what else?!) and they were awesome!
The only disappointment came from the coffee, which I found to be bitter.
As part of the rate I booked with AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts, I had a $100 credit and a free lunch or dinner. I chose to use that $100 on my lunch at the Living Room Restaurant and use my meal voucher at the fine dining restaurant (The Dining Room).
The Living Room is a beautifully designed space, like the rest of the hotel. It serves as a bar/restaurant. I had a tuna salad for starter, and chicken curry with rice for the main. Both dishes were very good. I washed it down with a New York Sour cocktail – which was terrific!
I had dinner in The Dining Room, which is the same place as the breakfast. The meal was decent, but overpriced – I would have been upset if I had paid for it myself! I ordered steak and my wife had pan fried duck breast. My meat was overcooked, and my wife’s food was disappointing too. The price of the meal would have come to $150, but fortunately I used my meal voucher to pay for it.
I would recommend getting dinner from Pub Street, as there are absolutely tons of well-priced options.