When I was looking for a base to explore the temples of Angkor with my family, I chose the Le Meridien Angkor. I had stayed here for a special occasion before and was impressed with the hotel and especially the service. I used Starwood points for our two rooms, which was a very good deal during this peak season visit! The Le Meridien laid the foundation for a very memorable stay!
Location: The Le Meridien Angkor is located halfway between the town of Siem Reap and the temples. There are plenty of Tuk Tuks available to go into town and back and you will probably hire a driver for the day to see the temples, so the location is not that important. If you enjoy to walk to the restaurants and bars of Siem Reap at night, you are better off staying right in town.
Service: The service was great, again! I had emailed the hotel prior to arrival to arrange the (free) pick-up at the airport, request rooms close together facing the pool and let them know that my parents were celebrating their anniversary on the day of our arrival. The staff delivered on all counts – the pick-up for both of our parties was flawless, we got the requested rooms and they arranged for a cake for my parents! It’s these little touches that elevate a stay from being good to being memorable! The check-in and check-out was quick, the cleaning staff was thorough and the restaurant staff was excellent – by day two they knew our little group, table and drink preferences and made my family feel very welcome!
Room: The room was very large, with a contemporary decor and a very comfortable bed & linens. It’s decorated with hardwood floors and dark wood furniture. The bathroom has a window to the bedroom – plus shutters, if you are shy;). There are a large, separate shower and tub. The tiles are black, which looks nice, but a little dark. You find all the expected amenities, including bathrobes, nice toiletries, a kettle, TV, scale, hair dryer, etc. The room could unfortunately be almost anywhere – other than a stone statue, there are very little local design touches – other Starwood properties have done a better job at that.
Amenities: The property has a very nice pool, with an interesting shape, trees and pillars, making it a great fit for the location. It is surrounded by a huge garden, large enough to hold another hotel! The staff from the pool bar is attentive and friendly, brightening your day with a 1000-Watt smile! There is a small, modern gym near the pool, as well as a spa (with massages starting at $45/h, facials at $50/h and mani/pedi at $20 – more expensive than in town)! We used the business center to print our boarding passes (free) and there are a few stores for necessities.
Food: We had the breakfast buffet every day and it was great! The selection was extensive, with a cook-to-order egg station at the center. I loved the fresh, flakey croissants, the selection of breads and fruits. There were also a number of hot, Asian dishes, if you are looking for a more filling breakfast! Despite the hotel being full, the staff was friendly and quick to refill the food and clear tables.
We also had dinner and drinks at the bar – it was convenient and the food was ok, although I’d recommend to go into town for a more fun dinner experience!
The Le Meridien Angkor is a well run property with large, contemporary rooms and great staff. It makes for a good base to explore the temples of Angkor. If you want to travel to Siem Reap on points, the Le Meridien is a mucher cheaper option (at 3,000-4,000 SPG points/night) than the Park Hyatt in town (at 15,000 points/night). If you are open to staying with an independent hotel, there are cheaper options, both in town and along the road to Angkor Wat – check out Agoda for the best deals!