The Steung Siemreap Hotel is rebuilt - new buildings, in the French Quarter; Psah Chas (Old Market) retaining her true colonial French characteristics, wooden louvre french-windows, doors and wooden floors complete with wrought iron balconies. The interiors whilst youthfully modern, bright airy and cheerful retain some semblance of her 1930's art-decor characteristics with a hint Khmer flavour.
Steung Siemreap re-opens July 22nd 2005. The original Steung Siemreap Hotel - a fine old and elegant hotel, was established in the early 1920's soon after construction of the Wat Preah Prom Rath Temple. We are given to understand the architects and engineers who were building the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor occasionally stayed at the Steung Siemreap Hotel.
Steung Siemreap Hotel offers 76 well appointed guest rooms and suites and classified into 5 room categories inclusive of Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Colonial Suite, and Steung Siemreap Suite. All rooms are finely decorated with traditional Khmer local handmade product mixed with modern facilities, wooden floor, sound proof window and door. All the rooms are fulfilled with facilities and amenities which customers will get a comfortable stay during their trip to the Holy City of Siem Reap.
We spent three nights at the Steung Siem Reap hotel in March, 2010. It was a great hotel and really set us up for disappointment when we got to our next hotel in Phu Quoc. The rooms were excellent, spacious and very clean with outstanding water pressure and hot water (on the rare occasions that we wanted hot water; temperatures in Siem Reap were in the 100s F when we were there). The breakfast was delicious and had a lot of selections, including both Western and Asian selections in buffet style. The very best part of the hotel was the pool, which was cool and spacious and even partly shaded (unfortunately, it closes early, but that's good if you need to go to sleep and don't want pool noise carrying up to your room). I really don't think we would have made it through all those temples if we hadn't had daily siestas at the pool. The hotel is also beautiful, both historic AND clean, a combination that is pretty rare in my (admittedly limited) southeast Asia experience. I actually have no idea how much our rooms cost as it was wrapped into our tour price. The only thing I would change is the lack of computer with internet access (the hotel does have wi-fi, I believe).
By the way, if you are thinking about going to Siem Reap, I HIGHLY recommend hiring Soluy Loeurt (www.soluybesttour.com) as your guide. She is incredibly knowledgeable (multiple degrees in Khmer history), speaks excellent English, is great in a crisis (one of my friends got food poisoning while in Siem Reap), knows all the best places to take photos, and is just a great person to spend a few days with. Soluy was the best guide we had in a trip full of excellent guides and her tour was also incredibly affordable.
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