We visited Siem Reap, Cambodia at the end of September for the second anniversary of our first wedding, and we stayed at the Le Méridien Angkor for two nights.
To get to the hotel from the airport, we booked transportation with the hotel. The distance between the two is about 5.7mi/9.1km, and the cost was $15. We also selected this hotel because it’s the nearest to the ticket office for Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the other Temples of Angkor. If you want to go to the center of Siem Reap, you can take a tuk tuk which will cost $3 and takes about 10 minutes.
When we arrived at the hotel, the building looked small, but Siem Reap doesn’t have many skyscrapers, so a massive structure would be a visual sore thumb. The hotel is actually quite large and spread out over three floors. The lobby has very high ceilings and colorful lime and magenta sofas.
While we were waiting to check-in, we were given cold towels and mango & mint juice.
SPG Platinum members are also given a free gift, either 500 SPG points or two local handmade scarves. I opted for the Cambodian scarves.
Our Deluxe Family Room was located on 3F, and it was very spacious.
When you entered, there was a powder room on the right.
The next section had the fridge, minibar, coffee, tea, etc next to a desk. The sitting area had a sofa, two armchairs, a tv, and DVD player.
The bedroom was furnished with a very comfortable bed, armchair, and tv.
A short hallway led to a walk-in closet and the bathroom with a separate shower and tub. Overall, the room was pleasing and very comfortable.
Since it was almost happy hour, we freshened up and headed to the ground floor to enjoy our SPG cocktails in Naga Bar. A variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks are available from 16:30 – 18:30. The lemongrass-tini was an interesting mix of local flavors and Sombai.
The food selection was okay, though not as tasty as the canapes at the Le Méridien Bangkok or as varied as the ones at Westin Grande Sukhuvmit, for example. They had calamari, mini-pizzas, olives, etc. It’s fine for a snack, but if you want something more substantial the full menu is available.
After a few drinks, we headed back to the room where we find the housekeeper busy decorating the room for us. I guess he didn’t expect us to come back so early! But the double hearts made with rose petals and the anniversary cake were a lovely and romantic touch.
The next morning, we had breakfast in the Festive Season restaurant.
The setup is nice and the food selection can please everyone. Fresh fruit, bread, yogurt, bacon, rice, cereal, noodles, juice, coffee, tea, etc.
The restaurant will also prepare a Grab & Go picnic lunch or lunch box if you plan on spending all day visiting Angkor Wat and the other temples. If only we’d known this before we spent all day sightseeing and wondering where to have lunch!
We almost missed our last evening of happy hour because we were so tired, but we rallied for the cause and enjoyed one last cocktail. However, we decided to skip the canapés since they were a bit meh on this evening. Instead, we had dinner at a French restaurant in Siem Reap called L’Annexe. The chef is actually from France, so the food is authentic and tasty. It was nice to be able to enjoy a lovely meal that didn’t break the bank.
Our last day in Siem Reap was short and a bit rainy, so we explored the hotel and had a body scrub at the spa. The outdoor pool was amazing. The size makes it easy to avoid people if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax.
The spa is a nice, tranquil setting. We really enjoyed our orange body scrub.
The only downside was the room wasn’t cleaned thoroughly before we arrived. I know this because when I went to wash off the salt, I was greeted by a pair of those tiny disposable underwear in the shower. The person before me didn’t feel the need to dispose of them in the trashcan located next to the shower and the staff didn’t clean and sanitize the shower after the last guest.
The spa “scandal” was the only downside of the entire weekend. So despite that, I’d definitely stay at the Le Méridien again. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the laid back nature of the hotel are perfectly suited for Siem Reap.
This is a SPG category two hotel, so it can be a great use of Starpoints: a free night costs just 3000-4000 points. Paid rates start at about 95 USD.