I was ready for a day at the pool when I arrived at the Prince D’Angkor Hotel, and I was thrilled with the salt water pool that awaited me. It was the highlight of this hotel for me throughout my visit to Siem Reap. The service at the pool (drinks and meals) was also very good.
The other great thing about this four-star hotel is the location. You can walk or take a tuk tuk for $1 to the main area of town for pubs, restaurants and markets in minutes. For me, it’s great to be close to the action, but not right in the action (is too noisy for me!). A lucky mart is also right across the street (I filled up on water, Angkor beer and Diet Coke for my mini-fridge), with ATMs easily accessible as well.
The ambience of the lobby and hotel is lovely, with deep brown wood for flooring, fixtures and accents. There is often entertainment at the lobby bar, which adds to the relaxed vibe. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
I took advantage of Opal Spa in the hotel, rather than take my chances with a $5 massage on the street. For a whopping $10, I had an excellent reflexology treatment for my tired tootsies – and got a hand, neck and back massage included! The girl was lovely and I had the entire treatment area to myself – very relaxing and a lot of fun.
My superior room was ok, but the bed was quite hard, I didn’t have a balcony and my view faced the lucky mart. If I were to go back, I would pay a bit extra for a deluxe room or even a suite that has a balcony and faces the pool. A superior room is about $120 CDN/night, compared to a deluxe room at $150 CDN/night.
One major drawback was the very spotty wi-fi connection available throughout the hotel. One minute it worked, and the next minute you were disconnected. Very frustrating when trying to send emails back home!
Overall, I enjoyed this hotel and would recommend it if you are on a budget. If you are looking for a more pampering experience, it may not live up to your expectations.