Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor
What We Love
- Sipping martinis and watching small boats glide along the river from the breezy first-floor bar
- Taking a dip in the large saltwater pool, surrounded by palm trees
- Bathing in an oval soapstone tub in the spacious suites
What To Know
- The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the town center and a tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat
- Free WiFi
- Light sleepers might find rooms near the road a bit noisy; request a garden room
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A short tuk-tuk ride from the jungle-buried ruins of Angkor Wat, this Khmer-style property is an elegant two-story hotel surrounded by tropical gardens. With interiors awash with varnished teak, split bamboo, gleaming silk and natural cotton, the look is a canny blend of Cambodian and colonial influences. The grounds are a labyrinth of shade-dappled paths, lotus ponds and gardens dotted with statues.
Bed and Bath
The 62 spacious guestrooms and suites are clustered around the pool, and each has a private terrace or balcony. With gleaming hardwood floors, sliding bamboo doors, pale walls and patterned silk accessories, rooms have a delightfully airy, back-to-nature feel. Vast bathrooms have oval soapstone tubs that are big enough for two and come with luscious local Puriya toiletries.
Soothing water features, including a giant aquarium, lead to the spa, which has black lava stone–tiled floors and driftwood art pieces. There’s an extensive menu; the vigorous Ancient Khmer massage is a highlight. There are two bars: the Pool Bar and, for those retiring from the heat, the first-floor Martini Lounge, which overlooks the river. The Dining Room is a stylish spot with tall pillars, teak furniture and French windows opening out onto lush gardens. The menu is an inventive mix of Khmer and international cuisine, including the Angkor Wat Tower — a dizzying mountain of plates full of traditional delicacies. Dig into Mekong lobster, grilled river fish and spicy sausage, serenaded by local musicians playing Khmer harp and flute music.
How to Get There
Just had 5 wonderful nights here at the Belmond. The room are beautiful clean, every night they turn down you bed and leave a gift, our daughter couldn’t wait to see what we got every night. Staff so friend, amazing pool, loved staying here!
Angkor is amazing and the Belmond is the perfect base for exploring this magical place. We stayed for 4 nights in a room by the pool. The Belmond feels very private and very intimate. A very welcome change after mingling with the crowds in Angkor. When coming back to the beautiful huge swimming pool, the crowds really felt very far away. The hotel is located in the heart of Siem Reap, not far to walk to the night market. The property is also very lush with lots of plants and a beautiful swimming pool. Each single member of staff was genuinely welcoming and did their best to make our stay memorable. We also booked all our tours via the hotel and they managed to find us a private mandarin speaking tour guide and a Lexus SUV totale us around, very well-organized tours which we can highly recommend. Also, on the day of departure, after checking out and arriving at the airport did we learn that our flight had been cancelled and we were booked on a flight 10 hours later. One call, the Belmond welcomed us back to our old room and provided drinks and a snack! Amazing customer service! Amazing Hotel? Welldone Belmond!
We chose the Belmond for two reasons: (1) the pool; and (2) its location near the heart of Siem Reap but close enough to the main roads to be convenient to Angkor, etc. We were more than satisfied in both respects. The pool was absolutely gorgeous and impossibly serene, and the location was perfect, as we loved the easy access to Angkor while still being able to walk both to great local restaurants and to kitschy Pub Street at night.
Every other aspect of our stay was likewise five star. From the moment we were picked up from the airport to the moment we were dropped back off three days later, we were treated to warm, surprisingly thoughtful service. In this regard, my favorite touches were the extra mosquito repellent left on our lounge chairs while we swam and the cold towels and drinks we were offered every day upon return from the scorching hot temple sites.
The hotel itself is absolutely gorgeous, with a breezy, open-air layout and meticulous landscaping. The saltwater pool is the hotel's centerpiece, and we were fortunate enough to stay in a poolside room with direct access. The hotel's second-floor bar was another nice spot, and our room was massive with a huge soaking tub that we unfortunately never got around to using. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the hotel, however, was its size. Driving past the enormous resorts on the road into town from Angkor made me realize how much I liked the small, personal, integrated yet secluded nature of the Belmond's property. It is a part of Siem Reap, yet is no less luxurious than had it been in the countryside.
I did not try the hotel's restaurants for lunch or dinner, but breakfast each morning was excellent. The hotel has a large buffet, plus a menu of a la carte items. The salmon croissant and fried egg noodle bowl were my favorites. Only in Cambodia...
The only minor critique I can think of is that poolside service ended at 6 PM. We spent our days sightseeing and returned to the pool for a plunge in the early evening, so extended service hours would have been nice for us. That said, I echo a previous reviewer who noted that the pool is nice enough to justify a day spent lounging in the sun. If we had an extra day to spare in Siem Riep, I'm sure that exactly what I would have done.
Would easily choose to stay here again if we have the fortune of returning to Siem Reap in the future.