Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Go-that-extra-mile-service combined with plenty of little extras, including a free packed breakfast for an Angkor Wat visit
- Lounging by the saltwater pool, then enjoying a massage on a private garden bed
- Sipping champagne over a copious buffet breakfast, then lunching on French specialties at Le Bistrot
What To Know
- With regular evening entertainment, rooms near the bar can be a bit noisy
- During the rainy season mosquitoes can be a problem; put on insect repellent at dusk
- Some folks find the beds a bit hard; if you do, ask the staff to provide extra padding
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Nestled in lush vegetation a short tuk-tuk ride from the world renowned Angkor temples, this two-story French colonial-style boutique offers a respite from the bustle of Siem Reap. Follow a labyrinth of paths past fragrant frangipani trees and fish-filled basins to enter the lobby, where primrose-yellow walls provide a sunny backdrop for ornate antique fixtures, including the hotel’s original 1930s cage elevator. Built around an interior courtyard, the hotel is dotted with stone pools crossed by narrow bridges, one of which contains the hotel’s pet caimans. These fearsome-looking creatures are a great attraction for the kids — especially at feeding time.
Bed and Bath
Rooms follow suit in their colonial-era decor, with large oil paintings depicting scenes of jungle life, dark wood furnishings, hand-woven bedspreads and cane furniture. Compact bathrooms are dotted with quirky animal sculptures and have medium-size tubs that double as showers. Families with young children will want to choose a ground-floor Superior Room for the easy pool access, while couples and guests seeking more privacy can opt for a Deluxe courtyard room on one of the upper floors. The Victoria also has nine spacious suites with romantic kingsize four-poster beds and decor in various themes (we like the suite inspired by bohemian French travel writer Pierre Loti, which has low tables and oversize cushions for lounging). All accommodations include refrigerators and spacious balconies, whose comfortable loungers offer pool or garden views.
The Victoria has two restaurants drawing from both of Cambodia’s main culinary traditions: the elegant, scarlet-lacquered Le Bistrot, which serves excellent French cuisine, and the more laid-back L’Escale, where the buffet fare includes Khmer and Asian specialities ranging from dim sum to spicy fish amok. For well-mixed cocktails and light snacks, L’Explorateur bar is a cozy venue with leather club seats and large windows; it also offers traditional dance and music entertainment most nights. If you’re looking for Cambodian craftworks or locally designed clothing, the Victoria also has a small but well-stocked gift shop. There’s a small spa, where guests can indulge in a range of traditional massages or enjoy a variety of body scrubs and wraps. Parents looking to spend some quality time together will be glad to hear that the Victoria has a well-equipped kids club for children two to 12.
How to Get There
I spent a solo week in Siem Reap and chose to return to the Victoria as I wanted to be located centrally while being away from the hustle and bustle of Pub Street.
The hotel offers a peaceful setting graced by beautiful landscaped greenery around the large pool. After a day touring the temples or walking around the city which has a lot to offer, the pool offers relaxing respite. The buffet breakfast is splendid (freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat, pains aux raisins .. and bubbly, for those who like real French stuff). I enjoyed several Spa Happy Hours and Spa Buffet, all of which were reasonably priced given it is a hotel spa. Service-wise, there is nothing to fault as all staff are attentive to your very needs. I highly recommend the hotel and will come back again !
A beautiful hotel, well appointed rooms with a sense of old world charm and wonderful welcoming staff. Fresh flowers every day and welcome fruit plate are lovely touches. The hotel location across the street from the Palace Park provides a quiet location within the city and a nice place to stroll in the evenings. We spent a very relaxing and enjoyable week at the hotel. And they are at the forefront of hotels reducing their use of plastic, which we highly commend them for! This alone is a reason to stay here.
From the moment we were picked up at the airport by Mr. Mom to our check-out, we had great service from all of the hotel and restaurant staff. The breakfast buffet, which was included in the room rate, was fantastic - offering options for many different cuisines. The pool was a welcome respite as during our stay temperatures were in the 90'sF, feeling like over 100F.
We greatly appreciated the hotels efforts to reduce waste, particularly from plastics. Metal water bottles were provided which could be refilled with filtered water at various places within the hotel or by request of the staff. This allowed us to avoid using all those small plastic water bottles. The hotel also uses very nice, large ceramic containers for shampoo, soap and lotion, again, avoiding yet more little plastic bottles. As an aside - later in our trip we were along the Mekong River and saw all the loads of plastic and refuse regularly dumped along the banks which end up in the river and subsequently the ocean. Given the serious issue with plastic waste, it it highly recommended to support staying at hotels like the Victoria Angkor that take the issue seriously and are actively working to address it. It is a way to lessen the footprint from travel. Thank you Victoria Angkor for these efforts and to your wonderful staff!
The accommodation and all facilities were excellent at the hotel. The staff on the check in desk including Mom, Phary and others were extremely helpful and attentive at all times. We were able to book restaurants and transport with the concierge with ease.