Stay a minimum of four nights and receive a free Heritage Massage for two people
The central location; it's a short walk into town and a tuk-tuk ride from the Angkor Archaeological Park
The outdoor pool provides a shady spot to cool off on blistering hot days
What To Know
Siem Reap has developed quickly so the streets outside the hotel can be chaotic and dusty
WiFi is free
The spa offers treatments based on local traditions
Parking on site
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Art Deco gem close to Angkor Wat with a classy cocktail lounge and a French-Cambodian fusion restaurant
With a gleaming white exterior that rises above Siem Reap's dusty streets, this Art Deco gem is a short tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat. Formerly the Hotel de la Paix, an iconic property built in 1955, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap opened in August 2013 after a major revamp by prolific interior designer Bill Bensley. The style combines an Art Deco aesthetic and contemporary comforts, with a nod to the area's colonial past. The cocktail lounge is done up in dusty rose velvet and pitch-black lacquered wood and the world-class spa draws on local remedies.
Bed and Bath
While most historic hotels make do with diminutive guestrooms and ancient plumbing systems, the rooms here start at 366 square feet and feel even bigger thanks to huge picture windows and bright white linens and walls. The local artistic heritage shines through in the form of metal headboards sculpted in the shape of banyan trees and carved wooden furniture with colorful, eye-catching upholstery. The bathrooms are clad entirely in white marble with wooden shutters to separate them from the bedrooms, and contain his-and-hers vanities, deep soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers.
The lush Cambodian countryside and the enormous archaeological complex of Angkor Wat are on the doorstop but there are plenty of reasons to stay on property. The green-tiled free-form pool is a great place to cool off from the Southeast Asian sun and the intimate spa offers well-priced treatments that incorporate ancient local remedies and traditions like pressure-point stimulation and the Apsara Scrub (named for the heavenly dancers sculpted in Angkor’s bas reliefs) that combines lotus. The hotel’s throwback Lobby Lounge is Siem Reap's expat watering hole of choice, while the Dining Room restaurant serves up a tantalizing panoply of flavorful Khmer dishes prepared using classic French techniques.
In the Area
Of course, the main reason to come to this part of the world is to marvel at the sprawling complex of temples at the Angkor Archaeological Park; be sure to catch sun set over Angkor Wat itself from the 9th-century Phnom Bakheng (the hotel can arrange a guide). For a taste of local culture, visit the floating villages on nearby Tonle Sap Lake. The harrowing Cambodia Land Mine Museum and School was founded by a former child soldier, and presents a devastating portrait of the Khmer Rouge and the country’s civil war. For some of the best dining in town, stop by the sophisticated Chanrey Tree on the banks of the Siem Reap River, which has a gorgeous open-air dining room in its garden. Viroth’s across the river is another choice spot, while Wat Damnak’s chef, French-born Joannes Riviere, serves up a new prix-fixe menu weekly. A nightcap at kitschy-cool Miss Wong is a must.