There are a lot of options for hotels in Siem Reap. From very high end luxury resorts to cheap Siem Reap guesthouses, there is something for every budget. I was looking for something a bit more upscale that would provide me with a nice place to rest my weary head, a good pool and restaurant, close to both the Angkor Wat temples and Pub Street, and a four star experience. I found everything and more at the Tara Angkor Hotel.
The place first came as a recommended option from one of the tour groups I was looking at. After doing some research on the hotel website and other places it looked really good and I found the Tara Angkor Hotel review on Trip Advisor was excellent so I decided to book it. For a four star hotel it was cheap by Western Standards, but by Cambodian standards it was quite high compared to the $20 a night guesthouses on offer, but I wanted the extra luxury and amenities.
The hotel was to send a car to meet me at the airport, which most of the nicer hotels will do. I was a bit surprised when a tuk tuk showed up instead. As I mentioned earlier that in retrospect I’m glad they did, but at the time it had me second guessing my choice. But when we arrived at the hotel, that all changed.
The hotel looked like it had been around a while, but it was in excellent shape and very well maintained. I’m not sure if it had undergone a renovation, but everything looked great. They had doormen to meet me and take my bags as I went and checked in. The lobby is big, with tall ceilings and well-appointed with local decorations that looked very tasteful and elegant. Check in was quick, easy, and the staff were very friendly.
One bell boy showed me to my room on the second floor, my bags would be brought up later. The rooms weren’t huge, but they had plenty of space. There was a nice king bed which I found to be quite comfortable after a hard day touring the temples, a writing desk, a flat screen TV with a good selection of cable channels, and a mini bar.
The bathroom was decorated with dark tiles that had a unique look to them. The shower had good pressure and plenty of hot water. And of course there was a variety of toiletries and bath amenities.
There were robes and slippers in the closet that you are free to use during your stay – but don’t take them as a souvenir or they will charge you for them. The place was spotless when I arrived and cleaned every day. I was very happy with the rooms at the Tara Ankgor Hotel.
Food & Dining
There was a breakfast buffet included with the cost of the room. There was a variety of food on offer to appeal to both Western and Asian tastes. The choices varied by day, but they had some of my stapes, pancakes or French toast, bacon or sausage, fried eggs, etc. There was plenty of fresh fruit, toast, water, juice and coffee. The highlight was an omelet bar where they would could to order. The place is packed with tourists in the morning and the staff does their best to keep up with the demand, but sometimes you need to wait a bit for a depleted food item to be replenished. All in all it was a very good value for the money, and I ate my fair share every morning.
I had a couple of evening meals at the hotel restaurant. It was usually pretty empty except for a few other customers, I’m guessing most people opt to eat in town at the various restaurants on Pub Street.
The food here was quite good and reasonably priced for a four star hotel. The deserts were excellent and I treated myself to cheese cake and a brownie dessert on each occasion I ate there.
I found the staff very pleasant and found myself briefly chit chatting with them which I quite enjoyed. I probably would have ate here everyday if not for the want to try new things and explore Pub Street and Siem Reap.
The hotel has a nice pool which I got to enjoy one leisurely afternoon. There is a poolside bar and they will bring your drinks right to your lounge chair. It was often quite crowed at the pool, but I didn’t have any issues getting a deck chair to catch some rays. No need to bring a towel from the room as they have them there at the pool.
The fitness center at the hotel is pretty basic, a couple of pieces of cardio equipment, some weights, and a few machines. I had no need to use it as I was exhausted after my days of touring the Angkor Temples.
I found the location was excellent. The Tara Angkor Hotel is about half way between Pub Street and the historical sites. The Angkor National Museum is a short walk away, and there are tuk tuks waiting right outside your hotel to take you anywhere else. The cost of a tuk tuk ride to Pub Street runs $2.
Things I Liked
Some of the other nice touches of the hotel were the nightly turn down service. It freaked me out a bit on the first night returning to my room after dinner. I came in to find the sheets turned down and the slippers waiting by the side of the bed. I hadn’t stayed in a hotel that did that in years, and had I known I probably wouldn’t have had my stuff strewn about the room. But it was a nice touch.
I found the hotel staff to very friendly and helpful. Most spoke very good English and were able to help me with what I needed. I found a lot of them would not only say hello but strike up a quick conversation, asking how I was enjoying my trip and thanking them for visiting their country.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Tara Angkor Hotel. I would definitely recommend it to a friend if they were looking to visit Siem Reap. I am not sure if I’ll ever make it back that way, but if I do this hotel will surely be where I would want to stay.