Hotel de la Paix
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Hi again, this time I'm writing from the beautifully scented Hotel De Le Paix. It's pure 5 star luxury all the way here and I know we've all enjoyed the indulgence. It's not overly pretentious but is very, very nice indeed. The hotel is sleek and modern with a lovely lagoon style pool but it's the little touches like getting home made cookies …
Eudora Welty and her editor Bill made this statement--and floating on a tourist boat with a sail made from a Fat Albert towel or bedsheet, I agree. Writing took me to Cambodia and led us to the experiences of eating in North Korea (wait... wait...), hanging out with our guide Sophal at lunch (where I eat fish amok, the national dish of Cambodia) at …
Eating artichoke pizza and hummus with pita at 8th Street Brasserie on Pub Street (the Bourbon Street of the khmer), I contemplated the full day of eye-opening eye popping research that lay behind us. It was a dinner quite different from our lunch at Home Cocktail, where we ate lotus root salad and drank fruit lassi and beer. Two polar-opposite …
When I was little, I was so skinny my dad called me a 'Cambodian refugee'. I had no idea where Cambodia was or what Cambodia was.
In Palm Springs circa 2002-2003, I interviewed a man who had been sent to the infamous death camps founded by Pol Pot.
Now, this week, we are in Cambodia to see one of the wonders of the world--Angkor …
Had an awesome time in Siem Reap. Super comfy digs at the hotel, best massage ever and the food was very good. Our guide for the sites was the best of our trip - nice way to wrap up. Super clear, with a fun deep voice and chill style - so our visit to the sites was great even though it was pretty darn crowded.
We explored the sites for a …
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Looking at Hotel de la Paix from the street is like watching strange exotic fish swimming in a pool. The reception lounge is lit up at night and a forum for a changing art exhibition curated by none other than an ancestor of John Constable, unlikely as that may sound. The art deco inspired hotel is very beautiful with courtyards that pay homage to the Angkor Wat complex nearby, fountains and urns flaming with fire add drama at night. Swinging seats outside are a venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the pool area is very pretty too. The only downside? always with a hotel like this, you get the guests with too much money and not enough good manners. Arrogant and stupid. it's a shame but if you try and ignore them, you'll enjoy the hotel. It's also very central and in the best position intown.
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My wife and I have stayed in some great hotels in New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London and several other places across the globe but this place really is the only hotel that exceeded our expectations in almost every area.... Service, hospitality, style, restaurants and just sheer friendliness.
I stayed at the Hotel de la Paix in early January 2006. The hotel is absolutely beautiful in a modern decor. The rooms are quite large. The location is in town as opposed to the hotels located on the way to the temples. I didn't view the location as a negative (internet, overseas phone calls, CD burn and the market were right across the street). The staff was pleasing and the food was excellent (try the 7 course khmer dinner). I traveled to Cambodia as a 34 year old female solo traveler and felt very safe at Hotel De La Paix. As with all new hotels there are a few things that need to be ironed out. When I discussed these small inconveniences with the management, my issues were addressed immediately. Additionally, these small mishaps are to be expected no matter which hotel you stay at. The real reason to stay at Hotel de La Paix is to pay it forward. The owner is Cambodian and I heard it directly form the locals. The owner donates money to help the local community, children's hospital etc etc. If you are traveling to Cambodia, my recommendation is to only stay at the Hotel de la Paix or the Shinta Mani (their sister hotel) as a small way to pay it forward.
In many ways the stay at de la Paix made our trip. The architecture and Internal decoration is mind blowing though the location in the middle of the town somewhat disappointing...looking out some windows you look into personal accomodations a few meters away. The Staff were most helpful and friendly and the food excellent. We visited other similar rated hotels in Siem reep and they were not a match to Hotel de la Paix
Roni from Uganda
Outstanding new hotel
We stayed here for 4 nights in late November, it was one of the best hotels we have ever visited, especially considering the location (we are used to the Oriental in BKK, Santa Caterina in Amalfi, etc). Absolutely gorgeous and understated decor, a staff that tries so hard to please, an really excellent restaurant (great buffet breakfast and the Khmer set menu was one of the best meals we have ever had, only $25pp). The room had wireless internet access and an IPOD, very comfortable bed and pillows, lovely pool area, spa gave us wonderful massages. Really liked the location - tuk-tuk or even walk to restaurants and the market in town. Every detail was high quality, well worth the cost.
You must stay here if you go to Cambodia
This hotel is really amazing. I am getting my doctorate in Hong Kong for the semester, and I have stayed in at least a dozen hotels in asia, and Hotel de la Paix was the best out of all of them! I brought my parents here when they visited and it really made their trip to asia perfect.
The service at Hotel de la Paix is first rate. If you need anything, they are at your room in a minute to give it to you. The restaurant at the hotel is first rate, and the complimentary breakfast was unforgetable.
My favorite part of the hotel was getting my daily massage after spending a day of visiting the temples.
I hope to visit again one day!
We stayed at the Hotel de la Paix for four nights as part of our honeymoon and absolutely loved it.
Let's start by saying that I am connoisseur of luxury hotels and have had a love affair with SE Asia for the last 12 years. Although based in beautiful San Francisco, I travel every chance I get to SE Asia. Thailand, Indonesia, you name it. I have always been enchanted with ancient ruins and recently took my second trip in 3 years to Angkor Wat. I had heard about Hotel de la Paix through one of my friends who is a travel writer who just can't stop raving about it and decided it was worth a chance.
This hotel has only been open 3 weeks so I didn;t know whether to book there. Instead I chose to stay at FCC .... well for 1 night, until we checked out and checked into Hotel De La Paix .... WOW what a difference. The service and staff were great, from the moment we stepped into the lobby.