Le Meridien Angkor
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After returning from our eco-adventure in Catba, we enjoyed one last day in Hanoi in which we retraced our footsteps to some of the things we'd done earlier in the week: a final run around the lake and one last Cha Ca lunch. Then it was off for the airport and Siem Reap. Max surprised me with business class seats so we traveled in style! The …
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Arrived mid afternoon from Bangkok. Our guide met us at the airport, we went straight to the hotel-the Le Meridien Angkor Siem Reap, dropped our luggage and headed off to Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating …
Another day of marathon temple viewing but this time we went into the Cambodian country-side to get the more real Cambodian experience. For the last 2 days, we went to temples within the main vicinity of Angkor Wat only adventuring into the city in the evenings for dinners, massages, etc. When we went out to the Tonle Sap Lake area which I already …
Despite dozing for only about four hours of the 33 hours of travel (thank you kid behind me for CONSTANTLY kicking my seat on the 10 hour flight from Zurich to Bangkok) I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia feeling tired, but not too groggy. Bill and I took a quick look at Angkor Wat, grabbed a two-hour massage and pedicure (well, I had the pedicure, …
Today we came face to face with Buddah.!
I can not believe that we have reached day 50 of our 100 day journey around the globe. what an incredible experience it has been so far. We have seen so much and learned so much and most of all we are reminded each day of how blessed we are and how with having given what we have been given in the way of …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Angkor Siem Reap
I chose this hotel based on reviews and the fact we got a good rate of $125/night. I had read about the minor service problems which concerned me but I thought I could live with them. I agree with other reviews that the hotel itself is clean, modern, and pretty. We travelled with our 15 month old daughter so it was important to have large clean rooms and a swimming pool.
This is a beautiful hotel. Good value for money. Rooms are clean and very nicely decorated. Setting of whole hotel and the garden is nice. Spa offers relaxing treatments. Location is excellent in between Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and the activity desk is very helpful. Besides all these good points there is definitely a need for improvement in service quality. Staff is usually kind and friendly. I got the impression that they try to do their best yet almost every morning a seating problem occured at the restaurant. They don't prepare the tables become available from leaving customers for the arriving ones. As a result of this they are pushing newly arriving customers more and more to the out of the designated restaurant area each time while there are many empty but messy table in restaurant area. As if this is not enough you leave your napkin and the water on a table shown by the staff and when you return from buffet you find another customer is being seated there and staff is asking you to move to another table. This is so unacceptable and made me very angry. And the way they ask you this is not that they are really sorry but it is kind of like what is your problem, you go and sit there. Whoever managing the restaurant staff is not doing a good job. Another service related problem occured when we are checking out. I guess some of the members don't understand English well enough. We booked the airport transportation the night before and when we went down to the lobby in the morning there was no car nobody knew where it was and when it was coming. After the enquiry was being passed around finally a bellboy managed to bring the car to the front. None of the staff is arrogant nor they are unwilling to serve, on the contrary they are friendly and smiley but they are not well trained to serve in this kind of a hotel and don't know exactly what should be their behavior. One last point, room service menue is very poor. Almost nothing we would like to order other than breakfast. Even though all these service related negativities remember this is a beautiful place, with some improvements in service quality i believe it will be better.
We stayed in the normal guest room for 3 nites. Both the room and washroom are spacious and filled with amenities of all you need. The decoration is cozy. Bed and pillows are comfy and we recovered from tireness effectively after the daily temple 'climbling' activities.
A luxury hotel - paid 160$ a nite - lovely room - overlooking the pool. Great bathroom! - good facilities in room - robes, slippers etc, airconditioning and cieling fans. Very good service - all very friendly and efficient. Concierge helpful. Brilliant pool with spa effects, waterfalls, bridge to swim under etc. Nothing better than going for a swim after a hot day temple exploring!. Get tuk tuk from outside hotel to see temples for the day. $9 for the whole day- just point out the temples you want to visit and they will wait outside. People very friendly and its amazing watching all local people going to work school on motorbikes and bikes. We ate at the restaurants outside temples - were very good, cheap and no problems with health. Bring some presents for the kids!. Airport was very organized and very nice (only problem was an official asking for extra money beyond visa payment!). One of the few airports in the world where I was not mobbed by people offering taxis!. Hotel will arrange taxi but twice as expensive as normal taxi! Local town was interesting and we ate in street restaurant - again lovely food and no problems. A great place to visit and probably the highlight of all our travels and cant wait to visit again.
We had a great time at the Le Meridien Angkor. Getting into minor details (I will tell you about in a second) the service here is the best! Le Meridien Central Reservations made a series of mistakes with this booking. After several months of contact with the UK office and Canada, I emailed the Le Meridien Angkor and within MINUTES, YES MINUTES, Yves Mudry, the general manager actually called me in Miami from Siem Reap, Cambodia. The entire situation that took months of central reservations to fix was done by that general manager! What a pleasant surprise and what a show of great service!
This is the hotel nearest to the great temples of Angkor! It is beautiful located on a big piece of land. The room are really wonderful, the staff will make up your bed before evening. We had a room with poolview. The pool is a little bit kitchy but nice.
What they should work on is the presonnel, they sometimes really don't understand English so something went wrong. Flight-ticket booking did they also not understand and they wanted to charge extra money for the payment of this (althought it would be on the end-check).
On the corridors are big black crickets at night, were they do come in I don't know but it seems a Cambodian plague, they are everywere in Siem Reap.
Overall it was a very nice stay in a beautiful hotel.
Le Meridien is a brand new pristine hotel. Alot can be said for a brand new hotel. A room that when you walk in might be the first time someone has stayed in it. The grounds are immature but have great design. The staff is probably the most friendly anywhere. The food is great but you pay for it. The business center is efficient and accomodating. The hotel is right outside of town on your way to Angkor Wat. There are plenty of tuk-tuks outside of the gate. Just make sure you negotiate a price to your destination first. Learned once when 3 of us arrived in the center of town, maybe a mile or two he tried to charge us $12.00. For $12.00 you can get a two tuk-tuks all day long. For $20.00 you can get a sedan w/ air conditioning all day. So remember negotiage everything, everything, I mean everything. Tuk-tuk should be no more then $2.00 or $3.00 a ride. $1.00 per person.
New hotel - on its way to find its feet
Spent 3 days at the hotel with family. The overall feel is good - the hotel is modern, airy, the staff is helpful and attentive. The rooms are nice, and bathrooms are of a good size. Great breakfast. Nice pool. Good location, on the way to the sights.
They need to improve : pricing (laundry, dinner, ..), terrible "new-age" type of music around the pool (why should we have to bear this), gym closes too early, restaurant decoration is impersonal and atmosphere in the evening is grim, the garden suffers from the young age of the hotel (these trees need to grow !). Some of the staff tend to be a bit slow (check out) or give the incorrect information (such as the departure tax at the airport).
Le Meridien Angkor
Stayed 1-19-05 +
very few at the hotel .... quiet... mostly Koren tour groups
had the pool to myself every day
food and service was perfect ...staff was over the top
gift shops are well stocked --- may seem pricy for Cambodia but still cheap in comparison to similar resorts in many countries. If you don't like to haggle (or are tired of it) then check out the shops...
location is the closest to the momuments which does help due to slow traffic in town