Shinta Mani Siem Reap
Travel Blogs from Siem Reap
Left Bangkok and arrived at our Cambodian hotel in Siem Reap by 1:00. Colorful large paper puppets greet us at the entry and we quickly check in and don our swimsuits for a dip in the pool. We settle into the comfy lounge chairs with a good book and the cicadas chattering at our backs, the aromatic jasmine surrounding us and the tall cell towers …
Head out around 8:30 to Angkor Wat. The heat of the overcast and sultry day is already starting to build. This was once the Royal Palace and is quite a large compound. There are stories of the gods fighting off the demons in relief all around the interior walls. We had to stop in front of the temple/palace for a photo op and to buy a t-shirt for …
it's hot and it's humid and we've just arrived at the gates of the immense Temples of Angkor. Rom, our local guide starts orienting us to the large site and we're all straining to keep up with his Cambodian English and who was in power as the grounds were being built, destroyed, ravaged, covered by jungle, re-found, re-ravaged, used as movie …
Recently we had breakfast with Luke Nguyen at Riverbend Books. We enjoyed spicy salmon salad from his new book and Luke gave us his recommendations for street food to look for in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hoi An. Heading off on Wednesday and look forward to visiting Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. First stop Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
It's been a few days I know but there has been a steady line for the Internet and well, I felt like jumping in the pool yesterday morning rather than writing at the computer. Crazy, I know. We safely arrived in Siem Reap - which means there are more updates missing in between. Like the arrival into Cambodia and the flight up to Siem Reap. Only now …
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Delightfully designed contemporary take on a French Colonial compound. Rooms and bed very comfortable and enjoyable. Service is top notch for this size resort.
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Small but completely lovely. Staff are delightfully welcoming and extremelly helpful...nothing is a problem. If you are looking for that large 'luxury hotel formula' experience this is not the place for you but if what you want is to experience the personal warmth and hospitality that defines the people of cambodia then there is no better place. It is also so important to note that Shinta Mani demonstrates a very strong social responsibility investing in both the education and training of local Cambodians....with so much of the profits of tourism leaking out of the country to those who dont need it how refreshing to see the profits of this hotel being utilised to benefit those who do. I urge you to support this attitude......as with any place there are always small (and only small) areas for improvement, I promise though that staying here will be delightful (get a deluxe room if possible) and you will have that added benefit of knowing you are also helping to support a wonderful community.
Stayed for 2 nights here in a deluxe room facing the spa entrance and highly recommend the Shinta Mani. The room was well fitted with a bath so big it took alot of time to fill.
Service with a smile
I stayed at Shinta Mani after Christmas 2004. The service at the hotel is really good! The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The food was great (apparently the restaurant has won awards) and service was even better. Upon arrival, my husband and I were even given a scarf each - small touches that go a long way. Pool is SMALL, but because hotel is small as well, the place is not crowded and I never had any one in the pool with me the whole time I was there. The new manager, Mr Arif Billah is very nice. He even sent us a very personal email thanking us for staying there - among other things. Highly recommended if you like small, cozy hotels.
Good, not great
Stayed in deluxe room for 3 nights
Pros: Nice, quiet side street location. Excellent spa. Gourmet cuisine. Some staff are truly helpful (able to change flights).
Cons: Most front desk staff unable to meet simple requests (changing money, wake-up call) in efficient or accurate manner- only 1 or 2 speak adequate English (should be must in training before interacting w/guests). Rooms are clean and modern, but certainly not luxe boutique. Narrow bathtubs.
Recommend: Rooms on 2nd floor, facing pool.
Great Oasis away from the madness of Angkor
Wonderful boutique hotel with a very thoughtful staff. Stayed in the suite near the pool area. The room decor was simple yet elegant. The only complaint we had was the intermittant hot/cold water control. I guess that is the charms of traveling in a 3rd world country. Highly recommend and would definitely stay again.
Without a doubt, the ruins of Angkor Wat are what brings you to Siem Reap, but it's the Shinta Mani that makes it hard to leave. On all categories Shinta Mani excels. Service and staff were helpful, efficient and friendly "lovely people". The Facilities exceeded my expectations, comfortable, relaxing and pleasing. I took a late afternoon swim and massage each day of my stay. The restaurant was totally delicious. Some of the best food I ate on my trip. Note a surprisingly good wine selection is available.. It also needs to be mentioned that Hotel Manager Mr. Martin Dishman took personal interest in our stay, arranging for guides, taxis, and transportation to and from the airport. He also suggested the Litchi Martini, which if you imbibe is a must.
We visited Siem Reap in July 2004. The hotel is classy and immaculate, not so big that it overwhelms - the perfect size for personalized attention from the hotel staff. The ambience of the place suits me - immaculate and inviting. The large rooms are spotless and beautifully decorated. The hotel restaurant has wonderful ambience, whether dining inside or in the outside dining area, and the food and service were excellent. The pool is gorgeous with massage and therapy rooms adjacent. We enjoyed incredible Thai-style massages.
I spent nearly a week at the Shinta Mani in August. What a pleasure, especially the dining and the spa. Excellent service, nice rooms, and, for those addicted to their electronic devices, it has wireless internet!
It also has a social good component. They have a free staff training program as part of an effort to create jobs locally. Service can occasionally reflect the 'training' but never in a serious way. Recommend it highly.
I just came back from the most AMAZING trip to Angkor Wat and I think a lot of was due to small boutique hotel that I stumbled upon. Shinta Mani was tiny (I think it was like 18 rooms) and as a result the service was very personalized. For example after dinner on the second night , the chef came out and asked us how our meal was and then sat for 15 minutes to talk about how he prepared the fish he had served us. (I am a foodie and had found this place because it got a mention in Gourmet magazine, so having the chef come talk to us was amazing. As an added bonus they also have an amazing wine list!). I also loved how the staff after the first day remembered the room I was in and often asked how my day was. There were always two-three staff members floating around and they all seemed to genuinely care about each guest.
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I stayed in this hotel in early 2004. I travel a lot for work and pleasure, and I think this is the best place I have stayed anywhere. It is a small hotel, with an attentive (but not over attentive) staff. They claim to run training for underprivileged young people. This hadn't started when I was there, but if it goes ahead, then it will be an extra reason to keep this place in mind.
The pool is smallish, but I usually had it to myself, and the young women running the massage service were great.
There was a free massage on arrival - just the thing after a long journey, and on arriving back from any trip out of the hotel, a member of staff would be waiting with an ice cold cloth.