Among Siem Reap’s upscale hotels, a unique property stands out. If you want to experience an authentic Khmer accommodation, head on to La Résidence d’Angkor by Orient-Express located on River road near the city center.
Utilizing natural wood, the hotel was designed according to the traditional Khmer style of architecture. The foyer opens to a wooden walkbridge leading up to the grand lobby. Upon entry, you are welcomed by its beautiful pond on either side of the entrance, imitating the classic architectural design of the Angkor Wat and other Hindu temples.
Relatively new as it was built in 2002 and was acquired by Orient-Express in 2006, it features 62 rooms and suites with size ranging from 45-90 square meters. The conventional design is complemented well with modern amenities that assure a comforting and relaxing stay.
The management of the hotel hires and buys from local artisans to help promote its cottage industries of silk, silver and furniture making. The outdoor setting is set in a lush variety of local flora and fauna. Wood and greenery and a mix of tropical colours dominate the landscape. La Résidence d’Angkor has two restaurants, Ember and Circle: both feature a fusion of Khmer herbs and ingredients whipped and incorporated into an array of western dishes by an internationally-trained chef.
Whenever the temple treks and explorations prove to be a tiring business, Kong Kea (Water) Spa is the sure-fire way to soothe and revitalize the aching muscles.
Individualized tours are made available for its guests. Whether its adventure, meditation, yoga or food that you seek, the hotel’s mostly local staff are more than happy to attend to your every need.
The central location makes for an effortless stroll to the Old Market where an array of local spices and gemstones can be had; choose from a line of cafes, bars and boutiques nearby and soak in the local ambiance.
Also on abundant display are treasures of precious handmade silk creations (scarf, throw pillow covers, blankets and wall decor) – a perfect remembrance to an ancient and unforgettable world.