From being met at the airport with cold towels, drinks and a gift to being dropped back three days later, everything about the service was exemplary.
So much was bundled into the price too - airport transfers, complimentary snacks and cookies, massages, dinner, a very upscale picnic out at the Angkor Wat site prepared by one of the chefs and served by a waitress!
The hotel is located in something of a back street and its smart though modest garden facade belies lovely communal areas and large, comfortable rooms surrounding an attractive pool.
We stayed in one of the ground floor, pool-side rooms which had a large covered patio with swing seat and large lounger; rooms on higher floors had balconies.
The hotel organised a guide and driver for our exploration of the Angkor Wat site and provided an extensive picnic breakfast for the sunrise element.The free 1 hour full body massages were so good that we immediately booked further treatments for the following morning (at what, to us, were astonishing good prices).
It was a short walk or $1 tuk-tuk ride (when the heat and humidity were a little too overwhelming) from the centre of Siem Rep with the Night Market, Pub Street and other attractions. One further advantage was two very respectable eateries within very easy reach, the Khmer Grill and Genevieve's (both reviewed separately).
We were lucky to be granted a slightly later checkout and even then, after a couple of sweaty hours looking around the town, they afforded us the use of another room to shower and change before whisking us back to the airport.
An exceptionally good experience all round.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a luscious temple garden, Golden Temple Hotel is enchanting, peaceful, elegant and luxurious. The Golden Temple experience is about stylish relaxation, modern comfort, and the enjoyment a range of activities beyond the discovery of the incredible Temples of Angkor. The hotel has a full restaurant service, with both Khmer and Western cuisine, a comprehensive massage service offering diverse massage techniques, an outdoor hot steam area, and a large pool. Laid around the swimming pool are temple features. Shaded hammock alcoves and gazebos that add a touch of romance and privacy to the relaxed settings. At Golden Temple Hotel, visitors have all the comforts of modern amenities while enjoying traditional Khmer hospitality. All rooms and outdoor areas of the hotel have complimentary WiFi access and there is a complimentary internet bay with the latest software and communications. Travel to the hotel on arrival and later to any point in Siem Reap and the Temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park is by the hotel's own specailly vetted and trained tuk tuk, car and mini bus drivers. Golden Temple is conveniently located within walking distance of central Siem Reap and the Old Market (Psar Chas) shopping and restaurant areas. ... more less
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