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Borei Angkor Resort & Spa 4.0

Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

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Pros

  • The largest and best spa in Siem Reap
  • Good selection of bars and dining on premises
  • Large free-form swimming pool with attached whirlpool
  • Wonderfully well-equipped fitness center with whirlpools and saunas
  • Landmark Rooms and suites are tastefully decorated with Khmer touches
  • All rooms have balconies with pool or city views
  • Elegant and attractive lobby and common spaces that pays tribute to local culture
  • Quiet location in a local neighborhood
  • Daily live music and dance performances 
  • Free Wi-Fi and breakfast

Cons

  • Not in the town's center, need a tuk-tuk taxi ride to reach Pub Street and other attractions
  • Deluxe Rooms look worn and don't match the elegance of the other rooms
  • Floors are scuffed in places
  • Few tourist-oriented facilities by the hotel

Bottom Line

An impressive and regal resort, the Borei Angkor is located in a local neighborhood far from the throngs of tourists -- but also far from the main commercial attractions. In terms of facilities, the upscale Borei Angkor is at the top of the game, commanding the area's best spa, an attractive free-form pool, a fully outfitted fitness complex, and multiple drinking and dining options. The resort has a sense of place; local touches are found throughout the public spaces, such as staff in traditional costumes, live Khmer music, and beautiful sculptures. The resort houses 188 rooms with all the expected amenities (flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffee stations, free Wi-Fi) and one luxurious extra -- a balcony with pool or city views. Sadly, Deluxe Rooms are in need of a refresh and don’t match the same quality and elegance found throughout the rest of the hotel. For the price, boutique properties like Pavillon d’Oriente has rooms in a much better state, although these other hotels can’t touch the facilities of the Borei Angkor.

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Scene

Palatial and elegant, with local culture on full display including staff in traditional costumes, Khmer music, and a lotus-leaf theme

The entry gate trimmed in Cambodian flags gives little hint to the large, imposing hotel hidden behind. As one of Siem Reap's oldest properties, the Borei Angkor has been revamped and renovated over the years. The current incarnation welcomes guests into a palatial lobby of gray stone and soaring ceilings capped off with skylights. A towering brass lotus-leaf sculpture reaching across the room gives a dramatic focal point. Upholstered benches topped with green pillows and glass coffee tables add a bit of midcentury coolness that wouldn't be out of place in California. But the staff dressed in traditional garb and musicians playing Khmer music throughout the day keep guest firmly grounded in Southeast Asia. A sweeping staircase leads to function rooms upstairs. It's a rather impressive and regal spot, aimed not just at tourists, but at local businessmen and women, who seem to frequent the hotel for various events. 

Location

In a non-touristy neighborhood with local markets, but transport is needed to get to Pub Street and the commercial center

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Located east of the city center, the Borei Angkor is across the Siem Reap River and near the local Psar Leu Market. It's right off the national road to Phnom Penh, which gets clogged with traffic at all hours, but thankfully the hotel is set back far enough to be well insulated from noise. Guests can experience the real Siem Reap and its local markets in this neighborhood, but few tourist-oriented facilities exist. You'll need a tuk tuk to go into town or explore the main drinking and dining area around Pub Street. And compared to other hotels in the area, you're an extra five to 10 minutes from the airport and Angkor Wat. However, some guests could consider it a pro to be far from the tourist hordes and the chaotic city center. And with all of its great facilities, the resort makes for an excellent oasis.

Rooms

Beautiful wood and brass decor, appealing balconies, but Deluxe Rooms in need of a refresh

Overrun in polished wood from the hand-crafted wooden bed frames to the hardwood floors to the trim and accent walls, the guest rooms have a distinctly Khmer feel that includes decorative brass filigree in some rooms. But all rooms have small balconies with a tidy set of chairs and a table to enjoy pool or city views. As expected for an upscale hotel, rooms are equipped with flatscreen TVs, safes, minibars, coffee stations, and free Wi-Fi. The extremely spacious suites also have a separate living room area. Deluxe Rooms bathrooms are a simple state of affairs -- white tile, black vanity sinks, and a shower/tub combo with a plastic shower curtain. By contrast, the Landmark Rooms and the suites have emerald-green tiles, sprigs of bamboo, and a standing shower with a separate soaking tub as well. (Suite tubs have a whirlpool feature.) Overall, Deluxe Rooms are a level below the others looking rather worn and in need of the same refinement other rooms enjoy.

Features

The area's best spa, a large free-form swimming pool, excellent fully equipped fitness center, and other superior features

Simply put, the Borei Angkor has some of the best facilities in Siem Reap. The beautifully decorated Mudita Spa here is top-notch, including private honeymoon suites with tubs, traditional Cambodian herbal saunas, and a hair and nail salon. There's also an excellent fitness center here, complete with cardio machines and weights, plus an adjacent sauna, steam room, and hot and cold whirlpools (separate for men and women). But perhaps the most popular feature is the large free-form swimming pool with a whirlpool on one end. The Aha Rosil snack bar by the pool feeds peckish swimmers and sunbathers.

A full-service business center caters to the businessmen and women that also hold meetings and functions in the rooms above the lobby. And a few on-site shops give guest a easy spot to grab souvenirs.

For dining and drinking, the resort has the Borei Cafe, which serves a free buffet breakfasts and Khmer and international cuisine for both lunch and dinner. There's also an outdoor venue, the Pavilion, where the hotel has live Apsara dance performances along with dinners on several nights of the week. Just outside the resort's main entrance, the Kasin Lounge does high tea, pastries, cakes, and cocktails, which guests enjoy seated in a cluster of comfy chairs by an artificial waterfall. Inside the hotel, the Tropicana Bar serves drinks looking out over the pool. A live band performs there every night. 

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Address

National Road 6, Banteay Chas, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province 0369, Cambodia

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