The Shinta Mani Resort is a solid four-star hotel in central Siem Reap, offering simple rooms clustered around a pool and a great spot to hang out after a day among the temples. With its all-day restaurant serving comfort food, this is an ideal hotel for those seeking familiarity rather than exotica.
It's a spotless and very straightforward resort with far fewer aesthetic thrills than its sister operation across the road, the Club, despite its high-ceilinged lobby which sports some extraordinary art installations. From the large pool to the comfort food on the all-day restaurant menu, to the conventional layout of the rooms, the resort aims squarely and successfully at families and older couples.
The medium-sized boutique hotel, designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, has 62 rooms, all of which feature custom-made iron beds and handcrafted lights, plus rainfall showers and garden terraces to go with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.
There are two main room types, both of which are similar in terms of layout and style, offering 32 or 38 square meters of living space. Pool view rooms are located on the first floor, offering balcony views over the swimming pool and gardens, while Poolside Garden rooms are situated on the ground floor within a few steps of the swimming pool and gardens, offering a private terrace.
There's also a 60 square meter Junior Suite available on the first floor, boasting balcony views over the swimming pool and gardens, a king size bed and a separate living area.
The hotel is located on a quiet street in central Siem Reap, a 10-minute walk from Pub Street and the Old Market, and there is easy access to Angkor Wat and the airport, both a 15-minute drive away. Local restaurants are only a short walk from the hotel. Although the property is centrally located, it still offers peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle - an oasis to return to after a busy day of exploring.
FOOD & DRINK
Bai Tong Restaurant and Royal Lounge are for drinking and dining. The restaurant serves very reasonably-priced comfort food, clearly competing for guests with Siem Reap’s plethora of eateries.
Guests may also enjoy the facilities of the resort's sister property, Shinta Mani Club, which stands opposite, including the spa, Kroya Restaurant and Bensley’s Bar. There's also an outdoor swimming pool, and the resort offers a number of organized activities for guests to take part in, including cooking classes and local excursions.