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Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Park Suite King
After breezing through the Cambodian Visa on Arrival process we had no problems with immigration or customs. A little note about getting a taxi, etc. In Vietnam it’s pretty paramount that you have their currency. We found very quickly in Siem Reap that this was not the case. In fact, most places don’t even offer you Cambodian Riel, and instead post USD prices and offer USD change. We were unaware that USD would be so prevalent and arranged a car from the Park Hyatt Siem Reap to drive us so we could just put it on the room.
As it worked out a BMW 5 series was waiting for us outside arrivals.
We actually felt a bit self-conscious riding through town in the bimmer. If I booked through the hotel again I’d opt for just a normal car.
It set us back $40, and honestly compared to the $100+ the Park Hyatt Vietnam was charging for a similar service, we thought it to be quite a deal. In hindsight, we could have taken a scooter ( which would have been amazing) or a taxi at the airport for probably a quarter the price. To put this in perspective we arranged a van taxi ( for 4 of us) to take us back to the airport and it was $20.
- When: January 2017
- Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Loyalty: Hyatt Gold Passport
- Status: Diamond
- Price: 15k per night
- Value: $400 a night
- $0.026 per point
- Upgrade to a Suite
- Diamond Breakfast in the Dining Room
A note about booking. I really wanted to use a DSU upgrade on this room, but Cash + Points rates were never released. I emailed the concierge and asked about an upgrade. I was pleasantly informed that we had been given an upgrade ahead of time.
The ride from the airport takes about 15-20 minutes and you can really see the growth that Siem Reap is undertaking. You’ll pass hotel after hotel after hotel before taking a right onto Sivutha Blvd which takes you to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. The hotel website makes it seem like the hotel is on its own, it’s not, but rather smack in the middle of everything. It’s a 5-7 minute walk to the river which is lined with cafes and a couple 5 star hotels ( the Belmond + Amansara) and about the same distance to Pub Street: the late night, free-for-all, ex-pat, college’d out night life center.
You’ll be greeted immediately, taken into The Living Room, and given the choice of having welcome drinks here or delivered to the room. We opted for in the room.
The common areas are very cool. Each floor as a large circular area with sitting areas filled with natural light.
The Suite is stunning. There is wood er’where.
Welcome drinks delivered to the room, fancy.
a guest bath
Large living room with surround sound ( which was a little wonky)
Master bedroom with a master bath that was very luxurious, and of course…a walk-in closet. Natch 🙂
The pools are STUNNING
The first is a lap pool on the main level
The second is one floor up and next to the spa.
The spa and gym facilities:
The living room
We had high tea in the Living Room which I would HIGHLY recommend. There is a review coming, but it was outstanding!!
We also had drinks and a snack in the living room. The cocktails were some of the most fresh and creative concoctions I’ve seen. It took everything to not steal the glass, I had to pry it out of Miles’ paw
Speaking of glass…
The Glasshouse Deli and Patisserie
This is an excellent place to grab a cup of coffee, homemade ice cream and gelato, or nibble on a sweet baked treat. You can pick up something quick here before heading out straight to the bustling city to the right.
The Dining Room
This is where you will head if you’re going to grab a Diamond breakfast. If you don’t have diamond perks then you can pay for the buffet which is quite delicious. After leaving Saigon and experiencing a truly amazing breakfast at their Park Hyatt there was some hard competition, but it faired quite well. As a Diamond you can enjoy the buffet and order off the menu, no limits were given. Challenge accepted.
The ambience of breakfast was serene.
You can also choose to eat inside, which we never did. It was GORGEOUS out.
Everything looked so fresh and well presented.
I was very impressed with the hotel and the suite. I’m just amazed that this and the Park Hyatt Saigon are Category 4 hotels. Just 15k points, 7500 points + $100, or a Hyatt credit card free night would book this hotel. That’s uh-mazing. The staff beamed with pride and positivity and they absolutely should. They have a lot to be proud of: The food was incredible, the pools are beautiful, and the location is tops. We didn’t have a chance to dine at their fine dining option, but I can imagine it is outstanding. The breakfast, drinks, and snacks we had really stood out. In fact, the cocktails in the living room are some of the best I’ve had anywhere. The high tea was a perfect blend of traditional and Cambodian, and if I were to come back, it’d be something I would do again. I will say as a negative… bugs are everywhere. We sprayed ourselves with deet every time we left the room, and if the hotel could do something to deter them that would be much appreciated. I would be aware that rooms on the street are a bit noisy at night. Lots of traffic and people wandering back from Pub Street.
If you’re looking for laundry you can exit the hotel and turn right down the side street. We had all of our stuff done and returned within 24 hours for $3. We’re talking 2 smelly boys with 10 days worth of laundry.
Oh…and you’re only 15 mins from this incredible attraction: Angkor Wat
This review is a part of the Trip Report: Miles Traces his roots in Southeast Asia
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