The Best Luxury Hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Grandeur doesnt get any more stately than the historic Raffles Grand Hotel dAngkor
Grandeur doesn't get any more stately than the historic Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor / Expedia

The Angkor Wat temple complex – the largest religious monument in the world – is the biggest draw for tourists in Cambodia. To make the most of your visit, stay overnight in Siem Reap and enjoy a welcome retreat after a day spent walking and climbing on ancient ruins in the hot Cambodian sun. Read our guide to some of the best luxury hotels here – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Koulen Hotel


Large outdoor pool surrounded by trees at Koulen Hotel
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An inviting pool is the centrepiece of this hotel and is an enticing way to cool off after a day spent exploring Angkor Wat. The rooms (most are suites) offer a relaxing retreat, too, with warm wood floors, comfy sofas and lots of natural light. The central location means the hotel is within easy reach of the many cafes, restaurants and bars of Siem Reap.

2. The Embassy Angkor Resort & Spa


Large ground floor bedroom suite with a desk, TV, radio, chairs and big French windows at The Embassy Angkor Resort & Spa
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Set around a large pool, the Embassy almost has the vibe of a Khmer village on the shores of Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s massive lake. Inside the rooms, you will find a contemporary cool interior of calming cream tones and warm wood flooring. It’s located 2km (1.2mi) from downtown Siem Reap, so you’re within walking distance of the markets and eateries.

3. Shintana Saya Residence


Outdoor pool with sun loungers and umbrellas at Shintana Saya Residence
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This hotel packs more style than most in Siem Reap – think modernism meets Japanese minimalism with Khmer design touches. The rooms are spacious, ranging in size from massive to huge, some having direct access to an inviting pool. The downside of this hotel is its location, 5km (3mi) from Siem Reap city centre, although a house tuk-tuk makes up for this.

4. Mane Hariharalaya


Large bedroom suite with king sized bed, set of chairs, with a large roll top bath with a view of greenery at Mane Hariharalaya
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Inspired by the traditional houses of the Khmer Empire, this vast 7ha (17-acre) complex offers a rural feel with its rice fields, ancient trees and fresh and salt water pools. Accommodation is provided in spacious private villas, which offer modern and luxurious amenities. The resort is located 10km (6mi) from the town centre.

5. Angkor Privilege Resort & Spa


Large outdoor pool with sun loungers, umbrellas and dining tables at Angkor Privilege Resort and Spa
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Featuring traditionally styled accommodation just outside the centre of Siem Reap, the Angkor Privilege Resort is a great choice if you want it all – easy access to the hustle and bustle of town and Angkor Wat temples and amenities that go beyond those of a standard hotel. Rooms feature calming tones of white and warm wood.

6. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor


Large outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
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Located across the road from the Royal Palace, this historic hotel, which opened in 1932, is spread across 6ha (15 acres) of landscaped gardens with tropical foliage and a large swimming pool. A variety of restaurants and bars are available on site and lodgings range from luxurious suites to two-bedroom villas with personal butler service.

7. Amansara


Outdoor pool with sun loungers and umbrellas at Amansara
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This former royal retreat of King Norodom Sihanouk, designed by French architect Lauren Mondet in 1962, was built to accommodate visitors unable to stay at the nearby Royal Palace. The grounds were abandoned during the reign of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79). In 2002, Aman bought the property and transformed it into an exquisite resort of 24 suites – 12 with private plunge pools – two swimming pools, a restaurant and luxurious spa.

8. Jaya House Riverpark


Bedroom suite with sofa, dining table and private plunge pool at Jaya House RiverPark, Siem Reap
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Nature is a key feature of this resort. Situated along a quiet stretch of the Siem Reap River, a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the centre of town, the estate is brimming with trees and tropical plants. Each of the 36 rooms has either a balcony or direct access to the garden or one of the two swimming pools. The hotel pays homage to Siem Reap’s thriving creative scene with Eric Raisina-designed uniforms and works by local artists on the walls.

9. Shinta Mani Angkor

Suite Hotel

Bedroom view overlooking a pool within hotel courtyard at Shinta Mani Angkor
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Shinta Mani teamed with designer and architect Bill Bensley to launch this upscale boutique in the French Quarter. Rooms are stylish, with clean lines and ceiling murals depicting Angkor. You can book sunrise tours of the temples or a trip to the organic farm run by the Shinta Mani Foundation. Come back to enjoy an evening in Bensley’s Bar, where the profits from the bottle of wine you drink are used to train a student at the hotel school.

10. Le Meridien Angkor


Outdoor pool with trees throughout it in pots at Le Meridien Angkor
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Comprising 213 rooms, Le Meridien is situated close to the temples and, despite its size, offers a sense of calm. Fusing European style with contemporary Cambodian designs, the hotel has a large swimming pool, two restaurants, a lobby lounge and bar, and a spa and fitness centre.

11. Park Hyatt Siem Reap


Outdoor pool with palm trees and foliage surrounding it at Park Hyatt Siem Reap
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The Park Hyatt, in the centre of Siem Reap, still manages to be an oasis of calm despite the hustle and bustle outside. The focal point of this 107-room hotel is the central swimming pool and water garden. More upmarket suites have private garden terraces and outdoor baths.

12. Heritage Suites Hotel


Bedroom suite with private balcony and pool at Heritage Suites Hotel
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Heritage Suites Hotel may be a short drive out of town, but lashings of sophisticated charm makes it worth the effort. The colonial façade hides six rooms, while 20 suites sit among lush tropical gardens to the rear of the property. The resort is also well-known in’ town for sizzling jazz sessions, which take place every Thursday night and are open to outside guests.

13. Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra

Resort, Hotel, Spa Hotel

Large outdoor pool with a grassy island of sun beds in the middle at Hotel Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra
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Catering to the golf lovers, Sofitel’s Siem Reap property offers 238 rooms and suites, each oozing French sophistication laced with contemporary Khmer charm. A large swimming pool is surrounded by manicured gardens. A restaurant and bars serve food and drinks throughout the day and night.

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