This is part five of a Newark – Singapore – Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap – Bangkok – Phuket – Ko Phi Phi – Koh Samui trip report and includes my picture trip report from the Le Méridien Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The final leg of our trip took us to Siem Reap, Cambodia where we decided to “splurge” on the Le Méridien Angkor. Yes, I said splurge even though the rate you see below is only $120 per night. The majority of 4 start hotels in Siem Reap during our trip could be booked for rates as low as $35-$75 per night. During our dates, the LM was pricing at $120 per night or 7,000 Starpoints or 3,500 Starpoints & $55. Two of us decided to share one room and redeem for the 3,500 Starpoints/$55 rate (1750 per person & $27.50 per night…actually A LOT less for me after my 500 point welcome gift!). Another set of friends did the same with another room.

Le Meridien Angkor Rates

Check-In – My friends without status received an upgrade from a Superior King to a Deluxe King. I received an upgrade from a Superior King to a Corner Suite with my SPG Platinum status.

To be honest, we really did not spend too much time at the hotel during our two night trip. We spent our entire days at the UNESCO Angkor sites and our nights downtown. In any case, we truly enjoyed driving up to the entrance below in our tuk tuk each night and then departing each morning in another tuk tuk…definitely the funnest way to travel in Siem Reap.

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Hotel Lobby…

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The Deluxe bedroom and bathroom – the rooms were a cross between modern and dated. Bed spreads were new and up to Le Méridien standards while some of the furniture, curtains, and tube TVs were a bit dated. Again, not much time was spent in the rooms anyway.

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The corner suite bedroom and living room – essentially the same bedroom as the Deluxe room but with an adjacent living room and additional TV. A fruit platter was waiting in our room upon arrival as were several water bottles. Water was refilled diligently each day.

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Complimentary breakfast for SPG platinum members…

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Hotel Exterior…

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Any time we did spend at the hotel was spent out at the Khmer designed pool, totally my favorite area of the property.  The design is beautiful, the water was warm, and the area was empty…it’s HOT! Waiters were there to bring over cold towels and complimentary drinks, though most people didn’t last long. I certainly didn’t mind having the area to myself though, especially since I spent most of my time in the pool admiring the scenery. Waiters of course also provide lunch and beverage service.

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Overall, I really loved our stay here. It wasn’t the interior or rooms as much as the convenient location to the major UNSECO sites and the outdoor pool area. At 3,500 points and $55 dollars (minus your welcome gift), it really is no more expensive than the more outdated properties.

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greg z November 5, 2013 - 5:32 pm

How was Angor Wat? Was two nights enough?

adam November 6, 2013 - 1:28 am

@greg z – Two nights was tight but I feel like we got everything in that we had hoped to see (we just had very long days). We also had time to get out on the river and did have some down time at the pool. Three might be a better choice.

Seth November 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm

I think Siem Reap is the last place I would ever stay at a large chain hotel. There are plenty of excellent alternatives that are infinitely cheaper and as they are smaller will offer much more personalized service. The Le Meridien is very conveniently located to the Angkor sites, but isn’t terribly convenient to anything else in Siem Reap. Personally I’d rather stay at a hotel downtown as it is easier to take a semi-long ride to the temples (approx 15 min) once or twice a day rather than take multiple rides downtown for any meals or shopping. I kinda think staying at Le Meridien is a lazy choice as you don’t have to spend time evaluating any of the independent hotel options.

adam November 6, 2013 - 1:25 am

@Seth – The ride into town via tuk tuk from the LM took about 10 minutes and was less than $3. As I mentioned there are certainly cheaper and more local hotel options but we were very pleased with our stay.

Rik November 5, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Is it possible to visit Angkor Wat with a two year old?

adam November 6, 2013 - 1:22 am

@Rik – It’s doable but there’s a lot of walking and more importantly some of that walking is not on paved roads but on dirt paths, grass, and inclines. I guess it would be possible with a stroller…but I don’t know if it will be as enjoyable. There are definitely areas that are completely paved and you could stick to those as well.

P T November 6, 2013 - 7:57 am

I didn’t know that you could split points between two accounts when paying for an SPG room. How does that work?

adam November 6, 2013 - 8:11 am

@ P T – Simplier than that, I paid one night with my account, friend paid the other, front desk combined the reservations. You cannot split points between two accounts for a redemption but you can book separate reservations.

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