Art Deco gem close to Angkor Wat with a classy cocktail lounge and a French-Cambodian fusion restaurant.
With a gleaming white exterior that rises above Siem Reap’s dusty streets, this Art Deco gem is a short tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat. Formerly the Hotel de la Paix, an iconic property built in 1955, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap opened in August 2013 after a major revamp by prolific interior designer Bill Bensley. The style combines an Art Deco aesthetic and contemporary comforts, with a nod to the area’s colonial past. The cocktail lounge is done up in dusty rose velvet and pitch-black lacquered wood and the world-class spa draws on local remedies.
Bed and Bath
While most historic hotels make do with diminutive guestrooms and ancient plumbing systems, the rooms here start at 366 square feet and feel even bigger thanks to huge picture windows and bright white linens and walls. The local artistic heritage shines through in the form of metal headboards sculpted in the shape of banyan trees and carved wooden furniture with colorful, eye-catching upholstery. The bathrooms are clad entirely in white marble with wooden shutters to separate them from the bedrooms, and contain his-and-hers vanities, deep soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers.
The lush Cambodian countryside and the enormous archaeological complex of Angkor Wat are on the doorstop but there are plenty of reasons to stay on property. The green-tiled free-form pool is a great place to cool off from the Southeast Asian sun and the intimate spa offers well-priced treatments that incorporate ancient local remedies and traditions like pressure-point stimulation and the Apsara Scrub (named for the heavenly dancers sculpted in Angkor’s bas reliefs) that combines lotus. The hotel’s throwback Lobby Lounge is Siem Reap’s expat watering hole of choice, while the Dining Room restaurant serves up a tantalizing panoply of flavorful Khmer dishes prepared using classic French techniques.
— Review by Eric Rosen, courtesy of Jetsetter.com. The text has been modified to fit the format.