Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a luxury hotel with easy access to Angkor Wat, and with a classy cocktail lounge and a French-Cambodian fusion restaurant.
Formerly Hotel de la Paix, an iconic property built in 1955, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap took over after a revamp by prolific interior designer Bill Bensley.
With a gleaming white exterior that rises above Siem Reap’s dusty streets, the hotel combines Art Deco aesthetics with contemporary luxury, with nods to the country’s colonial past.
Park Hyatt is one of the most luxurious Siem Reap hotels, with 104 rooms and suites, all of which provide comfort and space. The rooms here start at 366 square feet (34 square meters) and feel even bigger thanks to an ample amount of light and bright colors.
The local artistic heritage shines through in the metal headboards sculpted in the shape of a banyan tree, as well as the 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.
Eat and drink
The Living Room bar is popular among the local elites and expats. Designed in dusty rose velvet and pitch-black lacquered wood and the world-class spa draws on local remedies, it’s a place as chic as it is cozy, and is a cultural hot spot in Siem Reap.
The Dining Room restaurant, a fine dining destination serving a tantalizing panoply of flavorful Khmer dishes prepared using classic French techniques.
One of our favorite venues at the hotel is a French-inspired café, The Glasshouse Deli, serving coffee, fresh pastries, as well as a great selection of homemade ice cream and sorbets.
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Lounge and explore
The green-tiled free-form pool is a great place to cool off from the Southeast Asian sun, while the intimate spa promises to pamper with an extensive menu. The treatments incorporate ancient local remedies and traditions, such as pressure-point stimulation and the Apsara Scrub.
While there are plenty of reasons to stay put at the hotel, the reason to visit Siem Reap is, of course, the amazing Angkor Wat complex, located only a short tuk-tuk ride away.
Review with a contribution by Eric Rosen, courtesy of Jetsetter.com