The Hotel de la Paix has long been one of Siem Reap’s most popular and iconic hotels, known for its art deco stylings and central location. It’s recently been completely renovated and rebranded as the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, but still has much of its original charm.
If you’re looking to treat yourself in Siem Reap, the Park Hyatt is the place to go. The hotel offers a lot of obvious amenities that you’d expect in the $300+ price range. There’s a lovely pool and poolside bar, luxurious places to lounge including the newly redesigned Living Room, a 24-hour fitness center, private garden and spa. And of course they’ve got foot massages, florists and butlers.
Apart from the design—which is very cool—what really sets the Park Hyatt Siem Reap apart from most of the other luxury hotels in town is the location. Most of Siem Reap’s high-end luxury accommodations are located on the airport road, or a ways out of town. It’s not terribly inconvenient, but it means you’ll spend more time in the hotel than you probably should. The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is centrally located on Sivutha Boulevard just minutes away from the night markets, dozens of restaurants, Pub Street and only a few minutes more to Psar Cha, Siem Reap’s famous old market. The Park Hyatt is 15 minutes away from the temples of Angkor, and the hotel can arrange transport for guests to visit the archaeological park.
Everything in the 108 guest rooms are brand new with art deco touches. The room types are Park and Park View, and the only difference is the view, they either look onto the street or onto the hotel’s garden. Twin rooms are available in Park only.
The bathrooms may be the nicest part of the rooms, with a sliding door that connects the bath to the room, so you can bathe and watch television (flat screen, obviously) at the same time.
The rooms all have couches and a table and chair as well, so there are ample places in every room to sit around. Rooms are in the $275-500 range, and Agoda offers early booking discounts when you book several months in advance.
The hotel was originally designed by Bill Bensley in 2002, and he was brought back to do the renovation to turn the de la Paix into the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Much of the basic structure is still the same, but the interiors have been redecorated with rich texture and colors in a manner that would please the most discerning colonial traveler. Sort of. “I wanted to achieve a mood of an opulent Cambodian home: very comfortable, and layered with interest,” Bensley said about the redesign. I personally liked the hotel better before the redesign, in my eyes it made more charm. But with the corporate logo comes corporate amenities, so I can see why some people would prefer it better now.
After a day at the temples, come home to high tea at the Park Hyatt, the $24 smorgasbord features treats such as macaroons, pandan creme brulee and scones with coconut and pineapple jam or local honey. And yes, do have tiny sandwiches. The restaurant features French and Khmer dining options and they’ve got yummy (I can say that with authority, I’ve tried it) homemade ice cream in the cafe. If you’re looking to drink your sorrows away, there’s a daily 2-for-1 happy hour in the Living Room lounge.
Overall review: If you’re looking for something high-end and central in Siem Reap, book at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap
T: 063 211 234
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