Looking for a luxury hotel near Angkor Wat?
A world-famous UNESCO world heritage site, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is truly a marvel to behold. Attracting millions of visitors from around the world each year, the nearby city of Siem Reap has become a haven for backpackers and seasoned travellers alike. And it’s definitely the best place to look to find a luxury hotel near Angkor Wat itself.
When we set out planning our six-week whistle-stop tour of Southeast Asia, there was no doubt in either of our minds that we would spend time exploring the incredible temples of the Khmer Empire. Constructed in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world, located across a sprawling 162.6-hectare site. Its sheer scale absolutely blew our minds; like many others, we were convinced beforehand that we’d be able to just walk it all. SPOILER ALERT: you cannot.
We were fortunate enough to be invited to stay at Courtyard by Marriot, Siem Reap for a complimentary 3-night bed and breakfast stay in exchange for writing this review. It ended up being the ideal base to locate ourselves from in order to make the most of our time in Siem Reap, and definitely a hotel we’d happily return to!
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Location and getting around
Courtyard Siem Reap is set just outside of the main hub of Siem Reap centre. This makes it easy to get to both Angkor Wat and Pub Street. Although the road at the front is a busy one, the hotel is set back from the noise and feels completely removed from the bustle of city life.
We were picked up at the airport, and after an easy 15-minute ride we pulled into one of the most impressive hotel entrances we’d ever seen. Huge marble columns tower above a central courtyard of tropical plants, water features, and pyrotechnics (in the evening).
The hotel concierge service is super helpful as well when it comes to getting around. They have constant contact with a string of local tuk-tuk drivers waiting around the corner, so all you need to do is wander down to reception and wait a few moments for your driver to pull up.
We arranged our visit to Angkor Wat through the concierge service. From Courtyard Siem Reap, it’s about 20 minutes to Angkor Wat. We paid about $25USD (£20) for a tuk-tuk driver for the whole day. This included a trip back to the hotel for breakfast (we just wouldn’t miss it, more about that later!). And when we say the whole day, we really do mean that – sunrise pick-ups start at about 4 am.
TOP TIP: We’ve put some prices in USD throughout this review, as that is the currency most places in Cambodia accept. You can choose to get dollars out of most ATMs, and their own currency, the Riel, is only really given out as small change. Even market stalls give prices in dollars. To make your life easier, take a small amount of USD with you to pay for the first few tuk-tuk rides before you have to find a cashpoint.
We also used the tuk-tuks to get to and from Pub Street for dinner a few nights during our stay. Located in the thick of it, Pub Street is the place to go to people watch, enjoy a 50 cent beer, and try your hand at local delicacies like fried ice cream rolls and deep-fried creepy crawlies. We tried the former, but not the latter!
Amenities and facilities
Courtyard Siem Reap is a 5-star hotel, and it definitely lives up to that. The hotel is built around a centralised courtyard, housing the massive salt-water swimming pool and lounge areas. There didn’t seem to be a lot of loungers in comparison to the number of rooms, but we had no problems getting space to ourselves the whole time we were there.
Boasting a gym and its own spa and wellness centre, plus an impressive rooftop bar, the hotel ticked so many boxes for us.
We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to a Courtyard Suite, which was by FAR the biggest and most impressive hotel room we have ever stayed in. It took luxury to a whole new level, with a double balcony, kitchenette and study area, a huge bed, and a bathroom with an interior window into the bedroom. We were so excited to be there that when the concierge had dropped off our bag and left us, we ran around the whole space buzzing like kids.
Rooms like the one we stayed in cost around £150 per night, so it’s still great value for money compared to the cost of 5-star hotels in other locations around the world. In comparison, the cheapest room goes for about £100 a night. Bottled water is provided in the rooms, and replenished daily.
Breakfast and one dinner were included with our stay. Breakfast is served downstairs on the same level as the pool. It is probably one of the most varied and inclusive buffet breakfasts we’ve experienced during a hotel stay.
There’s a coffee bar, where they make your favourite cuppa just the way you like it. Then there’s a bakery section, filled with freshly baked goodies, an egg station, an Asian breakfast station, then cold meats and cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, pastries… the list goes on. It was amazing, and the perfect way to fuel up for a full day exploring temples.
We went up to the rooftop bar on our first evening, to suss it out before our arranged sunset dinner on our final night. It was quiet but beautifully laid out. The hotel offered a great cocktail menu, which was understandably more expensive than some of the bars on Pub Street. It was still incredibly reasonable for a 5-star hotel in Siem Reap though. The wine list was pretty good too. This surprised us, as previous run-ins with wine whilst travelling around Southeast Asia didn’t leave us terribly impressed.
On our last night, we had a wonderful evening arranged for us by the hotel. Their rooftop area looks out over the whole of Siem Reap. On a clear day, you can see Angkor Wat through the provided telescopes. It’s also the best place to see the sun go down from. We watched in awe as the sky changed from blue to yellow to orange to pink and then finally to the most vibrant shade of purple. It was utterly spellbinding.
The hotel surprised us with a selected meal of their best dishes, including a big barbeque platter. Sam ate most of the meat, as Kez is a pescatarian. They did have a delicious seafood skewer though, which she totally demolished. It was a true highlight of our time in Siem Reap. It left us with such wonderful memories of our stay at Courtyard Siem Reap.
We didn’t notice the unlimited WiFi dropping out at all. We used it heavily during our stay to upload all of our beautiful stories and content from our days out at Angkor Wat.
The addition of the desk space in the suite we were in made working in the hotel even easier. It definitely saved us from the usual backaches of working on the bed/sofa/floor.
All the members of staff we came into contact with were welcoming and so hospitable. They all went the extra mile to help us out, be it with arranging tuk-tuk drivers to washing our four-week-old dirty clothes!
We met a lot of office staff too. We’d been in contact with some of them in order to arrange our trip. They were all so inviting and seemed genuinely pleased to meet us. It was a really nice touch to be able to put a face to a name.
Value for money
As our dinner there was complimentary, we can’t really comment on value for money when it comes to food. However, the hotel was advertising a range of food and drink deals whilst we were there. And, as we’ve mentioned already, we definitely found the drinks to be varied, tasty, and good value for the quality.
The rooms were unbelievable, and the facilities were all clean and well-maintained. Cambodia is arguably a cheap travel destination. It blew our minds that you could stay in an amazing 5-star hotel for such a reasonable price.
Would we go back: Yes, absolutely. The communication at all stages of our visit was very good, and the hotel and location were perfect for us.
Perfect for: Families and couples wanting to explore Angkor Wat.
Important bits: Make sure you pack, or purchase, temple-appropriate clothing. Women, don’t rely on just chucking a shawl around your shoulders. Some guards won’t accept that. Instead, both women and men should wear t-shirts or sleeved tops, and cover their knees. Bear in mind that the site can be very exposed to the sun, so wear breathable, loose materials.
Overall rating 9/10
Psst! Looking for things to do in Siem Reap?
Why not take a look at these excursions on Viator? Viator is a TripAdvisor company, running trips and activities across the world.
To take a look at the itinerary for, and book, a Private Full-Day Angkor Temple and Sunset Viewing, click here.
Alternatively, if you’re travelling in a small group, this option would be better suited to you: Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap.
If you’re looking to try something a little different, how about a Guided Countryside Bike Ride from Siem Reap? Click here to check it out!
To book your own stay at Courtyard by Marriott, Siem Reap, click here.
We received a complimentary 3-night bed and breakfast stay at Courtyard by Marriott, Siem Reap in exchange for writing this review. All of these opinions are our own.
Why not take a look at some of the other hotels we stayed in on our six-week Southeast Asia trip?
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For The Tamarind Resort, Nusa Lembongan, click here.