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Hotel Highlights

  • Bungalow Suites are perfectly proportioned for a romantic escape
  • The Heritage Spa brings the magic of Cambodia to tired limbs
  • Tour Angkor Wat's famous temples by vintage car or adventure off the beaten track

Overview

A holdover of the once-upon-a-time glamour of Siem Reap’s French colonial days, Heritage Suites Hotel's façade hides an intimate clutch of bungalows set in a secret garden. Vintage car trips to Angkor Wat’s temples, a seductive spa and exotic dining only add to the secluded allure.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Heritage Suites Hotel with us:

Airport transfers in the hotel's vintage Mercedes, including a drive past Angkor Wat

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Heritage Suites Hotel

4 nights for the price of 3 5 nights for the price of 4

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26, including 20 suites.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a charge of 50 per cent up to 6pm. Check-in, 9am when available.

Rates

Double rooms from $308.04, excluding tax at 12 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and airport transfers.

Also

The Heritage Spa is a small sanctuary for the body and soul, artfully decorated in ochre tones. Templed out? Indulge in the Escape Angkor experience, a five-hour journey to heaven and back. This sociable hotel also has its own live jazz quartet.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, incense, goodnight gift, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Suites are named after flowers and include courtyard gardens, steam rooms and alfresco showers. Hibiscus is our favoured bloom – a bold bungalow with Cambodian and Indian touches. Go for an Executive or Royal Suite for an outdoor, private Jacuzzi.

Poolside

Chill out in the spacious saltwater pool surrounded by verdant foliage. It's the only pool in town cooled to a refreshing temperature on a hot day, so lap it up.

Packing tips

A case with space. The in-house boutique is brimming with stylish local finds.

Also

Guests enjoy in-room check-in, which includes a personalised selection of tropical fruit. Guests can light up in the smoking lounge or in their room's garden.

Children

Plans are afoot for a child-free policy, so think romantic retreat more than family-friendly fun. Kids are welcome for now though, and the hotel can supply free baby cribs, extra beds for older children (US$25 a night) and babysitters (US$5 an hour).

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Heritage Suites restaurant, above the Lobby Bar, looks both East and West for its influences, serving dishes such as French-accented seafood and Cambodian spiders. If ‘tarantula nest’ is too scary, try the grilled Mekong lobster with star anise. Better still, the tasting menu is a great-value feast of seven dishes. Every Tuesday, there's a traditional Khmer barbecue fondue, with Apsara dancing on the side.

Hotel Bar

The Lobby Bar is a smart, ivory-mahogany space that’s elegant from its tiled floors to its dark-wood rafters. A small, thatched bar by the pool is ideal for cocktails outdoors. Don't miss a live jazz quartet and happy hour(s) cocktails every Thursday from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

Last orders

Meals are served until 10.30pm, but the bartender will linger longer if there is a lively crowd.

Room service

Available between 6am and 10.30pm, including everything on the restaurant menu: order pasta for home comfort or longan and rambutan pannacotta for a taste of the exotic.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Colonial-esque couture: print dresses and creamy linens will complement the plantation-style furniture.

Top table

Book a seat on the balcony for intimate dining with views over the Lobby Bar below.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re only 10 minutes from the temples at Angkor Wat. For a more off-the-beaten-track tour, such as trips to see the overgrown shrines of Beng Mealea and Phnom Khulen, contact Heritage Adventures for temple dinners, jungle camping and bike rides. Templed out? The hotel’s Heritage Spa is a small sanctuary for the body and soul. Indulge in the Escape Angkor experience, a five-hour journey to heaven and back.

 

 

Local restaurants

L’Oasi Italiana (+855 (0)92 418917; East Bank) is tucked away on East Bank, shrouded by trees, near Wat Preah Inkosei. Gnocchi with white truffles and risotto with porcini mushrooms prove this is not just another pizza joint. In the old market area AHA (+855 (0)63 965 501), on the Alley, serves Khmer-fusion tapas in smartly designed surrounds.

 

Local bars

FCC Angkor (+855 (0)63 760280; Pokombor Avenue) is an art-deco masterpiece with a reflective pool and torchlit garden. The bar is a throwback to the days when Jackie Kennedy was touring Angkor and it makes a romantic spot for cocktails alfresco.

 

Local cafés

A backstreet hideaway for caffeine fiends, Common Grounds (+855 (0)63 965 687) is the hotel’s neighbourhood café, at 719 Street 14. Le Café in Wat Bo (+855 (0)92 271 392) is part of the French Cultural Centre, offering a superb menu of breakfasts, pastries, salads and sandwiches.

 

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Pretty pagoda district

Heritage Suites Hotel

Wat Polangka, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, Siem Reap, PO Box 93101

Heritage Suites is hidden away in the pagoda district on the east bank of the Siem Reap River. If the driver gives you a blank look, ask for Wat Polangka, a neighbouring temple.

Planes

Fly into Siem Reap International Airport (www.cambodia-airports.com), about eight kilometres from the hotel (15 minutes by car).

Automobiles

Self-drive is not permitted – thank goodness – because a lack of road rules makes the traffic chaotic at best. Buses ply the streets to Phnom Penh from US$6 and take six hours. If you want to explore, ask your hotel to hook you up with a reliable driver. Incurable romantics might prefer the local remorques (tuk tuks) which start at just US$15 a day.

Other

Fast boats connect Phnom Penh and Siem Reap via the undulating Tonlé Sap river and lake (it’s still a five- to six-hour ride). Luxury cruise operators also run between Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, if aquatic action floats your boat.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Liz Weselby , Asia-hopping editor

I guess everyone else must be at the temples,’ says Mr Smith wryly as we stroll into the deserted dining room for breakfast. It is Saturday morning, our first in the elegant confines of Heritage Suites after escaping from Bangkok the night before. Having arrived late, and after a casual dinner in the clubby, colonial restaurant, we’d spent the night cocooned from the world we’d l…
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Heritage Suites Hotel

Anonymous review by Liz Weselby, Asia-hopping editor

I guess everyone else must be at the temples,’ says Mr Smith wryly as we stroll into the deserted dining room for breakfast. It is Saturday morning, our first in the elegant confines of Heritage Suites after escaping from Bangkok the night before. Having arrived late, and after a casual dinner in the clubby, colonial restaurant, we’d spent the night cocooned from the world we’d left behind in ‘Orchid’, one of the hotel’s Bungalow Suites, with its gargantuan bed and pod-like bath tub. The absence of any distractions or interruptions quickly eased our souls and we awoke bright-eyed and eager to explore Angkor.

The fact is, we aren’t particularly late for breakfast. It is a very civilised 9am, but in hot and dusty Siem Reap people rise early to make the most of the cooler morning hours. Since Mr Smith and I have visited the multi-temple Angkor site before, we choose a gentler pace – one where indulgent lie-ins and leisurely meals take priority. After breakfasting on perfectly cooked eggs Benedict, and quite possibly the best coffee to be found in Cambodia, we embark upon a personal tour of the complex.

Nothing quite prepares you for the first glimpse of hero temple Angkor Wat – its sheer majesty cannot fail to inspire awe. Even the second time around, it is absolutely, undeniably, breathtaking. It being mid-morning by the time we arrive (it’s only about eight kilometres from the hotel, but we did manage to linger over breakfast), it is ridiculously hot, so we spend our time cowering in the lower galleries, admiring the intricate murals and admitting we probably should have got out of bed just that little bit earlier.

If Angkor Wat is the emperor of the Khmer kingdom, then neighbouring temple the Bayon is its spiritual adviser; its brooding stone faces watch on wisely from all angles. Stumbling through its corridors, we resist the urge to touch, take dozens of photos and then hot-foot it to the last stop on our tour: Ta Prohm. Sprawling, a little decrepit and embraced by the searching, skirting roots of banyan, fig and kapok trees, Ta Prohm might have sunk into obscurity if it weren’t for a certain film starring Angelina Jolie. Thanks to its cameo role it’s become the second most popular attraction on the circuit and previous experience has prepared us for an encounter with dozens of tourists chiming ‘Angelina’ as they snap their very own Tomb Raider moment. This time, an almighty storm breaks out, sending the tour coaches scurrying back to town – it means we have the unique opportunity to experience Ta Prohm on our own. Mr Smith, as insightful as ever, remarks that it is one of those rare ‘in the moment’ occasions that will remain with us for life.

After such a magical morning, I am feeling slightly weary. It is hot and I’m hungry and longing for a lazy afternoon sprawled in a cool corner. There’s something rather special about a hotel with such romantic appeal – Heritage Suites is so peaceful and secluded that it is very easy to relax and completely be ourselves. Its cream-walled layout creates an intimate compound and, as the name suggests, it has a traditionally styled decor that manages to avoid colonial clichés by mixing in vibrant splashes of colour and sleek leather furniture. Genuine, gentle service makes us feel like we are staying with friends, all the more so because we barely glimpse any other guests all weekend. The overall effect is of a private pocket of tranquillity, where simple elegance and a slower pace of life prevail. Needless to say, it doesn’t take much to persuade Mr Smith to join me for a light lunch of dim sum and fresh spring rolls. This is our first taste of Asian food – having opted for gourmet Western dishes last night – and it is the perfect reminder that when in Siem Reap you should eat as the Khmers do. The local food tastes far better than anything made from imported ingredients. Our appetites sated, we collapse by the divine saltwater pool.

As evening approaches, the poolside sun-deck takes on a sexy, clubby persona with seductive lighting, an open fire and a backing soundtrack to match. It would be very easy to settle here for the night, but revived by a glass of champagne, we give in to our curiosity and venture into Siem Reap.

The city has expanded almost beyond recognition since we last visited five years ago, but it’s still small enough to stroll around and has, thankfully, retained its easy, laid-back ambience. First stop: G&Ts at the art deco-inspired Foreign Correspondents Club bar, after which we head for dinner at Hôtel de la Paix’s fashionable in-town eatery AHA. After the mellow, colonial-esque vibe of FCC, AHA seems a little too try-hard, but the tapas-style, mod-Khmer food reinforces us for an adventure to Pub Street, Siem Reap’s equivalent of Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

Often dismissed by the city’s more high-minded guides, there’s still no better, livelier place for people-watching – especially for fellow Smiths who can dip in and out again – and it is fun to share traveller tales over a few Angkor beers.

All too soon, midnight strikes and this bar fly yearns for her bed. Feeling rather smug to escape Backpackerville, we hop a moto back to the serene luxury of Heritage Suites. As my head hits the downy pillow, Mr Smith suggests setting an early alarm so we can explore more of the temples in the morning and tap into our inner Angelinas. I don’t even indulge him with a reply.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Heritage Suites Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a perfect little boutique hotel, a four-minute tuk tuk ride away from everything. The room was spacious and well cared for. The service was really fantastic and it truly felt like a home. GM Magnus Olovson was truly amazing. From personally welcoming me to Siem Reap (which, after a rather trying journey, was very appreciated) to telling me about the best things to do and best places to eat, he really made the trip.

Don’t expect

While the dinner was excellent, I thought breakfast left a little to be desired. There were plenty of choices, but in comparison to the quality of dinner, I was expecting a bit more from breakfast.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The free breakfast was nice, and the service was very good.

Don’t expect

The hotel should have some standard tour packages to see various temples and sights. The furniture and pool area seemed a bit worn.

Rating: 6/10 stars