Hotel Review: Angkor Star, Cambodia

A while back we visited Siem Reap. We wanted to stay in a fairly simple place so we chose the Angkor Star for it’s location and price.

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Angkor Star Interior

The deluxe rooms are quite spacious, and the balconies open so you can absorb the sights, smells, and sounds of the town from your room. The stay there was excellent and the room simple, yet well appointed with rich use of hardwoods throughout. Staff was friendly and service was good.

The one problem I can report is that during the first night I smelled an acrid odor, which seemed to get worse. Not knowing what it was, we slept through it, as it was noticeable, but didn’t seem threatening. In the morning we reported it to the front desk, which said that they recognized the symptoms, that it was the air conditioner unit being “low on oil” or something. They fixed it and the rest of the trip went fine.

The included breakfast buffet was decent.

The hotel is located across the street from the Apsara cultural show and about 5 minutes by tuk tuk to the city center and the old market. By car it is about 20 minutes to the Angkor Wat area. I would say it is not a “dead center” location, but a good one.

There’s a new low key mall next door, which offers food, desserts, a drug store, and a market, as well as the regular stores. Do check out the shave ice dessert place on the top floor. It was great.

The one thing I cannot stress enough is that if you have any desire to go to Angkor Wat, go now. I really feel that in five years it won’t be the same anymore. It’s rapidly becoming very commercial in the town (which is great for their economy and I respect that) but you want to see the temples and ruins now, before it’s all cordoned off with ropes and rails and “follow the yellow line” stuff. I hope I’m wrong, but it never hurts to see it sooner than later.

Unfortunately, Angkor Star is no longer available through Agoda or Booking.com. You can find them directly HERE (I have no affiliation with this link) or search for a hotel in Siem Reap below.