Siem Reap literally means ‘Siam Defeated’ and is from the days when Cambodia and Thailand (once known as Siam) spent much of their time invading each other. Nowadays, Siem Reap in Cambodia is a thriving tourist and business destination, due to its proximity to Angkor Wat, emphasis on environmental technology and manufacturing. Business travelers to Siem Reap, who often hear nothing except ‘Angkor Wat’, may be surprised to learn the city has some top business hotels, perfect for any business traveler. These three are some of the best.
Hotel de la Paix – One of the most beautiful business hotels in Siem Reap, the Hotel de la Paix mixes traditional Khmer architecture with thoroughly modern style. It offers high-tech business services, superb Cambodian hospitality and a relaxing environment, perfect after a day spent in exhausting business meetings.
Guest rooms at the Hotel de la Paix are absolutely stunning. Decorated in muted grays and browns and with modern Cambodian flair, rooms have hardwood floors, an ensuite bath with a soaking tub, mini bar, refrigerator, in-room safe, LCD flatscreen TV with satellite and even an iPod loaded with music and self-guided temple tours. There’s also a large working area with desk, comfortable chair and a sofa for relaxing.
The hotel itself has conference rooms and board rooms that will seat up to 120 people and a theater where you can screen company presentations for 200.
The Hotel de la Paix’s five restaurants, cafes and lounges are wonderful for entertaining clients and don’t miss a romantic dinner for two in the hotel’s grounds, if your spouse is traveling with you too.
Le Meridien Angkor – Just like its locations in other parts of the world, Le Meridien Angkor features world-class accommodation, perfect service and services any business traveler will love.
At Le Meridien, guest rooms are top-of-the-line with en suite bath, LCD flat screen TV with satellite, mini bar, refrigerator, large work spaces, tea and coffee making services and a living area with comfortable sofa and chairs for relaxing over work reports.
The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is perfect for a drink with a client, an al fresco lunch at The Poolside will suit any business connections and, for a lovely dinner either with clients or a loved one, don’t miss L’Angelo and it’s famous Italian fare.
For business needs, Le Meridien offers meeting rooms suitable for everything from small get togethers to large meetings for up to 700 people and, for entertaining purposes, you’ll enjoy their entertainment packages that include not only catering and event services, but also high-tech audio-visual equipment and conference staff.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort – For those who love entertaining business clients over a round of golf, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is perfect.
Guest rooms are spacious and feature LCD flat screen TV with international satellite, mini bar, refrigerator, in room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, designer toiletries and robe and slippers. Rooms have stunning garden, lake or pool views and are quiet; perfect if you need to work.
The Sofitel has five restaurants and two bars, so entertaining clients is a breeze here. After lunch, why not head out to the hotel’s 18-hole golf course and talk business over a round of golf, finishing up with a post-golf drink in the bar.
For conferences, the Sofitel is also sure to please as it offers everything from small meeting rooms to large conference areas, banquet facilities and a theater.