More about FCC Angkor
Such A Chilled Out Place
The FCC ( Foreign Correspondants Club ) Angkor, has to be one of the most relaxing hotels i have ever stayed in. From check in to check out everything is carried out in an efficient yet chilled way. Upon check in, our rooms had been adorned with oil burners that were filled with Camomile and Bergamot to enhance the already chilled out bedrooms. Rooms were all decorated in cream and dark wood, with mood lighting and huge comfortable beds, with the option to pull back the heavy curtains to reveal florr to ceiling windows that covered the whole of one wall should you require bright natural light. Bar service was excellent, and the staff ( of which there were a lot ) very quickly grew to know your name.
Turndown service was also great, with oil burners being lit in your room and on your terrace.
The bathrooms were equipped with rainforest showers and huge sunken stone baths which were filled by water coming from a waterfall effect on the black marble walls.
On check out we were offered the use of the spa changing rooms for a shower, and these were equipped with all of the toiletries, towels robes etc we needed.
Simply just a great hotel which I would recommend to anyone. The chill out theme at the FCC continues with breakfast which is served from 5.30pm until 2.00pm (yes that's right 2pm ), and this can be taken in either your room or the FCC Restaurant ( Although after mid day you can only have breakfast in your room as lunch service has started).
The room service breakfast is great if you are leaving early to go to the temples, and is not a watered down version of the restaurant breakfasts ( as some hotels are ).
The saltwater pool at the FCC is tranquility itself, with lovely comfy loungers situated around it and the sound of running water from the spa fountain to lull you into a poolside slumber.
Beautiful building, typical colonial style, French and local food, nice but could be better. I bet most people are here for the ambiance. Dessert: chocolate made in 3 ways
A relaxing evening
The Foreign Correspondents Club was opened in December 2004. It is the newest contemporary resort and a member of the Exclusive Design Hotels.
The FCC Angkor Bar is very relaxed with tasteful decor and very good staff. The tasting plates were a hit with us as we'd had a late lunch and just wanted a snack to go with our drinks. The food was very good.
I had initially thought this was just a bar/restaurant, but as I was leaving I picked up a couple of brochures and read what else there is on offer. It is an actual full resort with 29 luxurious guest rooms, 2 suites and the Visaya Spa. The resort is designed with a Zen influence and each room is hidden away from view amongst the gardens which we saw around the carpark and they do look lovely.
It is centrally located by the river, within walking distance of the old market. Dress code is casual. The bar is very relaxed and laid back.
PS: Picture taken after almost everyone had left. The bar had been full.
DINE IN TRANQUIL PEACE
THE FCC IS A LOVELY WAY TO START YOUR NIGHT OUT IN SIEM REAP.
THIS BAR/RESTAURANT IS SET IN A RENOVATED FRENCH GOVERNORS MANSION, FROM THE MOMENT YOU ARRIVE YOU GET THE FEELING THAT THIS IS A VERY CHIC AND REFINED PLACE.
THE MAIN RESTAURANT AND BAR LOOKS OUT ONTO A TERRACE, HERE YOU WILL FIND A NUMBER OF LOVELY QUIET TABLES TO SIT AND ENJOY YOUR MEAL.. ALL THIS IS SET AROUND A POOL ON WHICH CANDLES FLOAT ADDING TO THE TRANQUIL THEME.
SERVICE HERE IS VERY QUICK AND AGAIN ALWAYS WITH SMILE.
THIS IS QUITE AN UPMARKET REATAURANT BY SIEM REAP STANDARDS..AND QUITE A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE LIKES OF "BAR STREET" BUT ITS A NICE TREAT AND AS I SAID A LOVELY WAY TO START YOUR EVENING OR INDEED END YOUR NIGHT OUT.
WITH THE LOW LIGHTING SOFT MUSIC AND TRANQUIL SURROUNDINGS YOU JUST MIGHT FIND IT HARD TO LEAVE YOUR COMFY SEAT AND MOVE ON..
SO SIT BACK RELAX..ORDER ANOTHER DRINK.. AND ENJOY !! THERE ARE SET MENU'S FROM AROUND $10
Nice - but lacked personal service and touches
Having stayed at both FCC Angkor and the Shinta Mani, I would have to say that the Shinta Mani is the better option. Although FCC Angkor had a great pool, nice rooms and great architecture, the overall 'feel' or 'vibe' was less friendly and personable than the Shinta Mani. There have been comparisons of the 2 hotels on this website from other reviewers but for this visitor - a smile goes a long way! The FCC Angkor was definitely more than adequate, but the staff at the Shinta Mani went 'above and beyond' anywhere else. I'd rather support Shinta Mani & it's staff (over the FCC) in a heartbeat.
Lovely hotel, unhelpful staff
This hotel is lovely, the food great, and pool and sun bathing area (small) but lovely if you can "bag" a bed before 11am. The spa was excellent.
We arrived and were greeted by a member of staff at the aiport... lovely and personal... but when we got to the hotel, a number of things went wrong and after an unacceptable period of time I had to get the manager involved. He sorted it quickly. When we went upstairs for dinner, the manager was also working the restaurant... thought this was strange, but after experiencing the customer service from the other staff I understood why... they were terrible. There was only 1 waitress who seemed to know how to take orders, remember wine requests etc...
I must stress that the hotel, and our room, was lovely, the review below about water is accurate (it is very "metallic") but as we were there 4 days, it was ok. The spa is run very well by a manageress who used to work at the Rayavadee in Krabi. The rest of the spa staff again could dso with customer service training.
I would stay there again, but not anticipate a smile or going out of their way to help.
If they recommend hiring a tour guide, decline... we paid for one and regretted it. The guide books suffice.
Hotel has nice design with comfortable open air restaurant, but service is very disappointing. The staff especially the restaurant staff are not friendly, which is very surprising as the Khmers are naturally very hospitable. The hotel somehow manages the train their staff to be unaturally stiff. Not recommend.
A haven of tranquilty and style
We stayed in a suite for our 4 days stay in SR. All I can say was the service, staff, food and spa were excellent. It made our trip so enjoyable and gave us the oportunity to really savour the sights. The pool was welcoming after hot tours around the temple sites. The best thing was the restaurant and the Khmer/Thai meals especially the set menus were excellent and good value for money in comparison to other hotels.The suite was a very high standard but we also saw the comfortable standard rooms. The room was clean, and we had no problems with water as previously stated by a forum member. I couldn't recommend this hotel more!
Acceptable, But Not 5 Star
FCC was better than expected for the location, this was one one of the first 5 star hotels opened in SR and it is (at first glance) the oasis of tranqulity. However, a couple of comments worth sharing - the menu and the food is mediocre and restaurant service is poor (in many cases, the waiters are doing you a favour by simply gracing you with their presence), we had no hot water for 2 days and even the maintenance worker was unable to resolve the problem, we also had the misfortune of staying over the NY holiday only to stay awake until 3am on Jan 1 which is when the house disco party was over. Couple of pluses - proximity to Ankor Wat temple, probably better than some of the local 3 star options. However, the new SLH, Hotel Du Pays is worth checking out - we had dinner there a couple of nights & the menu was excellent. The hotel is brand new and looks to be a proper 5 star.
Good location - below average service
The hotel is well located for the temples and there is a range of restaurants within walking distance.
Attractive to us as we prefer to avoid large impersonal hotels.
First impression was that the bathroom was dirty (floor, bath, basin) although soon realised this was due to water stains. The water is quite brown and will stain your clothes. Avoid having laundry done in Siem Reap (as we did!) for this reason. Stains don't wash out using stain removal products at home.
The pool area is small, but very pleasant. There were never more than 5 people using the area at any 1 time during our 4 day visit.
The spa is a nice luxury and the back massage excellent.
The restaurant area is very 'colonial', but the ambience isn't backed up with either good food or service. Best to eat out in the evening & much better value.
Breakfast is boring (but adequate) with tea/coffee, fruit/yoghurt & some sad looking croissants heated under a lamp. Service is slow and staff lack enthusiasm. Not good value for money but included in our booking.
I would not stay here again.
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