“An old French governor’s mansion turned contemporary, buzzy hotel with mouth-watering Khmer cuisine, just minutes from the iconic Angkor Wat”
FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) was used back in the day by journalists of every stripe - you half expect to see stringers at their typewriters on the veranda. But in keeping with today's young, effervescent feel, expect instead to see savvy locals and expats sipping cocktails at the bar and tucking into spicy Khmer curries in the restaurant. Service is immaculate yet unobtrusive; and the 80 rooms and suites are understated, intimate and unique.
- Fantastic food, especially the lingering breakfasts with fresh pastries, tropical fruit, sweet honey and homemade yoghurt
- Super-chic rooms and suites, each named after different herbs or spices - cardamom, mint, lemongrass
- Unpretentious and buzzy atmosphere that would suit couples and friends alike: this is not your average hushed, sterile, luxe hotel
- Spiritual massages and Apsaras body scrub at the on-site spa (30% discount to hotel guests): use of the pool, sauna and Jacuzzi is free
- Idyllic view from the terrace of buzzy Siem Reap - day or night
- At weekends, the bar and restaurant can get busy so book tables in advance
- Mosquitoes can be a nuisance when having a sundowner on your veranda, so use plenty of citronella
- Lack of facilities for children and proximity to a busy road mean this is not really a family place
- Some may not like the louvered sliding bathroom doors which don't block sound
Best time to go
Our top tips
- You need at least 3 full days to do the temples of Angkor justice, and explore the town, which means you probably want to stay 4 nights.
- Each room is full of incense which correlates to its name; if in doubt opt for lemongrass
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The five room types - all gorgeous - are Deluxe and Deluxe Courtyard (which have garden views), Deluxe Premier (which overlook the pool), Junior Suites and the Governor Suite.
Each is simply decorated and named after a different herb or spice such as cardamom, lemongrass or mint. Every day rooms are scented with their eponymous fragrance so expect an uplifting aroma when you enter, making for a unique stay. Design is modern with clean lines and soft, dim lighting, and schemes are natural in mahogany, white and cream. Walls are adorned with vivid, brightly coloured art. Floor to ceiling windows with long curtains lead onto your breezy balcony or terrace. Here you have seating dotted with silk cushions (and little candles at night) for those evening impulses to sip a cocktail or two.
All room and suites enjoy contemporary comforts such as LCD flat screen TVs, DVD players, sound system and free WiFi. You also get a safe, air-con, a fan, a minibar (with cold towels in), and excellent coffee and tea making facilities with a cafetière and real ground coffee.
Bathrooms have natural eco-friendly Sense Nature products, hairdryers and bathrobes alongside gentle reminders about water usage. The Governor Suite has an in-room free-standing bathtub. If you're not a couple comfortable with each other's bathroom habits, the large long louvered sliding door may not provide as much privacy as you'd like.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Free newspaper
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
The Mansion restaurant serves up Khmer food, as well as Asian fusion cuisine (open for lunch and dinner). The best tables are alfresco, on the beautiful terrace amongst the French shutters, overlooking the greenery on the buzzy main street. If it’s too hot to be outside the air-con tables inside are a treat, or you can sit in the shaded pool area. The culinary delights make the restaurant one of the most popular in Siem Reap, with its own blend of East meets West cuisine.
There is also a great selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer, natural wine and sake in Scribe, which centres around a central island bar, with plenty of seating on an upstairs terrace, and dotted around in the shade below.
The highlight is definitely a decadent breakfast on the terrace - helpfully served from 4.30-10.30am giving you the flexibility to eat before or after the dawn excursion to Angkor (food is served to your room before 7am, and in the restaurant after). Feast on a vast spread of fresh pains au chocolat and other pastries, succulent tropical fruit, creamy homemade natural yoghurt (our personal favourite) with sweet, organic honey, and nutty muesli or Khmer porridge. Coffee is served strong with cream and there is a selection of herbal teas such as peppermint or camomile. Fresh juices are made to order, too.
There are lots of good Khmer restaurants in town - Pub Street is the best for a wide range of venues.
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Spend time exploring the 12th-century Angkor Wat in all its glory, the principal temple of this ancient capital and the largest religious building in the world (it's surrounded by a 5km moat)
- Be sure to visit Ta Prohm, where the roots of giant banyan trees hold temple ruins in their mighty grip as they soar towards heaven
- And Bayon, the state temple of Angkor Thom, where 216 giant faces are chiselled into the stone
- As well as Banteay Srei for its wonderful pink sandstone temples and their exquisite stone carvings
- The hotel can arrange excellent guided tours, by tuk tuk, with English speaking guides, for 1-3 days
- Indulge in some marvellous treatments for body, mind and soul at the fabulous Visaya Spa; 30% discount for guests
- Laze by the pool and clear out the cobwebs with a cooling swim, or if you're feeling more energetic, the hotel can organise bicycle hire
- Take a local tuk-tuk to the rice paddies outside Siem Reap and see local villages and lush, patchwork terraces
- Go to the frenetic local market on a Friday and barter for local spices, herbs and hand crafted ornaments; you're a short walk from the Night Market
- Support L’Artisan D’Angkor at work and visit the workshop for young Cambodians
- Mingle with the local fraternity at happy hour on the veranda before heading to Angkor Kitchen for epicurean delights
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
This probably isn't the ideal place for kids as there are no special facilities laid on for them and its quite near a busy road.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Suites are the best option as they can fit 2 extra beds or baby cots, while the rooms can only fit 1. Children under 4 can sleep in extra beds, otherwise they need to sleep in a standard bed.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
FCC Angkor by Avani is in the centre of Siem Reap Town, 3 blocks from the main strip, overlooking the Siem Reap river and minutes away from Cambodia's magnificent Angkor Wat.
Fly into Siem Reap International Airport (7km). If you're flying in from abroad, aim for Bangkok, then take a connecting flight.
From the Airport
As a rule of thumb in Indochina you should book a transfer (see [rates:CA007:Rates) and arrange for your hotel to pick you up from the airport. Public transport is confined to only the very biggest cities and taxis are not always reliable.
It's possible to take a ferryboat or speedboat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Tonle Sap lake (4-6 hours), but choose your vessel with care. The crossing can be extremely rough, the boats overcrowded, and the lifebelts non-existent. Some of slower cruises (2-3 days) are much more civilised.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Cambodia and getting around
- Siem Reap International 7.0 km REP
- Phnomh Penh International 235.0 km PNH
- Beach 500.0 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km