The classic French colonial building of Blanc Smith Residence is a must-stay location in Cambodia. If your next destination is Cambodia (also known as Kampuchea), you will already be familiar that this is a country on the Indochinese mainland of Southeast Asia. Straddling the borders of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, this country's rich cultural heritage is a beauty famous worldwide. Its capital is Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s largest city. The town of Siem Reap, in particular, is on the northern side of Cambodia, with the literal meaning of “Siam Defeated.”
Welcoming guests of both business and leisure, Blanc Smith Residence is located strategically in the central of Siem Reap, also where the house of the 12th-century Angkor Thom royal city, ruins of Angkor Wat, and the Cambodian Cultural Village. In short, staying in such a historic yet gorgeous area like this will be the most valuable pleasure you’ll ever get.
There are four room types in Blanc Smith Residence, Cambodia, that you can choose based on your preference and number of people in your group. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Every room is air-conditioned and equipped with a safety deposit box, minibar, and refrigerator.
● Classic Room
This room gives you the best view of Siem Reap city. With one comfortable king-size bed, it’s suitable for a single traveller, a couple, or with a friend. Maximum occupancy allowed is for two adults and two children.
● Classic Family Room
Two queen-size beds in this room provide excellent quality family time. The room can accommodate a maximum occupancy of four adults and two children, enabling parents with children or a group of friends staying comfortably in one big space.
● Blanc Club
Opt for a more luxurious stay in this room that provides a king-size bed with a private balcony facing the Siem Reap River. Newlyweds or couples who celebrate anniversaries mostly book this room, with maximum occupancy allowed is for two adults and two children.
● Blanc Suite
Slightly similar to Blanc Club, this room also offers a king-size bed with a private balcony facing the city. It’s more spacious and completes the master bedroom with a modern and sophisticated sofabed.
Blanc Smith Residence equips every room with a desk, flat-screen cable TV, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Upon arrival, you'll find a delicious fruit basket inside your room, along with daily replenishment of complimentary bottled water and tea/coffee. Regardless of which room type you choose, you’ll have access to excellent facilities like an espresso machine, daily a la carte breakfast for two, complimentary airport pickup services, daily housekeeping services, and a high-speed Wi-Fi. Early check-in and late check-out are also provided, subject to availability.
Blanc Smith Residence commits to making every guest comfortable during their stay with numerous building facilities. In the public area, there is complimentary high-speed Internet (Wi-Fi), along with an outdoor pool, business centre, restaurant, spa, concierge, bar, and a shared lounge. Services include a 24-hour front desk, day-care or babysitting, airport transfer, dry cleaning, laundry, and free parking.
The hotel's on-site restaurant, Blanc Leaf, overlooks the surrounding tropical garden with glass windows. Indulge yourself in a wide selection of Khmer, Pan-Asian and Western cuisine, including several chef's recommendations like the beef skewer, traditional Khmer soup, Blanc Leaf fried rice, and green duck curry–all sourced from fresh ingredients.
If you’re looking to rejuvenate yourself, look no further than the traditional Thai treatment in their spa facility. Through a modernised method of hot medicinal herbs and a blend of seven sacred flowers, you'll achieve a most profound relaxation and that glowing skin you always wanted.
If you’re travelling to Cambodia by air, you’ll need to book a flight to Siem Reap Airport. It is one of Cambodia’s busiest airports that facilitates both domestic and several international carriers. Reaching the Blanc Smith Residence will take a 25-minute long drive (11km) either by car, taxi or airport transfer provided by the hotel.
Blanc Smith Residence is also in close proximity to several local attractions such as the Pub Street, Old Market, and King’s Road Angkor. Bask in the sunlight and warm Gulf of Thailand waters at Sihanoukville Beaches or experience the cooling freshwater Tai Tai Waterfall.
Besides beautiful natural points, Siem Reap is also famous for its historical sites:
● Artisans Angkor – Les Chantiers Écoles
If you’re looking for something old and nostalgic, this beautiful shop sells household furnishings made of wood and stone reproductions of the Khmer Empire in the Middle Ages. The distance from the hotel is about 800m or 5 minutes by car.
● Angkor Wat
Regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world, Angkor Wat or Angkor Archaeological Park boasts a vast collection of ancient temples. Of course, the most famous one is the stunning main temple, Angkor Wat, carved with scenes depicting traditional Hindu epics. Angkor Wat is a 20-minute drive (7km) from the hotel.
For places with activities to do, consider:
● Angkor Night Market
With an extensive range of handicrafts and clothing sold here, Angkor Night Market improves the lives of Khmer people in over 200 bamboo huts. It also provides an ideal evening escape for tourists to enjoy local delicacies. The distance from the hotel is about 900m or 5 minutes by car.
● Angkor Horse Riding
Immerse yourself in the countryside vibe at the Happy Ranch Horse Farm. With an international standard, enjoy a trail of approximately 1-3 hours through the breath-taking rice fields, villages, and Buddhist temples. The stables are a short 7-minute drive (2km) from the hotel.
● Angkor Golf Resort
The green land of Siem Reap shouldn’t go unnoticed. Book a relaxing golf experience in this award-winning golf course that was designed by the European legend, Sir Nick Faldo. The distance from the hotel is about 6km or 15 minutes by car.
Blanc Smith Residence is known to be a well-maintained and tidy property, with many guests agreeing that everything from the daily breakfast, the beds and even the rain shower in the room's bathrooms, are of good standard. The friendly hotel staff will be everywhere, ready to assist you with any matter. While the hotel's pool seems smaller than most, it too is well-maintained and perfect to go for a swim in. Finally, the hotel is strategically located in its corner of Siem Reap, ensuring maximum accessibility for whichever activity you prefer for the day.