Shinta Mani Shack
Shinta Mani Shack is a stylish boutique hotel in Siem Reap. As soon as you enter the lobby you are reminded that this is no ordinary hotel, for it is designed by the renowned designer Bill Bensley who is known for his unusual and innovative designs. Shinta Mani Shack has not escaped his creativity; think bright colours, neon signs, wild sculptures, and of course… monochrome stripes everywhere.
The 62 rooms and suites are playful in style, with design features such as custom-made iron beds and mirrored walls. All face the central courtyard, where you’ll find not a normal blue swimming pool, but a large black and white striped pool: trust us, a swimming pool is essential in this part of Cambodia where temperatures often soar.
We particularly recommend the Poolside Garden Rooms as these ground floor rooms allow direct access to the pool through a set of French doors; ideal for relaxing in between temple sightseeing. If you would like a bit more space, then go for the one of the hotel’s suites.
Delicious Khmer and international food can be eaten at the hotel’s restaurant Baitong, and guests of Shinta Mani Shack may also like to visit Kroya, a restaurant specialising in Khmer food located just across the road at the sister hotel, Shinta Mani Angkor. Food here is especially mouthwatering, and will give you a taste of traditional local dishes.
By staying at a Shinta Mani hotel, you will help out local communities through the Shinta Mani Foundation. Started by a Cambodian businessman, the foundation aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged Cambodians through education and training. They run a free hospitality training school, as well as other education schemes. The foundation also provides loans to entrepreneurs wishing to start small businesses.
Shinta Mani Shack is perfect for those looking for a small, stylish boutique hotel in a convenient location in Siem Reap. It is about a 15 minute walk, or a 5 minute remorque (tuk-tuk) ride, to the night market and bar area.
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