And having tried both hotels, we had a clear preference for the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, so much so that we came back there after 1 night at Le Méridien!
This gave us the opportunity to test two types of rooms:
- Presidential Suite
- Courtyard Suite
Booking at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Hotel
In order to benefit from the 5-night stay at the price of 4 using Marriott Bonvoy points, we have therefore booked our first 5 nights with points.
In addition, we benefited from the category 2 low-season rate: 10,000 points per night (instead of about $155 CDN).
For example, our 5-night stay cost us only 40,000 points!
To earn these points, a single application for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card is all it takes! After spending $1,500 in 3 months, you’ll get a great welcome bonus detailed below.
And if you already have this card , you could get the version for self-employed workers, professionals or small businesses: the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card!
Location of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Hotel
The Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort is located about 20 minutes by taxi from the international airport and less than 10 minutes east of Siem Reap town centre.
Around the hotel
To go anywhere from the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, you must use a Tuk Tuk or taxi. In the evening, you can take the hotel’s free shuttle bus to downtown Siem Reap.
The advantage of this location: to get to the temples which are North of the city, your Tuk Tuk will take the Apsara road, much less busy than the Charles De Gaulle avenue.
Angkor Wat is thus only fifteen minutes away from the hotel.
Points of interest to see from the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort include
- Angkor Wat
- Angkor Thom
- Ta Prohm
- Angkor Night Market
- The National Museum of Angkor
- The Angkor Dynasty show
Check-in at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Hotel
As usual, Jean-Maximilien negotiated an upgrade in a suite through Marriott Bonvoy’s mobile application 48 hours before our arrival.
Little did we know that we would be updraged to the hotel’s Presidential Suite! This is the largest room available.
Upon our arrival, the hotel tols us that we are the first Titanium members from Canada to come to the hotel since it opened.
As a welcome gift, the hotel also offered us breakfast. Even though we’re Titanium members, breakfasts are never included in Courtyard hotels.
By the way, here is the hotel lobby, which is very different from the Courtyard Hotel lobbies we know in North America!
Our Presidential Suite at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Hotel
The hotel concierge took us to our suite.
The upstairs corridor is wide, but rather dark. The suite is at the end of the corridor.
The lounge in the Presidential suite
When the door opened, the children were stunned. And so were we. The living room in the Presidential suite is simply gigantic!
There are two sofas, as well as a dining room – with a closed kitchen!
At the end of the room, a large office from where Jean-Maximilien did a Facebook Live with the milesopedia community.
At the entrance, a bathroom, which is practical for children at night!
The bedroom in the Presidential suite
Let’s move on to the bedroom in the Presidential suite. Also a very nice area, including a sofa.
Every evening, room service took great care to prepare the room and bring bottles of water and small chocolates on the pillows. Remember, this is a Courtyard Hotel. Not a St. Regis!
The bathroom in the Presidential suite
My favourite room: the bathroom! Made up of a beautiful bathtub, a separate shower and toilet.
This bathroom is separated from the bedroom AND the huge dressing room by two sliding doors.
The dressing room of the Presidential suite
There is a large dressing room close to the bathroom and the bedroom.
You’d think this would be the gym locker room. But no, this is really the dressing room of the Presidential suite! 😀
The terrace of the Presidential suite
Let’s finish this tour of the Presidential suite on the terrace. Or should I say, the soccer field?
An incredible area. But unfortunately, it was not furnished enough: we didn’t really enjoy it, and the children prefered the swimming pool!
Our Courtyard Suite at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort
On our second stay, we were upgraded to a Courtyard Suite. Typically the one available for Platinum and Titanium members.
The living room in the Courtyard Suite
The living room in the Courtyard Suite is a nice size.
A large desk with mini bar is present.
The Courtyard Suite Bedroom
Let’s see the Courtyard Suite bedroom.
Like the Presidential suite above, this one is connected to the bathroom.
The bathroom in the Courtyard Suite
This bathroom has nothing to envy the one in the Presidential suite.
It also includes a bathtub and a separate shower.
There are two large pools, connected to each other. One is more for swimming, while the other is for the youngest guests.
We had a lot of fun there, especially with a temperature of 35 degrees and not many people!
The roof terrace
On the roof of the hotel, there is a beautiful terrace. We went there a couple of times at the end of the day for a drink and a bite to eat.
Very pleasant at sunset.
Above the reception is the well-equipped gym!
Again, we didn’t meet many people when we went there!
The playroom / Kids Club
We had chosen this hotel because of its Kids Club, which is practical when travelling with young children.
Although the facilities are very good, unfortunately, during our stay, it was difficult to have staff available to look after the children.
Our general impression of the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Hotel
The Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, only a category 2 in the Marriott Bonvoy program, impressed us with the quality of its facilities. Check out the following section to find out how you can stay there for free with Marriott Bonvoy points!
The concierge went out of his way to find us a private French-speaking guide who took us on a tour of the Angkor temples, or a nanny so that we could enjoy an evening out as a couple in the city!
In short, we highly recommend it if you are passing through Siem Reap. As you will soon see in another review, the Méridien, of a higher category, is not worth it in our eyes.
Get Marriott Bonvoy points
There are two main methods to earn Marriott Bonvoy points through credit cards:
- Directly: with Marriott Bonvoy credit cards
- Indirectly: by transferring Membership Rewards from American Express
Directly with the Marriott Bonvoy credit cards
Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned directly with the two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards:
These two cards each offer an excellent welcome bonus. And, for each of your expenses, you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points.
Besides, upon renewal, with each of these cards, you get an annual reward night certificate.
Indirectly, by transferring points
Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned indirectly by transferring points through six credit cards in the American Express Membership Rewards Program.
These cards each offer a nice welcome bonus. You can transfer Membership Rewards Points to Marriott Bonvoy at the rate of 1:1.2. This means that by transferring 50,000 Membership Rewards Points, you will get 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points!