i stayed for three days from 24-27July 2012. overall, me & my husband are very happy during our stay.
HOTEL: family owned, you can get the extra Khmer feel in every corner of the hotel.
ROOM: tidy, very clean bathroom, house keeping everyday, air-cond very cool, artistic wooden furniture, mini fridge, TV with many different channels, free 2 bottle of water daily, comfortable big bed with 4 pillows and clean linen.
STAFF: most of them can speak fluent English. very friendly, very helpful, very humble, always smiling.
TUK TUK: FOC (i took their promotion package) they can arrange a tuk tuk for you to the town and temple within minutes. tipping is optional, i gave my friendly tuk tuk driver some tips, coz he is always on time, never let us wait for him.
POOL: medium size, it's a salt water pool, and i like that. my skin is sensitive to Chlorine water pool.
FOOD: their cafe/restaurant serve the best Khmer food in town, trust me!! we been to so many restaurant like Viroth, the singing tree, blue pumpkin etc etc..... only then we both agree Shining hotel serves the best Khmer food! after a brief chat with their manager, i was told that their cook used to work in a 5-star hotel. everything from breakfast to dinner is so nicely presented, taste just right, price is cheaper than restaurant around temple area.
LOCATION: nearby angkor wat temple, pub street, night market, just a few minutes by tuk tuk. very peaceful and tranquil during night time, just a few steps walk to some street side stall selling local tidbits like baked banana, corn...