The massive monolith of the Le Meridien looks as if a spaceship landed on the road running north to the temples. Three stories and square, the building is beveled, with the larger edge at the top, and is surrounded by a moat and large open areas, all stylistic nods to the temple architecture nearby. Catering mostly to Japanese and Korean groups, the stylish Le Meridien displays accents of culture including fine Apsara sculptures in each room and tinted photos of the temples. Done in dark wood, rooms are clean and elegant, with silken comforters on the beds, cane matting on the floors, and Khmer-style contemporary divans near the window. Deluxe and superior rooms differ only slightly in size. Bathrooms connect to the main bedroom via a shuttered window, and all are done in a sparkly black tile, with granite counters and glass showers separate from tubs. Dining options range from buffet to a fine Italian restaurant, all set in large, glassed-in spaces overlooking a lush central courtyard where a many-headed Ganesha statue holds court. The pool is an unusual esplanade of smaller, tiered pools connected with waterfalls and traversed by interlocking raised pathways and Greek-style colonnaded arches. Staff wear starched jackets and snap to it like they really mean it.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010