Cambodia is finally to have its first Marriott International branded hotel, with local developer Grand Lion Group announcing last week that the 233-room Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort would be completed in the first half of next year on a 1.2-hectare site on the outskirts of town.
Phnom Penh-based Grand Lion Group signed an agreement the US-based global hotel chain back in 2010 to build the $200 million complex, which includes a grand ballroom, a kids’ game room, 600 square meters of function space, and a rooftop bar with views of nearby Angkor Wat. However, the global financial crisis resulted in a decision to delay the Siem Reap hotel’s construction, according to the group’s chief operating officer and attorney Alex Leon.
“Cambodian construction of international-standard projects may not always be [straightforward],” Leon told the Khmer Times. “We have had to change several major materials as well as contractors in the last few months which has had an impact on our timeline.”
In the fourth quarter of 2017, Grand Lion Group is also expecting to break ground on a 250-room Marriott-branded resort in the southern coastal town of Sihanoukville, at a cost of $160 million.
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