Just reopened after a six-month restoration
It has been called the most iconic hotel in Cambodia, and now the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap’s French Quarter is back after a meticulous six-month restoration. First opened in 1932, the hotel has welcomed Charlie Chaplin, Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy among its famous guests, and is deeply rooted in local culture. It sits in 15 acres of manicured lawns, which also house a tennis club.
The hotel reopens with restored rooms, a fresh façade, a new signature restaurant and children’s club, and a choice of five Raffles Curated Journeys. The restoration has retained the colonial charm, heritage and architectural grandeur, from the original timber elevator in the grand, marble-washed lobby to the traditional entertainment, such as the Apsara performances, a type of local dance.
All 119 rooms and suites have been revitalised, with warm, hardwood floors, lighter interiors, Segafredo coffee machines and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. Bathrooms have benefitted from Italian tiling, oversized rain showers and grand, claw-foot tubs, with views over Cambodia’s most iconic swimming pool; inspired in design and size by the ancient bathing pools of the Khmer kings in Angkor.
The hotel’s restaurants have also been refurbished, including Café d’Angkor, an all-day dining restaurant; 1932, the hotel’s signature restaurant, named after the year the hotel opened, serving-up modern Cambodian cuisine; and the colonial-style Conservatory, which serves afternoon tea.
There are five Raffles Curated Journeys to try, including a Vespa tour and a temple picnic at sunrise. You can also try a tuk-tuk tour of the local art scene; sample the cuisine of Siem Reap; or attempt a shopping tour with the assistance of a Raffles Butler.
Rooms at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor start from AED722 in low season, including breakfast. More details on the website.