With a timeless new look, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor offers a compelling mix of heritage, grandeur and charming hospitality.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor reopened its doors to guests on 1 June for the first time in almost three years. Located in the enchanting city of Siem Reap, Cambodia, the luxury hotel is one of the most iconic heritage properties in Southeast Asia.
The widely-celebrated property has welcomed discerning travellers since 1932 with famous faces like Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama guests over the past 90 years.
The hotel underwent a delicate restoration in 2019, meticulously refreshing its rooms and suites before the global pause in travel.
Set in over six hectares of lush tropical gardens, it provides the perfect base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor.
Landmark hotel, fresh additions
The first thing returning guests will notice is the new coat of fresh white paint that covers the iconic exterior. The changes continue into the guestrooms that have retained their old-world charm with the addition of modern amenities like coffee machines and USB charging points.
Each suite now has a writing desk and vintage rotary telephone, paying homage to the hotel’s history. The plantation-style grounds can be viewed from elegant from french windows.
The bathrooms have been revamped with Italian tiling and rain showers while the charming traditional ceiling fans remain.
Fit for a King
The hotel’s signature restaurant, 1932, is named after the year that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened. A truly unique dining experience, 1932 is the only restaurant in Siem Reap that serves traditional Royal Khmer cuisine.
The menu offers a tantalising selection of dishes like seared Seabass fillet with grilled banana blossom, and crispy Kroeung marinated quail with Khmer curry sauce.
The newly-minted Raffles Marquee is an elegant centre hosting events from classic Khmer performances, modern fashion shows to weddings and conferences. The venue’s design draws inspiration from the golden age of travel with its sophisticated, and fully-airconditioned, space.
Traditionalists can be rest assured that the hotel refresh has retained its colonial charms of the past. The hotel’s original timber elevator remains, as does the vintage ambience of the Elephant Bar. The iconic checker-tiled lobby, that has welcomed a list of royalty, film stars, writers and artists over the decades, is still firmly intact.
Explore Cambodia from Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Located in the old French Quarter, the hotel is next to the Angkor National Museum. A short riverside walk will take you to Siem Reap town centre, with its vibrant markets and trendy culinary scene. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is also positioned just 20 minutes drive from the UNESCO Heritage temples of Angkor.
Raffles Curated Journeys, the hotel’s enticing experience series, allows guests to explore more of this fascinating destination. Discover the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park by Vespa, entering the temple before the crowds arrive. Embark on a tuk-tuk tour through the Silk Road of Angkor, visiting the Banteay Srei Temple and Golden Silk Farm.
While back at the hotel, tour the grounds with a resident historian, take an Angkor Sling masterclass, and enjoy botanical and culinary garden tours.