Raffles Grand Hotel D’angkor reopens its doors to the world

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The iconic hotel is back with its refreshed new look, offering guests a fascinating blend of culture, heritage and charming hospitality.

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkorone of Southeast Asia’s most iconic heritage properties, reopens to guests on June 1, 2022 for the first time in nearly three years.

First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as La Grande Dame d’Angkor, the hotel has welcomed discerning travelers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama – to the historic heart of Cambodia for nearly ninety years old.

The hotel underwent a delicate transformation in 2019 with rooms and suites receiving a meticulous facelift ahead of the global travel break. Rooms feature lighter and brighter interiors along with the addition of Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. French doors, which open onto street scenes or the hotel’s plantation-style gardens, have been upgraded, and each room now has a desk and vintage rotary phone, thanks in part to the extra floor space created by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in cabinets. All bathrooms have also been upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers. The traditional ceiling fans remain, as well as the beautiful views of the Royal Gardens or the resort’s signature swimming pool.

“It is a wonderful feeling to bring this enchanting hotel back to life.” said the acting director general Denis de Groot. “The Grand Hotel is a national treasure and its rich history is testament to Cambodia’s colorful past. It was originally built as a stopover for archaeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat. As we prepare to celebrate the hotel’s 90th anniversary this year, we are delighted that this hotel can continue to set the standard for luxury hospitality, where travelers arrive as guests, leave as as friends and come back as family.

Returning guests will notice that the hotel’s famous facade and entire exterior now shine white, rather than its former creamy beige hue that was the color of French colonial architecture across Indochina.

Named after the year the Raffles Grand Hotel Angkor opened, 1932 is the hotel’s latest signature restaurant, proudly inheriting the honor of serving traditional Khmer royal cuisine for a unique dining experience.

Another new addition to the hotel is the Raffles Marquee, an elegant events center set in 15 acres of lush formal gardens that hosts everything from Khmer performances and fashion shows to wedding receptions and corporate conferences. business. This fully air-conditioned marquee offers a truly unique setting for sophisticated events in the charming town of Siem Reap.

Traditionalists can rest assured that the hotel’s original teak and wrought-iron caged elevator remains, as does the Elephant Bar’s vintage vibe and checkerboard lobby, which over the decades has seen a guest list of royalty, movie stars, writers and artists. .

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is located just a 20-minute drive from the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Temples. To allow guests to further explore this fascinating destination, Raffles Grand Hotel Angkor offers an enticing series of Raffles curated trips and resort programs designed to infuse local experiences with worldly elegance. You can explore the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park on an iconic Vespa, before being one of the first travelers of the day to enter the temple. Embark on a local tuk-tuk tour for a journey through the Angkor Silk Road, visiting the magnificent Banteay Srei Temple and the Golden Silk Farm. Foodies can get a taste of Siem Reap on an exclusive culinary hidden gem, while shopaholics stroll through the Kandal Village area of ​​Siem Reap with the help of a Raffles butler, and culture vultures can enjoy a majestic show of Cambodian dances on the Apsara terrace.

Within the grounds of the resort, guests can participate in on-site activities including monk blessings, Angkor Sling masterclasses, botanical and culinary garden tours, and a tour with the hotel’s resident historian.

Designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in a style that blends Khmer art and furniture with Art Deco influences, the Grand Hotel opened in 1932 with just 63 rooms, all with private bathrooms – a revelation to the hotel. era. The property, along with its sister hotel, Le Royal, in Phnom Penh, was taken over by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in 1997 at the invitation of King Sihanouk of Cambodia.

The decision to reopen on June 1 comes at a time when Cambodia has removed all major travel restrictions. The country has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic and its effective vaccination program.

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