Raffles Hotels group has announced that Joseph Colina has been named general manager of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the 90-year-old luxury hotel located near the ancient Khmer archeological sites of Angkor.
The American national brings nearly two decades of experience with Accor to his new posting in Siem Reap. Colina most recently served as general manager of MGallery Sapa in northern Vietnam. He also previously worked as hotel manager for Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, after launching his career in the U.S. with positions in Washington, D.C., Chicago and elsewhere.
“This is an exciting moment in Siem Reap not only as international travelers flock back to one of the world’s most extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Sites but also as Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor writes the next chapter in its own legendary history, after celebrating its 90-year anniversary last year as a landmark heritage hotel in Southeast Asia,” Colina said.
The hotel reopened its doors in June 2022 following a major restoration project and pandemic-related closure that lasted nearly three years. Nearly all of the hotel’s 119 guest rooms and suites were fully refurbished as part of the project, including the addition of new Italian tiling and fixtures in the guest bathrooms. One of the hotel’s most distinctive attributes—its classic metal and timber elevator in the lobby—remains, as does the vintage ambiance of The Elephant Bar.
Colina takes the reins amid other significant changes at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, including the launch of the Khmer fine-dining restaurant 1932 and the addition of the Raffles Marquee, an events space overlooking a lawn.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor originally opened in 1932; the hotel was originally built as a rest stop for archeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat.