Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Reopening June 1

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is set to reopen its doors to guests on June 1 for the first time in almost three years.

First opened in 1932, the hotel underwent a transformation in 2019 with rooms and suites receiving a facelift before the global pause in travel. The guestrooms now have lighter and brighter interiors as well as the addition of Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. The French windows have been upgraded, and each room now has a writing desk and vintage rotary telephone, thanks in part to the added floor space created by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in wardrobes. All bathrooms have also been upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers. The traditional ceiling fans remain, as well as the views of the Royal Gardens and the swimming pool.

Returning guests will notice that the façade and entire exterior of the hotel now shines white, rather than its former cream hue, which was the colour of French colonial architecture across Indochina.

Another addition to the hotel is the Raffles Marquee, an events center locater within 15-acres of French gardens that plays host to everything from Khmer performances and fashion shows to wedding receptions and business conferences.

Good to know: Traditionalists can rest assured that the hotel’s original teak and wrought iron cage elevator remains, as does the vintage ambience of the Elephant Bar and the checker-tiled lobby.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a 20-minute drive to the UNESCO Heritage temples of Angkor. Guests can explore the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park on a Vespa, before being one of the first travellers of the day to enter the temple. Embark on a local tuk-tuk tour for a journey through the Silk Road of Angkor, visiting the Banteay Srei Temple and Golden Silk Farm. Food aficionados can taste Siem Reap on an exclusive “Culinary Hidden Gems” tour, while shopaholics saunter Siem Reap’s Kandal Village neighborhood with the assistance of a Raffles Butler, and culture lovers can enjoy a majestic performance of Cambodian dances in the Apsara Terrace.

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

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