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The iconic Southeast Asian hotel reopens with updated, fresh-looking rooms

After almost 3 years, one of the most emblematic heritage properties in Southeast Asia reopens its doors for guests. The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia has a refreshed new look, offering a mix of culture, heritage and charming hospitality.

The meticulous transformation began in 2019 with facelifts of its rooms and apartments. This happened before the world closed down to travel. The famous façade and exterior now shine with a bright white, rather than a cream-beige hue, which is the color of French colonial architecture in Indochina. Rooms have brighter, brighter interiors with Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillowcases.

The French windows have been modernized, and each room has a desk and a vintage rotary telephone. More space has been added by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in cabinets. All bathrooms have been modernized with Italian tiles and rain showers. Traditional ceiling fans remain, as well as beautiful views of the Royal Gardens, the resort’s iconic pool, and views of street scenes or the hotel’s plantation-style grounds.

“It’s a great feeling to bring this charming hotel back to life,” CEO Dennis de Groot said in a press release. “The Grand Hotel is a national treasure, and its historical history is a testament to Cambodia’s colorful past. It was originally built as a rest stop for archaeologists and adventurers who want to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat. As we prepare to celebrate the hotel’s 90th anniversary this year, we are pleased that this hotel can continue to set the standard for luxury hospitality, where travelers arrive as guests, leave as friends, and return as family. . ”

The reopening movement on June 1 comes at a time when Cambodia has removed all major travel restrictions. The country has been widely praised for its pandemic management and effective vaccination program.

The hotel was first opened in 1932 and was celebrated as La Grande Dame de Angkor. For almost 90 years, it has hosted guests from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama through its tiled lobby, which still remains - as has the hotel’s teak and wrought-iron cage elevator. When it opened, it had only 63 rooms, all with private bathrooms, which was considered a revelation in its day. Designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard, it combined Khmer art and furniture with Art Deco influences. The property was taken over by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in 1997, at the invitation of King Sihanouk of Cambodia.

The entertainment also received an upgrade. Raffles Marquee is an elegant event center set along 15 acres of French gardens. It will host everything from Khmer shows and fashion shows to wedding receptions and business conferences. It is also fully air-conditioned, providing a unique setting for all types of events in Siem Reap.

Named after its opening year, 1932 is the hotel’s latest signature restaurant, serving traditional Khmer royal cuisine for a unique dining experience.

It is a 20-minute drive to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Temple Gate. The hotel offers a wide range of Raffles trips and resort programs designed to inspire local experiences with worldly elegance. Guests can explore the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park with an iconic Vespa before being one of the first travelers of the day to enter the temple.

You can take a local tuk-tuk tour of Angkor’s Silk Road, visiting the beautiful Banteay Srei Temple and Golden Silk Farm. If you want to taste Siem Reap, you can indulge in exclusive hidden culinary gems or, if shopping is more about your style, explore the Kandal Village in Siem Reap with a Raffles butler. Culture lovers can enjoy a majestic Cambodian dance show on the Apsara Terrace.

You can also experience the culture on the resort grounds. Guests can take part in on-site activities, including monk blessings, Angkor Sling master classes, botanical and culinary garden tours, and a tour of the hotel’s resident history.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor was recognized this year by the American magazine Travel + leisure among the top 500 hotels in the world. Rooms start at $ 350 per night. For reservations or questions, call +855 23 982 598 or email [email protected].

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