Located in Northern Cambodia’s Siem Reap, Raffles reopened doors to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor on October 1 after a six-month renovation. The hotel brand identifies itself as one of the most iconic heritage hotels in Southeast Asia, with an expansive landscape of colonial-era architecture.
First opened in 1932 as La Grande Dame de Angkor, the hotel is famous for its eminent guests like Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama. It was acquired by Fairmont Raffles Hotel International in 1997 and still maintains itself as the perfect location to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor.
Along with the vintage metal and timber lift from 1929, Grand d’Angkor boasts of 119 plush rooms and suites, out of which 112 rooms have been redone and now exude the trademark classic façade of the Cambodian property, equipped with modern amenities like power ports, USB charging stations, writing desks and built-in wardrobes.
The bathrooms are given a makeover as well. They are fitted with Italian tiles and rain showers and face the property’s magnificent swimming pool.
After its much anticipated revamp, the guests will get to witness a lot of new venue additions and a contemporary touch to its splendid architecture style of Indochine. To start with, the Grand Hotel d’Angkor has transitioned from its beige palette of the Royal Khmer architecture across Cambodia to tones of alabaster white, retaining a very majestic look.
The outdoor Apsara Terrace, previously popular for traditional Khmer performances will now host MICE and banquet events, titled as the Raffles Marquee. The Elephant Bar and Café d’Angkor, both renowned for welcoming celebrity patrons and afternoon teas respectively, have been retouched as a happening place. The 15-acred property is also set to launch a new restaurant 1932 in the upcoming month.
“In the Grand Hotel, we’re custodians of an incredible historical asset,” says Oliver Dudler, Raffles Cambodia Cluster General Manager. “The careful restoration and refurbishments will enhance guest comfort by offering new modern amenities while staying true to our longstanding heritage and classically elegant ambience.”