Raffles d’Angkor hotel to reopen after three years

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor reopens after three years

Cambodia: The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor will reopen 1 June  2022 following a renovation of all guest rooms, its facade, and other new additions.

The hotel underwent a transformation in 2019, refreshing all guest rooms and suites and updating the facade of the building. It has seen been shut due to Covid-related closures.

Guestrooms now feature Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. Additional furniture includes a writing desk and a rotary telephone, as well as new built in storage. All bathrooms have been upgraded too with Italian tiling and rain showers. 

Now painted white, the entire exterior of the hotel has been changed from its former cream-beige colour, which reflected French colonial architecture across Indochina. 

1932, the hotel’s latest restaurant, will serve traditional Royal Khmer cuisine. Another addition to the hotel is the Raffles Marquee, an air-conditioned events centre situated within 15 acres of gardens.

The reopening comes at a time when Cambodia has removed all major travel restrictions. 

Fully-vaccinated travellers are no longer required to quarantine on arrival. Non-vaccinated travellers will need to take a pre-flight Covid-19 PCR no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Cambodia, and a Rapid Antigen Test upon entry.

Dennis de Groot, general manager at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, said: “It is a magnificent feeling to bring this enchanting hotel back to life. The Grand Hotel is a national treasure, and its storied history is testament to Cambodia’s colourful past. It was originally built as a rest stop 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 travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family.”

Designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard, the Grand Hotel first opened in 1932 with 63 rooms. 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 Cambodia’s King Sihanouk.

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