Getting greeted right at the entrance by the butler of the hotel is not very common nowadays.....and this continues with all staff of the hotel, locals or foreign. "How did you sleep tonight, sir?" asked the maid with a shy smile as I got out of the room.
The restored old wrought iron elevator to the 1st floor - of course - was always attended even if I tried to tell them that I can push the button myself.
The spa outstanding, the massage great and by the pool the drinks arrived even before we settled down.
The staff had excellent memory and were pro-active. As I was looking in the lobby for my wife the bartender came to me and informed me that my wife was at the spa - again...
Food was not 3* but quite innovative with local produce. Their extensive (well organised) cellar has everything : Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Petrus, you name it.
Even if there were no Angkor Wat and the other temples in Siem Riep, I would recommend this old fashioned hotel. If only there were more.....
PS The Singapore Raffles is also great but I did not get such personal service....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set across from the Royal Palace, is one of the landmark historic hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration. The hotel is rich in Cambodia history and full of original treasures, right down to the original working cage elevator in the lobby. Our doorman still welcomes everyone in a uniform inspired by the Royal Palace With the privilege of over 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens and built around the country’s largest swimming pool, the hotel is a peaceful oasis to which to retreat after exploring the temples in the UNESCO World Heritage site only 10 minutes from the hotel. Relax and revitalise under the fragrant frangipani trees beside the magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture, or enjoy a massage to ease away the travel. Stroll along the river to the vibrant markets and wonderful array of dining options. In addition to beautifully restored guest rooms you can choose from one of the luxury suites, including our most popular Cabana Suites with direct access from the balcony to the garden and pool. You may be surprised to know that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor also has two of Siem Reap’s most luxurious two-bedroom Villas, providing utmost privacy and personal butler service in the private poolside setting. Food gourmets will delight with a variety of options including the popular Raffles Afternoon Tea and the Apsara Terrace, Siem Reap’s best cultural dance performance and dinner in the poolside gardens. For golf enthusiasts, there are several international golf courses and we recommend the award-winning Nick Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort. Golf packages are available Complete your visit to Cambodia with a stay at our sister hotel Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh open since 1929 and the capital city’s only luxury landmark hotel. With lush tropical gardens and built around two swimming pools it is an oasis for travelers exploring the vibrant capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raffles Grand Hotel d Angkor
- Raffles Grand Siem Reap