My review of Raffles Grand D'Angkor is a few years late - we were there in April 2008 - didn't know TripAdvisor existed then! There's always something very special about staying in an old world style hotel like the Raffles Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and El Palace Barcelona (the latter two reviewed here as well). Yes, one can complain about some things not working or up to date, rooms looking tired and in need of upgrading etc., but that is the compromise I guess. You can't replace 80 years of travels and journeys that have gone through the hotel and replicate the soul of a place just like that!
We stayed in a Landmark Room and had a package which included meals, visits to the temples, and even a hot air balloon ride. The public relations manager, a Japanese lady, spent some time in the exquisite colonial setting of the Conservatory going over with us our plans for the next few days. It was low season at the hotel (and very hot!), so it was as if we had the place to ourselves, which was really nice for a change. Aside from the usual refreshing face towels and chilled water they hand you upon entering the lobby each time, we also had very personal service for our meals - even the smallest detail was not overlooked, whilst being non-intrusive at the same time - a hallmark of stellar service.
Our room had everything one would expect from an elegant colonial era - high ceilings, four poster bed, wooden floors, french windows. The only shortfall we felt was the quality of the bed mattress - rather thin and soft, and the clawfoot bath tub, with its original ball and chain (!) stopper, which showed signs of stain and dirt.
We went on our trips to the temples with our very well-spoken (in English) tuk-tuk driver Vichet, coming back over lunch to rest and enjoy the spa (which offered substantial discounts for treatments done midday!) before setting out again.
Perhaps when our kids are old enough, we will bring them to the Angkor temples and we will definitely look forward to another stay at this grande dame of a hotel!
- 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