Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
What We Love
- Largest swimming pool in Cambodia
- East-meets-West breakfast buffet with champagne on tap
- Lemongrass-perfumed air
- Don’t leave without riding the vintage cage elevator in the main building
What To Know
- If restaurant prices seem steep, try the nearby Foreign Correspondents Club
- Siem Reap’s buzzing bar scene is just a few minutes away by tuk-tuk
- A 5 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Traditionalists will love poking around the nooks and crannies of this glamorous hotel, which is all Art Deco–meets–French colonial grandeur. Cradle phones and black-and-white photos of the attraction that draws 2.5 million tourists a year to Siem Reap — the jaw-dropping Angkor temple complex, five miles away — line the cool checkerboard-tiled corridors.
Bed and Bath
Once you’ve adjusted to the arctic air conditioning, the guestrooms provide a glorious respite from Cambodia’s heat. Each spacious sanctuary features polished floors, along with a balcony or in-room daybed. Soak up views of the frangipani-fringed pool, which is modeled on ancient Khmer kings’ bathing pools, or the hotel’s manicured gardens. Grand bathrooms feature Art Deco light fittings and separate showers and tubs. Memorable touches include extracts from Miss H.W. Ponder’s 1936 book Cambodian Glory left at evening turn-down, and a platter of exotic tropical fruits.
Set aside a morning to linger over the hotel’s fabulously drool-worthy breakfast. No ordinary buffet, it even features a range of rare honeys. Gallic touches include bottles of champagne thrust into ice and chocolate croissants straight from the oven. Western delicacies sit alongside steaming-hot clear soups and pork and taro buns. The colonial-themed Elephant Bar is the place to slurp Raffles’ famed Singapore Sling. The Apsara Terrace, beyond the pool, spa and gym, is an all-in-one dancing, dinner and market experience. Service poolside is impressive; attendants even proffer woven palm hats to ward off the sun’s rays.
In the Area
Want to avoid the crowds that flock to Angkor Archaeological Park? Hire a guide through the Raffles concierge and head out early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the temple ruins are at their most photogenic anyway. At the night markets in Siem Reap, haggle over handicrafts before recovering with a $2 half-hour foot massage. Slide into a booth at Miss Wong, a tiny ruby-red bar behind Pub Street that channels 1930s Shanghai, for late night conversations over dim sum and martinis.
How to Get There
The weather in Angkor proved to be unpredictable as we were happily welcomed by the raffles staff. The heat was inexplicable and lucky for us the air conditioning of the hotel was like heaven. The walk to our room was about 5 mins and the old colonial building was really beautiful in its bucolic fashion. Our room was really nice and by the pool always a bonus. The first thing I did was to get my swimmers on and dive in the pool. The one issue with it was that the pool is supposedly heated or just boiling from the sun which made it hard to cope with. The elephant bar didn’t disappoint with many drinks that were both alcoholic and not plus great service. The drink we were given upon entry was actually like heaven in my mouth. The bar by the pool was also amazing. Come dinner time the food at the restaurant was mediocre as we were hoping for more of a Cambodian taste rather than international. There were three or four shops in the hotel selling a range from key chains to rugs. The staff were very helpful in getting us a Tuk Tuk tonride around town. In terms of Angkor Wat the thing that worked for us was a guided tour at about 4 or 5 in the morning. Hope you have found this helpful...
Beautiful property. Fantastic service. Great breakfast. Lovely elevator. Location a bit out of the way but just about a km walk from the main areas. Makes for a quieter stay. Very easy to get transport to any place and it is extremely inexpensive.
Great hotel in a very good location. We went with two small kids and hotel staff was very friendly. Not so many facilities for kids. Room smelled a bit moldy.
Pricey restaurant and airport transfer.
Pricey relative to other luxury hotels in the area.
My husband and I stayed at the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor for two nights in late June. Not only was the hotel beautifully kept, the service was unparalleled and the food was exceptional. The hotel has one of the largest and nicest pools we have ever seen and their champagne brunch was the best we had throughout our stay in Asia. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We hope to be back when we can stay longer!
Wonderful Escapade, Amazing Service
We were warmly welcome and service’s been amazing from the moment we step into the property.
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway from the busy/hectic lifestyle, this is the place to be!
The ambience of the lobby is so serene – just what my husband and I expected. The interior of the hotel is kept classy and luxury – I especially love the lift which I understand has been around since 1932 (they do regular maintenance!). Upon arrival, we were escorted to the lounge for a welcome drink. I think there is a guava in it, it taste so good and refreshing. Check In was very prompt!
The room keys are ‘antic’, you have to return your room key to the Front Office whenever you step out of the hotel for safe keeping.
The staff (Dara Vichet) remembered our room number and already made their way to return us the key even before we reach the lobby (Observant at its best!) and we were greeted by our names each time we made eye contact. Thank you Dara Vichet!
We stayed in the suite room category. Huge and spacious! Love the design of the suite, comfortable bed and clean bathroom. I love the colonial style!
There are 2 bathroom which comes with a bathtub each. I don’t mind spending a whole day in the room, it is that good!
Welcome fruit was generous, I saw my favourite Mango hence I really enjoyed it.
We dine at the lounge for dinner. We opt for the vegetarian option, really nice Carbonara and fried noodle. SO GOOD..!
On our first day at breakfast we opt for a seat nearer to the window as we both love the sun, had our usual tea, apple juice and pancake.
A very quiet and relaxed environment. On our subsequent visit for breakfast, the staffs knew our room number and greeted us by name. Showed us to our favourite seat and immediately told us that they know we would like to have tea and apple juice. Applause for that! A for effort. I am so touched. Thank you Srey and Borany for your amazing service!
Spent most of our stay exploring the hotel facilities and by the poolside. Just what we needed – a breather from a super hectic city lifestyle.
We had a 60 minutes couple spa treatment; Som as my therapist for the Aromatherapy session. I love the whole relaxing experience and her pressure was perfect!
Thank you, Som!
Very prompt service, kept our room tidy all the time.
Check Out was very prompt – Thank you Bunnath for assisting us and reminding us to ensure we did not leave anything behind (but we left our heart! J)
Chris from the Front Office was very thoughtful to share with us some of the places we can visit for Halal Restaurant in Siem Reap as I was wearing a Hijab.
It is very kind of him to provide us recommendations and shared a namecard of the person we can contact. Simple gesture but it goes a long way!
As we board the Tuk Tuk (a great experience instead of the usual car service) which you should try whilst in Siem Reap, the fond farewell received made it hard to leave the hotel because it is THAT amazing!
Thank you Raffles Hotel Sieam Reap for making our very first ever wedding anniversary a relaxing and memorable one. We look forward to coming back with our little baby hopefully!
It is a gem! Staff is truly committed to creating service excellence! You should NOT hesitate when booking a stay here, it is worth it! Trust me on this one!