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.