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
We visited The Raffles twice during our stay in SR. The atmosphere is fabulous. We loved the old world charm and the service. We had a great time listening to the fantastic piano man and enjoyed a wonderful meal and show. The staff are very helpful and welcoming. It’s a must when in SR. Highly recommended
No amount of bells and whistles make up for personalised service. And, quite often, warm staff and genuine hospitality are more important than sumptuous, hi-tech surroundings. Such is the case at Raffles Hotel Grand d’Angkor.
A classic, colonial-styled hotel, set in sprawling grounds which contain a stunning pool, tennis courts, charming spa and beautiful gardens, from the front door to the pool bar this property exudes character and warmth, two qualities which money can often not buy but this city-centre resort has in spades.
Presided over by a traditionally hands-on general manager who epitomises everything a cultured traveller expects from an international hotelier, the first class service and genuinely warm staff at five-star Raffles Hotel Grand d’Angkor more than make up for any lack of 21st-century mod cons.
Raffles Hotel Grand d’Angkor is highly recommended by The Cultured Traveller, and there is nowhere better to locate yourself if visiting Angkor Wat.
Beautiful hotel with very nice staff, I was happy with the hotel, until they started with helicopter trips that leave just beside the swimmingpool. It was like sitting on an airport!! For more than 2 hours helicopters would come and go. It is a real shame for such a beautiful hotel. I hope they will not offer these trips anymore, if they will, I would suggest to stay away.
We stayed for three days at the Raffles in Siem Reap as part of a large group. The staff could not do enough for us and we certainly kept them very busy! The Cambodian people are wonderful, so friendly, and the hotel was well located for exploring the wider areas of Siem Reap and getting into Pub Street for a lively atmosphere in the evenings. The only disappointing aspect is that the shower did not seem to work as well as it could have done, but apart from that, the hotel was gorgeous. I fell in love with the lift from the reception area – I want one just like!
Beautiful hotel, service and breakfast excellent, would recommend this hotel if you intend to visit Angkor Wat. Easy getting into town in the cheap tuktuks and plenty of places to eat and drink in the centre.