The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia has reopened following an extensive six-month restoration. First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as the Grande Dame of Angkor, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama.
Beyond the refreshed façade that retains the colonial style synonymous with the heritage and history of the Raffles brand, all 119 rooms and suites have received a meticulous facelift. Warm, hardwood floors, lighter and brighter interiors, Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses are new features added to complement traditional ceiling fans and brass rotary telephones.
Bathrooms too, have been extensively renovated and upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers some of which feature grand claw-foot tubs and views over the iconic swimming pool.
Named after the year that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened, 1932 is the hotel’s new signature restaurant, serving executive chef Angela Brown’s take on Cambodian cuisine with an innovative interplay of traditional ingredients and progressive cooking methods. 1932 is the only destination restaurant offering authentic Royal Khmer cuisine originated from ancient recipes gifted to Raffles by Royal Decree.
Gourmands can savour signature dishes, such as the Chateaubriand pairing Lok Lak spiced Wagyu beef striploin with grape puree, pickled water lily and Lok Lak essence, and the Crisp Kroeung marinated quail perfected with sweet potato fondant, long bean salad and authentic Khmer curry sauce, as well as a variety of seasonal specials featuring fresh local ingredients.
Guests may choose to complete their experience with Sipsmith’s Raffles 1915 Gin in the swish Elephant Bar or enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea in the colonial-style Conservatory.