Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia set to reopen on June 1

The hotel was shut down for almost three years and is reopening as the country is easing restrictions

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, an iconic heritage property in Southeast Asia, is set to reopen its doors to guests on June 1, 2022, for the first time in almost three years.

First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as La Grande Dame de Angkor, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama – to the heart of Cambodia for almost ninety years.

The hotel underwent a transformation in 2019 with rooms and suites receiving a meticulous facelift before the global pause in travel. The guestrooms feature lighter and brighter interiors as well as the addition of Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. The French windows, which swing open to views of street scenes or the plantation-style grounds of the hotel, have been upgraded and each room has a writing desk and vintage rotary telephone. 

“It is a magnificent feeling to bring this enchanting hotel back to life,” said General Manager Dennis de Groot. “The Grand Hotel is a national treasure and its storied history is testament to Cambodia’s colourful past. It was originally built as a rest stop for archaeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat. As we prepare to celebrate the hotel’s 90th anniversary this year, we are delighted that this hotel can continue to set the standard for luxury hospitality, where travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family.”

Named after the year that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened, 1932 is the hotel’s latest signature restaurant, aiming to serve traditional Royal Khmer cuisine. 

 Another fresh addition to the hotel is the Raffles Marquee, an events centre situated within 15-acres of French gardens that can host Khmer performances, fashion shows, wedding receptions and business conferences. 

The move to reopen on June 1 comes at a time when Cambodia has removed all major travel restrictions.

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