Our family recently stayed with a friend and his family at the Raffles Siem Reap. We had two very nice rooms in the old section and our friend's room was located in the new section. All rooms were nicely appointed including an in room coffee maker. Bathroom amenities were exceptional. The rooms were serviced on a timely basis. Everyone on the staff from the doorman to the servers to the desk staff were fiendly and helpful. We would like to acknowledge the Front desk manager who gave several restaurant recommendations and tips on going to Angor Wat for the sunrise. Food and Beverage - Breakfast buffet had something for everyone, The pool facility is fabulous, but the pool food service was slow and understaffed. At each dining opportunity the food was good but it longer than one would expect. The hotel had several nice touches for Christmas - Santa stopped by the pool, a group of children from a nearby school sang carols on Christmas Eve night and on Christmas Day.
One observation we made on this trip to Thailand and Cambodia over several stops is that hotel restaurant pricing has no correlation to local prices, but instead seems to be based on prices at hotels in major cities such as London, New York or San Francisco. This huge disparity furthered our natural inclination to leave the hotels for our meals. We found several local restaurants that had great food at very reasonable rates. Dinner for six at one of the best local spots cost a total of $40. The Hotel Holiday Menu was $85 to $95 per person.
We weren't sure what to expect at Siem Reap, the Raffles and the spectacular ruins of Angkor Wat made this a highlight of our trip. We are looking forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set across from the Royal Palace, is one of the landmark historic hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration. The hotel is rich in Cambodia history and full of original treasures, right down to the original working cage elevator in the lobby. Our doorman still welcomes everyone in a uniform inspired by the Royal Palace With the privilege of over 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens and built around the country’s largest swimming pool, the hotel is a peaceful oasis to which to retreat after exploring the temples in the UNESCO World Heritage site only 10 minutes from the hotel. Relax and revitalise under the fragrant frangipani trees beside the magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture, or enjoy a massage to ease away the travel. Stroll along the river to the vibrant markets and wonderful array of dining options. In addition to beautifully restored guest rooms you can choose from one of the luxury suites, including our most popular Cabana Suites with direct access from the balcony to the garden and pool. You may be surprised to know that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor also has two of Siem Reap’s most luxurious two-bedroom Villas, providing utmost privacy and personal butler service in the private poolside setting. Food gourmets will delight with a variety of options including the popular Raffles Afternoon Tea and the Apsara Terrace, Siem Reap’s best cultural dance performance and dinner in the poolside gardens. For golf enthusiasts, there are several international golf courses and we recommend the award-winning Nick Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort. Golf packages are available Complete your visit to Cambodia with a stay at our sister hotel Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh open since 1929 and the capital city’s only luxury landmark hotel. With lush tropical gardens and built around two swimming pools it is an oasis for travelers exploring the vibrant capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raffles Grand Hotel d Angkor
- Raffles Grand Siem Reap