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For our first trip to Cambodia, we decided to stay in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. We took the Mystical Angkor Package in the Landmark room for three nights which included airport transfers, breakfasts, one night dinner and hot-air balloon ride. The price, we thought, was reasonable in view of what was included. When we looked at Google Earth to determine the location of the hotel, it was perfect – it sits on many acres of land and the large pool stamps the place. Of course, we always read the Trip Advisor reviews.
There were two musicians playing Cambodian music when we arrived. After our heavenly welcome drinks, Chris, who we later found was the Assistant Manager, took us to our room. To our delight, he had suggestions for our short stay. He had arranged our whole-day tour, and our dinners
It was not the usual room that we’re used to at Raffles Singapore but the price of this room is about one third of Singapore’s.
Our breakfast included actual (pork!) bacon. This is a downright silly craving but having lived in Kuala Lumpur for 1-1/2 years, we are in want of it! The service was also a class act. The coffee we ordered came in a pot, was poured and filled as soon as our cups were half-filled.
We tried Restaurant Le Grand and had a wonderful Khmer dinner. A set dinner with wine for $75/person was in the Menu, which we would have taken if we had an extra day just to relax. We also tried the sports bar, the Elephant Bar, which offered half-off drinks at a certain time of night – “happy hour.”
The buffet dinner in the Apsara grounds of Raffles Hotel was excellent. The pork ribs were heavenly, as was the Khmer fare and the various seafood dishes!
The hotel provided us with a wonderful guide, Mr. Sokun. He has mastered the history of Cambodia. He had also worked with a professional photographer for 11 years and, at his recommendations, we were able to take photographs that will grace the walls of our house in US. Ask him the names of the trees that adorned the wats, he knows them.
In a nutshell, Raffles Hotel d’Angkor has everything we needed. The huge garden has my favorites - Plumeria obtusa and rubra - frangipanis. Needless to say, the lotus water plant has a special place on the hotel grounds. The huge pool was a refreshing treat after a day’s tour in the very hot, humid days of the dry season. The piano music after dinner was an added treat, providing a very nice great place to unwind. And, best of all, the location. The Cambodian Museum is behind the hotel. The Aman Resort is across the street. And the adjacent and surrounding gardens were special! We recommend the Grand Hotel d’Angkor in the highest terms.
Everything is paid in US dollars. Internet use in the hotel is $30/day. The two-day tour of the temples was $40/person payable in cash at the ticket booth where our pictures were taken for our pass. The cost of the car for the day was $40 and our guide was $35. The per capita gross domestic product of Cambodia is $1,900. The tourists came from all parts of the globe (in droves!) primarily from Korea, China, Germany, France, and United States.. Bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- 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