After three long weeks of backpacking we were more than ready for some rest and relaxation, and a night at the Grand Hotel D’Angkor was the perfect place for this.
As part of the luxurious Raffles, there is already an expectation that the hotel will be oozing in prestige, and it certainly did not disappoint. Dating back to 1929, the hotel itself is reminiscent of those found on the French Riviera, and has certainly seen its fair share of high profile guests over the years, with Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Kennedy and Charles De Gaulle to name a few.
We immediately received a warm welcome to the hotel, with the bellmen rushing over to take our backpacks (usually in such an establishment, my entrance would be a little more refined. My appearance after a day of temple perusing, was unfortunately not very “us”…) and whisking us through to the bar where are check-in was completed over a refreshing fruit cocktail served in a delightful elephant cup. Very relaxing, and far superior to being forced to line up for a Reception desk.
Our room overlooked the picturesque pool area, surrounded by towering palm trees, which really adds to the tranquil holiday atmosphere. The only thing that I could possibly fault with the room was that it wasn’t a very generous size, however beyond this, it was fantastic. We had been left a hand written card from the hotel manager with a fruit bowl full of tropical delights which was a lovely touch. Everything was spotless, and the bathroom was an absolute dream after some of the experiences we’d had over the last few weeks!
After a quick dip in the pool, and feeling refreshed and human again for the first time in 3 weeks after sampling every bathroom product I could (which all smelt beautiful), we chose to meet some friends and dine in the town rather than sample the hotel restaurants. Although they did all look very nice, and were quite reasonably priced, we were still on the hunt for some authentic local Cambodian cuisine, whereas the hotel restaurants had quite western focused menus. We did however return for a couple of delicious cocktails in the Elephant bar before retiring for the evening – which we were ready for after the generous alcohol content of the cocktails!
Turn down service had the incredibly comfortable looking beds appearing even more enticing, and unsurprisingly, I had the best nights sleep I’d had in a long time.
Having requested a wake up call to ensure we were up and awake to make the most of our last few hours in Cambodia, it was unfortunate that the phone initially let out a few rings 20 minutes before it was requested, and then the proper call was still delivered at the wrong time. Only a minor issue for us, not being on such a tight schedule, but for some guests as we know this certainly isn’t always well received. I was however very appreciative of the English Breakfast Tea that was delivered to the room, albeit at the wrong time…
Inclusive within our room rate was a Champagne Breakfast in the Café d’Angkor. What a treat this was! There was an extensive selection of food available, including an omelette station, pastry table, numerous types of honey to enjoy with an array of different yoghurt and fruit, and even a cheese board!
Another trip to the pool was in order to prepare for the long journey ahead, and we loved the little straw hats provided!
The staff were very helpful once again with our bags when we were leaving, and quickly rustled up some transport to the airport for us. The Reception team did also remember my name which is always a nice touch!
We would definitely recommend a stay at Grand Hotel D’Angkor for a bit of luxury when exploring Siem Reap, or if it is a little out of budget, the hotel itself is lovely to walk around if you wanted to pop in for a cocktail or a spot of Afternoon Tea!
Have you had the opportunity to stay at this or any of the other Raffles properties? Or do you have any other great recommendations for Siem Reap? We would love to hear!
With kindest regards,