Grand Hotel d’Angkor reopened its doors to guests on October 1 after a six-month closure for renovations and refurbishments.
One hundred and twelve of the property’s 119 rooms and suites have been fully refurbished.
The historic hotel has seen the likes of Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy step through the doors since its opening in 1931.
“In the Grand Hotel, we’re custodians of an incredible historical asset,” said Raffles Cambodia cluster general manager Oliver Dudler.
“The careful restoration and refurbishments will enhance guest comfort by offering new modern amenities while staying true to our longstanding heritage and classically elegant ambience.”
The biggest structural addition to the property is the complete renovation of the outdoor Apsara Terrace into a new MICE and banquets venue to be called the Raffles Marquee.
Among the contemporary touches, spotlights have been added to brighten up the rooms, and power ports and USB charging stations have been fitted. Each room now has a writing desk and vintage rotary telephone, thanks in part to the added floor space created by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in wardrobes.
The greatest makeover is to the bathrooms, with all-new Italian tiling and fixtures, and separate rain showers.
The main difference that returning guests will notice upon arrival is that the façade and the entire exterior of the hotel is now painted alabaster white, rather than its former cream-beige hue which is the color of Royal Khmer architecture across the country.
The hotel’s Elephant Bar, renowned for its celebrity patrons, retains the air of a bygone era, while Café d’Angkor has been brightened up. New signature restaurant ‘1932’ is ready for its official launch next month.