Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

This 1930s property has survived all the vagaries of recent Cambodian history and has hosted luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, the Clintons and Michelle Obama. Following a 2019 refurbishment, it remains both a heritage landmark and a truly grand luxury hotel with state-of-the-art amenities. The property is the old dame of luxury hotels in Cambodia. The main building is a huge colonial edifice, likely to be noticed by anyone who spends more than a day in town. And inside it certainly lives up to its grand exterior – the bright conservatory exudes flair, as does the very swish Elephant Bar. Nods to the hotel's history can be seen everywhere, from beautiful 19th-century prints of Cambodian life and John McDermott's seminal photographs of the Angkor ruins to the marble-floored hallways and the original wooden lift in the lobby.

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