Siem Reap’s iconic hotel turns 90

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap’s landmark hotel and one of Southeast Asia’s most famous heritage properties, celebrated its 90th anniversary on Friday with a glittering party at Angkor Wat.

The event, which brought together nearly 30 participants, also aimed to commemorate the recent reopening of the historic hotel with a new look.

The occasion began at dawn with butlers, dressed as former Khmer palace guards, welcoming guests of honor, including US Ambassador Patrick Murphy with his wife and daughter to the Kravan Temple, a beautiful 10th century temple with five sanctuary towers located in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

On their way to the dinner tables set up in front of the temple, they were greeted by an authentic performance of Sbek Thom shadow theater, with the natural lighting of a bonfire casting the shadows of the puppets onto a large screen. White.

Diners were served at dinner the dishes originally featured on the newly discovered Grand Hotel‘s 1936 menu.

The meal started with a sealed scallop, followed by a garden salad and cream of poultry and foie gras rissole. The main course is Marcassin à la broche, a Kurobuta-roasted pork chop crusted with Kampot pepper, while dinner ends with a Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream.

Entertainment was provided by the Royal Ballet, Sacred Dancers of Angkor and Medha Drummers.

Dennis de Groot, General Manager of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, said: “We are more ready than ever to welcome the world back to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap’s signature hotel.

“It’s proof that anyone can go back and make a whole new start.”

King Norodom Sihamoni, who was unable to attend the celebration, congratulated Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor through a letter read by his representative Princess Norodom Chansita.

“The celebration, among the ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, took place as God blessed us with 90 years,” said Peter Meyer, CEO of Lodgis Hospitality Holding, company that owns the Raffles Grand. Angkor Hotel. as well as the Raffles Phnom Penh.

“A lot has happened in the last few years, but we are still here.”

The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened in 1932, which at the time was La Grande Dame d’Angkor. When it opened, it had only 63 rooms, all with private bathrooms, which was considered a luxury at the time.

For nearly 90 years, it’s welcomed guests from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama through its checkerboard entrance hall, which still remains as the hotel’s original teak and wrought-iron caged elevator. ‘hotel.

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