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Raffles Hotels & Resorts Renovates Two Cambodia Properties, Raffles Hotel Le
(September 22, 2011) -- Two of Cambodia’s most exciting hotels, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, are currently undergoing an inspirational refurbishment. The work, which will be completed by November 2011, includes the transformation of the large garden villas in Siem Reap; the updating of the guestrooms at both hotels; and a subtly refreshed lobby, bar and private rooms and ballroom in Phnom Penh.
Opened in 1929 and 1932 respectively, these are the only luxury hotels in Cambodia that pre-date the civil war and the Khmer Rouge era. They were brought into the Raffles portfolio in 1997 after thorough and sensitive modernization. The hotels were the work of French architect Ernest Hébrard based in Hanoi, who was responsible for the design of many buildings constructed in French Indochina in the early 20th century. So it is appropriate that French interior designers based in Ho Chi Min City should be playing a starring role in the next chapter of their lives.
Over the next few months both hotels will be given the investment, attention and creativity they deserve. The design company NOOR (www.noorvn.com) was given the brief to breathe new vitality, elegance and comfort into the interiors by subtly updating the hotels’ much-loved French Colonial, Art Deco and Khmer style and ambiance.
John Johnston, President, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, said:
“Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor are without doubt the hotels in Cambodia with the most heritage, character and atmosphere. In the last year, we have introduced the legendary Raffles Butlers at both hotels, to give our guests truly personalized service 24-hours a day. This refurbishment is the next chapter: it will reinstate the hotels’ original exotic glamour and take them up to the next level of comfort and luxury - for real 5-star service and style.”
The design thread comes from the hotels themselves, as they are so distinctive and bursting with character. After researching the Indochine era, NOOR has brilliantly incorporated the original French Colonial and Art Deco elements into the new architectural detail, textures and colours.
Khmer artwork, both original and newly commissioned, has been sourced from local artists – from silverwork and wood carving, to lacquers, boxes and sculptures. Luxurious Cambodian silks, the use of Khmer patterns and Art Deco colours will add another layer to the rich new schemes, which include:
At both hotels
About Raffles Hotels & Resorts:
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises nine luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to chic hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and Paris, each one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in the Maldives, Indonesia, the Philippines and China scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.
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