Raffles Hotel Le Royal has reopened its northern wing as an ASQ (alternative state quarantine), offering an elegant option to inbound travellers.
“Guests will be accommodated in a stand-alone wing of the hotel, with stringent health and safety protocols,” said Hotel Manager Dennis de Groot. “We are dedicated to offering a sanctuary of unparalleled comfort for those undertaking the mandated 14-day quarantine.”
The move comes at a time when Cambodia has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic and its efficient vaccine program. It also exemplifies Le Royal’s place in the country’s history, not only as an oasis of serenity, but as a safe haven, a role the hotel famously played in the turbulent 1970s when it was transformed temporarily into a Red Cross facility.
Designed by architect Ernest Hébrard in French colonial style, Le Royal originally launched in November 1929 with an opening ceremony that was attended by the King of Cambodia and included an orchestra. It was an era when daring couples danced the Charleston, and the sight of an automobile in the dusty streets of Phnom Penh would bring children running.
Each of the 175 rooms and suites at Raffles Hotel Le Royal underwent a full refurbishment as part of a meticulous one-year restoration project in 2019. All bathrooms have been extensively renovated with Italian tiling and rain showers, though some retain their much-loved claw-foot bathtubs.
Raffles has gone the extra mile to ensure that visitors arriving from abroad are afforded a variety of contactless in-room options: “virtual” classes for children; birthday parties; masterclasses such as cocktail-making; and family cinema evenings are all part of the ASQ itinerary.
“Each room at Le Royal has a charming balcony overlooking tropical gardens and swimming pools where guests can read books, enjoy afternoon tea and sundowners, or just simply relax,” said de Groot.
“Visitors staying at the hotel as part of the ASQ program can expect private airport transfers, a full-board dining experience, 24-hour medical services, PCR tests, and a truly comfortable and memorable stay.”