Raffles Hotel Le Royal, celebrated for more than 90 years as one of the “Grandes Dames” of Southeast Asia, has reopened its northern wing as an ASQ (alternative state quarantine), offering an elegant option to inbound travelers.
“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.”Private airport transfers, a full-board dining experience, 24-hour medical services, PCR tests are provided for visitors staying at the hotel as part of the ASQ program. Moreover, 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.
Returning guests will immediately notice lighter and brighter interiors, accentuated by spotlights. Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and Simmons pillow-top mattresses are among the new features that add modern appeal. All bathrooms have been extensively renovated with Italian tiling and rain showers, though some retain their much-loved claw-foot bathtubs.
The courtyard remains the centerpiece of the property, its two swimming pools surrounded by tropical gardens of frangipani, and shaded by giant century-old trees. Among other significant changes, Café Monivong, in the hotel’s west wing, has now been retired and replaced by a youthful all-day dining venue named “Le Phnom 1929”, inspired by the Parisian-style brasserie, and specializing in French and Western cuisine. It is here that Executive Chef Joel Wilkinson crafts French classics such as escargots, liver parfait, beef bourguignon, duck confit and onion soup, all paired with fine wines. Prime cuts of imported steaks, a seafood tower, and a melt-in-your-mouth beef or salmon tartare also adorn the menu. Diners may also opt for comfort foods, Asian cuisine and vegetarian dishes.
But while the lavish menu at Le Phnom 1929 will be restricted to room service only for ASQ guests, the restaurant will be available to all business and leisure visitors who are to be hosted separately in the hotel’s famed Heritage Wing.