Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The hotel

When it comes to old-world luxury, no one does it quite like Raffles: and Phnom Penh’s Hotel Le Royal certainly has all the hallmarks of its Raffles name. Becoming part of the city’s social circle as soon as it opened in 1929, it has kept its French Colonial styling, refined air of elegance, authentic Khmer touches, and social standing ever since, attracting famous guests like Jackie Kennedy. A stroll from Wat Phnom Pagoda, the Central Market and the riverside, its stunning gardens holds two serene swimming pools, a spa, yoga and meditation classes among frangipani trees, and some of the city’s most famous dining experiences, including tasting recipes gifted from the Royal Palace, taking Raffles Afternoon Tea, drinking in the famous Elephant Bar, and enjoying free-flowing champagne over Saturday brunch.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Just across from the American Embassy, this hotel is right in the heart of Phnom Penh, putting you a walk from Wat Phnom Pagoda, the Central Market and the river, and 5-minute drive from Mekong River Cruise terminal. Transfer time from Phnom Penh Airport: approx 30 minutes.

Hotel information

175 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, flatscreen LCD TV with cable channels, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar* and safe. Landmark Rooms are in the heritage building with high ceilings and an historic bathroom with claw-foot bath and separate shower.

State Rooms have a separate bathtub and shower, and French doors opening onto a private balcony.

Restaurant Le Grand (Royal Khmer and modern French menu, original recipes from Royal Palace, Saturday brunch with free-flowing champagne and cocktails). Café Monivong (breakfasts buffet, International dinner buffet and à la carte menu, indoor and terrace dining spaces, Thursday Grill dinners). Elephant Bar (tapas and light meals, creative lunch, Raffles Afternoon Tea 2:00pm-5:00pm, happy hour 4:00pm-9:00pm). Writers Bar (Raffles Afternoon Tea and light refreshments). Poolside Terrace (light snacks and tapas, ice tea menu and cocktails). Apsara Terrace (market-style buffet dinner featuring Cambodian and pan-Asian barbecue, and Cambodian dance, Fridays, November-March). 2 swimming pools. Raffles Spa*. Fitness centre. Babysitting services* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning services*. 24-hour room service*.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Now my preferred luxury hotel for staycations because of service, competitive pricing, and renovations

Aug 19, 2020 serina2000 London, United Kingdom

As an expat resident in Cambodia, it was the hotel’s excellent hotel package for residents and its recent renovations that made me decide to try the hotel as part of my staycation due to COVID-19. Whilst I have frequently dined at the hotel, what I did not appreciate until I stayed at the hotel was the flawless customer service from the front-line… Read more
As an expat resident in Cambodia, it was the hotel’s excellent hotel package for residents and its recent renovations that made me decide to try the hotel as part of my staycation due to COVID-19. Whilst I have frequently dined at the hotel, what I did not appreciate until I stayed at the hotel was the flawless customer service from the front-line staff up to the various managers at Raffles. Besides the excellent English from the Cambodian staff, I found them to be knowledgeable because they could answer my questions accurately and with detail. Chun Chanthol (receptionist), many thanks for explaining how the Accor points work, surprising me with the proactive COVID-19 preventative measure you took (e.g. F&B purchases, disinfecting my keys), and arranging my late check-out. Nimol Loeung (Elephant Bar manager), many thanks for your understanding regarding my dinner, which resulted in my company and I purchasing additional items rather than going elsewhere. Your kindness did not go unnoticed by my company, which prompted me to tell them about the positive first impressions the hotel already had on me within the first couple of hours of checking-in. Thank you as well for quickly sorting out the bills that I was paying for. Cheng Devid (waiter), I was super impressed that you had the authority to decide on the spot whether tweaks to the breakfast sets would be okay or not and the accuracy of your understanding of those tweaks. It made breakfast even more special for my guest and I. Pannisa Kosasaeng, thank you for the personal tour of the hotel’s spa and gym facilities. I could see how serious the hotel was taking COVID-19 precautionary measures, unlike other places who say they are but in practice are not doing enough. Finally, Dennis de Groot (hotel manager), many thanks for suggesting the possibility of a late check-out. Although one of the Cambodian staff had suggested this possibility on my way to breakfast, I thought they were joking. So, I took up the offer and ended up having a ridiculously late check-out, which allowed for my guest and I to push back our pre-planned lunch at Raffles as we needed more time to become hungry following our hearty breakfast. There are many more staff, whose names I did not note, who also provided an excellent service during my stay, including a tour of the accommodation in the main building including the Royal Suite. Thanks as well to Metta for arranging my booking via email. Prior to my stay, I would not have known about the staycation offer for residents had the person, who was showing me the rooms before I booked, not informed me of the hotel’s offer on Facebook (which for some reason was not publicized on their website). I am very grateful to this person. Other than this marketing issue, the only other feedback I have is for Elephant Bar not to have the band play so loud that it makes it difficult to have a conversation (which can result in people leaving) and not to allow groups of people mingle where the bar’s narrow walk area is during COVID-19 (I did not enjoy having to push through the crowd after signing my bill in order to exit). Additionally, over the last few months, I have found the checking of my temperature upon arrival to be inconsistent. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely Colonial style hotel

Jul 6, 2020 Primepork Essex, United Kingdom

Stayed at Raffles for two nights at the start of our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. A lovely Colonial style property which was an oasis of calm in the middle of Phnom Penh. We liked the ambiance of the Elephant Bar. Would have liked to have spent longer here.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptionally good

May 3, 2020 thegymlad St. Catharines, Canada

Very historic hotel, colonial style. It’s been around for ages, but not outdated at all. The location is superb, it’s close to places like the Phnom Penh City Government, the US Embassy, Tazai Mountain. The breakfast is very delicious! The service is phenomenal, all the staff are nice! The rooms and facilities are very lovely.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Classic Hotel

Apr 1, 2020 gabrielladavies Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

My parents and I stayed at Raffles Hotel Le Royal upon our arrival into Phnom Penh for our two week holiday in March 2020. We stayed for 3 nights in total, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Hotel has recently been renovated and still had work being carried out on the one end of the Hotel. The Hotel is mainly white and has a fresh/breezy feel to… Read more
My parents and I stayed at Raffles Hotel Le Royal upon our arrival into Phnom Penh for our two week holiday in March 2020. We stayed for 3 nights in total, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Hotel has recently been renovated and still had work being carried out on the one end of the Hotel. The Hotel is mainly white and has a fresh/breezy feel to it whilst still maintaining their Colonial theme throughout. The Pool was clean and very big so you were never too close to other guests. Our only drawback was the Service in their main restaurant Le Phnom 1929 was mildly testing at times. We understand English is not Cambodia's native language, however it was sometimes difficult to put our orders and requests across to staff due to the language barrier - my family and I have been all across Asia in the last 8 years and have not struggled as much as we did in this restaurant. Our main Waitress was lovely but seemed extremely nervous due to what seemed to be the Head Waiter watching her like a hawk, and she proceeded to pour a small drip of wine into my Mothers water glass, however I think if anyone was to be put in that situation they would make a small mistake as well. The next two evenings for dinner we visited the Rosewood Hotel around the corner which has a rooftop bar and two fantastic restaurants... however we felt the staff were not as welcoming and did not believe there was a pool (from what we could see) so would choose to stay at Raffles again if we were visiting Phnom Penh. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional

Mar 19, 2020 Laurent D Antibes, France

Had a great stay at the Raffles Loved the colonial style, clean hotel, very good gym, nice pool, good food and breakfast... Good location, always a tuk tuk in front to drive you around Security at the entrance, gate closed at night. Definitely a 5 stars recommendation