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 Exceeded Expectations

Sep 15, 2019 Morrell Brosna, Ireland

When you book to stay in a hotel with the name ‘Raffles” you have certain expectations. I’m glad to say I was not disappointed. The room and bathroom were excellent we stayed in the Heritage Building which lived up its name. Having visited the Singapore Raffles on a few occasions I expected the Elephant Bar to be a cheap imitation, how wrong could… Read more
When you book to stay in a hotel with the name ‘Raffles” you have certain expectations. I’m glad to say I was not disappointed. The room and bathroom were excellent we stayed in the Heritage Building which lived up its name. Having visited the Singapore Raffles on a few occasions I expected the Elephant Bar to be a cheap imitation, how wrong could I be Le Royal’s bar is superior in every way including the taste of their own ‘sling’. Spent a happy peaceful morning by the pool to complete our enjoyable stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful oasis in downtown Phnom Penh

Sep 12, 2019 GraceTravelers Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Need a break from the traffic and city, head over to the Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Built in 1929, the hotel maintains its original charm and character with modern amenities. But above the structure, the staff are simply amazing. The GM and his team have really managed the property well to create an atmosphere of a luxury home away from home. I am… Read more
Need a break from the traffic and city, head over to the Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Built in 1929, the hotel maintains its original charm and character with modern amenities. But above the structure, the staff are simply amazing. The GM and his team have really managed the property well to create an atmosphere of a luxury home away from home. I am definitely looking forward to my next trip! Read less
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Sep 6, 2019 Christopher550 Lewes, United Kingdom

The hotel was great. Lots of polished hardwood, lush planting and much attention by staff. We didn’t eat in the restaurant so can’t comment on that but the breakfast was very good and we had excellent cocktails in the Elephant bar
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Sep 5, 2019 solinnath Paris, France

A must stay place if you can afford. To us the best hotel in town, who has kept its colonial charm when so many other hotels have transformed. Food is also among our favorite supplied by hotel chefs. We loved everything!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful place to stay in Phnom penh

Sep 4, 2019 Sue G London, United Kingdom

This really is a lovely hotel in Phnom Penh, calm and serene with beautiful furnishings and decor. The hotel staff are extremely polite and helpful. The location is perfect and it was easy either to walk about or they would hail a Turk Turk for you. Would certainly return