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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Jan 24, 2020 Bob S Colorado Springs, Colorado

First, let me say that the Raffles is a nice place to stay. The staff is very attentive, the hotel is clean. However, with that said, I can say the same about almost every hotel I have stayed in in PP (3 this trip) So the question to ask, is it worth the money to stay here. I stayed at hotels at 1/3 the cost where the room was much bigger, and… Read more
First, let me say that the Raffles is a nice place to stay. The staff is very attentive, the hotel is clean. However, with that said, I can say the same about almost every hotel I have stayed in in PP (3 this trip) So the question to ask, is it worth the money to stay here. I stayed at hotels at 1/3 the cost where the room was much bigger, and the extras were 1/10 of this place. If you have money to burn and want the status of saying you stayed there, by all means, this is the place for you. If not, there are many others with larger rooms at a more economical price, and service to knock your socks off. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sublime!

Jan 23, 2020 Perry B Hong Kong, China

From my having been met at Pochentong ASrport to my entrance through the stately portals of the Main Building datinmg from 1929 and subsequent pleasant greeting by Head Butler, Sopheap, I was hooked. The experience is so amazing that it makes one feel like a participant rather than a mere witness to History. From the many photos of Jackie Kennedy… Read more
From my having been met at Pochentong ASrport to my entrance through the stately portals of the Main Building datinmg from 1929 and subsequent pleasant greeting by Head Butler, Sopheap, I was hooked. The experience is so amazing that it makes one feel like a participant rather than a mere witness to History. From the many photos of Jackie Kennedy with the then Prince Sihanouk, taken in 1968 and displayed in the Lobby to the burnished balustrades, there is an exquisite melding of both past and present. The pools were delightful, as was the Empress Ballroom as a temporary breakfast venue. I loved my room(289) and spent many a happy hour on the Balcony there. I can hopefully return this Christmas. Read less
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Jan 22, 2020 HurleyHaaland Singapore, Singapore

My partner and I live in Singapore and have become very accustomed to staying at different Raffles properties around Asia. We recently stayed at the Raffles in Phmom Penh as we heard it was the best hotel in the city. Service throughout the hotel was pleasant despite a few issues in the bar and restaurant. We did really like the look of the… Read more
My partner and I live in Singapore and have become very accustomed to staying at different Raffles properties around Asia. We recently stayed at the Raffles in Phmom Penh as we heard it was the best hotel in the city. Service throughout the hotel was pleasant despite a few issues in the bar and restaurant. We did really like the look of the hotel as it represents the local culture but it’s starting to look very old. The highlights of the hotel were the Elephant Bar and outdoor pool but the rooms were old and outdated. The staff are always smiling and helpful but I hope they can improve their overall service levels as twice my partners food orders were incorrect. Read less
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Jan 8, 2020 I6362LOstevenm London, United Kingdom

I really enjoyed drinks at the Elephant bar and felt in love with atmosphere!!!! After finishing I walked to the Concierge’s counter to get some help about the City tour and she gave me so many good recommendations. She's very helpful even though I didn't stay at this hotel.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stately hotel in central location

Jan 4, 2020 familyh0liday2008 Montreal, Canada

A beautiful and historic hotel centrally located with excellent service, delicious breakfasts and character-filled hotel rooms. The welcome drinks were lovely and we enjoyed tasty Cambodian treats in our room. A nice touch was the complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea room service (we ordered cafe lattes at 04:30 in the morning as we could not… Read more
A beautiful and historic hotel centrally located with excellent service, delicious breakfasts and character-filled hotel rooms. The welcome drinks were lovely and we enjoyed tasty Cambodian treats in our room. A nice touch was the complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea room service (we ordered cafe lattes at 04:30 in the morning as we could not sleep). There were two pleasant pools nestled in a serene courtyard area. Read less