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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Oct 24, 2019 IanG762 London, United Kingdom

This was my third stay in this hotel. Checking in is made so easy. Just sit in comfortable chairs sipping a welcome drink. The rooms are clean and spacious. You have the choice of two pools! Great spa and fitness room. You could certainly overeat at breakfast. There are so many fabulous things to eat. Pre and post dinner drinks in the elephant… Read more
This was my third stay in this hotel. Checking in is made so easy. Just sit in comfortable chairs sipping a welcome drink. The rooms are clean and spacious. You have the choice of two pools! Great spa and fitness room. You could certainly overeat at breakfast. There are so many fabulous things to eat. Pre and post dinner drinks in the elephant bar. Happy hour doesn’t apply to gin or wine! The staff are very courteous. The hotel is well located and an easy walk from the central market. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place. Average service. Massive construction.

Oct 6, 2019 guillaumedeg

I stayed at le royal for a few days in October 2019. Overall the place itself is unique and great. Very good pool, calm spot in the middle of Phnom Penh. Rooms are ok, small but well designed. Two problems to mention: service is ok but not great, for instance they came to my room even while I had the no disturb sign. They also have a lot of… Read more
I stayed at le royal for a few days in October 2019. Overall the place itself is unique and great. Very good pool, calm spot in the middle of Phnom Penh. Rooms are ok, small but well designed. Two problems to mention: service is ok but not great, for instance they came to my room even while I had the no disturb sign. They also have a lot of renovation at the moment so the hotel is very noisy and smell paint all over. They had NOT mentioned that when I called them to book. Bottom line: nice place, but avoid for a few months. Read less
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Sep 27, 2019 George B Sarasota, Florida

The Hotel Le Royal is an older property with update amenities and the charm only found in older properties. The excellent and friendly staff adds to the enjoyment of a stay. The hotel offers fine dining in its two restaurants with a breakfast buffet that will satisfy everyone pleasure.
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Sep 26, 2019 Rachelle b

My sister and i spent 2 nights at raffles and were greeted with an amazing bday cake and attentive service. We enjoyed the degustation khumer fine dining and were blown away!! THE best degustation of my life. Completely spoilt!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating a trip back in time at raffles le royal with the modern conveniences

Sep 23, 2019 thomo91 Angeles City, Philippines

a beautifull colonial type hotel with modern conveniences with the most warm and wonderfull staff. the hotel is located in an area with a wide boulevarde with park like environment in a convenient location within walking distance to brand new malls and other areas of interest. all the staff were warm friendly and proffessional in all areas of the… Read more
a beautifull colonial type hotel with modern conveniences with the most warm and wonderfull staff. the hotel is located in an area with a wide boulevarde with park like environment in a convenient location within walking distance to brand new malls and other areas of interest. all the staff were warm friendly and proffessional in all areas of the hotel from house keeping to reception and concierges and all provided what ever a guest would request. the pool area has plenty of plants and trees for for a relaxing area to read a book or newspaper. the room was a very good size with all amenities thats needed in a hotel room with a nice outlook over the garden area. the buffet breakfast was one of the best i have seen with free flowing champagne if you feel like a bit of bubbly early. Read less