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 Fabulous place to stay.

Jun 19, 2019 Jimjamjum Cambridge, United Kingdom

An excellent room, a pool to swim before an outstanding breakfast, and a good venue for a conference. Staff all very helpful and attentive. Since accommodation was arranged by the organisers of the conference attended, I have no idea of the cost or value for money, but if I could afford it, I would stay here again.
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Jun 17, 2019 hanalei2014 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

It doesn't get better than this hotel. The interior design is gorgeous; the neutral design palette is both sleek and comforting, with antique pieces mixed in. Service is top notch; attentive and polite. Having drinks at the Elephant Bar is fun because the cocktails are expertly made and the scene is lively at cocktail hour. At night, the pool is… Read more
It doesn't get better than this hotel. The interior design is gorgeous; the neutral design palette is both sleek and comforting, with antique pieces mixed in. Service is top notch; attentive and polite. Having drinks at the Elephant Bar is fun because the cocktails are expertly made and the scene is lively at cocktail hour. At night, the pool is surrounded by lights and looks like a fairyland. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay with good food!

Jun 10, 2019 Kathryn L

Stayed here with a friend for a few nights before heading to Siem Reap. The service at the hotel is second to none- truly they took care of everything and were so friendly. Didn't feel stuffy at all. The rooms are large, airy, and very nice. The pool area is also very relaxing. The spa services were great. Drinks at the Elephant Bar also great.… Read more
Stayed here with a friend for a few nights before heading to Siem Reap. The service at the hotel is second to none- truly they took care of everything and were so friendly. Didn't feel stuffy at all. The rooms are large, airy, and very nice. The pool area is also very relaxing. The spa services were great. Drinks at the Elephant Bar also great. Really nothing to complain about. Read less
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Jun 6, 2019 IanGalliguez Metro Manila, Philippines

If the architecture doesn't get you off, or the history, then at least be thrilled with the excellent service and the delectable food. Luxurious comfort is the base standard of this hotel, and it is amazing to find a serene and quiet place, in the middle of the city! Loved the pool and everywhere I look, the spots are insta-worthy!
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Jun 5, 2019 Where_to_travel_next Vancouver, Canada

$250-2500 USD per night. Famous world wide individuals would stay here. Beautiful grounds inside and out. Visit the Elephant bar to enjoy the famous femme fatal cocktail. Our tour group with special permission were fortunate to enjoy a private high tea event. Nice assortment of traditional British savory and sweets and a few Asian items.