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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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
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Mar 10, 2020 Norfolklion18 Norwich, United Kingdom

Wow what can I say, met with a complimentary tea,ice cream and felt important. The Hotel was spotless and staff extremely helpful and the room was stunning. The pool was really good but watch the mosquitos THEY BITE. The breakfast incredible and the posh restaurant inside the hotel is definitely worth a visit.
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Mar 6, 2020 Jill2003 Vientiane, Laos

We loved this hotel and would definitely come back again. Comfort was everywhere which was especially noticeable by the pool. The Elephant Bar is sophisticated and welcoming. The staff are fantastic. The Restaurant has the most delicious food but was a bit cold. They are doing lots of renovations and even the noise of this didn’t encourage me to… Read more
We loved this hotel and would definitely come back again. Comfort was everywhere which was especially noticeable by the pool. The Elephant Bar is sophisticated and welcoming. The staff are fantastic. The Restaurant has the most delicious food but was a bit cold. They are doing lots of renovations and even the noise of this didn’t encourage me to mark this down. Loved the elephants everywhere. Read less
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Mar 6, 2020 BobR2012_12 Derby, United Kingdom

Stayed here for two nights on our trip around Vietnam and Cambodia. Exceptional welcome from the staff and from Denis, hotel manager. Accommodation was very clean and comfortable. Just beware your room location as the early morning traffic and street noise can disturb. If you are a light sleeper then a pool facing room may be better for you. The… Read more
Stayed here for two nights on our trip around Vietnam and Cambodia. Exceptional welcome from the staff and from Denis, hotel manager. Accommodation was very clean and comfortable. Just beware your room location as the early morning traffic and street noise can disturb. If you are a light sleeper then a pool facing room may be better for you. The garden and pool area are very inviting and great place to relax. We both enjoyed the food and drink in the elephant bar where the staff were very helpful and answered all of our questions. ATM on site for cash withdrawals . Getting around from the hotel location is no problem either by taxi or tuc tuc and both are very reasonably priced. No hesitation in recommending this hotel. We would stay there again B & F Read less
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Mar 1, 2020 SiberianSB London, United Kingdom

We went for a dinner there., well we tried)) The F&B manager who booked table for us 1 hr before we were due to come did not know that one of his restaurants were closed. The elephant bar is great, however please do watch bar staff when they mix your drinks - using unclean fingers to put your cucumber into gin perhaps is not a great idea. Small… Read more
We went for a dinner there., well we tried)) The F&B manager who booked table for us 1 hr before we were due to come did not know that one of his restaurants were closed. The elephant bar is great, however please do watch bar staff when they mix your drinks - using unclean fingers to put your cucumber into gin perhaps is not a great idea. Small things, however it’s not a little market kiosk, but Raffles. Expectations are high. Read less