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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May 3, 2020 thegymlad St. Catharines, Canada

Very historic hotel, colonial style. It’s been around for ages, but not outdated at all. The location is superb, it’s close to places like the Phnom Penh City Government, the US Embassy, Tazai Mountain. The breakfast is very delicious! The service is phenomenal, all the staff are nice! The rooms and facilities are very lovely.
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Apr 1, 2020 gabrielladavies Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

My parents and I stayed at Raffles Hotel Le Royal upon our arrival into Phnom Penh for our two week holiday in March 2020. We stayed for 3 nights in total, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Hotel has recently been renovated and still had work being carried out on the one end of the Hotel. The Hotel is mainly white and has a fresh/breezy feel to… Read more
My parents and I stayed at Raffles Hotel Le Royal upon our arrival into Phnom Penh for our two week holiday in March 2020. We stayed for 3 nights in total, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Hotel has recently been renovated and still had work being carried out on the one end of the Hotel. The Hotel is mainly white and has a fresh/breezy feel to it whilst still maintaining their Colonial theme throughout. The Pool was clean and very big so you were never too close to other guests. Our only drawback was the Service in their main restaurant Le Phnom 1929 was mildly testing at times. We understand English is not Cambodia's native language, however it was sometimes difficult to put our orders and requests across to staff due to the language barrier - my family and I have been all across Asia in the last 8 years and have not struggled as much as we did in this restaurant. Our main Waitress was lovely but seemed extremely nervous due to what seemed to be the Head Waiter watching her like a hawk, and she proceeded to pour a small drip of wine into my Mothers water glass, however I think if anyone was to be put in that situation they would make a small mistake as well. The next two evenings for dinner we visited the Rosewood Hotel around the corner which has a rooftop bar and two fantastic restaurants... however we felt the staff were not as welcoming and did not believe there was a pool (from what we could see) so would choose to stay at Raffles again if we were visiting Phnom Penh. Read less
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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