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 Very good with a real exclusive and colonial charm

Apr 19, 2019 BPandRP Cheltenham, United Kingdom

2 night stay at the Raffles in Phnom Phen with family in 2 interconnecting rooms. There is a real exclusive feel the moment one steps in. Nice and warm welcome, quick check in. We were offered an upgrade to their suite at $300 per person per night, and politely declined. Rooms are not huge (but one does not expect massive rooms in city centre… Read more
2 night stay at the Raffles in Phnom Phen with family in 2 interconnecting rooms. There is a real exclusive feel the moment one steps in. Nice and warm welcome, quick check in. We were offered an upgrade to their suite at $300 per person per night, and politely declined. Rooms are not huge (but one does not expect massive rooms in city centre hotels), but nice. Breakfast for us was a real nice treat with a massive selection including lots of fruit, Chinese, Indian and western items. Elephant bar lovely for atmosphere and a great selection of drinks, but coffees poor with very milky coffee which tasted like warmed milk - probably the worst coffee we had in Cambodia and Vietnam. However, that is a small complaint in an otherwise lovely stay in a fantastic and historical hotel (PS - the staff sorted the coffee when we complained about it). Thank you for a lovely stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fit for a King - or maybe Obama's family- or the Kennedy's

Apr 17, 2019 Adam M Shenzhen, China

Gotta say our young family was blown away by this hotel - the service, the attention to detail and to be honest we did not want to leave. The entire stay we barely left the hotel - we ate in every restaurant, maybe twice, we used every possible amenity and service. if you have been to Phnom Penh you know it is fairly rough around the edges, but… Read more
Gotta say our young family was blown away by this hotel - the service, the attention to detail and to be honest we did not want to leave. The entire stay we barely left the hotel - we ate in every restaurant, maybe twice, we used every possible amenity and service. if you have been to Phnom Penh you know it is fairly rough around the edges, but not the Raffles. This place is polished and a cut above anything in Southern Asia that we have experienced. great work team. From the moment we arrived, they had butlers waiting and shuffled us quickly to the room. No checking in - it was already handled (take note other hotels, this is how you do it). The space they gave us was the presidential suite, so yes we are a little spoiled. They recognized that we have three kids, I think my wife rented a two bed room suite and they just bumped us to the Le Royal Suite, which apparently the Obama's stayed and the Kennedys - and so many others it just became a bit much. We are a little embarrassed to show anyone our pictures of this place, but you get the picture. The serevice is really where these guys shine - Sambath Yoeun, and Sita Norodom and their entire team - great work. You were able to sense our families every need before we even realized we needed it, that takes time - attention - and training. Great leadership and a love for what you do. The food was great, all the spots - from breakfast buffett, lunch buffet is great too, the Elephant room has great food and drinks, and the French fine dinning spot was great for dinner and lunch. The poolside service was great too, the Spa was lovely, my wife enjoyed that and we soaked in the tubs. I camped out in the business center near the pool and got lots of work done, meeting after meeting and the staff there was always looking in on me so see how they can assist. I will be back most definately! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful hotel

Apr 15, 2019 MissMaccy London, United Kingdom

I stayed here with my 2 children aged 9 and 11 and we had a superb time. The staff are all exceptional and the service is highly personal and attentive. The children were made especially welcome - towels shaped as elephants, biscuits, Raffles teddies etc. There are few hotels today which are destinations in their own right as well as a place to… Read more
I stayed here with my 2 children aged 9 and 11 and we had a superb time. The staff are all exceptional and the service is highly personal and attentive. The children were made especially welcome - towels shaped as elephants, biscuits, Raffles teddies etc. There are few hotels today which are destinations in their own right as well as a place to sleep. This is one. It is expensive but I think it’s worth it for a slice of luxury and old-fashioned colonial-style elegance. My gin and tonic in the Elephant Bar was fab and a happy, hazy memory. A great last few days in this beautiful country. Thank you. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely Hotel

Apr 14, 2019 aahanpatel Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Went here for two nights when staying in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The hotel is a very old colonial hotel and is very expensive. The staff are very nice and helpful. The room I had, included two double beds with a reasonable amount of space. The rooms were good and on our first night we went for a drink in the Elephant Bar. It had a nice ambience… Read more
Went here for two nights when staying in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The hotel is a very old colonial hotel and is very expensive. The staff are very nice and helpful. The room I had, included two double beds with a reasonable amount of space. The rooms were good and on our first night we went for a drink in the Elephant Bar. It had a nice ambience but some of my family asked for decaf coffee and found that when the coffee arrived, it included only milk. This was a disappointment but overall our stay was a nice one. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply superb

Apr 13, 2019 Pyramar Leeds

Id initially thought there was just the one Raffles hotel in Singapore but then found there are half a dozen or so. This Raffles is worthy of the name and has all the charm and character you associate with the name. It's elegant, and has a warm colonial feel. Rooms are great, service exemplary. Special mention should be made of the Cafe Royal… Read more
Id initially thought there was just the one Raffles hotel in Singapore but then found there are half a dozen or so. This Raffles is worthy of the name and has all the charm and character you associate with the name. It's elegant, and has a warm colonial feel. Rooms are great, service exemplary. Special mention should be made of the Cafe Royal restaurant which offers a sumptuous evening buffet. You can even choose a drinks package with unlimited house wine and beer. The wine waiter deserves special praise. His service was outstanding. Next time I'm in Phnom Penh I will definitely stay here. You should too, you'll enjoy it Read less