Raffles Hotel Le Royal
What We Love
- Well-appointed rooms that once hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Kennedy
- Colonial-style Elephant Bar is one of the city’s most memorable spots for a cocktail
- Two huge swimming pools — one for adults, the other shallow and kid-friendly
What To Know
- A 5 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Phnom Penh is small, but the hotel is still somewhat removed from the action
- Tuk-tuks, the city’s primary form of transport, charge higher rates at the hotel
- Some rooms allow smoking
- There's a compulsory Christmas and New Year dinner on 24th December at $100 per person and 31st December at $160 per person plus 17% taxes.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hotel, with its long corridors, spiral staircases and rotary phones, sends guests straight back to 1929, when it was built. The grand lobby, which has arched doorways, marble floors and ikat-upholstered chairs, makes astute use of personal touches to create a serene antidote to the busy, dusty streets of Phnom Penh. And at the high-ceilinged Elephant Bar, adorned in oversize Art Deco chandeliers, inventive cocktails are served in champagne coupes.
Bed and Bath
Hung with historical photographs and drawings from the 1920s, the 107 rooms have been modernly appointed, with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and stocked minibars. Balconies overlook the gardens or pool, and the oversized windows let plenty of light into the intimate living areas, which have dark wood furniture and beds with silk accents in rich, metallic hues — bronze, gold, copper. The classic style carries into the bathrooms, which are outfitted with marble sinks and white cross-shaped porcelain fixtures.
The five restaurants and bars feature everything from traditional French cuisine to buffet-style Cambodian breakfasts, and there are three boutiques. Therapists at the well-equipped Raffles Spa blend aromatherapy, naturopathy and Ayurdevic medicine in exotic treatments like the signature jasmine salt bath and Khmer massage. Enjoy a glass of wine by the outdoor 80-foot pool, which is shaded by mature palm trees and frangipanis. Afterward, hit the historic Elephant Bar. Live piano music wafts through the warmly lit room, which is furnished with curved wicker chairs and sofas topped with elephant-printed pillows. We love the Femme Fatale (a concoction of champagne, cognac and crème de fraise), which was named after Jackie Kennedy, who sat in this very bar nearly half a century ago.
How to Get There
I recently was asked to make some bookings for some people visiting Ethiopia on a business related trip. Due to some confusion and miscommunication, a service was booked that in the end was not needed and was not canceled in time. The hotel was extremely gracious in canceling the charge. I'm very grateful for their flexibility.
The service and facilities were fantastic! The staff was all very helpful and friendly, quick to help with recommendations and tips for the city. The grounds were absolutely stunning - I would highly recommend a relaxing lunch or spa service by the pool. The breakfast was SO good - delicious, fresh options, and definitely something for everyone.
I would definitely stay here again!
This historic building consist of lots of history. We love our stay in the Landmark Room which was very comfy and we felt like we are stepping back in times.
Breakfast has a lot choices including fresh juices and great mix of Asian and Western. Though it’s the city hotel but we really feel relaxed and calm in this beautiful hotel.
Don’t forget the drink and the Elephant Bar!
We only passed through this hotel for lunch but everything was of a high standard and we will return to stay. Group provided buffets are always hit and miss but the fresh soups and meats were delicious. Small complaint but I was told 3 times the bottle of wine I ordered was not included. I heard fist time and was more than happy to proceed.
Simple, unadulterated, pampered luxury.
The beautiful bed-lined is worth the ( eye-watering ) prices alone. For those of us who don't normally appreciate aesthetics.... Raffles is an education. The Elephant bar and main dining room are stunning. Food, staff etc. all excellent.