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
Phnom Penh is quite a hectic city, but the Raffles Hotel Le Royal offers an oasis of tranquillity. As soon as you step into the hotel, the hustle and bustle of the city fades away and a blessed sense of calm overwhelms you. It is a credit to the excellent staff that you really feel welcome as a guest. The impressive building effortlessly interweaves the glamour of times gone by with contemporary comfort. The hotel is situated between lush gardens and offers two swimming pools. We specially enjoyed the atmosphere of the colonial Elephant Bar as well as the lunch we had in Le Royal, by far the most elegant fine dining restaurant in Phnom Penh.
The grand dame of Phnom Penh is a very beautiful colonial building centrally located, walking distance from the river promenade and a few minutes tuk tuk ride from the Royal Palace. The swimming pools are really inviting after sightseeing in the heat of Cambodia. I really enjoyed my experience at the Raffles and would certainly recommend it.
We stayed here for 8 nights' holiday as part of the Amex FHR scheme. Slightly odd, perhaps, to have chosen Phnom Penh as a holiday destination, but it does have its hidden attractions! The hotel provided a haven in amongst the noise, bustle, and pollution of the city. As part of the deal, we were upgraded to a State Room. It was comfortable (especially the bed) but a bit gloomy, and the bathroom needed some attention (basin plug didn't work, and the shower door didn't close fully) but these are things which I am sure will be renovated or improved in time. Breakfast at Cafe Monivong was extensive and delightful, - the evening meal there less good and lacking atmosphere because the lighting was rather industrial. The wine was also extremely expensive. There is potential to make this a really great evening eatery. The famous Elephant Bar deserves its fame: attentive service and a good range of cocktails and light food. The real star of the show was the pool area. Again, it needs a bit of attention (the concrete around the pool needs to be refreshed, the bright orange towels look out-of-place and garish, and the light fixtures in the pool itself seemed to come adrift occasionally), but it is an oasis of calm with friendly staff. Actually, all of the staff in this hotel, especially at Cafe Monivong int he mornings, were extremely friendly. In short, there were lots of good things about this hotel, and it still retains its old-world charm while trying to be modern, which takes some doing.
I came to expeirence the classic colonial atmosphere and its nostalgic experience. I was not disappointed. The highlight for me was the pool - absolutely lovely and nicely shaded by matured trees. The Elephant bar was worth spending time at for some tea or for happy hour. The standard room was a little compact for me and its small windows provided limited visibilty. The Executive suite was a little congested with the heavy sofa and antique-like furnitures. In general the room/suite were not too functional. For example it did not have international power point and desk was small. Breakfast was good and quite exquiste. Service was warm and helpful. A nice tourist hotel but not quite suitable for hard-core business travellers.
This hotel although in need of new plumbing which apparently is happening very soon is absolutely beautiful with old world charm and sophistication .we were given a heritage room after a small problem over noise.the new room was fab thank you to the tall general manager.thestaff without exception were attentive and helpful.the lobby is very attractive and is the hub of the hotel.the swimming pool is in such a tranquil setting you can really relax.the breakfast choice was simply amazing champagne smoked salmon and different cuisines.we ate at the restaurant one night the food was lovely but when my friend mentioned that her beef was chewy the waiter said it was not the chefs fault but her fault as she had asked for it to be med to well which was not suitable for this meat.other than that the tomato soup was made at the table as was the crepe Suzette all tasted fab.the spa and gym are lovely with a huge jacuzzi.we had a wonderful stay would highly recommend this hotel .it makes you feel special thank you to all