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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
You can never go wrong staying at a Raffles property. Raffles in Phnom Penh was centrally located and has wonderful service and facilities. Great buffet breakfast also. Would highly recommend if you enjoy old world elegance!
Luxurious hotel that more than meets the Raffles standard. Actually enjoyed this one more than Raffles Singapore. The decor, setup, staff, and overall atmosphere were fantastic. It feels like a time warp. Staff always polite and helpful. It's a mini-oasis in the middle of the busy city. The Elephant Bar is worth in and of itself. Pool area was nice, and they were even showing old westerns some nights on the lawn by the pool, with Khmer captions. Rooms were great. Spacious, clean and comfortable. Breakfast buffet was plentiful and delicious with something for everyone. Great service, great location, great hotel. Whether in Phnom Penh for business or leisure, this hotel should be at the top of your list.
We had a beautiful time drinking cocktails and eating tapas. I tried the Phnom Penh sling which was delicious and for tapas we tried the fried cricket which was interesting.
The building has incredible historical value and is just near the American Embassy. Jacky Kennedy stayed in the hotel and drank at the bar.
I recommend going during happy hour where certain drinks are 50% off and get a little dressed up to make it special.
I stayed here for 3 nights with my wife in a room over looking the pool. The holiday was to celebrate our anniversary. We could not have chosen a better hotel for our stay in Phnom Penh. From front of house to the waiters in the restaurants and the pool attendants the service was exceptional. We asked one of the managers about a local game and were we could buy a special shuttle cock, as it was raining he asked a Tuk Tuk driver to purchase this in central market for us, “above and beyond.” Many thanks to all in the hotel for making our stay special.
Elegant, timeless, a wonderful refuge from city madness. Wonderful food and the Elephant Bar is a perfect end to a busy day
Rooms are like stepping back into a bygone age. Staff all delightful!
Lush pool in sumptuous gardens