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
Every detail has been outandingly taken care of by the Raffles Le Royal team.
From the checking in process to the room and dinning.
Checked in to the Charles de Gaulle suite and everything was perfect. I could feel that the room is full of character and this made the stay really memorable.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants a special experience.
This hotel is so rich in history and character and the Raffles’ hospitality and sincerity of the staff are second to none. You will feel welcome and safe right from the airport pick up and throughout your stay in the hotel.
The elephant bar is a must to visit and the award winning cocktails are excellent. Food is available in the bar as well and I had a very good Caesar Salad which they oblige to change the chicken to grilled prawns, and the prawns were nicely done and fresh!
The gym, although a bit dated, is well equipped and well sized. I particularly like the treadmill which has a monitor screen and you can select various scenic routes to run along.
The rooms are nicely decorated, very clean and I slept very well every night and feel well rested each day. Sound proofing is good, and the blinds work well to shut out light.
This hotel may not be the newest, but it is my all time favourite hotel in Cambodia including the Raffles in Siem Reap too. No other hotel come close in terms of making you feel safe like home and it is my home away from home!
What an amazing atmosphere for a meeting! Just walking into the hotel, the elegance and beauty of the lobby sets a positive atmosphere. It's hard not to be positive going into a meeting with the ambiance of old colonial beauty.
You venture out for business, shopping, or touring and come back to the Raffles with wet hair and clothes and relax into its welcoming serenity and air-conditioned elegance. It’s expensive by Phnom Penh standards and it feels so worth it.
The rooms are a tad small, but the bed is super comfortable along with a full range of spa services, restaurants, shops, and amenities.
The breakfast buffet is world-class, and the twin pools are large and exquisiteLy landscaped. The staff is warm and caring, dressed in elegant traditional clothing and ever-ready with the traditional Cambodian greeting. And then there’s the fabled Elephant Bar. It’s not the Singapore version but you’ll settle in most comfortably to a great gin and tonic or whatever else might tempt you, along with a variety of excellent menu items.
The Raffles will quickly spoil you and reliably dispense with all the stress of the day.
Very nice Hotel and staff are great just the hotel is very old and needs to be remodeled. The current condition is not of a 5 star hotel. Its a landmark property that needs an urgent remake so its competitive with other new hotels available now in the city.