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
We stayed here for 4 nights as part out Cambodia trip, from our arrival to departure the staff were friendly and helpful. We were greeted with a cool lemongrass and ginger drink and shown to our room which had a balcony overlooking the pool. This trip was to celebrate our birthday and Sambath our butler had kindly arranged a delicious chocolate cake for us. On the last night he arranged for our bed to be decorated, all very nice touches. The breakfast buffet is more than adequate with all of the usual food stations, as well as champagne and a Bloody Mary bar if you can manage that in the mornings, the hotel isn’t in the centre of town so you need a Turk Turk to get there, but we would happily stay here again. The only thing to note is that the sound proofing in the rooms (given the age of the building), is not great and 2 nights we were woken at 11pm by people in the room above showering.
I have booked this hotel through Amex FHR and have received a super upgrade into a suite. As a special benefit we have received also a complimentary 60 Minutes Massage for 2. It was the best massage of my life. The hotel has a charm! Our suite was huge and you could feel as you are a royal there. Personal is also super, very polite, professional and helpful.
The hotel has also organised a one day city tour with a private tour guide for us, it was very good. Breakfast was fantastic. We have booked a transfer between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with a BMW. Our driver was excellent. I would recommend to do the transfer in this way, instead to fly. The whole trip was approximately 4 hours with stops, the road conditions are very good. I could only recommend this hotel! The price is not the lowest, but the service is really First Class, here was everything perfect!
What a lovely historic hotel that epitomizes charm and class. Grounds are substantial and beautiful. Breakfast is first class. Room with small balcony overlooking garden and pool matched rest of establishment. Staff were exceptional. Truly memorable in a troubled country that is still finding itself.
Happy hour, great place - head barman Pisal, who is a master in his field, will sort you out and tell you of the history. This place is a must drink.
Fantastic service- Ritz quality at Holiday Inn prices... highly recommend
First impressions, wonderful staff and impressive public areas. The Elephant bar is a charming old world high ceiling room in which to enjoy drinks and a light dinner. Breakfast is equally diverse, plentiful and pleasant. Our room had a pool view and we enjoyed two nights of good quality sleep.
But - the room and bathroom were both very small, and the bathroom, whilst clean, was simply tired, too many marked tiles and clumsy grouting/ sealant applications that left an impression of at best 3 star.
Final straw was the outdated practice of only offering useful internet speeds for a $23+ supplement - most 5 star hotels look to offer guests the finest experience included in their room rate.
I accept this is an historic building, but the Sofitel in Hanoi is a 5 star example of how it should be done.