Phnom Penh's ritziest hotel first opened in 1929, was practically destroyed during the Khmer Rouge years, and was meticulously restored by the Raffles group in 1996. A colonial landmark surrounded by manicured gardens, Le Royal has an elegant lobby, a tranquil pool area shaded by massive trees, and various bars and restaurants that are a world apart from the slightly chaotic city. Guest rooms are furnished with fine Cambodian handicrafts in an elegant colonial and art-deco
style, and overlook the pool or gardens. Suites in the main building include claw-foot tubs from the original 1929 hotel. The Elephant Bar is famous for its cocktails (and happy hour), and the sumptuous Restaurant Le Royal ($$–$$$$) serves Khmer haute cuisine.
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
023-981888; 800-637–9477-in U.S.; 800-6379–4771-in U.K.
Dec 1, 2010
My family spent two nights at this charming hotel through a very very well organised private personal trip by Global Travel Cambodia. This hotel was beautiful. We stayed in a Landmark room with lovely views over the pool. The furnishings were top notch and the bathroom was amazing - particularly the claw-foot bath. The service impeccable, this was such a fantastic place that I wrote a note of thanks after my return. The hotel staff was very pleasant
and always willing to help. We definitely stay here again when we return to beautiful Phnom Penh.
Jan 20, 2010
I stayed at the Raffles in Phnom Penh in February of 2009. The Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh is a neat, old colonial hotel! We loved the Elephant Bar, which has happy hour (half-priced) drinks each night from 4 to 8 (making them very affordable during that time). Le Phnom Deli also sells their pastries for 50% off from 6 to 9 at night, so if you think ahead and don’t have breakfast included with your room rate, you can buy a little something
for the next morning, or as a late-night take-home dessert. There is a tiny terrace off the sweet shop where you can enjoy a snack. The pool area is nice, with plenty of chairs in both the shade and the sun. The twin pools themselves are large. There are two main dining options: Cafe Monivong and Restaurant Le Royal, as well as the Conservatory (lobby) bar, Elephant Bar, and poolside dining. We were upgraded to a Raffles Suite, which was awesome! Two full bathrooms, plus a bedroom and living room (and two TVs and two mini-bars)! All anticipated amenities/toiletries are included, plus robes, slippers, hairdryers. We debated between this hotel and the Intercontinental. While I feel that the Raffles location is safer, the IC is more in the center of the city (yet not near the sights). The Raffles is a bit isolated, making it necessary to take a tuk-tuk if you want to dine or shop outside the hotel, even just to grab some beverages instead of using the mini-bar. We did walk about two blocks during the day to find such a mini mart, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so at night in the dark. There is live music in the hotel lobby at certain times of the day, as well as in the Elephant Bar in the evening. I would probably choose this hotel again if I were to return to Phnom Penh. We did not eat in the restaurants here other than some sandwiches and dim sum in the Elephant Bar. Prices for food and drinks seemed inordinately high, even for a hotel (e.g., $5 for a can of Diet Coke, regardless of whether you bought it in the sweet shop, bar, or mini-bar). I did not use (or even see) the on-site spa or gym, but one morning while waiting for our guide, we saw great numbers of women on their way to yoga class, so the gym must have been fairly large to accommodate all of them. Internet access was NOT free; we paid $20 USD for 8 hours, which didn’t have to be used consecutively (a little outrageous considering the room prices). Airport transfers by regular car were $14 USD each way and were added directly to the hotel bill.