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Raffles Le Royal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At a Glance

  • The iconic hotel in Phnom Penh

  • 170 elegant rooms complete with original features

  • Colonial hotel that first opened in 1929

  • Central location close to the city's attractions

  • Two lovely swimming pools that are ideal to come back to after a day of sightseeing

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Best time to Visit

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Cambodia is hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.

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Insider's View

Enjoy a 'Femme Fatale' at the Elephant Bar, named after Jacqueline Kennedy who visited in 1967.

Make sure you spare some time to enjoy the Elephant Bar, it’s been recently refurbished and is one of the nicest bars in the town. Oh, and it’s got a happy hour from 4-9pm every day!

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Description

The grand and historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier address in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Not only is it an authentic luxury Art Deco hotel but it is also a true colonial classic, deep in the heart of this riverside city.

The most romantic and atmospheric hotel in Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal dates back to 1929 and has had a whole array of notable guests from writers and journalists to royalty stay over the years. After careful restoration, this historic hotel fulfils all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel in facilities and amenities without losing any of its an old-world colonial charm.

The 175 rooms are all tastefully decorated in Khmer and French colonial styles and range from State and Landmark Rooms through to various exquisite suites. Stay in the Jacqueline Kennedy Suite or the Charles De Gaulle Suite to follow in the footsteps of some of the famous celebrities and dignitaries who have stayed at the hotel over the many years.

Hotel le Royal is centred around a beautiful peaceful tropical garden courtyard and has two swimming pools. With five restaurants and bars to chose from which offer everything from poolside snacks to refined Cambodian cuisine to English afternoon tea and the tranquil Amrita Spa where you can indulge yourself after a day enjoying the city's attractions, Raffles is the perfect base for your stay in Phnom Penh.

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Accommodation

There are 175 elegant rooms at Raffles Hotel Le Royal ranging from State Rooms to the expansive Royal Suite. The Personality Suites are each individually dedicated to famous dignitaries who have stayed at the hotel and contain artifacts and memorabilia associated with the guest.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Raffles Hotel Le Royal and will be treated like royalty by the gentle staff but there are no specific facilities except for a family swimming pool and babysitting. There are also interconnecting rooms available.

Facilities

Raffles Hotel Le Royal has five restaurants and bars so offers a great choice including French and traditional Khmer cuisine. There is an outdoor lap pool and a family fun pool inspired by the royal bathing pools. The pampering Amrita Spa offers carefully selected treatments and therapies from around the world and there is also a fully equipped gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.

Activities

Within the hotel, the gardens, swimming pools, restaurants, spa and shops can provide hours of amusement on days when you want to relax and enjoy the hotel. Further afield Phnom Penh's numerous historical and cultural attractions abound and these can be enjoyed with a guide or independently.

Reviews

5

Victoria Hogg (Staff)

Raffles Le Royal is THE address to stay at in Phnom Penh and is a welcome break from the busy streets of the capital. The style of the hotel is very colonial, with a deep history dating back to 1929. I was lucky enough to be staying in one of their 4 Personality Suites, which are located in the main building and offer lovely balconies overlooking the city. The service at the hotel was impeccable, and the dining options were varied. The highlight for me was having the 2 large swimming pools to relax by after a busy day of sightseeing - definitely a welcome break in that 30 degree heat!

5

Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

From the moment you step off the busy streets of Phnom Penh and are greeted by one of the doormen at Raffles, all dressed up and with a big smile on their face, you feel as though you are going back in time. The hotel oozes history and one can only imagine the fascinating scenes that doormen past and present have witnessed. Walking along the corridors and passing suites named Charles De Gaulle and Somerset Maugham makes you realise how many important guests have stayed at this hotel. I would recommend trying to stay in the older main wing of the hotel as the rooms there are lovely, with lots of original features yet still very comfortable.

Experiences

  • Dine around Phnom Penh at night

    See Phnom Penh at its best, just after the sun sets and the capital comes alive. In this wonderful experience enjoy four venues in this progressive dining experience. We've carefully handpicked restaurants and hotspots around the city. Ideal for foodies!

  • Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields

    Learn first-hand about Cambodia's recent and tragic past in this difficult but captivating half-day tour that's absolutely key to understanding modern Cambodia.

  • Jewels of the Crown - Half Day City Tour

    Take in the highlights of Phnom Penh's Royal Palace and riverfront areas in this half-day experience. This is a wonderful introduction to the capital and Cambodia as a whole, and perfect if you are a little short on time.

  • Meet a Survivor in Phnom Penh

    Meet one of the seven survivors of the S21 Khmer Rouge Prison. This is a sobering but incredibly rare insight into Cambodia's recent and tragic past, and how this fits with the country's modern history. A captivating experience.

  • Phnom Penh and The Killing Fields

    Experience the highlights of Phnom Penh before heading out to the green fields of Cheung Ek, known as The Killing Fields, to learn about the background and cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. This is a fascinating half-day tour.

  • Phnom Penh's Hidden Gems (Half Day)

    Led by a passionate young specialist guide and with a focus on architecture, this half-day tour explores the hidden corners of Phnom Penh on foot and by cyclo (pedal-powered rickshaw).

Vacation Ideas

  • Highlights of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia

    Saigon, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

    from CAD $4500 pp 8 nights

    • Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh could hardly be more different although they are so close. Take a unique route between the two of them, soaking up Vietnamese culture along the way, finishing you trip at the iconic temples of Angkor in Northern Cambodia.
    • From the busy metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City to the floating villages and markets on the river, you will discover the many faces of Vietnam.
    • Phnom Penh is the place to discover the tragic history of Cambodia under the regime of the Khmer Rouge, but also to begin to understand their rich culture and history.
  • Highlights of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia

    Saigon, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

    from CAD $4500 pp 8 nights

    • Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh could hardly be more different although they are so close. Take a unique route between the two of them, soaking up Vietnamese culture along the way, finishing you trip at the iconic temples of Angkor in Northern Cambodia.
    • From the busy metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City to the floating villages and markets on the river, you will discover the many faces of Vietnam.
    • Phnom Penh is the place to discover the tragic history of Cambodia under the regime of the Khmer Rouge, but also to begin to understand their rich culture and history.

Location & directions

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The hotel is located at 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, in the Wat Phnom district of Phnom Penh, set back from the road and surrounded by garden.

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