Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of the finest hotels in Cambodia, and is evocative of a bygone era. Built in 1929, this colonial landmark has had an interesting past and clientele, from well-known journalists reporting on Cambodia's raging civil war to distinguished royalty, as well starring briefly in the film, The Killing Fields.
The hotel's original wing is accompanied by a more recent addition, which accommodates tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites set around manicured gardens and attractive swimming pools. There's also a spa, sauna and steam room, allowing guests to truly relax. In the evening guests can dine on Cambodian and French cuisine in the elegant on site restaurant, while the famous Elephant Bar is the perfect setting for an aperitif and a chance to soak up the colonial charm.
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There are eight room and suite categories. State and Landmark rooms are similar in size and offer the same amenities, including balconies, TVs, air conditioning and safes. Landmark rooms are located in the main building for added convenience, while State rooms overlook the swimming pool or tropical gardens. All are tastefully decorated, combining traditional Khmer and art deco themes.
Suites vary in size and design. Balcony Suites are set in the corners of the hotel and are a similar size to Colonial Suites, both offering vintage furnishings and balconies. Executive Suites are more spacious, featuring a living room and kitchenette, while Landmark Suites are larger still and individually named to honour Cambodia's history. The 228 square metre Le Royal Suite is the hotel's largest option, featuring two bedrooms, a dining room, lounge and pantry. There are also several Personality Suites, each of which contains memorabilia related to well-known past guests.
Centrally located and in close proximity to Wat Phnom and Cambodia’s railway station, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is a timeless fixture in Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace and central market are also just a short drive away, and the hotel is ideally located for visiting many of the city's other major sites.
Food and Drink
Restaurant Le Royal is the main eatery and specialises in traditional Khmer and modern French cuisine. It's open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as hosting a special weekend brunch on Saturdays with the added draw of free flow champagne and cocktails. The hotel also has Café Monivong, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Poolside Terrace provides snacks and drinks throughout the day. In addition, the hotel’s famed Elephant Bar is a relaxing place to enjoy signature cocktails and live piano music.
The hotel has a 'Fun Pool' for families with young children, as well as a 'Mini Cinema' with a wide selection of children's films provided, located in the Café Monivong Kids Room.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel's swimming pool, spa and fitness facilities are open from 6am to 10pm daily, with the spa featuring a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and massage rooms. There are several shops on site selling gifts, souvenirs, books and newspapers, while the beautiful landscape gardens provide a tranquil place to stroll and relax.
This hotel is the standout property in Phnom Penh. Its character and attentive service and make it a real Audley favourite.
Phnom Penh itinerary suggestions
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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La Rose Boutique is a small and intimate property with Khmer charm. This ten room hotel is a great choice for those looking for a perfect balance between Cambodian tradition and modern facilities.
La Rose Suites is arguably Phnom Penh’s finest luxury boutique hotel, centrally located but offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Occupying the top 14 floors of the ultra-modern Vattanac Capital Building, the Rosewood Phnom Penh is one of the city's most luxurious accommodation options.
The Teav Boutique Hotel is a good hotel and although the rooms and pool are small, a real effort has been made to make them comfortable, with quality furnishings throughout.
Centrally located and nicely tucked away just off the main street, Villa Langka provides a peaceful base from which to explore Phnom Penh.
This boutique property is a stylish, contemporary hotel with 30 spacious and well-appointed rooms including a number of suites.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Water Festival, or Bon Om Tuk, is the greatest occasion in the Cambodian calendar. Celebrated to mark the end of the monsoon season and the turning of the waters in the great Tonle Sap, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians flock to the capital, Phnom Penh, to join in the festivities.
Visiting the Stung Meanchey municipal dump is quite a challenging experience as hundreds of children are scavenging here in terrible conditions. However, some organisations such as PSE and CCF are doing a great job helping them towards a better life.
The scene is one of peace and tranquillity as the sun sets over the city and local villagers come down to the waters’ edge to bathe.