Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh

At a glance

  • Heritage hotel with a blend of French Colonial and Art Deco styles
  • Unique Elephant Bar serves a huge range of cocktails
  • Close to Phnom Penh’s famous landmarks

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh

5

Delve into Cambodian history at Phnom Penh’s eclectic and landmark hotel, in a superb central location.

This grand hotel is in a fantastic spot at the heart of Cambodia’s vibrant capital Phnom Penh, just steps from the 27-metre-high pagoda and Buddhist temple Wat Phnom, and close to the intersecting Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. It has a rich history dating back to 1929 and is built around a central private courtyard with two swimming pools fringed by Frangipani-lined tropical gardens. A distinctive blend of Art Deco and French Colonial styles set the hotel apart, including a high-ceiling lobby with pristine white décor, glitzy chandeliers and palm trees. The hotel is also home to the superb Elephant Bar, once a hub for journalists in the build-up to the infamous period of Khmer Rouge control over Cambodia. There’s incredible attention to detail here, with artwork depicting the hotel’s role in Cambodian history and dozens of custom-made cocktails to indulge in — the signature Femme Fatale was created for Jacqueline Kennedy during her visit to Cambodia in 1967. It’s this unmistakeable old-world character and sense of intrigue which make Raffles so appealing.

There’s a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from. Dine in style at the prestigious Restaurant Le Royal, known for its enticing blend of Cambodian and French cuisine with recipes which have been handed down to the hotel by Cambodia’s Royal Palace. Café Monivong has tempting buffet dinners on Friday and Saturday night, while The Conservatory serves traditional afternoon tea and light refreshments with live classical music.

The rooms are elegant, with colonial features including sleek wooden floors and cabinets, soothing pastel walls plus golden curtains and pillows. Some of the newly refurbished State Rooms have a balcony offering views over the pool or gardens.

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Key information

In a central position in Phnom Penh, just over a mile away from the striking National Museum and Royal Palace

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minutes’ drive from Phnom Penh airport
Rooms: 175

Good to know

This hotel has a wheelchair accessible room.

Accommodation information

175 rooms and suites

Activities

• Take a stroll to the nearby Buddhist temple Wat Phnom, the capital’s central point and tallest religious structure* • Book an indulgent Le Royal Spa Experience, including a mineral salt scrub and a revitalising Khmer massage*.

Dining

4 restaurants and bars

What's included

Breakfast at Café Monivong Restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board from £40 • Dinner at the main restaurant

Full Board from £83 • Lunch and dinner at the main restaurant.

*Denotes local charge