Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Located just 30 minutes from the airport and undoubtedly the most distinguished hotel in Phnom Penh, Le Royal has been at the heart of the city’s story for over 80 years. In 1997 the hotel reopened following a careful restoration incorporating local Khmer art into the hotel design. On arrival guests should be sure to check the colours of the doorman’s trousers, they wear different coloured trousers for each day of the week, following a similar tradition in the royal palace so the King need only look at staff to know what day of the week it was.

The Experience

Cambodian cuisine is one of the world’s undiscovered treasures and guests can enjoy the finest French and Cambodian delicacies in Restaurant Le Royal. Café Monivong offers an all-day dining experience featuring European and Asian cuisine either in air conditioned comfort or al fresco. A delectable range of cakes and savouries can be enjoyed at Le Phnom with its picturesque terrace facing the pool. The Elephant Bar, Phnom Penh’s most famous historical bar is the perfect venue for guests who wish to enjoy original cocktails and a wide selection of premium spirits in a sophisticated and charming atmosphere

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is in the perfect location from which to set out and experience some of the impressive sights of Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace with its spire towers above the golden roofs of the Throne Hall or the Silver Pagoda with a stunning collection of Buddha statues, see the prized statuary on show in the National Museum or bargain for fine silks in the Psar Toul Tom Poung, Phnom Penh’s most enjoyable market.

Those tired after a day sightseeing should book some time at Raffles Spa which offers relaxation and rejuvenation through a wide selection of massages and treatments.

The Accommodation

Dating from the 1920s and distinguished by its blend of Khmer, Art Deco and French colonial architecture, Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s 170 rooms, suites and apartments are colonial style in design, with wooden floors and overhead fans and all have been recently refurbished using local artworks and fabrics. The Landmark rooms are a luxurious blend of Cambodian and art deco; while the newly renovated State rooms retain the elegant ambience and have balconies offering views of either the waters of the swimming pool or the beautiful gardens. The range of suites will more than satisfy the discerning traveller with the newly created corner Balcony Suites having interiors lined with dark wood panelling, rich fabrics and restored vintage furnishings. Louvered shutters separate the bathroom with its claw footed bath from the bedroom. Colonial Suites are decorated with custom made Cambodian silks and have French doors leading to a private balcony. The deluxe Landmark Suites are named in honour of Cambodia’s history and each has a separate spacious living room and bedroom, the highlights of the bathroom are the claw-footed bath and the private balcony. Each of the 4 personality suites pays homage to the famous people who have stayed in the hotel with each having an exclusive collection of memorabilia. The ultimate in luxury, privacy and space has to be Le Royal Suite. Decorated with exquisite Cambodian and French furniture it has two bedrooms a living room and dining room and being on the 4th floor has wonderful views of the tropical gardens.

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