The Raffles Hotel Le Royal is all about colonial charm and attentive service. The property is well maintained and decorated with an excellent blend of old-time charm and modern functionality. The service is the real plus of the hotel: kind, attentive, personal and never intrusive; they know how to catch you by surprise with little attentions and courtesies driven by what appears to be a genuine sense of hospitality. We are seasoned and practical travelers, not easily impressed by 5-star service and amenities, but in this case we were honestly seduced by a hospitality which seems coming from out of time.
There might be few shortcomings compared to international standards for hotels in the same class, and one might expect larger/better rooms or larger breakfast spread but, honestly, that did not change a thing in our experience and does not impact a bit our judgement.
It must not be easy to run an historical top-end hotel in a developing country and these guys do it right. I foresee we will return here if back to Phnom Penh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A history of hospitality. The luxury of time. The secret charm of Cambodia. One of Asia's essential destination hotels, Raffles Phnom Penh has been the iconic resting place for the well travelled since 1929. Located in the heart of vibrant Phnom Penh, our hotel has been part of the history of the city and welcomes, as it has always done, a diverse clientele of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, royalty and intrepid travellers from across the globe. Rooms and suites have been respectfully restored to reflect a distinguished blend of Khmer, Art Deco and French colonial architecture. Dining is an essential part of the Phnom Penh experience. In keeping with history and a sense of place, the elegant Le Royal Restaurant serves modern French cuisine and Royal Khmer cuisine with original recipes graciously gifted to Raffles from the Royal Palace. Almost as famous as the hotel itself, is the Elephant Bar where local residents and visitors alike gather over wine, whisky and cocktails. The Raffles Spa offers relaxation, rejuvenation and fitness through a considered mix of local and classic treatments, gym and spa pool. Complete your visit to Cambodia with a stay at our sister hotel Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, a great hotel of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina and virtually at the doorstep of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh