After a stay with Raffles in Siem Reap, expectations were high. This hotel is very good and has stunning and historic architecture along with great facilities. The location is good though I would personally preferred to have been closer to the night life of Phnom Phen. Our room had a quaint balcony with a view of the vegetation, the building and the pool. Like Raffles Siem Reap, the prices for beverages and other optional services was a little on the high side. In particular, the rate for hiring the hotel car (and driver) seemed exhortitant when compared with Raffles Siem Reap. Hence, we enjoyed navigating Phnom Phen in a Tuk Tuk. Recommended. The Elephant bar is enjoyable. We felt that the staff were not compete,y up to the mark though and some seemed to have little grasp of English (which is surprising given this is an expensive five star hotel). This created a few challenges when trying to plan sightseeing etc (along with some more basic challenges). However, overall, would still recommend the hotel.
- 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