We stayed here for 3 nights. What an experience. We loved every second. The check in was slick and we were shown to our executive suite room by our personal butler. The room was spacious, with classy decor. It had a small kitchen and lounge area, a bedroom next door and a spotless bathroom. Our son had a bed made up in the lounge which didn't impact on the space. We even had 2 balconies which overlooked the pool.
We had just broken our camera by dropping it in Singapore and were disappointed as it was only the beginning of our holiday. As we past a Nikon shop on our transfer to the hotel we asked by chance if our butler could take it to find out what was wrong and if it could be fixed. Within 30 mins he was back with camera which was now fixed(apparently something just needed clipping back into place inside) we were so grateful and asked what we owed. $5 was the answer just for the tuk tuk. What amazing service and we are incredibly grateful.
Whilst there we enjoyed lunchtime snack and cocktails around the pool. Which were excellent value for money.
We wanted a personal tour to the killing fields and some other sights. Our butler arranged it for the day and length we wanted, with a wonderful English speaking guide at a fabulous price. We were interested in the history of the hotel and our butler happily took us on a tour of the hotel and showed us various suites for example the Jackie Onassis suite (which was actually smaller than ours) but charming all the same.
The elephant bar was a delight. Fantastic atmosphere amazing service and staff. The femme fatale cocktails were wonderful and the bar staff even wrote down the recipe for me. The drinks were inexpensive and served with a selection of nuts, salsa etc. it was never over crowded and had a real old world charm about it.
Breakfast was superb, great food and service again nothing was too much trouble. We ate on most nights at the hotel due to heavy rain showers in the evening. Sometimes in the elephant bar and once in the restaurant. We ate outside but undercover, mosquito repellent and smoke rings were provided. They catered for my child's needs well and the food was delicious. Quite quiet in the restaurant but a few tables came and sat outside as well, but it didn't spoil the atmosphere as it felt almost like private dining.
We have stayed at raffles Singapore a couple of times and although it is something very special to us, raffles Phnom Penh somehow surpassed it, as for us it was the complete package. Great raffles service, room quality, food, set within a historic hotel but at a reasonable price and without the huge quantities of people. Would return in a heartbeat. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
- 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