The hotel offers an insight into the French colonial era, being a rather grand, 1920's building, which has been spared any substantial renovation. My room was a so-called "personality" suite, located on the second floor, the name attesting to its having hosted an eminent personage from colonial times. The room was high-ceilinged and floored with dark hardwood timber. A small terrace could be accessed through a French doors, though signage suggested it was unwise to leave the doors open for ventilation, due to the presence of monkeys and mosquitoes.
The central feature of the room was a large four-poster bed, which was very comfortable. An overhead fan proved a useful alternative to air conditioning at night. Otherwise, the room featured the amenities normally associated with superior accommodation, including an in-room safe, coffee machine, amply supplied minibar, and a good, working desk.
The only disappointment was the bathroom, which, while large, showed signs of wear and tear. Water flow was a little erratic, and the pipes had a distinct vibration to them when running water. The shower door seals were insufficient to stop water pooling on the floor outside the shower.
Service was excellent, beginning with a welcome drink on arrival, while registration formalities were completed. Breakfast is a little meager, consisting of a continental buffet, with omelettes and other egg dishes cooked to order, but the selection of fruit and breads available more than compensated for limited cooked choices.
In fairness, I didn't have the opportunity to venture into the grounds, or to enjoy the pool. Certainly my experience was as good a I have had in a hotel in Cambodia.
- 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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- Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh