Two nights at Raffles just weren't enough. Arrival at the hotel is a pleasure in itself. Friendly greeting from the staff; a refreshing ginger drink and cold towel - nothing is too much trouble. We were upgraded to a room facing the pool after a small booking mix up (swiftly and courteously dealt with) which meant a relaxing view over the pool rather than the less attractive city views. Sumptuous breakfasts (great eggs Benedict); good pool-side fare and perfectly mixed cocktails mean that it is easy for this place to become a home from home. The Elephants Bar has a real sense of old world elegance but is comfortable and welcoming too.
Aside of the attractive decor (teak wood,fans overhead,shutters, black and white tiling), the real differentiator is the service. Friendly and attentive (staff remember and use your name) but never intrusive- spot on. The concierge was particularly helpful with a range of things from bar recommendations, restaurant booking and arranging reasonably priced onward travel to Sihanoukville. There is a personal touch often missing in a hotel of this size. Director of Rooms Gerrit Thesing checked we were enjoying our stay and gave useful suggestions for accommodation on the next part of our trip - all in all a perfect base.
- 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