I stayed at the Raffles Phnom Penh in early November on a business trip. The property is just gorgeous, with beautiful 1929 colonial architecture, lots of preserved historic features, and a well-maintained garden with pool. The staff was also extremely friendly and caring throughout my stay, no matter which services I used.
I was shown three rooms upon arrival: the one my company had booked (overlooking the busy front of the hotel), a balcony room in the historic wing overlooking the pool, and a similar yet more modern room with pool view in the newer wing. I opted for the latter, which required a small surcharge over the booked room, which I thought was a good investment to avoid street noise. Unfortunately, I was woken up on two mornings at around 6 am by some loud noise coming from the pool area, sounding like a leave blower. I did not get up to see what it actually was, but no hotel--and certainly not such a deluxe property--should do any loud maintenance or gardening work at 6 am.
Another concern was the complimentary internet. I presume that the bandwidth must have been so small that several emails I wanted to send just would not send (pages loaded normally, and the only problem was sending emails which took an eternity--even small one-word emails). I even thought there was a problem with my ipad, but on all of my other stops in Asia I did not experience any such issues. This was extremely annoying for me and cut into my free time in Phnom Penh.
Apart from these issues that are easy to fix for the hotel's management, I consider the Raffles a charming property with excellent staff.
- 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