Phnom Penh was once described as the most beautiful city in Asia. But, sadly that was before the wars of the 70's and the sadistic Khmer Rouge. The city is now traffic chaos personified yet amidst this seemingly unmanaged mess is Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Not a large hotel but certainly now one of Asia's most serene and charming. Photographs on its walls tell a tale of war correspondents, mayhem and destruction yet it's a hotel which oozes charm, class and 2nd to none service. The pools and famous Elephant Bar are excellent. Few hotels in Asia can evoke the nostalgia and history of Le Royal, even though much of it has been rebuilt and refurbished since those dark days of Pol Pot. I'd return to Phnom Penh even if I'd had to pass through that traffic just to be welcomed again at the front door of le Royal.
- 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