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Raffles Hotel Le Royal


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What we say: 4.5 stars

The most romantic and atmospheric hotel in Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal dates back to 1929 and following a major renovation in 1997, the hotel retains an old-world colonial charm. The hotel's 172 rooms are tastefully decorated in a Khmer and French colonial style, and spread across three interconnecting wings surrounding a stunning frangipani-littered garden courtyard and pool. The architecture of the building itself is iconic Indochinese, with wide, airy corridors and yellow plaster walls offset by white moulding. As of February 2009, the hotel has a new manager who relocated from a sister Raffles in Cairo, Egypt. Service is now even more outstanding than before. The pool-view rooms, with their little verandas, are outstanding value for a splurge. If you're not staying here, you can pay $7 to use the pool for the day. Starbucks addicts can get their fix of their favourite brand -- prepared using the proper machines -- in the small café near the pool terrace. The hotel is located within walking distance of Wat Phnom and the river, but the museum and riverfront bar strip are a long walk or motorcycle ride away. Even if you're staying elsewhere, Hotel Le Royal's Elephant Bar is worth visiting for its evening happy hours -- their perfectly mixed drinks (including one divine champagne concoction allegedly imbibed by former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy when she visited Cambodian in 1967) are half-price at this time. The complimentary mixed nuts and chips and salsa makes stopping by this high-class establishment even more of a bargain. The atmosphere is excellent, with plush lounge chairs and loveseats and hand-painted elephants lining the walls. Le Royal also offers a Sunday brunch and holiday banquets worth checking out if the wallet permits. Highly recommended.

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92 Rukhak Vithei, off Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh.  T: (023) 981 888 F: (023) 981 168  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Deluxe- Double 200 USD 200 USD
Standard - Double 160 USD 160 USD
Deluxe Suite 250 USD 250 USD

Added to Travelfish on: 30th December, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 12th March, 2014

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal
92 Rukhak Vithei, off Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh. 
T: (023) 981 888 F: (023) 981 168

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