Traditional colonial splendour in the fascinating Phnom Penh
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The most eminent address in the Cambodian capital, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is an Art Deco, colonial masterpiece with almost 100 years of history cementing its character. First established in 1929, the hotel has catered for a who’s who of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists and royalty. Situated in the centre of the city directly opposite the American embassy, the landmark hotel offers easy access to the Central and Russian Market, and is an ideal base for sightseeing tours of Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Mekong River.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is a colonial-style hotel distinguished by its blend of Khmer, Art Deco and French colonial architecture, with wooden floors, decorative overhead fans and local artworks featuring throughout. All 175 guestrooms, apartments and suites are immaculately presented, with those in the Heritage building offering such flourishes as original claw-foot bathtubs. Balcony Suites are spacious with French colonial and Khmer decoration, Colonial Suites are ideal for the leisure traveller, while Le Royal Suites offer unrivalled luxury, privacy and space.
Cambodian cuisine is an essential part of the Raffles experience. Combining the best of local culture and cuisine with dishes from around the world, each of the hotel’s restaurants has its own distinct atmosphere and setting. The elegant Restaurant Le Royal serves Khmer and modern French cuisine every evening. Café Monivong is a relaxed colonial café, with the option of outdoor dining on the terrace. The Elephant Bar, on the other hand, is famous for its afternoon teas and evening cocktails, while the Writers’ Bar offers light refreshments and the chance to admire historic photos of the hotel and city. The Poolside Terrace serves light snacks and a speciality iced tea menu.
There’s a fantastic spa at the hotel, the Raffles Spa, which offers relaxation and rejuvenation through a wide selection of services and facilities, including treatment rooms, outdoor lap and fun pools, a fitness centre, sauna, steam room and five private massage rooms. Treatments are delivered by well-trained therapists. Two swimming pools, a private central courtyard and a magnificent tropical garden round out the facilities.
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