Raffles Le Royal has been voted “Best Hotel in Cambodia” by the readers of the prestigious DestinAsian magazine.
The historical and iconic hotel, a “must-visit” for many a traveler to Phnom Penh, beat out stiff competition to scoop the award in the magazine’s annual poll.
“Originally opened in 1929, Phnom Penh’s Grande Dame is more inviting than ever thanks to a recent restoration project,” said the editorial. “Parisian-style all-day brasserie Le Phnom 1929 is a new addition to the culinary lineup, while the legendary Elephant Bar remains a popular haunt for afternoon tea and happy-hour cocktails.”
Each of the 175 rooms and suites at Raffles Hotel Le Royal underwent a full refurbishment as part of a meticulous one-year restoration project in 2019. Returning guests will immediately notice lighter and brighter interiors, accentuated by spotlights. Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and Simmons pillow-top mattresses are among the new features that add modern appeal. Traditionalists will be relieved to hear that the heart and soul of this vintage landmark hotel has been lovingly maintained. The hardwood floors have been polished to a squeak; the ceiling fans still whirl, and the old brass rotary telephones continue to ring.
“We are delighted and honored to receive this vote of confidence after such a challenging period with the pandemic lockdown and a major renovation on our hands,” said the hotel’s new general manager, Dennis de Groot.
Rooms and suites at Raffles Hotel Le Royal start from US$355+++ per night.