First Class All the Way: Raffles Hotel Le Royal

TDA First Class All the Way: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh

At the heart of the modern capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, lies a beacon of luxury that attracts royalty and celebrities, and treats every guest as such. The Raffles Hotel Le Royal, arguably one of the finest in the country, is not only a remarkable experience, it’s also perfectly situated amongst the rich culture and history that surrounds it. From a sunset cruise on the Mekong, to a stroll through the National Artifacts Museum, Phnom Penh is an amazing place to visit, but no trip is complete without a hotel such as Raffles to retire to at the end of every day.

French colonialism has crafted its architecture, but a long and diverse history has facilitated its charm. Couple this with an injection of modernity, and you are left with a remarkable sense of escapism that is only matched by the diversity of the country it finds itself in. And at just 20 minutes from the international airport, it’s accessible to all.

The array of room configurations is as diverse as the views available, with contemporary State Rooms being most affordable end, up to the lavish Le Royal Suite. Surrounded by lush landscaping, the rooms are reflective of their French roots, with a local twist at key touch points to add to the mood. All rooms in the heritage building come with a personal valet service, but as you move up in size, you are awarded added benefits such as more artwork and memorabilia associated with famous guests, spacious balconies and, if you are in the Le Royal Suite, two bedrooms and a dining room.

The luxury experienced here is only enhanced as you escape to other parts of the hotel, none more so than in its many restaurants. The phenomenal Restaurant Le Royal bequeaths tantalizing French and Khmer cuisine in the most lavish of settings.