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Raffles Hotel Le Royal Named Best City Hotel in Cambodia by Travel + Leisure

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, the iconic 95-year-old luxury hotel in Phnom Penh, was named the No. 1 city hotel in Cambodia at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, while its sister property, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, took home multiple honours including for Cambodia’s best swimming pool.

The two luxury heritage hotels, for a second straight year, were awarded top distinctions by one of the world’s leading travel authorities, Travel + Leisure magazine.

“This recognition is a true honour and encourages all of us at Raffles Hotel Le Royal to continue to elevate our luxurious guest experience, providing warm and personalised service and ensuring that every stay here is a memorable one,” said General Manager Dennis de Groot.

In addition to winning the top spot in the city hotel category, Raffles Hotel Le Royal was also recognised for having one of the best swimming pools in Cambodia. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor’s swimming pool claimed the No. 1 spot, and the property was also named one of the top three city hotels in Cambodia and recognised for having one of the country’s best spas.

The industry-leading U.S.-based travel magazine’s Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, held on June 13 in Bangkok, spotlighted the very best in the region’s hospitality, from top city, beach, island and upcountry hotels to the best hotel pools, spas and general managers.

The two historic Raffles hotels in Cambodia have also earned a slew of other top international awards and recognition this year. Raffles Hotel Le Royal earned a prestigious Four-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in March. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in April was named one of the ‘World’s 500 Best’ hotels by Travel + Leisure.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, situated in Cambodia’s vibrant capital, originally opened in 1929 and today features 175 rooms and suites that underwent a full refurbishment as part of a meticulous one-year restoration project in 2019.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is on the doorstep of ancient Khmer archeological sites in Cambodia and is considered a national treasure. Originally opened in 1932, the hotel was built as a rest stop for archaeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, which is today one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Both properties offer celebrated Khmer fine dining restaurants (Restaurant Le Royal in Phnom Penh and 1932 in Siem Reap), along with their own Elephant Bar outlets, each a legendary venue for cocktails, wine and more in a stylish and sophisticated colonial-style ambience.