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October  1, 2021 –

Phnom Penh’s “Grande Dame” Raffles Hotel Le Royal has reopened its northern wing as an alternative state quarantine (ASQ) site for guests undertaking the mandated 14-day quarantine.

Among other significant changes, Café Monivong, in the hotel’s west wing, has now been replaced by Le Phnom 1929, an all-day dining venue inspired by the Parisian-style brasserie. It specializes in French and Western cuisine. Executive Chef Joel Wilkinson serves up French classics such as escargot, liver parfait, beef bourguignon, duck confit and onion soup, all paired with fine wines. Prime cuts of imported steaks, a melt-in-your-mouth beef or salmon tartare, and a seafood tower are also part of the menu. Comfort foods, Asian cuisine and vegetarian dishes are also on offer.

The menu at Le Phnom 1929 will be restricted to room service-only for ASQ guests, but the restaurant will be available to non-ASQ visitors who are to be hosted separately in the hotel’s Heritage Wing. Visitors arriving from abroad are offered a range of contactless in-room options at Raffles. The ASQ itinerary includes “virtual” classes for children, birthday parties, masterclasses such as cocktail-making, and family cinema evenings.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s Elephant Bar
Each room at Le Royal has a balcony overlooking tropical gardens and swimming pools. Visitors staying at the hotel as part of the ASQ program will be provided private airport transfers, a full-board dining experience, 24-hour medical services and PCR tests.

Good to know: The hotel underwent a one-year renovation in 2019; returning guests will notice brighter interiors, Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and Simmons pillow-top mattresses, among the new features. All bathrooms have been renovated with Italian tiling and rain showers, though some retain their claw-foot bathtubs. Bathroom amenities are now supplied by Sodashi, an Australian brand of high-performance skincare products.

The courtyard remains the centerpiece of the property, its two swimming pools surrounded by tropical gardens of frangipani, and shaded by giant century-old trees.

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