3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Balconies from some rooms provide privacy from which to watch monks collecting alms in the early morning
- Housed in three UNESCO-listed buildings, history is all around
- With just 15 rooms, there is an intimate atmosphere and plenty of attention from the doting staff
What To Know
- Serenity rules here; this isn’t the place for noisy children or teens
- The old buildings mean creaky floorboards and the Lao rise very early in the morning, bring earplugs
- The pool is more ornamental than practical
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Designed by French-Canadian architect Pascal Trahan, 3 Nagas epitomizes classic colonial chic. Built in 1903, it has been painstakingly preserved among giant jackfruit and mango trees. Heavy timber doors lead into rooms with traditional ‘torchis’ walls (a mixture of mud and natural fibers). Hot pink and orange silk fabrics make the rooms pop, while pictures of the Buddha look down serenely.
Bed and Bath
Eight rooms are located in The Khamboua House, a classic timber Laotian house, while the other seven rooms are in The Lamache House, which was built in 1898 to house the royal family (and later functioned as an ice-cream factory in the 1930s). Bedrooms are simple with gauzy mosquito nets that hang above the pillowy four-poster beds. Heavy rosewood-on the floors, the ceilings and for some lucky guests, balconies-are in keeping with local style, while framed pencil sketches of old local buildings and elephant statues further set the scene. The bathrooms, with tub and shower, are simple but have everything you need.
The lush garden edging the Nam Khan River is the spot for a shady read in the afternoon. After sunset, guests migrate to the cute al-fresco bar at the front of the hotel for a Lao Beer, or two, or perhaps a Lao Lao Sling with rice wine moonshine. Known for authentic Laotian cuisine, the hotel’s main restaurant, Les 3 Nagas, is so good that many globetrotting types cross borders just to dine here. For a more low-key experience, the laid-back Mango 3 serves Asian-Euro fusion dishes with a dash of French flair. Dining is an early affair in Luang Prabang and both restaurants close at 10 pm.
In the Area
From the hotel, it is a mere two-minute walk to boutiques like the Ock Pop Tok Flagship Store where you can shop for ethical textiles. A few more minutes walking will bring you to the Royal Palace Museum, and a couple more blocks to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum, which highlights rare and local cultural objects. In search of more culture still? Head to Jean-Pierre Dovat’s Project Space which hosts exhibitions and events over three floors and four exhibition rooms.
How to Get There
We very much enjoyed our stay at 3 Nagas, right in the center of Luang Prabang, and walking distance to the night market and to all local attractions.
This is an historic property that give you a true Indochine vibe and maintains it historic feel.
While the hotel is not a super-slick, modern hotel, it does have modern amenities and comforts and a style that is unbeatable. The rooms are in good condition but the historic nature of the room does have its minor limitations.
If you want to feel like a turn of the century colonial traveler, this definitely fits the bill and was the most "authentic" of the hotels in our travels. Rooms are clean, well appointed, and have maintained the original wooden details and features, while still having modern appointments. The four poster beds with mosquito nets, tasteful artwork, and beautiful wooden furniture, all made us feel like explorers from the 1900's.
Because of the historic nature of the property doors and windows are somewhat less than perfect and your not hermetically sealed in, but it seems to add to the charm of the place.
The restaurant at the hotel served some of the best food we ate in Luang Prabang and is highly recommended, as is the wonderful breakfast. For breakfast, there is both a light buffet and the staff will also serve you freshly cooked western or Asian breakfast specialties.
We loved the intimate vibe of this small hotel, which was the smallest of the hotels we visited on our 4 week trip and felt it blended really well with Luang Prabang, which is a quiet and peaceful place. We took the free bikes on several mornings and just rode around town and to the river one block away.
The location of 3 Nagas is unbeatable as its right in the middle of everything and is in the old quarter. We visited some other properties on the outskirts of town and would definitely recommend staying in old town to capture the essence of Luang Prabang. The only drawback is the lack of a pool as they can't build one in the old quarter. We did not take advantage of the pool at their sister property the Sofitel.
Don't forget to wake up early one morning for the alms giving ceremony with local monks. They literally walk right down the road in front of the hotel and the hotel staff will guide you on the custom.
Finally, a big shout out to Audrey and her entire staff, who were gracious, kind and super attentive. After a few days, we felt like family and everyone knew us and what we liked for breakfast.
If your looking for a boutique, intimate property, with an historic feel and a great location, the 3 Nagas is highly recommended.
Everything was perfect. I was traveling solo from US and spent two nights at 3 Nagas. Everything was 5 start from check in to check out. Thank you to the staff for making this trip amazing.
Location was walking distance to all the sights; restaurant had something for everyone; staff was always willing to help & provide recommendations. This was the highlight of my trip.
Oh my goodness, my entire family fell in love with Luang Prabang and a lot of that love was fostered by Hotel 3 Nagas. If you are going to Luang Prabang with the distinct desire to take in both its UNESCO city center and the almsgiving, then has to be the very best hotel option. Built from previous homes or mansions, right in the city center and literally beside the almsgiving, this hotel is perfection. The service is friendly and oh so hospitable, the restaurant very good, the ambience lovely, and this is all packaged up with the bow of perfect location. We loved this hotel and hope to return.
3 Nagas and Sofitel Luang Prabang are affiliated, therefore, as 3 a Nagas guest, you can enjoy all facilities at Sofitel Luang Prabang (free shuttle to commute between the two hotels is provided).
Please note that the hotel is a preserved wooden building, therefore, there was no TV in the room. But don't worry, you will not be bored as you can hang out at the bar watching people and talking to the hotel staff. Thanks to Oil, the bar and restaurant manager and her team for keeping me company during dinner.
You must try to dine at the hotel's restaurant which serves the best Ice Cream and Buffalo sausage in town!
Sofitel offered an interesting and fun cooking class at USD35++ (21% tax). Each session can only cater 8 pax, therefore, for those who are interested can immediately register with the hotel (3 Nagas or Sofitel) during check-in. Once again, thanks to Oil and Yong for making the arrangement at the last minutes for me.
The cooking class starts from 8.00 am until 12.00 noon and followed by lunch. Free return transport between 3 Nagas and Sofitel Luang Prabang is provided. If you need transport to the airport after the cooking class, Sofitel Luang Prabang can arrange a transport using Honda CRV SUV at $18 only.
For Platinum Member of Le-Club AccorHotels, please note that 3 Nagas doesn't have lounge that provide free booze.
PS: if you go to the cooking class, you will get the chance to lounge in Sofitel Luang Prabang's garden and play with two cute rabbits that roaming free in the garden.
The location is great, easy walking distance to the night market, temples & numerous restaurants and cafes.
The room was amazing, tidy, clean & comfortable.
Our stay was truly a remarkable one with all the extra touches and attention to details put in the service.
We had the most amazing time staying @ the hotel 3 Nagas.
Audrey & her team were excellent, friendly & attentive and always help us with a smile.
We would love to come back again.