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
Location is perfect in the heart of the historic center.
Genuine architecture/deco is the other key attraction of this hotel.
However, this is not really a luxury comfortable hotel, rather an antique premium guesthouse.
So, do not expect quietness as they provide earplugs to all guests, explaining that the wood houses are preserved in their original state (would be better to notify upon booking!).
The historic value of the house is effectively proven by the regular noises coming from the street, or from other guests upstairs in case you stay on ground floor.
Service quality is random and can deliver unexpected results as the English level of staff is approximate.
Breakfast is served on the street front terrace, which comes with the charming touch of old houses surroundings, tree shadow and unfortunate car pollution.
So, it might be an enjoyable experience if you value the vintage touch more than anything, but in case comfort is non negotiable, you better find alternative hotel within 300 meters from the Main Street.
Definitely not for family with kids.
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and had an amazing holiday especially because of Brain Toh, who went above and beyond to make our stay exceptional. We would like to thank him for being so friendly and caring so much. The food was really good, and the hotel had a friendly and cheerful atmosphere every night, as the restaurant was always busy. On one of our nights we forgot to book a table, and the restaurant was full, staff did not turn us away. They went the extra mile and created a table for us. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. We would like to thank all of the staff for a wonderful stay
Superb location in this UNESCO heritage site. Professional and friendly service. Staff was always courteous, nothing was too much trouble. Interesting architecture of the buildings and rooms. Our room was at the back of the building, and it was lovely and quiet. We didn’t eat in the restaurant as there are so many restaurants nearby to try, but breakfasts were delicious. Being the sister hotel to Sofitel was a bonus. There were shuttle buses, we used the free bicycles to get there one afternoon. The cycling was fun and the pool and garden of Sofitel were beautiful. We’re 100% delighted with this place.