Sofitel Luang Prabang
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, free drinks from the minibar, a fruit basket and a welcome drink on arrival and a turndown service with local delicacies
- Sabai, a library with plump leather armchairs, doubles as a snazzy cocktail bar come sundown
- A genuinely friendly staff
- The history: It’s a former prison with award-winning modern architecture
What To Know
- Room service is available from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Guestrooms are modern and minimalist
- It’s a 5-minute ride into town
- In order to coordinate airport transfers, guests must inform the property of flight times prior to arrival
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Once a prison, the property has been lovingly transformed into the Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, a chic retreat with a cool, minimalist vibe. The watchtowers of the prison remain and provide an exciting dose of intrigue, as well as plenty of privacy. Black-and-white photos of monks and the local area adorn the walls of the public spaces; the suites are all arranged around a courtyard, which has a 25-meter swimming pool and a reflecting pool edged by shaded loungers and a landscaped rose- and frangipani-scented garden.
Bed and Bath
Bangkok-based architect and designer Duangrit Bunnag has injected a low-key dose of Laotian cool into the 23 suites, which come with private walled ivy-clad gardens or small pools. All come with cool, modernist leather sofas and muslin-draped beds, and they have walls decorated in candy cane rainbow stripes to add color. The large bathrooms have tubs with a unique indoor/outdoor design (just make sure you light an anti-mosquito coil first), meaning you can bathe alfresco; they also come with rainfall showers. Two suites have direct access to the watchtowers — a perfect location for private dining with a view.
Kaipen, the all-day restaurant, is a good place to try local dishes such as thick beef curry cooked in coconut milk and lotus seed, or Mekong river fish, grilled buffalo and fresh zingy salads. Want to fine-tune your skills in the kitchen? Sign up for one of the cooking classes at the on-site Ka-Toke Cooking School. Be sure to carve out some time to relax by the swimming pool or pamper yourself at Spa Indochine. Set in a replica Lao village at the back of the complex, with freestanding wooden stilt houses, this is a spa fit for royalty; it offers a full range of holistic treatments, such as Lao coffee scrubs and traditional Lao massages. And if you’re looking for something a bit more active, you can borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the area.
In the Area
In the predawn darkness, kneel along the route traveled by monks each morning accepting alms. Be sure to buy fruit, crackers or other food offerings the night before, then immerse yourself in this ancient tradition. Visit some of the 32 ancient Buddhist temples that are packed into the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Browse the handicrafts night market, which sets up each evening along Sisavangvong Road in the old city. Be sure to check out the amazing array of street food in one of the side alleys near the southern end of the market. Book custom tours to visit gorgeous local waterfalls, ride through the jungle on the back of an elephant, or learn the art of Hmong batik and weaving, among other adventures.
How to Get There
To all the staff at the Sofitel Luang Prabang - thank you! You made our stay fantastic - and we really appreciate your kindness and your hospitality.
This is a fabulous hotel and I very highly recommend it.
Yes - it’s a little further out of town - but we enjoyed the walks in and out - and there are shuttles and tuktuks aplenty if you’re not up for the 30 minute stroll.
That walk is well worth it for the space, facilities and tranquility of the hotel.
Our room was immaculate. Beautifully decorated. Very spacious. And we loved our private garden and outdoor bathtub. (Yes - there’s an indoor one as well!)
Breakfasts were excellent - a good choice of freshly prepared Asian and Western food. Complimentary afternoon tea was a nice touch. We also made good use of the pool and gym.
However - it’s the lovely staff who make this a special place to stay. We were genuinely cared for and treated with warm friendliness. Staff on reception and in the restaurant were consistently exceptional.
I’m very bad with names - I am so sorry - but I’d like to say a particular thank you to the lovely lady who came and chatted to us every morning at breakfast and so kindly gave us the elephant! Thank you. He will sit on my chest of drawers at home and remind us of you.
We’ll look forward to coming back.
My husband and I had a lovely and memorable stay at the Sofitel. We were very impressed with the great services, delicious foods and drinks, comfy beds, nice pool and the amazing spa. The property is charming and surrounded with lots of lush greenery. We highly recommend this property to others during your stay in Luang Prabang . Thank you Mr. Moo-Yen and the great staff for making our time in Luang Prabang perfect.
We just spent four nights at the Sofitel, and it was lovely from start to finish. The staff were Super helpful and friendly, and couldn’t do enough to help make our stay more pleasant. The food was delicious, and we also did the cooking class. My only slight disappointment was the spa, during which my treatment felt very rushed (it was the last before closing time) However this was a minor thing, and certainly didn’t impact my overall experience. We were travelling with two small children and the rooms were spacious enough to accommodate them and two travel cots. I loved this hotel and can’t wait to come back again!!