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
An amazing stay. We travelled with our 6 year old grandson and the hotel was fabulous. He has some food allergies and they were well informed and directed us all the way to avoid anything he couldn't eat.
We stayed here in October with our 2 young girls. What a spectacular place. So much space and amazing staff. We didn’t think that the food was amazing, but I’m not marking the hotel down as the food was as good as anywhere else we ate. The staff were very attentive and the hotel had such a relaxing vibe, it was easy to switch off.
Beautiful hotel with amazing history, really well located and we had a great time. It won’t disappoint.
We've been fortunate to stay at many beautiful hotels and resorts around the world and are Accor Plus Platinum, but I must say that the Sofitel Luang Prabang rates as one of our all-time favorites. If we return to Luang Prabang in the future (amazing city!), we will undoubtedly stay at the Sofitel again.
The resort grounds are stunning. Built on a UNESCO World Heritage site, the hotel has a charming and sophisticated colonial style mixed with modern and contemporary elegance. Simply put, it's beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and perfectly maintained. I was envious of the 2 local bunnies that live on the resort grounds, as they get to call the beautiful resort home everyday! We had a pool suite, which was impeccably maintained and offered plenty of space for our family of 3. The pool was a little cold, but still refreshing from the hot Luang Prabang afternoons.
Above all what impressed me the most was the level of service we received at the hotel. 5-star service from start to finish - every minor detail was cared for, often times without me even thinking about it, no less asking about it. While honestly, every person I interacted with was amazing, I particularly appreciated the service by Vard. He was the first person we interacted with when arriving and went above and beyond throughout our stay.
I highly recommend the Sofitel Luang Prabang to anyone looking to top off what will already be an amazing trip to such a great city!