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
- 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
Stayed here for the first time, we booked the room with backyard garden and outdoor bathtub was stunning, we have made the best choice for our stay. The hotel environment was perfectly setting up, the smell of Accor was there every time we walked in and out. Hotel is pretty well kept, the staffs were pretty well trained, we felt in love with you and congrats to the management team!
I loved this hotel. The staff were very nice & efficient- and the grounds are beautiful. It costs about $4 to get a tuktuk into the main center of town (5 minutes, tops) and was a relaxing oasis at the end of our busy days.
We enjoyed the breakfasts but cannot rate the dinners since we ate out every evening.
All the staffs here are very friendly, and we love the cosy decoration of the hotel. Our room comes with a small backyard garden and outdoor bathtub. The hotel is in a residential district and hence need to Wal about 20-25 mins to the city centre and night market. They do provide free shuttle services half hourly basis from 6-9pm to the city centre. We also attended one of the cooking classes where John (the Chef) brought us to the morning market to buy some of the ingredients. We learnt four dishes of Laos food. Interesting to have the Chef with us in the morning market to learnt more of the local food scene. Would recommend people to stay here for a relaxing trip in Lung Prabang
This is an oasis. The rooms front onto a huge courtyard featuring manicured gardens and a swimming pool. It’s very beautiful and tranquil. Our room (a garden suite) was particularly spacious. We loved the bath and shower area which was set outdoors in a private garden area. Then there was a second private garden area off the main bedroom, with a tub and settee under a tarpaulin. Breakfast was excellent. Fresh fruit juice and high-quality produce. Loved the eggs benedict. Look out for cute pet rabbits that run around the property. Also, we got a huge bag of washing done and returned within 24 hours for $US50.
The hotel is a little distance from the town (10 minutes by cab). At first, we felt isolated from the town but later it came to feel more like a retreat. The hotel provides free transport at night but not during the day. Outside the hotel, the surroundings are very poor so we tended to go on tour or enjoy the hotel facilities during the day (pool area great and spa/massage also very good) then cab it to the town to feast at night. We have heard Luang Prabang referred to as “Tinseltown” and it had that feel to it. But we loved it and found many great places to eat. Lots of options and different price ranges.
Room was spacious, huge and the bed was comfortable. Though More can be done to reduce mosquitoes in the room. There were mosquitoes in the bath tub. The property was well maintained and beautiful. Bottled waters, if not complimentary, should be explicitly mentioned or have a pricing of the mini bar items. Housekeeping did a good job of tidying up the room though, if you want anything after a certain hours at night, you'll have to wait for the next day. No 24 hours housekeeping. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful.