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
We had a lovely 3 night getaway at this property. Although a little bigger than most Luang Prabang hotels it still has the charm and feel of a boutique hotel.
The location is good just outside the main town square (only a 5-10 drive). They offer a free shuttle bus to town at night, but they really should consider offering this service during the day.
The lush grounds make for a peaceful, secluded oasis and the pool is nice and refreshing. They even have 2 adorable Bunnies running around that kept my kids entertained.
Breakfast had a good spread, can’t complain, and service overall at 5he property was very good.
We booked a heritage room which was a great size for our family of 4. The room was spacious, clean and well equipped. My only criticism was the room didn’t get much natural light and was a bit dark. It opened up onto the pool area so if you wanted privacy you couldn’t open the windows/blinds on that side of the room.
Just completed 3 nights here. Pool Villa was amazing - quite a large outdoor space and completely secluded and private. Hotel grounds are huge but there are not many rooms so it was very quiet. Didn't see many people. Staff were top notch. Particular thanks to Moo Yen and Kevin but everyone else treated us well too.
Loved the time in the town and we rented scooters to go to the falls which were stunning.
No hesitation in recommending it to others.
I am very pleased with the general attitude of the staff. They are friendly and helpful. However, the Governor's suite that I booked was really a disappointment. The second room was fitted with only a bed, and nothing else. There wasnt even a bedside table not to mention an independent wardrobe of some kind. The third guest in that room felt totally disrespected and disengaged wth a room set up like that. If the suite is meant to be a host third guest, then the hotel must ensure that room/set up is of the same standard as any other guests. Not only was that room not fitted, the bed turning service was done with less care and attention. The third guest was not given sweets on the pillow. it was just very sloppy. The room was not properly set up when we arrived. We wanted to take a bath but there was not bath salt adn the tissue boxes were taken away. When we asked for facial tissue, they just handed a branded box instead of loading them into the wooden tissue box. We checked in for three person for that suite, but the cutlery and crockery was prepared for two. I am very disappointed with the room and the housekeeping service.
Sofitel Luang Prabang exceeded all our expectations. This is a beautifully restored UNESCO heritage mansion, very lovingly maintained. There are two adorable bunnies on the grounds. We stayed here for 5 days at the beginning of our honeymoon and couldn't have been more pampered by Mooyen, Kevin, and the whole team. What makes the hotel personal is that the staff really made every effort to get to know us and recommend things to do.
They also have great free amenities like a welcome foot massage, afternoon tea, a baci ceremony with village elders to welcome new guests every weekend with cocktail hour, and nightly turn down service with a little treat. We had the pool villa - room 3, and didn't want to leave the hotel. Reading by our own private pool and the lovely hotel pool is how we spent most of the hot part of the afternoon after morning explorations. The hotel and staff were really a major part of what made our Luang Prabang stay so excellent.
We recommend the Lao massage at the beautiful spa. The cooking class with a visit to the morning market is not to be missed. We made so many dishes and feasted on them in the restaurant, and picked up Lao cooking skills that I will be trying at home.
Breakfast and dinner at the safari tent were both delicious. We appreciated the sticky rice and daily Lao dishes and noodles available at breakfast, especially the excellent Lao sausage with lemongrass. The fresh juices were also great. For dinner, highly recommend the buffalo sampler. Thank you to everyone at the Sofitel Luang Prabang for making our honeymoon so unforgettable!
My husband and me stayed at Sofitel Luang Prabang from 6-9 nov 2018. It’s a beautiful French colonial heritage site. Our room was amazing and very big. We enjoyed the Laos night which is held every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The staff at the reception was so nice and welcoming. Also the service at The Governor ‘s grill was excellent. Special thanks to Mr Moo Yen the manager of Sofitel and to all the wonderful staff for making our stay so memorable. Most recommended. It’s beautiful.