The Luang Say Residence
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes à la carte breakfast
- Luxe suites feel like private residences
- A friendly, well-trained staff
- The infinity pool and canopy lounge chairs take the sting out of the midday heat
- Afternoon tea is served daily at the 1861 bar from 4 to 5 p.m.
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Not for party people; better for those looking for a quiet escape
- WiFi is free but can be spotty; high-speed cable Internet is also available for free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
To step into the Luang Say Residence is to step back in time. This boutique retreat pays homage to the 19th-century French explorers who first settled in Luang Prabang and captures the Old World magnificence of this magical city. The property is made up of a main residence (which houses the restaurant, bar and library) and five detached villas, and the ornate interiors feature dark wood furnishings and antiques such as weapons and butterfly collections.
Bed and Bath
The 20 Pioneer Suites are more like condos than hotel rooms, with sitting areas, sofas and writing desks. The open terraces have views of the surrounding flora, including banana and foxtail palms. Once the heat and humidity of the city have driven you back to the resort, revel in your air-conditioned suite, hiding under the bed’s mosquito netting and surfing the many channels on the flat-screen TV.
A typical day here includes digging into the enormous breakfast of tropical fruit, fresh-baked muffins, omelets and more, then heading out to see the sights. La Belle Epoque serves a daily menu of fresh local favorites, including plenty of options for vegetarians. After a sumptuous meal, settle down for a drink and a cigar at the bar, which has its own fumoir and a fierce selection of scotches.
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 south end of the market. The Luang Say Residence can arrange custom tours for guests 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 (for an extra fee).
How to Get There
We stayed at Luang Say residences for two nights and loved it.
The quality of the service and attention to detail is examplary. It is certainly due to the excellent management of the GM Julien and the hotel manager Francis whose presence and care are exemplary.
The rooms are spacious and beautiful. The view on a lush garden and the mountains is stunning. All is very peaceful.
We dined in house once and enjoyed two excellent breakfasts. The eggs Benedict are not to be missed. The produces were very fresh and tasteful.
We sat on the outside veranda with a view on the beautiful garden.
The bicycles are freely available and it was a great way to visit beautiful Luang Prabang.
We hope to be able to come back.
This hotel is one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed at. Why? Accommodations are fantastic- very clean, excellent beds (best nights sleep as I traveled through Asia), beautiful and spacious outdoor grounds, but what sets it apart from other hotels is the service. This hotel focused on amazing service from the time we arrived until the day we left. The staff made a wonderful (delicious, healthy options available) breakfast every morning, secured transportation for us, answered any question we had, and offered us plenty of bottled waters (its the little things and they realize this!). I don't normally write reviews, but I had to speak up about this hotel. I would come to Luang Prabang again just to stay at this hotel! Don't hesitate. This hotel works for families, couples, large groups, etc.
We visited The Luang Say Residence a fantastic colonial hotel, we can rate the hotel as 5 star with great friendly staff. Rooms are very comfortable, great pool area with great cocktails! One should try the day trips the hotel have to offer a truly unforgettable experience!!! We will visit again Luang Say!!!
This place is amazing! From the moment we arrived we experienced friendly, helpful efficient service. The rooms are exquisite; the surroundings lovely. Good location with a shuttle to take you into town. The food is excellent, both at breakfast and in their lovely evening restaurant. We also had afternoon tea inckuded in our package which was also lovely. Good pool and bar service also. There is nothing to fault in this place!
Luang Prabang was a bucketlist destination and it exceeded our expectations. We stayed at the gorgeous Luang Say Residence which was about 5 minutes outside of the main town square.there was a complimentary shuttle and bicycles that we rode into town- quite lovely. This hotel was exquisite in every way- the staff were so hospitable and accommodating during our entire stay, the room was so romantic and beautifully designed and the restaurant for both breakfast and dinner was delicious. We expected a nice stay at a hotel, but in fact we felt like we were at a friend's home with the warmth, daily conversations and friendly faces we saw numerous times daily. Even when we got rained in one of the days it was totally fine with us because we could sit on the balcony, have high tea and overlook the rain pour on the landscaping and it was gorgeous. Luang Prabang and the Luang Say Residence will be remembered as a magical place with a ton of charm.