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
Booked at the Luang Say to enjoy the colonial setting, restaurants and pool. Enjoyed all of these and was very impressed wth the staff who 'leaned in' to the art of service. Smiles always and a super helpful attitude exhibited by the staff.
After a full day of exploring, it is a great place to return to .. oasis !
We chose this hotel because it’s ranked #1 in Tripadvisor despite it being > 2km away from city center. We should have done more research on the city as we were expecting to walk or bike to city center. To our surprise, there were too many cars and motorbike. The air was not fresh and rather filled with smoke from cars. The hotel provides shuttle bus to and back from city center upon availability and request. You will need to phone them when you want to get back to check.
The hotel was beautiful. However, there were a lot of problems with our room, the Explorer suite, which we paid extra to have a tub. The bathtub wouldnt drain as the knob was broken. The maintenance guy said he couldnt fix it and asked us to use the screw driver to yank open the drain everytime we want to drain the water out of the tub. The toilet itself doesnt flush properly as the tank doesnt fill in the water. Again, we have to manually open the top, which was very heavy ceramic (they were going for luxurious looking toilet) and adjust the string so that the tank keeps the water. This happens over 10 times during our 2-night stay.
Breakfast was a la carte and came in large portion. The chef however seemed to be forgetful, always missing some ingredients. Our egg frittata was supposed to have cheese but there was no hint of cheese. Carrot juice with ginger came with no ginger. When informed, the waiter kept insisting that they were all in there but we couldn’t just taste them. Later he came apologizing saying that the chef admitted that he did forget.
The massage was the worst as they outsourced the service. One masseuse was just rubbing our skin. The other had very long nails and kept scratching our skin. A total waste of USD 80.
We would not come back and would recommend the hotels that are in city center for all the sightseeing.
Just concluded my stay at this lovely property - beautifully manicured grounds resplendent with lush tropical flora. Booked a Pioneer Suite ( as part of a seasonal 'Sabaidee Luang Prabang Package' ) which in hindsight may be a little too 'heavy' for me as I found myself away from the hotel most of the time, leaving me with little chance to enjoy some of the inclusive perks like the afternoon teas and lunches. That aside, loved the suite - hands down one of the more beautiful rooms I've come across in this region. Four-poster bed, lovely soft pillows, huge shower stall, twin vanity counters, French shuttered windows, what's not to love about this abode.
It's worth mentioning I was able to access my room the moment I arrived ( which was around 11:30 hrs ) which is always a welcomed treat and (as part of the package) secured a complimentary late-checkout at 17:00 hrs for a departure flight at 19:15 hrs
There's two principal restaurants ( essentially an all-day-dining which also served as one's breakfast venue and an outdoor terrace located next to the pool ) supported by a charming bar. Food quality was definitely above average albeit limited in range. After two days, I'd pretty much exhausted the main signature food items and had to venture outside for other culinary options. However, service at the restaurants were attentive and polite, dispensed with genuine warmth from the F&B team.
There's a hotel shuttle to the city available upon request in the day whilst in the evening, there are 5 departure timings ( starting at 17:40 hrs with the first departure and at 21:40 hrs for the last departure ). Conversely, they will schedule the shuttles hourly to pick up returning guest from the same drop-off spot ( starting at 18:00 hrs and ending at 22:00 ). These evening schedules are best utilised for trips to the nearby night market - definitely worth a visit or two.
A lot of Luang Prabang's main tourist attractions ( like the Royal Palace Museum and Mount Pousi ) are sited around the same area where the night market is located so again, convenience of access. Places like Kwang Si Falls are a little further out ( about an hour's car ride ) which the hotel can easily arrange. The only thing I'd add here is the hotel promotes a trip to Pak Ou Caves in their in-room literature ). Personally, I would avoid this selection ( check out the many negative TripAdvisor reviews of this place ) as the cruise vendor which the hotel works with for this travel experience just seemed sleazy and dishonest. However, I engaged the hotel to help me with a visit to the waterfalls and that worked out splendidly.
All in all, I'd a great stay but if I'd to nick-pick on anything, I'd say it would be even better if they'd an in-house gym as well as bedside power points to allow one to charge one's mobile phone. Additionally, there're three sets of widows within the en-suite living room which did not have black-out curtains so one had to open the shutters and shut the windows screens manually if one wanted to avoid the morning sun streaming in.
Otherwise, it's hard to fault this lovely oasis and I would likely return to this place if I ever need to return to Luang Prabang. Big thanks and appreciation to Francis ( Hotel Manager ) and his team for being so hospitable and gracious. Khap Jai !
This hotel was delightful. We had the Explorer's suite and it was beautiful and quite large. We had numerous massages in our room as well as delicious meals including the best oatmeal with coconut milk for breakfast.. The service staff is the best we've had anywhere, especially the nice gentleman nicknamed, "Peaceful" that booked all of our amazing excursions. The pool is pristine and tranquil. It really was one of the best places we have stayed. Highly recommend!!
The hotel was a pleasant surprise to our whole group (14 of us in total). We stayed for 3 nights and I didn't hear any complaints, only complements. The rooms are large and well designed. The pool area is beautiful, as are the bar and restaurant.