Our usual preference is for small boutique style hotels rather than high end
hotels like the H de La Paix but after two days staying there we were
converted. The quiet luxury is very seductive. There are many cheaper hotels
in Luang Prabang but as they say, you get what you pay for.
The hotel is one of understated elegance apparent from the moment you catch
sight of it. There is no signage to announce it, just a doorway cut into a
long white wall at the end of a street. Through it can be glimpsed the
beautiful large central courtyard garden with its pools and white low slung
buildings lining four sides. Once inside it as if you have slipped through a
portal into another world. The feeling of beauty and tranquility is
immediate and the environment is one where needs are anticipated and met by
unobtrusive staff almost before they are thought.
An example of the responsive and attentive service: We asked reception to
book a table at a modest restaurant but one that served excellent fresh Laos
cuisine. After a while had still not had confirmation of the booking which
seemed strange in a place that was usually so attentive to one's needs so we
assumed that reception had forgotten.
Then the phone rang, the man on the front desk apologised for the delay in
getting back to us but that he had now managed to book the table we wanted
at the restaurant. He explained that the phone at the restaurant hadn't been
working. The only way he could reach them to make the booking was by going
to the restaurant himelf, a short tuk tuk ride into town, hence the delay..
The hotel's rooms are private, generous, and the decor modern with all the
usual requirements. The mosquito netted beds are comfortable and the
pillows are blissful. We stayed in a suite with private courtyard and
swimming pool. One of these would be a perfect place for a honeymoon.
One of the drawbacks of any Asian holiday is the mosquitoes and it was
surprising that many restaurants in town for example, did not supply
mosquito repellents or coils etc.
Recommend that you take your own supplies of Deet etc. for this reason.
Most hotels have mosquito nets over the beds but H de la Paix also provided
coils and repellent in the rooms should you need them.
If you like a good massage, recommend that you try one here. The spa is
luxurious and Pookie and her staff provide excellent massages in an
aesthetically pleasing environment where every element has been carefully
put together so there is no jarring note. So relaxing and soothing that
afterwards you are encouraged to sit with a glass of Bael tea to assist a
gentle transition back to reality. We had several massages and particularly
recommend the hotel's signature massage.
The hotel also runs an excellent cooking school and again this is thoroughly
The only possible drawback to staying in this hotel is that it is not
centrally located but tuk tuks are cheap, only cost a few dollars and easy
Being a little out of town also has its advantages.
In the high season with increased traffic noise and bar life, you could find
the hotels along the rivers or on the Main Street very noisy. Also, as none
of the hotels in the old town have swimming pools, this tranquil refuge
with its swimming pool or one of the suites with a private pool would
provide a very relaxing and welcome retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the French Governor's Fort, the "all-suite" Sofitel Luang Prabang now oozes colonial style and splendour fused with contemporary elegance in one of the finest resorts in the region. Situated on a heritage site in the former royal capital of Laos, the hotel is close to the major tourist attractions. Large courtyards, landscaped gardens, a reflecting pool and fireplaces provide a welcome retreat in all seasons. Individually designed suites create sanctuaries of private space and sumptuous comfort, revitalising the soul. Natural LeSpa therapies and gourmet dining at the Governor's Grill capture the essence of Laos, drawing on its culinary and wellness traditions. ... more less
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