“A deft fusion of Lao vernacular, French colonial and contemporary Eastern style make this most authentic hotel in Luang Prabang”
There are 15 rooms and suites in all. The quietest and most secluded are on the garden side of Khamboua House, and not adjacent to the restaurant building. These rooms have private terraces or steeply roofed balconies overlooking the Nam Khan river.
We didn’t stay here - the hotel was fully booked during the 3 days we spent in Luang Prabang, even though it was September and still rainy season: a good sign. We had a good look round one of the Executive Suites, which has lots of space, its own corner of balcony with daybeds, vaulted wooden ceilings held up by teak posts, and a four-poster bed with white and gauzy drapes around the beds (pretty but didn’t look that mozzie-proof). The bathroom is spacious and well-designed, the only disappointment the fact that the shower is over the bath, not separate.
The Superior and Deluxe Rooms are similar, without the four-poster and in some cases with lower ceilings, but still spacious with a sitting area and terrace or balcony. Superiors are on the ground floor, while Deluxe Rooms are above them on the first and therefore provide an unobtrusive view of the alms giving ceremony. Junior Suites are almost identical to the Deluxe Rooms, but are larger - we're not convinced they're worth the extra.
The furniture is mostly rosewood and so the colour scheme is serene, sombre and simple: essentially deep, dark brown (the timber floors and furniture), and cream and white (the walls, fabrics and bedlinen), enlivened by one or two hand-woven, striped or zig-zagged Ikat silks. You get WiFi, bathrobes, hairdryers, air-con, fans, safes, phones - but no TVs, this is a place to switch off and unwind.
The hotel has 2 restaurants. Les 3 Nagas Restaurant and Bar, in a handsome townhouse beside Khamboua House on the Nam Khan side of the street, serves highly rated authentic Laotian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes include Pla Thod Khing, a fried fillet of makohng fish with ginger sauce, and Phanaeng Kai, shredded chicken, minced pork and buffalo meat cooked in a coconut milk curry. The restaurant is very popular so it’s recommended you book.
The other, Mango 3 Restaurant and Bar, occupies the veranda and front garden of the Lamache building and is more of an all-day café serving Asian and Western food. Expect pan-fried, stuffed chicken breast and crème brûlée.
Breakfast (included) is served in both restaurants from 6.30-10.30am, and consists of an a la carte menu featuring continental (usual fare, including pastries, fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurts) and American (such as pancakes) dishes.
If you want to eat out, there are numerous restaurants a short walk away. We enjoyed a meal at Café Ban Vat Sene, an airy, tastefully worn French restaurant with wooden tables, rattan chairs and a stripy awning that might have been lifted straight from the Ile de Ré.
Families are welcome although they're not that common at the hotel, as Luang Prabang is quite a grown-up city. Children stay free of charge up to 12 years old when sharing parents' bed; an extra bed or baby cot costs extra.
Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit an extra bed or a baby cot, but we'd recommend the Executive Suites as these are by far the largest, and benefit from both a living and dining area.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chef is happy to tailor meals to little ones.