“An elegant and romantic haven, set in fragrant gardens just a 10-minute walk from central Luang Prabang”
The 31 attractive rooms are decorated in Farrow & Ball style shades, with polished wooden floors, beautiful silk cushions, handwoven rugs and carefully chosen antiques. Comfortable kingsize beds are the main focus of each room, draped with fine cotton sheets and billowing white curtains. Bathrooms are tastefully tiled, with fragrant toiletries and soft robes.
Deluxe Rooms are the least expensive option, set in the garden buildings. All have balconies or terraces with garden views. Bathrooms are shower only, so if you like a soak, you'll need to upgrade - though note that larger rooms do not have any outside space. Junior Suites are a little larger and all have baths and a separate powerful shower. Some of these rooms were added in 2012, and these don’t have four-poster beds. However, all beds are incredibly comfortable with thick mattresses and fluffy pillows; we slept incredibly well here. Classic wooden shutters keep the noise and light out at night.
The 3 Satri House Suites are top of the pile, partly because they are so spacious, but mostly because they are situated in the original Unesco-listed house (Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites are in separate buildings which are newer additions).
Breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the restaurant or out on its terrace. There are both Asian and Continental options - typical dishes include pancakes, scrambled eggs with bacon, and noodle soup - and everything is made to order. Fresh juice is also served.
There’s then a limited all-day Western menu, which includes spaghetti carbonara, club sandwiches and chicken nuggets. Daily specials tend to be more Asian in flavour.
The evening menu is extensive, though, and includes Asian, French and vegetarian influences. I had the pork fillet mignon with mustard sauce, which was delicious, and there's a superb selection of Laos classics: steamed Mekong fish in banana leaves, fresh shrimp with galangal root, and steamed lemongrass stuffed with pork and local herbs.
There's an enticing array of restaurants in Luang Prabang for a change of scene. Just around the corner is Delilah’s Place which serves fresh and healthy Lao cuisine (mixed greens with papaya; steamed fish in bamboo; green curry). A little further away try L’Elephant and Tamarind; the latter's lemongrass chicken is superb. During high season you do need to book, particularly at weekends.
Satri House welcomes children of all ages - there’s a children’s menu and the rooms can easily take an additional bed. 0-3 year olds stay free of charge in a baby cot or sharing their parents' bed (free breakfast); there is a charge for 3-16 year olds in a rollaway bed (includes breakfast). The hotel has a very grown-up and peaceful atmosphere so it’s best suited to well-behaved children.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed; if you have more than 1 child, you will need to book 2 rooms
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a Western children's menu with club sandwiches, sausage and mash, pasta and ice cream.