“Colourful interiors and super-stylish rooms make this easy-going hotel on the Nam Khan river the hottest ticket in town”
This is a gorgeous little place and the rooms don’t let it down. There are 2 houses, both over 2 floors. Superiors are in the main house, while Standards are found in a building 2 doors down the street (just as lovely). We had a first-floor Standard with a small balcony and loved it. The main difference between the 2 types is this: Superior rooms are a little bigger, have deep baths (not just showers) and come with a daybed. But that’s about it. Go for the first-floor rooms and you get more light and have better views. However, if you can’t get one, book whatever is available - you don’t slum it in the ground-floor rooms, which open onto shaded terraces.
First-floor rooms open onto a small balcony, which is, in effect, communal, but strategically-place potted palms add privacy. Ground-floor rooms open onto a terraced sitting area that does very much the same thing. Views across the quiet road shoot over the river to its far bank, where locals grow vegetables neatly in the sun.
Décor is similar throughout: all rooms come with off-white walls, shuttered windows and big comfy beds. A chic colonial simplicity infuses every corner. First-floor rooms have varnished floorboards; ground-floor rooms come with coloured cement floors. Expect crisp white linen, local art and silky voile curtains. Colour comes from cushions and throws, even glass Buddha statues, and each room combines 2 colours to great effect: red and green; blue and orange, gold and lime. All have airy high ceilings.
Lovely bathrooms have enormous walk-in deluge showers. Superior rooms also have a bath; in first-floor rooms, it stands behind a screen in the bedroom.
Breakfast is served from 7am until lunch. It is brought to your table by a waiter; there is no buffet here! It is relatively simple: freshly-squeezed orange juice, freshly-cut fruit, a bowl of toasted baguette with delicious home-made jam (flavours vary from day-to-day, we had pineapple!) and a choice of hot dishes if you fancy one including eggs any way; there’s strong coffee and a selection of posh teas, too.
The Apsara’s restaurant is one of the best in town, so make sure you eat here at least once. It’s open-plan and very colourful, with lime-green lanterns scattered around the floor and Chinese inscriptions hanging on the walls. A light lunch menu offers carrot and coconut soup, watercress salad Lao-style, a BLT baguette, steak frites, buffalo sausages and caramelised onion tart.
Dinner brings a slightly grander, more Laotian menu. Try spicy prawns and a green papaya salad, stir-fried quail with shallots and garlic, tagine of young goat with a citrus-fruit salsa, then polish things off with bananas flambéd in rum or a dollop of honey and ginger ice cream.
Luang Prabang has some of the best food in Indochina, with a clutch of fabulous cafés and restaurants from which to choose; the streets at night are alive with tourists and locals.
As the hotel hopes that its guest will have a tranquil stay, families with young children (12 and under) are restricted to the ground floor. Under 12s go free (maximum of 1 child per room).
The 2 Superiors on the ground floor are the only option for families with young kids; both have single daybeds which can be made up as an extra bed or can fit a baby cot. Superiors on the first floor and fit 1 teen in their daybed.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking