The Best Hotels to Book in Luang Prabang, Laos

The Mekong Riverview Hotel is a dreamy patchwork of vintage Indo-Chinese furnishings mixed with contemporary touches
The Mekong Riverview Hotel is a dreamy patchwork of vintage Indo-Chinese furnishings mixed with contemporary touches | Courtesy of Mekong Riverview Hotel / Expedia
Marco Ferrarese

Set on a narrow peninsula between the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, the Unesco World Heritage city of Luang Prabang has been a jewel of culture and architecture since the 14th century. From riverside eco-retreats to high-ceilinged mansions, here’s our guide to great hotels in Luang Prabang, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. NamKhan Ecolodge

Budget Hotel, Eco-Lodge

A guest room at the NamKhan Ecolodge with a large bed and decorations
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Discover the best hotels in Luang Prabang’s green heart at this scenic jungle resort, hidden away on the Nam Khou river bend. Rooms and private villas, some with their own garden, have outside bathtubs for you to soak in while listening to the sounds of the forest. It’s just a short distance away from the charms, nightlife and fine dining of the old city.

2. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Chain Hotel, Luxury

An infinity swimming pool with sun loungers at the Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
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Five-star luxury and authentic Lao culture blend seamlessly at the Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao. This hotel is a blessed marriage of French colonial architecture and mountain views at the edge of a cloud forest. Rooms with gleaming parquet floors and bright, white colour schemes open onto a lush garden with a freshwater infinity pool. In the evenings, before trying a candlelit French-Laotian dinner, visit the garden’s intimate Buddhist temple, where resident monk Souk Suliyaphone welcomes you with soul-soothing blessings.

3. Sofitel Luang Prabang

Resort, Garden Hotel

A swimming pool and sun loungers at the Sofitel Luang Prabang
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Housed in the 19th-century clay-roofed residence of the French governor, Sofitel Luang Prabang is a dip into a world of yore. Within walking distance of the Mekong’s riverfront, the property hides a private inner garden with an outdoor pool. The lounge chairs and couches that spill at its sides are a perfect antechamber for the French colonial-styled rooms – a bounty of towering ceilings, wooden four-poster beds, rattan carpets and whitewashed walls.

4. Mekong Riverview Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A room with a two beds and a lounge area at the Mekong Riverview Hotel
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The Mekong Riverview, the brainchild of Swedish hotelier Urban Paullson, shines for its personalised service – Paullson himself will welcome you over a glass of wine in the evening and regale you with tales of his adventures around the world. The pastel-hued, river-facing rooms feel exquisitely homely with dark parquet floors and wood-panelled ceilings. Contemporary touches, such as LED screens, marry well with a dreamy patchwork of vintage Indo-Chinese furnishings.

5. Sanakeo Boutique and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

A large four-poster bed at the Sanakeo Boutique and Spa
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Sanakeo Boutique is a central boutique hotel whose three-storey buildings, topped with arched clay Laotian roofs, elegant house rooms with bamboo furnishings and cool verandas. There’s an inner courtyard with a large swimming pool shaded by tall trees. Top tip: sit at the restaurant’s balcony at sunrise, when hundreds of monks in fiery red robes swirl past as they perform their daily alms-giving ceremony.

6. Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

An outdoor deck with a dining table at the Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang
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Tucked down a quiet side lane just one block away from the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this attractive teak mansion is a love letter to tropical boutique hospitality. Pairing charming old-world wooden interiors with open rain showers and plush beds, each room has a private terrace with romantic views of the riverfront. In a vintage Mercedes Benz, rides to and from the airport are a special touch.

7. My Dream Boutique Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel

A large bed and living room area at My Dream Boutique Resort
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These villas in the greener eastern fringes of town are carefully designed to achieve a calming balance of pastel-hued walls, thatched partitions and natural bamboo columns; they also have large verandas facing a lush tropical garden. The on-site spa offers traditional Lao massage, and trees and loungers hem an outdoor swimming pool. This serene haven is just a quick walk or bicycle ride to town across the bamboo bridge on the Nam Khan river.

8. Villa Maydou

Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Outside of the Villa Maydou with bicycles and green doors
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Stretching over five traditional Lao buildings and a private house, Villa Maydou has been perfectly restored under Unesco supervision to convey the unique atmosphere of a traditional Lao village. The villas and rooms cluster around a flower garden, while the outdoor pool is lined with viridian tiles to match the greenery. Next door, the Meuna Temple adds a pinch of authentic spirituality to your stay.

For more hotel options in Laos, check out our guide to the best hotels in Laos for every traveller, bookable on Culture Trip.

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