The Best Hotels 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
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29 January 2021

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 the best places to stay in Luang Prabang.

NamKhan Ecolodge

Budget Hotel, Eco-Lodge
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NamKhan Ecolodge
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Discover Luang Prabang’s green heart at this scenic jungle resort, hidden away on a bend of the Nam Khou river. 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 few kilometres away from the charms, nightlife and fine dining of the old city.
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Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Resort
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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.
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Sofitel Luang Prabang

Resort, Garden Hotel
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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 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.
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Mekong Riverview Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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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 their dark parquet floors and wood-panelled ceilings. Contemporary touches, such as LED screens, marry well with a dreamy patchwork of vintage Indo-Chinese furnishings.
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Sanakeo Boutique and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
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Sanakeo Boutique & Spa
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Sanakeo Boutique is a central boutique hotel whose three-storey buildings, topped with arched clay Laotian roofs, house elegant 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.
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  • Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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    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. Rides to and from the airport in a vintage Mercedes Benz are a special touch.
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    My Dream Boutique Resort

    Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
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    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 there’s an outdoor swimming pool hemmed by trees and loungers. This serene haven is just a quick walk or bicycle ride to town across the bamboo bridge on the Nam Khan river.
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    Villa Maydou

    Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    Villa Maydou
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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. The Meuna Temple next door adds a pinch of authentic spirituality to your stay.
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