Our usual preference is for small boutique style hotels rather than high end
hotels like the H de La Paix but after two days staying there we were
converted. The quiet luxury is very seductive. There are many cheaper hotels
in Luang Prabang but as they say, you get what you pay for.
The hotel is one of understated elegance apparent from the moment you catch
sight of it. There is no signage to announce it, just a doorway cut into a
long white wall at the end of a street. Through it can be glimpsed the
beautiful large central courtyard garden with its pools and white low slung
buildings lining four sides. Once inside it as if you have slipped through a
portal into another world. The feeling of beauty and tranquility is
immediate and the environment is one where needs are anticipated and met by
unobtrusive staff almost before they are thought.
An example of the responsive and attentive service: We asked reception to
book a table at a modest restaurant but one that served excellent fresh Laos
cuisine. After a while had still not had confirmation of the booking which
seemed strange in a place that was usually so attentive to one's needs so we
assumed that reception had forgotten.
Then the phone rang, the man on the front desk apologised for the delay in
getting back to us but that he had now managed to book the table we wanted
at the restaurant. He explained that the phone at the restaurant hadn't been
working. The only way he could reach them to make the booking was by going
to the restaurant himelf, a short tuk tuk ride into town, hence the delay..
The hotel's rooms are private, generous, and the decor modern with all the
usual requirements. The mosquito netted beds are comfortable and the
pillows are blissful. We stayed in a suite with private courtyard and
swimming pool. One of these would be a perfect place for a honeymoon.
One of the drawbacks of any Asian holiday is the mosquitoes and it was
surprising that many restaurants in town for example, did not supply
mosquito repellents or coils etc.
Recommend that you take your own supplies of Deet etc. for this reason.
Most hotels have mosquito nets over the beds but H de la Paix also provided
coils and repellent in the rooms should you need them.
If you like a good massage, recommend that you try one here. The spa is
luxurious and Pookie and her staff provide excellent massages in an
aesthetically pleasing environment where every element has been carefully
put together so there is no jarring note. So relaxing and soothing that
afterwards you are encouraged to sit with a glass of Bael tea to assist a
gentle transition back to reality. We had several massages and particularly
recommend the hotel's signature massage.
The hotel also runs an excellent cooking school and again this is thoroughly
The only possible drawback to staying in this hotel is that it is not
centrally located but tuk tuks are cheap, only cost a few dollars and easy
Being a little out of town also has its advantages.
In the high season with increased traffic noise and bar life, you could find
the hotels along the rivers or on the Main Street very noisy. Also, as none
of the hotels in the old town have swimming pools, this tranquil refuge
with its swimming pool or one of the suites with a private pool would
provide a very relaxing and welcome retreat.
A pool suite with private courtyard and pool.
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Sabaidee and warm greetings from Luang Prabang.
Thank you for your generous review of our hotel and for breaking away to experience something a little different to your normal preference of accommodation.
Our hotel truly is all that you have written and whilst the physical product is indeed pretty spectacular, we would be nothing without the wonderful team we have that care for our guests every day. Having been in Laos for just short of a year, I can sincerely say this country’s biggest asset is its people. Hotel de la Paix is lucky enough to blessed with an entire hotel full of genuine, honest, committed ladies and gentlemen and this translates into our every day guest interaction. I am delighted to say the action take to secure your reservation would have been done without a second thought and certainly not considered as going beyond or out of our way.
Thank you also for taking the time to experience our Cooking School. Laos food is simple, delicious and unique. Personally I couldn’t think of a better way to cook, then when you have a brigade of Chefs replacing used chopping boards and knives, removing off cuts and generally keeping your cooking station clean and clear. Now if only we could find a way to make that happen at home.
I’m happy to say there are not too many guests that stay with us that don’t succumb to the charms of Ms Pookie and her team in our Spa Indochine. The only problem with our Signature Massage is, it eventually it ends, the shortest 90 minutes of your life. Like yourself, we have many guests who can’t resist to return for more than one treatment during their stay. The Spa manages to channel the calmness and serenity of our beautiful hotel not only in design but also in the team’s delivery of their treatments.
Tinamp, if you have the opportunity to visit us again please do not hesitate to be in touch with me personally.
Until then, I remain with my very best wishes
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