My 8 year old son and I travelled to Laos for our Christmas holidays with Luang Prabang as our focus. Hotel de la Paix was our first stop and was simply beautiful and impressive when we arrived. It's a converted old prison and so the rooms are all centered around a garden, courtyard and pool area.
Our room was beautiful with simple decor and an outside sofa area and bathtub/shower - v special. The food was also excellent.
The pool was essential for my son, who used it endlessly but other than that facility, there was little for him to do - not a hotel geared to young ones although the staff loved interacting with my son and were completely delightful.
Of concern was the hotel's Manager - I am sad to admit, an Australian who made herself known to us while she was having lunch in the restaurant when we arrived. Her uncontrolled Rottweiler puppy continued to disturb us through our lunch which left me wondering what sort of management would let a huge dog take its freedom at the patron’s expense. The staff, whilst utterly charming, looked and behaved like a rudderless ship - trying their best but with not consistent direction, vision or support.
The Manager’s baseless hospitality attempts meant that when we extended our stay in Luang Prabang, we chose another hotel.
The 3Nagas hotel was beautiful, modest and every bit of the Luang Prabang holiday experience I wanted led by a terrific Manager – just goes to show how much the ‘top dog’ means to the overall impression and experience of an establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the French Governor's Fort, the "all-suite" Sofitel Luang Prabang now oozes colonial style and splendour fused with contemporary elegance in one of the finest resorts in the region. Situated on a heritage site in the former royal capital of Laos, the hotel is close to the major tourist attractions. Large courtyards, landscaped gardens, a reflecting pool and fireplaces provide a welcome retreat in all seasons. Individually designed suites create sanctuaries of private space and sumptuous comfort, revitalising the soul. Natural LeSpa therapies and gourmet dining at the Governor's Grill capture the essence of Laos, drawing on its culinary and wellness traditions. ... more less
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