Be pampered like royalty
Once home to Lao royalty, the opulent rooms and professional, eager to please staff at Maison Souvannaphoum will make you feel like kings and queens.
Rooms are situated in two buildings. The La Residence rooms are in the original colonial building, once the home of Prince Souvannaphouma, four-time Prime Minister of Laos. The rooms are spacious, brightly lit and comfortable with big French windows and amenities like flatscreen TV, tea and coffee, minibar and desk. The bathrooms have showers with good water pressure.
The Garden Wing block is newer but built in a similar colonial style. All of the 20 Garden Wing rooms are equal size and feature a big bed, crisp white linens and wood furniture. The winning feature though is that each has an enormous private balcony overlooking the large tropical garden and small swimming pool. This is one of the hotels closest to the town centre with a pool. The beautiful antique buddhas and textiles decorating the hotel speak of its history but we were a bit perplexed with some of the furniture that looked more like it was from Ikea than fit for a prince.
If you are looking for old world charm and a place where the staff address you by name, then this is the place. Guest privileges include buffet breakfast and bicycle use. The on-site spa is also one of the best in town.
The hotel is located in front of the Nam Phou fountain, a five-minute walk to Joma Bakery Cafe and the night market.
Address: Chao Fa Ngum Rd, Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 609; F: (071) 212 577
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º7'51.96" E, 19º53'12.48" N
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Room rates: over US$100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$120||US$195|
|Superior double room||US$220||US$275|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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