The original boutique hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos: 3Nagas by Sofitel

The 3Nagas is the boutique hotel in the beautiful old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is the original boutique hotel that started a wave of small, fashionable hotels in the old colonial style buildings that are so typical for the old town. Lovingly restored and well managed, they provide luxurious accommodations while enjoying the peaceful beauty of Luang Prabang. I had booked my last night in town here and was looking forward to my stay – yet the hotel was sold out and I was upgraded to the spectacular Sofitel Luang Prabang – which you can read about next week. So, instead of a full review, I’ll provide you with a short snapshot of what to expect at the 3Nagas!

Location: The 3Nagas has one of the best locations in the old town of Luang Prabang, situated on the main road, with the many temples on one side and the Royal Palace to the other, inn easy walking distance to both rivers, the night market and countless restaurants, coffee shops and shops. With a room facing the street, you can even see the morning ritual of giving alms to the monks right from your room! Luang Prabang is a quiet town and shuts down pretty early, so you don’t have to worry about noise from the central location.LAO 3Nagas Bed

Rooms: The rooms are held in the typical, local dark wood and white walls with some colorful splashes. The hardwood floors are dark and polished to a shine. The furniture is off the same wood and color and local fabrics in bright color are used to brighten up the room a little. The room had a four-poster bed, a sitting area and a wooden closet and desk. You’ll find airconditioning a mini-fridge and coffee/tea kettle, but no TV – getting away is taken seriously here!
LAO 3Nagas Bed2The theme is carried into the bathroom with the same hardwood floors, a sink on a wooden vanity table and a shower-over-tub with a white curtain. This room on the upper level had a high vaulted ceiling, making it feel even more spacious.
LAO 3Nagas BathOutside the room, overlooking the lush garden, is a large balcony with two loungers, two chairs and a table.. While not private, it looks like a nice place to relax after a day of sightseeing for some tea or a drink!

LAO 3Nagas BalconyRestaurants/Amenities: The hotel is made up of a number of beautifully restored, traditional buildings that combine the colonial style with some local features. The garden in the back makes for a nice retreat from the town, but don’t expect a pool here: Pools are not allowed anywhere in the UNESCO World Heritage zone, so you’ll have to stay outside the old town for that.
LAO 3Nagas GardenThe restaurant has some prime people watching along the main road – I didn’t get to try their food on my short visit. And I didn’t get a ride in the classic car outfront – I wouldn’t mind getting picked up from the airport in it!

LAO 3Nagas RestaurantConclusion: The 3Nagas is in a great spot at the heart of Luang Prabang, offering beautifully restored rooms in historic buildings. The property belongs to the Accor group as an M-Gallery hotel, managed by Sofitel. With that come high expectations for service – and also a pretty high price. My room rate was $145/night, which is pretty steep considering that other small hotels have followed the concept of the 3Nagas and also offer beautiful rooms with similar furnishings in old buildings in the heart of town for a lot less. I will review two cheaper options in the next few weeks, if this sounds like more than your budget allows. Otherwise, enjoy your stay at the original boutique hotel in Luang Prabang.


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