Kitsalat Road, Ban Aham,Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic
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The Sanctuary Hotel
In case you think that the charm and personalised service of boutique hotels comes at a price, The Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang is here to prove otherwise. A lovely, 30-room boutique hotel in the heart of the ancient kingdom, The Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to experience Luang Prabang’s renowned cultural heritage without breaking the bank.
From the outside, you’d never guess that such a peaceful oasis was located in the heart of Luang Prabang’s bustling night markets, temples and restaurants. Step beyond the whitewashed walls and you’ll discover three heritage buildings – one of which used to be the former prince’s home and stables – hugging a delightful courtyard garden and overlooking a tranquil lily pond. Inside, the rooms are basic but clean and well-kept, complete with breezy balconies and patios where you can chill out with your favourite book and a cold glass of Beer Lao. It’s the perfect place to soak up Luang Prabang's famous laid-back vibe, but if you feel like some activity then there’s also plenty to keep you occupied.
Start and plan your days here over a lip-smacking breakfast in the outdoor terrace restaurant. Later on, treat yourself to a traditional massage in your room, or venture out to explore the city by bicycle or on foot. Just be sure to get home in time for the traditional sindad, or Laotian-style BBQ dinner, served underneath the stars. Altogether, The Sanctuary Luang Prabang is a truly delightful hideaway, and thankfully one that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
- Bicycle rental
- Laundry & dry-cleaning
- Luggage storage
- Spa treatments
- Free WiFi
- Safety deposit
- Airport transfers
- 24 hour front desk
- Multi-lingual staff
- Breakfast menu
- 24-hour security
- Boutique Hotel
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- Recommended for:
- Culture Vultures
- Budget Boutiques
- Weekends from Singapore
What to Know
- The atmosphere here is one of the loveliest in town, with heritage wooden buildings surrounded by lily ponds that give it an authentic atmosphere.
- Staff are also some of the friendliest and happiest that we came across anywhere in Luang Prabang.
- Breakfast is a highlight, as is the 'floating' bar overlooking the pond – the perfect place to wind down your evening with a cocktail in hand.
- Overall, it's excellent value for money.
KEEP IN MIND
- Certain rooms face the road and therefore can be a bit noisy at times (strict UNESCO regulations prohibit double-glazing).
- In contrast to the delightful exterior, the rooms and interiors are almost disappointingly basic. It's best suited for those who don't plan on spending much time indoors.
- The hotel is located along a busy axis connecting the peninsula with the rest of the city, and therefore the traffic outside is noticeably busier than usual.
Comfortable shoes or sandals (you'll be walking a lot), smart-casual outfits and some insect repellent.
Compared to the hotel's charming exterior, the rooms at The Sanctuary Luang Prabang are basic and sparsely furnished with simple wooden furniture. Both the Superior Rooms and Deluxe Rooms are spread over two floors and boast their own terrace as well as views overlooking the peaceful garden and lotus pond. Two of the Superior Rooms are housed inside a UNESCO-listed former Chinese dispensary and connected by a private lounge area, making them great for families or groups. However, these also face the road and therefore can be slightly noisier. Last but not least are the two delightful Suites: one boasts a lovely private garden and the other is located in the historic UNESCO building with a spacious private balcony.
A tranquil haven of heritage charm, offering excellent value for money.
Food & Drink
The Sanctuary Restaurant offers a delicious selection of traditional Laotian and French cuisine, served on the pleasant outdoor terrace overlooking the pond, or indoors. Tuck into classic Laotian dishes such as steamed river fish wrapped in banana leaves and deep-fried spring rolls, or go for the French-inspired grilled buffalo tenderloin with blue cheese and wild mushrooms, or the pork paté. We highly recommend the sindad, or Laotian traditional BBQ dinner, consisting of platters of thinly-sliced beef, chicken and pork as well as baskets heaped with fresh vegetables that you grill at your table or dip into a rich, coconut-milk broth -- it's great fun.
Relax with a drink at the alfresco bar out on the outdoor deck and soak up the beautiful surroundings. There's a reasonably-priced cocktail menu, along with fresh fruit juices and a small selection of beer and spirits. A decent wine list rounds up the selection, featuring mostly French, Australian and Chilean wines.
In the mornings, a hearty breakfast is served in the restaurant or out on the terrace. The food is surprisingly delicious – think freshly-made crêpes and eggs, French-style bread, cereal, tropical fruits and Lao yoghurt. There’s also a small selection of Asian-style dishes such as congee and noodles; all accompanied by hot coffee, tea or juice.
For some mellow downtime, L’Étranger Books and Tea is a charming bookshop and cafe nearby where you can buy, exchange or rent books, browse their rotating art gallery or enjoy a cup of tea and free Wi-Fi. Don’t miss their free movie screenings in the evenings. Alternatively, head to Riverside Sunset bar for a different kind of show: the iconic sight of traditional wood fishing boats heading home along the Mekong River at sunset. Down the road, expat-favourite The House offers authentic Belgian food and beer inside a heritage building that once belonged to an extended member of the country’s royal family.
- Wake up before dawn to observe the daily procession of Buddhist monks as they receive alms in one of Laos’ most sacred traditions. The hotel front desk can assist with arrangements.
- Take a two-minute stroll to the city’s oldest temple, Wat Wisunalat, and the delightful Wat Aham around the corner. A little further down the road, Wat Wisunarat (also known as Wat Visoun) is the largest and most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang.
- Browse the wide array of boutique shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants that line the nearby Sakkhaline Road (‘Walking Street’).
- Shop for handmade souvenirs at the Handicraft Night Market and sample the fresh produce and Laotian food at the daytime Phou Si Market.
- Admire the beautiful clothing, household objects and artefacts belonging to Laos’ ethnic hilltribe groups, on display at the nearby Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
- Take a short walk down the street to Utopia, a laid-back cafe, activity centre, restaurant, bar and nightclub all in one, set amidst a tranquil tropical garden. Go during the daytime for yoga sessions, beach volleyball and board games, or enjoy live music, movie screenings and the occasional dance party at night.
- Sign up for cooking lessons at the restaurant and learn how to whip up delicious Laotian dishes and mouthwatering curries.
- Treat yourself to a traditional Laotian massage or spa treatment in the privacy of your room.
Your Booking Makes a Difference
For every booking that you make at The Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the Cambodian Children's Fund to help provide supplies for their library at Tuol Ampil School in Phnom Penh.Learn More
Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) serves domestic routes as well as a small handful of international flights to Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai), Cambodia (Siem Reap) and Vietnam (Hanoi).
FROM THE AIRPORT
The Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang can arrange for an airport transfer for US$15. Alternatively, taxis (approx. US$6) and tuk-tuks (approx. US$3) are readily available for the short ride to town.
In The Area
The Sanctuary Luang Prabang is located on the fringe of Luang Prabang’s UNESCO-protected core zone. Most of the city’s main attractions, including the Royal Palace and Mount Phou Si as well as the shops and restaurants of downtown Luang Prabang are all accessible on foot, by bicycle or by tuk-tuk.
The Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang provides complimentary bicycles for rent, which is easily the best way to experience Luang Prabang’s quiet streets. Most of the town’s main attractions are located within a short cycling or walking distance from the hotel.
Luang Prabang International Airport: 5 km (10 mins drive)
Mount Phou Si base: 0.7 km (10 mins walk)
Wat Xieng Thong: 1.7 km (7 mins drive / 20 mins walk)
Royal Palace: 1 km (3 mins drive / 10 mins walk)