Where to Stay in Luang Prabang, Laos | Satri House

The narrow entrance of Satri House betrays the gem of a place hidden inside: A stunning collection of charming colonial buildings inspired by Lao architecture and culture. Adding a layer of lure are the quaint corners and the lush gardens surrounded by towering trees. As the female staff briefs me about the property, my eyes wandered everywhere. "Satri House was first built in 1904 as a royal house by the parents of Prince Souphanouvong, the first President of Lao People's Democratic Republic. This property was refurbished in 2002 by Mrs. Lamphoune Voravongsa - now the current owner" she tells me.

Pool side of Satri House

I always prefer staying at colonial buildings turned guesthouses than any post-modern hotels. There is that vibe that make you feel transported into any Pico Iyer or Graham Greene novel. Being within the walls that witnessed history and stood the test of time, adds another stratum of appeal.

Satri House Pays Homage to a Bygone Era

The main house where a Lao prince lived his childhood, now serves as the centerpiece of the property lodging 14 deluxe rooms, 14 junior suites and 3 Satri House suites.

The pond of Satri House

Fine-arts painted walls, ornate pond laced with lilies and modest pools combines to create an enchanting environment evoking tranquility and luxury. Each room are designed with traditional Lao architecture with a fusion of French and Indochina style. Dark teak woods, subdued grays and blues, Tuscan orange walls, wood-beamed ceilings, bouncing Verdigris horse statues, framed black and white photographs and olden Buddha statues completes the cast of ornate interiors.

Just walking from the entrance to my room leads me to a parade of visual feast. Each time I manages to get lost by turning to a wrong hallway and into more fascinating discoveries – thanks to lovely corners where one could just sit and read a book all day in the presence of playful butterflies.

Home for Four Nights

With a very relaxed Luang Prabang media trip itinerary, I get to spend a lot of time relaxing at Satri House. I would start my day with a breakfast at the restaurant’s veranda overlooking the lily-covered pond. After that, I would take a few laps at the small rectangular pool. Then I would retire to my room to prepare for our tour. I stayed at a deluxe room tastily decorated with a cool antiquity look.

Wooden furniture, cool tile floors, muted colored walls, bronze Buddha statues, and vintage photographs matches beautifully with the curtain-draped king bed. Near the reception, there is a library stacked with history, cultural and non-fiction books. The restaurant meanwhile, is another one of Satri House’ “Instagrammable spots” – as young Xenials would refer to. The Gustavian-inspired walls, tiled floorings and a sophisticated jade tableware blends perfectly with the pale-yellowed interior.

Satri House has two swimming pools. The larger one sits in front of the main house while the smaller one is near the pond. Other features of Satri House includes a Spa and free Wi-Fi anywhere in the property.

Living up to the heritage-teeming appeal of the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, Satri House conserves that old-world charisma of yesteryears by providing a reclusive retreat even if it’s a mere walking distance from the historic town.

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