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Kiridara 4.0

Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Province, Laos

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Pros

  • Sunny and serene infinity-edge swimming pool with comfy lounge chairs and bar
  • Rooms have fine crafted wood floors and furniture; some with furnished patios
  • Upscale Lao and international cuisine restaurant
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Excellent views of town and mountains from hotel
  • Free shuttle to town and bicycles
  • Romantic and relaxing spa 
  • Fitness center on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Too far from town center and historical area to walk
  • Some rooms don't have bathtubs or patios
  • Not enough sun loungers around pool if hotel is crowded
  • Steps throughout the property may pose as a mobility issue for some

Bottom Line

The Kiridara is a four-pearl hotel overlooking the town of Luang Prabang. The resort lies outside of downtown, near the bridge to the airport, and while it isn't within walking distance of the heritage zone and main restaurant area, the hotel has a free shuttle as well as free bicycles for guests to get around. All 24 rooms have fine crafted wood floors, large flat-screen TVs, rain showers; some have soaking tubs and furnished terraces. A gorgeous infinity-edge swimming pool has an adjacent bar for cocktails. Other features include a relaxing spa, small fitness center, and fusion restaurant with a free breakfast buffet. While the resort is priced a bit lower than some of the other upscale properties that are outside of the center, like Hotel de la Paix, and does have more features than most, the location compared to the old town spots is certainly not as convenient.

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Scene

Upscale resort consists of stylish teak villas with orange tile roofs

The Kiridara looks and feels like a relaxed vacation resort. While most hotels in heritage Luang Prabang don't have many facilities, this one is built around its sunny swimming pool and courtyard. The resort sits up on a hillside, and doesn't have much of a lobby, just a small simple space with books and computers where guests are quickly checked in. The pool takes up much of the public space, with the spa and fitness building further up on the hillside. The main hangout area is the pool and its adjoining outdoor terrace where the Phu Doi restaurant has outdoor dining in the cool season, with an indoor section below, both giving views out to the mountains and town. From down below, it doesn't look like much, but viewed from above, the orange tiled roof Lao teak wood villas that make up much of the property look quite stately. Overall the atmosphere is peaceful and refined.

Location

Outside of town center on a hill, near the airport

The Kiridara is located outside of the town center and historical area of Luang Prabang. It's too far to walk from the hotel, but the property does provide free shuttle service on call as well as free bicycles for guests to use to get around. The hotel sits off the main Highway 13 that runs all the way to Vientiane. This road is trafficked and dusty, but the hotel is up a driveway on a hill so it feels far away, and there are good views of the mountains and surroundings. There aren't many restaurants, bars, or shops for tourists in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The Kiridara is convenient for getting to the airport which is about a five-minute drive away. As the hotel is on a hillside and has no elevators, there is the need to climb stairs to go to the rooms or spa or fitness, which might put off some guests.

Rooms

Stylish rooms with fine crafted wood floors and furniture

Rooms here are divided between Deluxe, Premium, and Suite options. They mostly have the same amenities and features and just differ in size. The standard Deluxe rooms have fine crafted wood floors and furniture, a writing desk, closet space, and ultra-comfy mattresses. Rooms come with electric kettles, large flat-screen TVs, DVD players, bathrobes and slippers, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature large rain showers and private water closets. All of the second-story Deluxe Rooms have outdoor terraces, whereas the rooms in this category on the first floor do not have a terrace but do have a soaking bathtub. 

Premium Rooms include extra square footage, elegant soaking tubs, double mirrors and sinks for the bathrooms, and Lao teak furnishings, with connecting room options for families. The top category Kiri Suites have decks overlooking the pool and mountains, iPod docks, huge 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and hand crafted Terrazzo bathtubs. The Kiridara also offers several large private villas that are located in the historic UNESCO heritage area downtown, with standby shuttle service for guests to come use the resort facilities. 

Features

Sunny swimming pool, fitness center, spa, upscale restaurant, free bicycles, and shuttle service

The Kiridara has more features than most other hotels around town. It has a sunny swimming pool with an infinity-edge and sophisticated ambience, set with large planters filled with water and a single green plant. The pool area could use a few more sun loungers, especially in high season, but there is poolside bar service, and the deck of the Phu Doi restaurant offers lovely outdoor dining and mountain views. During the hot season, guests can enjoy the indoor air-conditioned dining area, and the restaurant serves an excellent free breakfast buffet, plus Lao and international fare on the menu for lunch and dinner. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. A small but light filled fitness center offers three cardio machines and a weight bench. The serene spa includes private treatment rooms and a soaking bathtub large enough for two. Buddhist statues and shrines add to the Asian decor. The resort provides guests with free bicycles to use throughout their stay, as well as an on call free shuttle service for those who don't want to pedal. 

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Address

22/13 North Road, Ban Naviengkham, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos