“How would you feel about us living here?” I overhear a couple ask as I’m sipping my welcoming iced tea in the lobby of the 3 Nagas Boutique Hotel.
In the heart of the world heritage zone of Luang Prabang, 3 Nagas’ three century-old buildings are all protected by UNESCO. Each of the 15 rooms is different, but all have a balcony or terrace, a large bathroom (with huge towels), very comfortable beds, and all the usual amenities you’d expect at a boutique hotel (with the exception of a television).
You won’t have time for TV; you’ll be too busy soaking up the atmosphere of this ancient royal capital, whether it be watching the sunset in the garden or wandering the town (keep your eye out for the nagas (serpent deities) decorating the 32 temples in town).
A stay at the 3 Nagas also means you’ll have a guaranteed seat at their phenomenal restaurant, back at the quality when Amanda Hesser first wrote about it for the New York Times in 1995.