From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The city's former prison is now a pleasurable place to be locked up. Transformed into 23 smartly designed suites, this hotel has a central pillared courtyard and an elegant colonial feelwhitewashed walls, wilting eaves, shuttered windows in gunmetal gray. Only the two corner watchtowers suggest a penitentiary, though there is a whiff of institutional austerity. Standing a couple of blocks out of town, the Alila works better as a refuge rather than as an immersive urban Lao experience, although the hotel embraces vernacular architecture in the restaurant, cooking school, and spa, which are built of dark wood and raised on stilts. Its suites are well-proportioned and unfussy, but the private little lawns with each suiteseven those with their own plunge poolcan feel hemmed in by the high walls. Guests may prefer to spend time by the courtyard's shimmering pool or lounging amid the shrubs and palms. An enthusiastic international young staff join the soft-spoken Lao team, who can escort guests on bicycle trips to Buddhist temples or on kayaking excursions on the Mekong. 2011 Hot List
Which room to book: Nos. 17, 18, 19, and 20 have direct access to the pool. Corner rooms 9 and 22 have their own tower, but the staircases are very steep.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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