Booked 12 November 2010 for 26-31 December 2010, as all the other mid-range accommodation in the city was already full, including our first choice Lotus Villa at $69 a night.
Charged a whopping $85 per night for twin. Poor value, an incredible 2.6 times the price of similar hotel in Vientiane (the lovely Hotel Khamvongsa, $32) with 1/3rd less the room size. Chi-chi interior design, open bath which may look good in design but is totally impractical in winter. The fan has to be switched off when one or the other person is using the bath. Shower tap is another triumph of style and cleverness over usability. Annoying. I could apply the homophobic adjective to describe the place but I'm being nice.
Either hotel owners are taxed very high for the privilege of being in a UNESCO World Heritage site or they feel justified in taking advantage of tourists.
This is the also the first hotel in a long time since anywhere who asked for full payment upfront and the caveat of "no refunds". That was one red flag that didn't hit me hard enough on the head. Obviously to prevent guests from leaving after the first night after having come to their senses. Well done, Ancient Luang Prabang.
Moral of the story: When visiting Luang Prabang in high season, book at least three months ahead.
Unique Quality: Noisy night market. Unsuitable for families with young children, crawlers and toddlers (dangerous stairs).
The hotel's design is perhaps the only one that's modern in town. All other hotels or guest houses still retain some regional or cultural influence, which is probably why some people objected to the construction of this edifice in a world heritage site. But that concern aside, the hotel looks classy, fantastic location, great rooms and even greater rates. You could go up the stairs (no elevators) to the 5th floor balcony and view the main street and Mt. Phousi, as well as the night market from there.
The rooms have big beds with lots of pillows, big flat screen cable TV, free WIFI, mini-bar, bath tub, safety box, flashlight, complimentary mineral water. Breakfast consists of fresh baked baguettes, Lao coffee or tea, eggs, ham slices, butter and jam.
Unique Quality: Rooms are not numbered but are identified by animals of the Chinese horoscope. The hotel has its own roadside cafe where many foreign non-guests eat, drink and people-watch. The night market is right at its doorstep, while a few monks pass in front to gather their morning alms. The town's post office, tourist info center, and an ATM machine are just a few meters walk. The hotel provides free airport transfers.
Stayed here for for 4 nights June '10. Rooms identified by animal names from the Chinese zodiac, rather than numbered. We were in the Naga room on the 1st floor. Rooms are quirky with open bath in the corner of the room but private toilet. Large comfortable bed.
Staff were very attentive & friendly. Breakfast was fine; fruit juice, 2 baguettes with choice of egg & ham or bacon, coffee, finished off with fruit platter.
Location is very good. Night market starts right outside the hotel & as Luang Prabang is a small town, Wats, restaurants & Mekong River are all within walking distance of the hotel.
Bar with outside tables are great for people watching but does close @ 2200.
I looked at a room here in April, 2008. Cheapest room was $70 total, including breakfast. Large, nicely furnished, lots of ammenities; A/C, TV w/satellite, fridg, hair dryer, and very clean. This is a very nice hotel, but the price was a bit on the steep side for me. It is a prime location, right on a very busy corner of the main street, overlooking the Hmong Market across the street and the post office on the other corner. Additionally, the nightly street market is held from 6PM onward on this very street. Free internet service for hotel guests. Great cafe/bakery downstairs called Bon Cafe, also a bit on the expensive side. Really a nice hotel if you are willing to pay a bit more and want to be in the thick of everything.
Unique Quality: Location, location, location.
This low-rise 4-story building, is the newest (renovated) hotel in Luang Prabang. It's centrally located on Srisavangwong Road, close to everything. ((As I later realized that LP is a very small town, you can walk up to almost everywhere, so every hotel is considered 'central')) The morning market is just down the street and the night market is right at your door steps! The decoration is something in-between old and new with all the modern facilities. The downsides of the hotel are that it's a bit pricey and poor maintenance. The window frames are somewhat 'cracked' and the bathtub leaks (imagine the wood floor being washed out by water)...other than that it was quite a pleasant stay.
Unique Quality: It's new, modern and comfy.
But watch out! The rooms are open-planned, so no bathroom doors!
Directions: Opposite the Mong market.
This is a mid-range hotel and I had a twin room for US$60 per night. Not exactly backpacker's league that's for sure.
The Hotel has to be the tallest hotel in the town at 5 storeys high (for now at least, circa Nov 07). There are only 12 rooms in the hotel, all named after animals in the Chinese Horoscope (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Goat, Horse, Monkey, Rooster, Dog & Boar). The architecture of the interior is intriguing as the dark wooden staircases (there are NO lifts) wind and snake around (a little like Hogworts with a stretch of imagination), leading to all rooms, painted a vivid green or red along the corridors.
There is a little in-house western styled cafe (forever popular with western tourists) and the cafe sells simple cakes (5000 kips each) in various flavours (orange, banana, coconut etc) all day long.
The Hotel does accept credit card payments but with an additional fee imposed.
The Hotel has plans for expansion, as they had bought over the shop next to it and renovation were ongoing during my stay there.
Unique Quality: The room was tastefully done in wood. My ensuite air-conditioned room came with a TV, mini-fridge and a window that opened to an unobstructed view of the hills beyond and a street full of street food below during the evening. The smell was heavenly. (All the rooms with balconies face the street)
The toilet and the shower space came separated. The shower space (or bathtub) adopted an open concept - so you can literally take your bath and watch TV at the same time! The problem with this design (aside from friends who may be shy with each other) was that you'll get water sprayed everywhere so the wooden floor did get plenty wet! Plus, a warning: Don't take a shower with the air-con on at full blast. It's BRRRRRR central!!
There are no wardrobe closets - just a wooden hanging space behind the bed. So folks travelling with plenty of clothes....think Plan B.
Breakfast was enjoyed on the roof top so you get a most wonderful view of the town waking up with the mist hugging the hills in the distant.
Location is king. The hotel is situated almost at the heart of town and within walking distances to all the night markets and sights. I couldn't ask for more.
Booked this hotel through Luang-prabang-hotels.com. Very efficient and professional team.
Directions: Opposite the Hmong Market on 1 side, and the Post Office, the other. Within walking distance to Wat Mai and the Luang Prabang Museum.
This hotel is in the main street of LP and looks very modern and new. It only has 12 guest rooms and some of them have balconies that look onto the main street. We were cheecky enough to use their foyer toilets on several occasions which were of a very high standard as was the foyer. They did actually request we stop using their toilets as public toilets, they obviously have a high standard!!! WE did get a brochure and the rooms look very nice and cost about $US50 a night but is definately oneof the most upmarket hotels in LP. The rooms come with all the usual expectatin ie air con, hot & cold water, bottled water, ensuite.
Directions: Main street of LP
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