La Residence Phou Vao

3 PO Box 50, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, Laos
(5 star hotel)
#1 of 79 hotels in Luang Prabang
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 11, 2009


While this facility may be nice, I know the management is tough and does not have any flexibility or sense of fairness for its guests. They have a strict, no nonsense cancellation policy and will not consider any modification of it. I was forced to cancel my reservation as the plane flight was cancelled without any notice to me so I could not go to Laos and stay at the hotel. I learned about the plane cancellation three days before my stay at the hotel and immediately notified the hotel. There were no other possibilities for me to fly even if I made three stops. While the hotel’s cancellation policy was on their web site when I made the initial reservation (you check a box to confirm it) I had cancelled that reservation and then by 10 or more emails to the hotel made new reservations and in none of the emails was there ever any cancellation policy. Most hotels would understand that if it was impossible for their guests to stay due to circumstances outside their control (such as I described) or if there was confusion as to cancellation policy (as was my case with 10-15 emails without any cancellation policy) that some type of compromise with the guest would be a good policy. Not this hotel!!!!!!!! Yes they offered to credit me for another stay within 18 months, but I told them this trip to Asia from USA is a long and expensive trip and it would not be possible for me to return within that time. I offered to split the cost with the hotel so I would pay them the $610 rather than $1220. They denied and forced me to pay the entire $1200. The only thing I can do is to warn other travelers to be very careful with this hotel’s management. They obviously do not understand good will and compromise. So be careful!!!!!!

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Top notch accommodation

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 3, 2008

We only stayed at this hotel for one night, but very very impressed with the standard of accommodation. Our room was very large, and had a private balcony area with two sun loungers. We particularly liked the open plan design of the room; it had large windows which looked out on to the extensive gardens and a view of the surrounding hills. It is possible to separate the bathroom area from the bedroom with a sliding door, or you can indulge your exhibitionist streak and take a bath or shower whilst looking out at the view!

Unique Quality: The bath was huge, almost too long to lie in!
We stayed here on New Year's Eve and attended the Gala Dinner which we expected to be outstanding. Unfortunately the food was only average and very expensive (even if you weren't in Laos). The evening let down what otherwise would have been an excellent experience.
The hotel is not really within walking distance of the town but that isn't a big problem as they provide a complimentary shuttle which will take you wherever you want to go and pick you up too!

First class accomodations

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 27, 2007

The hotel was very pretty, relaxing and the staff very accomodating. The only downside of the hotel is it is on the top of a hill somewhat outside of downtown. The pool is an infinity pool overlooking the town. The hotel shuttle was unreliable, but tuk-tuks into and back from town cost $2 for two people.

Unique Quality: Nicely apponted rooms and nice pool.

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a real Pansean retreat !

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 3, 2006

Already upon arrival one realises, that the Phou Vao is a very special hotel: not only the friendly greetings with flower-necklaces and a cool welcome drink, but more so the whole attitude of the hotel. The long passway to the reception is made of shining rosewood and teak, lobby and restaurants decorated with Laotian artefacts and pictures.
The room-wings are tiered and look down to the valley and the beautiful pool.The rooms are a harmony of wood, cotton and silks;each room has a private balcony .
Phou Lao`s restaurant offers Laotian and French dishes

Unique Quality: Exclusive and luxurious small hotel, well positiond on a hill in a beautiful tropical garden. Excellent service and food.

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Address: 3 PO Box 50, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, Laos

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Amenities at La Residence Phou Vao

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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