We had really been looking forward to staying at the Villa Mali, and were sure we were going to enjoy ourselves there as we entered the attractive and cool reception area. However ....
Our room was elegantly furnished, and luckily at the end of a building so no-one would pass and we could keep our curtains open to lighten the gloom, scarecely alleviated by the dim lighting. We knew the bathroom was going to be small, but we hadn’t realised how little space there was for anything, even towels in our case. The towel rail came half off the wall at our first light touch. It was repaired, but not successfully,so we were pleased when it was removed entirely, although this meant we had nowhere to hang them.
The fan didn’t work either, but, again, this was willingly repaired, only to stop in the middle of the night, so we gave up.
We had been warned that the decking by the pool could get very slippery - it most certainly did. It was wonderful to have a pool, and I suspect this is the cause of the hotel’s popularity. Unfortunately the hotel caters for tour groups and there are nowhere enough sunbeds for a group and any other visitors. The tour leader of a group kindly gave up her sunbed for us, which was certainly more comfortable than the ground, luckily it was not the one where the pillow would not stay on, despite the best efforts of the pool staff. After the first day we did manage to get adjacent sunbeds.
Breakfast was served from 7 a.m. - the latest time we were offered in Laos or Cambodia, where our days usually started early. So we were down promptly on our first morning to find all the tables completely filled by another tour group. We learnt our lesson and were there by early from then on.
We felt that too many buildings had been crammed into the beautiful gardens. We did realise that it was high season and the hotel staff were fully stretched, but I should add that this was the only place where the staff weren’t 100% brilliant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the home of Lao royalty, today Villa Maly is an exquisite boutique hotel, ensconced by a profusion of tropical flora. Its rooms evoke the subdued elegance and creative flourishes of yesterday's aristocrats. The hotel's 33 guest rooms are each subtly created to incorporate the time-honored Laotian architecture with an essence of the Colonial past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Maly Hotel Luang Prabang
- Maly Hotel Luang Prabang