It's hard to know where to start extolling the virtues of this hotel.
On arrival we were greeted as we poured out of our dusty minivan by several of the hotel staff. They addressed us by name. We were welcomed in the lobby and given a full briefing of the hotel and the town before being shown our lovely room.
The property is new and designed in French colonial style. The rooms are of generous size with a patio or balcony with characteristic overhanging roof. Every detail has been thought of. There are electric beds with adjustable upper and lower parts. There's a large bar fridge-style minibar with complimentary soft drinks and water. The safe is oversized. The air con is quiet and effective along with a ceiling fan. They will spray the room for mosquitoes at bedtime but they were never a big problem.
The room lighting is consistent with Asian/colonial style in that it consists of wall sconces and ceiling pot lamps. Our room had no table lighting and as such was a little severe. But it is true to local tradition.
The toilet room has a hand spray and a wall-mounted urinal. Both extremely handy. The bathroom has a large walk in shower stall but no tub. There are two vanities and more towel bars, shelves and hooks than anyone could possibly need. There was more than ample storage space in the room and the bathroom.
The hotel internet is particularly slow. We found that to be the case throughout Laos. However this was the slowest. I suspect there may not be much that can be done about it.
Breakfast is served in the most beautiful space in LP. The hotel dining room is on the riverbank, across the road from the hotel, in what can only be described as a tropical garden. The buffet was comprehensive and eggs, crepes and Asian dishes could be ordered à la carte. All in all a great way to start your day. And, having dined here for a couple of evening meals, I can say that it is one of the finest dining rooms in town.
The hotel owner, Urban, is present seemingly all the time. No request is too great. He made you feel like his houseguest. We will miss his daily breakfast visits and chats. His staff are as welcoming as he. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel comfortable.
They have golf carts with which they will take guests anywhere in town. And they provide complimentary airport transfers.
I checked out rooms in a couple of other, more expensive properties and neither of them showed the same attention to detail or comfort.
This is a unique property in a unique location. Don't miss it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a beautiful boutique hotel with a personal touch, located on the tip of the peninsula, at the very end of the old town, on the UNESCOs World Heritage Area. The view you have from the rooms and Café/Restaurant is the meeting of great Mekong River and Nam Khan River. The Hotel is quiet and peaceful with the beautiful former Royal temple Wat Xienthong as your neighbor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mekong Riverview