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“Great location on UNESCO site” 3 of 5 stars
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Riverside Guesthouse
Ban khili, Luang Prabang, Laos   |  
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Ranked #117 of 230 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Reading, Berks
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21 hotel reviews
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“Great location on UNESCO site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We have stayed on this quiet side of Luang Prabang before overlooking the Nam Khan river but wanted to try one of the many new guesthouses a springing up along the river. The location balances peaceful setting, especially evenings and at night with close proximity to most major temples and some restaurants and shops.
We negotiated the only room (number 1) with a river view balcony direct with the hotel at usd60 per night which was fine. However our subsequent booking made through Booking.com for our daughter was lost causing some inconvenience finding accommodation elsewhere for the last night. The hotel's booking 'system' was rudimentary to say the least.
The rooms were quite large for the money, though about 5 usd more than the average. Beds were fine, cleaning so so (cobwebs and resident spider, finally disposed of), but breakfast was a great disappointment. No juice, only fruit was banana and sliced toast, despite existence of French bakery 5 minutes away. It is a pity, considering the pretty eating area outside overhanging the river bank.

Others have commented on unfriendliness of staff but I put this down to lack of language skills. They were generally amiable.

Room Tip: Pay an extra USD 10 for room 1 with large balcony if available. Get baguettes etc from bakery nearby...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Overpriced (comparative to what's around) room at the side (number 6). A damp smell greets you as you enter the small room (rising damp??). We would have endured the four nights booked if we didn't wake up itching. On closer inspection, bugs were evident in the sheets. We asked to see another room and when we saw hairs (the short and curly variety) and a footprint on the sheet, I knew cleanliness was not high on their priority list. After a very ordinary breakfast and a discussion about our options, we opted to leave the hotel and find somewhere else. After two months of travelling through Asia, it is the first time we have found a room uninhabitable.
We paid $280 for four nights (3 people in a triple room) through Agoda and now have to go through the tedious process of trying to get a refund. There appears to be a lot nicer accommodation in the town for more reasonable rates.

Room Tip: The side rooms are small and have a damp smell. I'd go elsewhere because there appears to be bet...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Moved here as we decided to stay longer in Luang Prabang and wanted somewhere a bit cheaper. Mistake. Grotty and tatty rooms, lethargic staff who had to be roused from a sofa in reception to hand over room keys... Lethargic during the day that is, they found the energy to have a party on the reception desk at 3am before even the monks were up. As at mid-October 2012 there's also a noisy building site next door, which isn't exactly their fault, but it hardly added to the ambience. And a woman next door decided to have a bonfire the day we were there as well which smoked the place out, don't know how often this happens. Oh, and when my travelling partner checked out (early) shortly after me, the guy on reception flipped out and they ended up having such an argument the tuk-tuk driver dashed in to intervene. We moved to Villa Senesouk after this, ten dollars cheaper and a hundred times nicer. Shame, because this could be a could be a good place if somebody with the right attitude put some work into it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sapa, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Rooms are fine but the cleanliness was not good (especially not for this price range).

Dust everywhere, bathroom wasn't clean. Especially for 25$ (which is a high price for Luang Prabang) I can expect cleanliness.

Good features: aircon, tv, big balcony, wifi (very slow, almost useless), 2 bottles of water every day, very friendly staff, helped us all the time and gave us useful travel tips.

There was a construction site next to the hotel. Wasn't very loud but if you want to sleep longer in the morning then you probably will need earplugs. But it wasn't that bad, because the price was lower than the usual. But it would be nice if the management would told us that construction is going on.

The also organized very quickly a transport from the airport to the guesthouse. Thanks again

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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vancouver
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Rented lower room with side door entrance. Room was a good size. Bathroom was a good size as well with divided shower and toilet areas. The room was a bit dark but very clean.

Had a bit of confusion at check in. The guy couldn't locate our online reservation. They gave away the double river view room we booked and gave us a triple room on the ground loor instead. Overall, service was good from the waitresses at the breakfast place to the guy who organized our cab ride to the airport.

Breakfast by the river - beautiful scene. The breakfast itself was mediocre. Since Laos has such great coffee, it would have been nice to have brewed coffee rather than instant coffee.

Bike rental was good. The bikes were cheaper and in better condition than the ones we rented at Aspara.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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39 hotel reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We had the front balcony room and paid $60/night, including breakfast. We were here for a week: Nov.7-14,2011. Yes...the location is a 10. Lovely street and a walk to everything. This room is atmospheric, but dark. Bathroom is a definite disappointment too. Breakfast is served in an open area across the street. Some mornings it was REALLY cold out there. I asked what happens to breakfast when it rains......answer: you have breakfast out there anyway.
Wi-fi was fine for us.
There were days when glasses weren't changed, wastebaskets not emptied,water not replaced, no replenishment of soap,etc.
This room seems to be the only one that would be acceptable to me. When i saw the other rooms on the upper floor they were small and one or two were windowless.Prices are lower too.

Ed, the manager, was gone for most of our stay. When he returned, the vibe "picked up". Ed is just delightful and speaks excellent English.

I found it surprising that security at night is one of the staff sleeping at the front desk floor.Not professional to say the least. We, too, came back a few times at night, wormed our way in....and took our key.

We did have laundry done and it came back fine. Also enjoyed renting bikes for a day here. breakfast was good.......but NO variety and coffee was powdered. Made a daily stop to Saffron.....don't miss their coffee.

Since "in season" here starts in October, we paid higher rates.: Not cheap. Would check out Villa Nagara AND the Apsara before I booked here.

Room Tip: The Balcony room IS the best.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey UK
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27 hotel reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Liked the location and staff were helpful. Room was clean and managed to get some hot water from shower - which is more than can be said for many other places in the area. Accommodation in Laos is not very cheap and this was one of the cheapest I found. If I was going to go to Laos again, I would consider staying here.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ban khili, Luang Prabang, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #117 of 230 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
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Number of rooms: 7
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