I stayed at Maison Dalabua Hotel with my husband, son and parents for four days in February. From the moment we saw the property we felt that it was special, and I loved that it was nestled in a neighborhood as opposed to being on one of the main streets (the center of town is about a 10 minute walk, which was easy and enjoyable). We were in Bungalow 102, which was a new room with a lovely balcony, and my parents were in a pond view room (112) which was equally as nice.
The managers, Rudy and Marion, were very welcoming and friendly, and they were able to share a lot of information with us about Luang Prabang; they made some great recommendations and arrangements for local trips to the Elephant Village and the Waterfall.
One of the reasons that I loved Luang Prabang is that it is a beautiful little town with the opportunity to see "real people" and how they live. When you find that, you may also have things that don't particularly enhance your travel experience, but that you accept as being a part of learning about a place and a people. While we were at the hotel, the family that lived in a house next door was celebrating that a baby had reached a certain age (I think that it is the time when the child is given a name, maybe a month old or so), and that meant three days of partying. We had the opportunity to learn first-hand that this partying is characterized by three days of music and karaoke being played at a high volume, from morning until night (10 pm). This was a "special occasion," so it does not happen often, but it was happening while we were there and the poor managers were doing everything in their power to make the situation better for the guests; we were not right next to the music and we were able to stand it, but they did end up moving some people to another hotel, which impressed me (it was absolutely the right thing to do, and they were not going to make the guests suffer because of bad luck with timing).
Another thing that is part of being in a "real" place is that people have roosters, and at least once a night we were woken up by roosters and dogs - but that is part of being in a quaint little town, so we just went back to sleep and then I had to listen to my husband making jokes about eating rooster for lunch each day!
We enjoyed happy hour by the pond each afternoon, and ate at the restaurant two out of the four nights that we were in town - the food was fresh and delicious, and I highly recommend the green curry and the pumpkin soup. The staff was wonderful, from the cook that gave my son a little bowl of chocolate cereal each day while we were at happy hour, to the young man who got in the little boat to retrieve the toy that my son had dropped off the balcony (which could have been a major crisis!), to the staff behind the desk. I loved the place and highly recommend it - with or without earplugs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maison Dalabua is an exquisite little hotel of 26 rooms surrounded by a tropical garden and 3 lotus ponds protected by UNESCO. Located in the hearth of Luang Prabang, 10 min stroll away from the night market and the Royal Palace,"Dalabua" means "Princess of Lotus". ... more less
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