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“Wonderful Property, but you may need earplugs!” 5 of 5 stars
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Maison Dalabua Hotel
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Phothisarath Road | Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang 00060, Laos   |  
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Ranked #7 of 230 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Singapore
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful Property, but you may need earplugs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

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!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed one week at the Maison Dalabua and enjoyed every day there. The rooms are very clean and have a nice atmosphere, the A/C is running silently, the beds are so big and so comfortable, and the rain douche was even wonderful. Bikes for rent are free, which was very convinient. But mostly we enjoyed the very nice lotus lakes, which are all over the hotel. You can only sit there anywhere and relax by looking at the cute lily ponds. Staff also was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was ok, better than in many places in Asia, but after a few days too much the same. We would always choose the Dalabua as hotel in Luang Prabang again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ormeau
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a really nice property, with friendly staff,set in a fantastic lotus/lily pond aqua garden.
The room we stayed in 102 was very tastefully designed with a modern bathroom suit and a full sized bath. There was lashings of hot water that enabled the bath to be filled without running cold.
The room was tastefully furnished and had a king sized bed complete with beautifully laundered crisp white linen. The bed was super comfortable. A small flat screen tv with over 40 international channels was also a nice touch.
Tours could be booked at reception and compared in price very favourably with the local tour operators. Free bicycles were a nice touch too.
Breakfast was provided on an outdoor veranda , good selection available with the usual cooked omelet , poached or fried eggs.
Now the not so good bits.
I reported that the overhead bedside light was not working and required attention, nothing was done to address this issue.
The extractor fan in the bathroom is totally useless and leaves the whole bathroom resembling a sauna when taking a shower.
And finally the NOISE. This place is under constant bombardment from the local cockerels, dogs and motorbikes. Sleep was virtually impossible.
This is not a place for a quiet stay, insomnia comes free with every room.

Room Tip: All rooms are subject to the constant noise.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I and my family stayed for 3nights in February, 2014. The pond with lotus was very beautiful and exotic. The room was very clean. The best thing was the breakfast. They served lao bread (baguette) and 4 kinds of jams. They served special food (lao noodle soup, pancakes or bacon & egg) depending on your choice.

All staffs are very nice and friendly. If I have a chance to travel Luang Prabang some day, I will definitely stay Dalabua maison.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wenhaston, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Lovely hotel with range of rooms set with views of pretty lotus ponds, good location, very nice staff and good management. Good size rooms, comfortable beds and lovely cotton duvets. Our room adjoined the neighbour's and they were noisy especially as we were there over the Chinese New Year which is a party and family time. Sounded like they were inside our room! The managers are aware but nothing they can do about it although there is a law in LP that no music is played after 11pm. So, with that in place the music stopped, but the talking,didn't. Nor the happy dog. But the managers were sympathetic and gave us a free evening meal.
If you book a more expensive room, with a pond view, you don't hear the neighbours. Our room was the cheaper in the range, and we should have looked here for reviews before booking!

Room Tip: If you can afford the pond view balcony room, book this and NOT the cheapest which adjoin the neighb...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Maison Dalabua is a nice small resort with a lovely lotus / lily pond. We stayed in one of the brand new Bungalows, nicely done. it is not direct in the city center located, just a shirt walk away. The management team is attentive and very helpful organizing drivers and giving good suggestions to us how to get around and see things. When coming back in the late afternoon enjoy an aperitif on the balcony is great. Dinner was nice as well, some times a bit long waiting.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phuket, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Staying here was a delight. The features and the functioning of the hotel were faultless. We found the food excellent including the very comprehensive breakfast. The management were very kind, attentive, and personable. A bonus is the central pond around which the property nestles - it's inspirational and relaxing; it's a place which soothes the spirit and reinvigorates the body; it's almost as if you were residing at the Giverny water garden. This hotel serves as a beautiful base from which to explore the historic town of Luang Prabang.

Room Tip: From my observation all the accommodation exploit the garden which is perhaps the unique feature of...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Phothisarath Road | Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang 00060, Laos
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Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 230 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maison Dalabua Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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