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Villa Ban Lao Hotel
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Thammamikalath Rd | Ban Mano, Luang Prabang, Laos   |  
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Ranked #138 of 226 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Reservations don't matter”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

We booked our stay at the Ban Lao guest house for four nights in late February over the internet. We followed all the procedures the Ban Lao required, including reconfirming a week ahead. When we arrived at the guest house, we were told, sorry, no room. But we had reservations that we reconfirmed, we said. Sorry and no interest in helping us. As it turns out, they decided to let the people in the room we had reserved stay longer irrespective of their commitment to us. After much discussion, with multiple persons and us refusing to leave (no where to go in any case as much else was booked that we knew about), the Ban Lao did find us another guest house around the corner to stay.

We can't comment on the facilities other than to note that the lobby was run down, but if you chose to stay, have a back up plan and arrive fully prepared for the worst.

  • Disliked — see review above
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2006

Decent place with nice lady owner who has spent time in the States and speaks fluent English. It’s a 10 minute walk from the centre of town which is no bad thing as it’s more peaceful that way. The only thing that isn’t peaceful is that it is next to a Wat (temple) and once a week or so the monks start banging gongs and drums at 3.30 in the morning! It’s all part of the experience, that’s what you come for, and I slept through it the next time.
Try and go for one of the rooms on the top floor of the new wing out the back (25 US dollars when I stayed there in Dec 06). They are fairly basic but very clean with air con, fan and satellite TV so you can keep up with the news on BBC and CNN if that matters to you. One night a tour party came in so I had to sleep in one of the 20 dollar rooms, downstairs in the main house – all the same facilities as before but very noisy, glad it was only one night.
The food in the restaurant is decent enough, not the best in Luang Prabang but OK. Breakfast is included and is small but adequate. The coffee will keep you awake for months! Staff are somewhat reserved but I think that’s because their level of English (other than the owner) isn’t great. That said, they were always friendly and tried hard. All in all it’s a good budget option.

  • Liked — Friendly, good value, away from the hubbub
  • Disliked — Monks next door chanting some mornings at 4am!
  • Tips/Secrets — Go for a room in the new wing at the back - avoid the main building (noisy)
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thammamikalath Rd | Ban Mano, Luang Prabang, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #138 of 226 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ban Lao Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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