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“beautiful but expensive, too many group tours- not so good value” 3 of 5 stars
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Pakbeng Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Done Khame Village, Pakbeng Disctrict, Oudomxay, Pakbeng, Laos   |  
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Paris, France
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19 hotel reviews
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“beautiful but expensive, too many group tours- not so good value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stayed there as a stopover in a 2-day Mekong boat trip to Luang Prabang during our honeymoon and although the place is beautiful we found it too expensive for its value. The location is beautiful but the place is full of big groups so it's not ideal for a romantic atmosphere, it feels a bit like a "tourist factory". There are no hooks for mosquito nets in the rooms, and the water was very cold in the shower. The view makes up for it though.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

First time that i saw this hotel from photos i could not imagine how it would be.
But when i have been there in 2007 for my first time ,i could not believe it that in the remote area we can still find a nice & comfortable hotel and for me this lodge is a very well contructed.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

Stayed here for one night on our way down the Mekong, hotel was good, had a great view, in the middle of a long bend in the river. Rooms were clean and comfortable no a/c but the electricity in the area only stays on till 10pm so fair enough there were mozzie nets over the windows and fans in the room so not to bad ( though in the heat of the summer it may not be so tolerable…) we were half board in the hotel and the food was fine if a little plain but it is by far the best in the town and if it means you can do a slow boat down the mekong then definitely worth it!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pattaya, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

we were supposed to stay just one overnight, we added 2 more in order to enjoy plenty of sun-sets, elephant camp and top trekking...new rooms are cozy and well equiped, food is great and the staff is there for you. Perfect to spend 2-3 days away from the city life and overcrowded destination, while still having top facilities and service. thanks to the team, we had a great time and we will return...

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

I have stayed at this hotel before. However, i will never stay there again. The price has gone up to approximately $90.00 USD. There is no A/C, the room was very hot even with fan on high. The room was full of bugs. The shower head would not stay in its attachment and the water was either scalding hot or cold. After walking up the hill to the lodge, ther offered me a TukTuk to take our luggage up. I agreed and they never told me there would be a fee. When we went to check out they charged me $2.00 USD for the luggage service. The hotel will not take Kip and when they do they use an exchange rate that is way to high. finally, the front desk people told me they do not want kip, just USD or Bhat. Dinner was $8.00USD per person which is very high.

I am not sure if thereis any hotel has aircon in PakBeng. However, $90.00USB is way too high for what you get. I will not stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

As with most guests I suspect we overnighted during a boat trip down the Mekong - breaking the trip to Luang Prabang.
The hotel does look imposing from the river - and if you are allocated one of the rooms right at the top of the hill the hike up to it can be quite a challenge ! However the view was possibly one of the top 5 views from a hotel we have ever had. Sun up / down from the verranda overlooking the Mekong was awesome - an overused word but apt in this instance. The evening meal was very nice and the service good throughout the stay.
On a negative side there were gaps in the wall so if anyone was determined to see into your room they possibly could, and the hot water was intermittent. I realise this was Laos - but equally this was a bit pricey so warm water shouldnt be too much to ask.
These are small things though - and this hotel provided some beautifull memories - reccomended.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

Myself and my two, travelling companions (aka "The Smithy Sisters") stayed overnight at this hotel enroute to Chiang Khong, Thailand (from Luang Prabang). Treasure Travel Laos was escorting us from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai via the Mekong River on the last leg of our customised, private tour, and this was the hotel that was booked on our behalf.

As our boat crept slowly toward the shore, the Pakbeng Lodge stood out on top of the steep river bank, looking quite impressive with it's three seperate buildings visible from the distance. As we docked, two porters were there to greet us and aid with our luggage up the enormous uphill climb to the reception. We were thoroughly appreciative of this assistance as the uphill climb is quite steep and arduous even without bags. The path is crudely constructed with bamboo pole footings/supports covered with a woven bamboo mat which continues for about 75% of the elevation before a properly constructed path and stairs immerge.

Even though the weather was cool (still humid), we were quite hot upon our "transcendence" to the heavenly heights of the reception area (which is also the restaurant, bar, business centre and souvenir shop combined). A welcome drink was given to us whilst our room allocations were organised, though I didn't find it very tasty. The reception / restaurant area is typical polished wood with high ceilings and mostly open to make most of the awesome view of the Mekong River and mountains. The tables and chairs etc were of a similar wood construction, matching the surrounds.

Check-in wasn't fast, but wasn't terribly slow either, and made easier as our guide communicated upon our behalf. Unfortunately, the deluxe rooms had yet to have their renovations completed, so we didn't have a choice of room options. Our keys were allocated and we were then escorted to our rooms. Many, many stairs (down and up) later we arrived at the furthest accommodation building on the second floor (more bloody stairs!). We all had seperate rooms, side by side and our bags followed shortly after..... if you stay at this lodge, please adequately tip the porters as their work ain't easy!

Our rooms were all exactly the same, consisting of a queen size bed (two single beds fastened together), basic furniture (two bedside tables, luggage rack and a simple table), ceiling fan, private bathroom and a spacious balcony (with two wooden deckchairs and a tiny table). However, there are no TV's, fridges, air-conditioning or telephones within the rooms. The bed is a bit hard and in my opinion a bit uncomfortable, but bearable nonetheless. As there isn't any air-conditioning, during the cooler months the ceiling fans suffice, but maybe not so much when the heat arrives? (We arrived in the cooler period, and with the balcony windows open in conjuction with the fan, it was OK.) Overall the room was OK and did it's job, though nothing to rave on about - it was clean and spacious though. The balcony is quite large and the views were fantastic (refer to photo's section), and we were all impressed with it.

The room's bathroom was a bit small, and it's functionality and design is extremely poor. The hot water system is actually located within the shower allowing for limited placement of the shower head. As the shower cubicle is small, one is constantly attacked by the shower curtain. Pulling back the shower curtain exposes the toilet and toilet paper holder to the water expelling from the shower head......and guess what, now your toilet paper is soaked and completely useless. Furthermore, any water that escapes the shower cubicle runs and finally pools into a corner, unfortunately it's in an one to where the drain is located....thus no water drainage = dangerously wet bathroom all night. (Even when I checked out the next morning the pool of water remained, as it had nowhere to go.) The only good thing about the bathroom was that is was clean and modern looking.

As we had travelled all day, we didn't opt to go out and dine, but instead stayed at the lodge and ate. The restaurant (as described above) has fantastic views, but uncomfortable wooden chairs and no air-conditioning, and no one offered to get a fan (even after asking nothing eventuated). The food was OK, but they didn't understand my request for the omission of a certain spice, and my dinner was not very nice because of this. However, everyone else had a nice meal and the quality was good and well presented, although drinks weren't very cold.

Overall, an average stay at a lodge that really needs to make a few improvements to ensure repeat and additional guest patronage. The design is clearly aimed at western tourists therefore they need ensure that certain improvements are undertaken to meet the demands of Western tourists (ie. Fridges in the room in order for guests to have cold drinks at their convenience; Air-conditioning for better guest comfort throughout the year; TV for those that still pursue familiar entertainment; Telephone, at least in-house facility to contact reception or restaurant etc.). With these few upgrades, this lodge would be great, but if not I feel that the speedboats from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang will be used more for express travel for tourists bypassing this place. I know I am in half minds next time whether to take the speedboat or stay again at Pakbeng Lodge......but the view from the lodge in the afternoon or morning are quite spectacular.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Done Khame Village, Pakbeng Disctrict, Oudomxay, Pakbeng, Laos
Location: Laos > Oudomxay Province > Pakbeng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pakbeng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pakbeng Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting by the bank of the Mekong, Pakbeng Lodge is halfway between the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, and Huay Xai, the main border crossing between northern Thailand and northern Laos, both towns reachable within a day by cruise.Attached to each of the Lodge's 20 Superior Rooms, 8 Deluxe Rooms, and 2 Suites, is a large terrace overlooking the river.The Lodge is an ideal point of departure for walks in the forest of an hour or a day, towards villages off the tourist roads. (Please see our section on Excursions.) It faces the Mekong Elephant Camp, which is dedicated to the protection of elephants in Laos. There, a wonderful opportunity exists to discover the life of an animal that contributes a strong element to the traditional culture, by participating in a walk or with their morning bath.The Pakbeng Lodge suggests you stay a few days in this protected area far from the beaten tracks. You will appreciate the comfortable atmosphere, the picturesque sunrise and sunset over the Mekong, and the comings and goings of the different boats that dock near the Lodge's beach. Your visit will consist of utmost relaxation but also of unusual encounters- an immersion into traditional Lao life. ... more   less 
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