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One Tree Guesthouse

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#138 of 186 Specialty lodging in Luang Prabang
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Family Rooms
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I booked the hotel for one week, not realizing how far it is from the town center, and, indeed, anything else. The owner was out of town when I stayed there, so I was helped by a young man with very limited English. I asked him where to get some lunch and he waved and said lots of stores here. I then walked in the wrong direction for about an hour until finding a restaurant. There is no coffee service ( well, instant is available, but I wasn't told that until the end). Guests are not allowed to use the kitchen, so you can't make anything for yourself. My room was nice, though cleaned rather sloppily ( toilet seat bot cleaned, wastebasket not emptied). The Wi-Fi was weak. I was the only guest, so checked out after 3 nights. I asked for a refund which was refused (as expected). There is NO reason to stay here - it is pricier than lovely guest houses near the rivers that provide good breakfasts.
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A simple guesthouse with large clean rooms. This is about a 20minute walk from the city center and there are few street lamps at night. Easier to just get a tuk-tuk back or get one of the bicycles from the staff.
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We arrived at One Tree Guesthouse after a 27-hour bus ride from Hanoi. We arrived late at night around 10 PM and the receptionist welcomed us and escorted us to our room. After the exhausting bus ride, we were relieved to have a spacious room that has the feel of a honeymoon suite actually. The room features a double bed with a mosquito net dangling from the ceiling. A table and chair were also in the room which served as my workspace. The room had windows allowing natural light to come in during the daytime. The curtains were heavy though so if you prefer to sleep longer in a dark room then simply close the curtains. The aircon was cold, a ceiling fan was also installed. Shower had hot and cold water. The guesthouse had a very easygoing, chill vibe. In the mornings and afternoons, it's nice to hang out in the nipa hut in the front yard. The living area features a Middle Eastern style elevated common area where the wifi is at its strongest so this is a perfect spot to hang out too. Several must-see spots like the Monument to President Souphanouvong, the Buddhist temple Wat Manorom, and UXO Visitors Center are within five minutes walk from the Guesthouse. The night market is fifteen minutes away by walking. There's a local eatery beside the guesthouse selling yummy noodles for only LAK 10,000 (PHP 60) so we always went there for brunch. The guesthouse also assists in booking tours, transfers, and bus tickets at affordable rates. Motorbike and bicycle rentals are also available. The most remarkable thing though about One Tree Guesthouse is the hospitality shown by its owner Waley. He went out of his way to attend to our needs and entertain us. Our first dinner in Luang Prabang was at a roadside hotpot place and it was Waley who recommended the place. Very nice introduction to Lao food. By the way, we wouldn't be able to have dinner if not for Waley who became our late-night money changer. (We arrived in Laos with only Vietnam Dong in hand.) Waley also arranged a visit for us to see some local bars and had the best night dancing to local bands playing local music. He has extensive local knowledge on Luang Prabang and he's more than willing to share information with his guests. Waley was also very flexible and understanding with the difficulty I had with the payment as we were about to check out as I lost some money and credit cards in one of the temples due to my own fault. Waley is one guy with a big heart, ready to help travelers. I'm glad to have found a home away from home in Luang Prabang.
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It seems people who want to be in the hospitality business think is easy. Its not! Good hospitality is about consideration of the small things that people enjoy when they travel. We booked One Tree Guesthouse for 2 nights a double room with ensuite. AS I say its little things. No water, Tea or Coffee 10000kip. It advertised water for sale but they didn't have any. I was directed by Wyan's assistant to a small shop a few metres form the guest house. A bottle of water 4000kip. (2000 in the super market). The ensuite sink outlet runs over the floor and the toilet shower are all together. The shower is opposite the toilet so have to be careful to remove toilet paper or it gets wet. The bed was comfortable and the sheets clean. The mid eastern style squatting area was the only place to squat, lie or sit. NO tables or chairs. We paid US$175 for 2 nights. Incredibly overpriced for the facility offered and a good walk to town. AS elderly but reasonably fit people walking to the centre on a hot day does take its toll a bit, so Tut-Tuts were between 30000kip and 50000kip depending on the time. The Guest House is around the corner from the Bomb museum. For the money it is poor value. For dorm guests there is only one toilet combined shower available.
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Rooms and price were fine but the fact that they do not provide toilet paper to dorm room guests is an absolute joke! There is only one toilet/shower for the guesthouse so there is always a queue! There are heaps of mosquitos and woke up with loads of bites! You can definitely get more for your money elsewhere!
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PRICE RANGE
$12 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
LaosLuang Prabang ProvinceLuang Prabang
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