It's a fairly short taxi ride to the hotel. It is located just down the street from the night market, the morning food market is next door and the main river is about a block away. Phousi mountain is very close, as is "Restaurant Row". A temple is essentially next door, and is a great spot to catch the "giving alms to the Monks" ritual that happens every day early in the morning. I would highly recommend participating in giving food to the monks - pretty cool.
We were served juice when we arrived, which was nice. Our first room had what appeared to be some mold on the wall so we asked to change rooms - they happily obliged and gave us a bigger room (the only one they had left). The decor of the room and the hotel in general was probably the nicest and most authentic of any of the hotels we had stayed during our trip - very cool. The room was a bit strange in that it was easy to attract bugs into it - the windows had shutters that allowed bugs easy access, especially the bathroom (the first room we had - the ceiling was also the roof and I could see corner spaces in the ceiling that could allow for bugs in enter). The bathroom employed the same shutter like design, so privacy and soundproofing was at a mininal when one was in the bathroom. We also found a pretty big spider in the room - likely from the shutter opening from the bathroom vent/window). The room had a safety box and provided complimentary bottled water. The shower had hot water and decent water pressure.
The hotel offered complimenary breakfast (buffet) that was pretty good. Free internet was available as was free WiFi. We didn't book anything through the hotel as there seems to be an endless number of travel agencies on the main streets.
Overall, the location is amazing and the decor both inside and out was very cool. The room itself was nice, with exception of the threat of bugs getting in - personally, not a big deal for me but I know it will bother others as well as the lack of soundproofing for the bathroom. If not for that, this could have been my favourite hotel during our stay as it defintely had a certain charm and authenticity to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A converted old mansion, the Ramayana Boutique Hotel provides 15 nicely decorated rooms, surrounded by nice garden and trees. Our location is one of the best in town. We are situated right next to the national museum, the morning market and Wat Mai temple. Literally a few minutes walking away are the main street, mekong river and night market. We provide breakfast and selected Asian and western dishes for lunch in our small restaurant and bar. We offer in-room massage services to our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramayana Boutique Hotel Luang Prabang
- Ramayana Boutique Hotel And Spa