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“Nice, but lost my reservation and too expensive”
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Ammata Guest House
Ranked #56 of 266 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I made a reservation by e-mail 2 month in advance. When I arrived no one seemed to know about my reservation. I did have a copy of my e-mail correspondence with me. So first we got put in a nice room with a double bed - and not a double and an extra bed as requested. Than we had to move to a smaller room with three separate beds. So the rooms are nice as is location. Internet extremely slow. Forget Skype or watching video. WiFi didn't work at all last day, but staff didn't seem to care. Crime is probably very low, but room security is very low as often no one looks after the keys to the rooms. Staff seemed generally nice, but it really is unacceptable to lose reservations. We didn't get offered any discount, and for the price paid, it is simply too much. But Luang Prabang accommodation is in general too expensive. Market forces probably doesn't work as they should. Anyhow, don't trust this place with reservations. OK place if walk in and willing to pay a bit too much.

Room Tip: 2:nd floor in ne building have the nicest rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Gestalter
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The wooden house is very beautiful, old, but totally renovated. Clean rooms, with wonderful wooden floors, comfortable beds, a basic bathroom, with the shower inside the tube, plastic curtains (which I personally don't like) and hot water in abundance.
The location is excellent, in the middle of the old town, very close to many restaurants and Cafés, 1 minute walk from the Mekong river. In the dawn, the monks pass in front of the guest house, and you need only few steps from your bed to see the given alms ceremony. The night market and the nightlife sector is within walking distance, some 10 to 15 minutes away, but this is perfect, because so you can have good nights of rest, sleeping in a very quiet neighborhood.
There's no breakfast, but the town has many good options for it. The wi-fi was a bit lousy most of the time, but I think this more an issue of the country itself then the property.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Thomas O
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We're currently staying here and are extremely comfortable. The reviews of this place are accurate, particularly Jim Sandusky's. The hot water is abundant, but the shower curtain - as in his room - is dirty. We had an ant infestation the first evening, but discovered it was due to the disposal of some "bio matter" in the trashcan (draw your own conclusions). Speaking of the bathroom, the toilet paper is terrible. Two-ply (I think), but it's coarse and useless. You'd be better off just using the hose next to the toilet or bringing your own.

The room was clean and comfortable, and we were pleasantly surprised by the availability of WiFi (typing this from my room now, actually). It's not terribly fast, but if you're an early riser, you might get a decent signal during off-peak hours (early morning).

The hotelier was very sweet and greeted us each time we came in and out. I would recommend Ammata Guesthouse to friends, but only if they aren't expecting anything fancy. It's a safe, clean, affordable place to stay - no more, no less.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Camille H
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Pros:

(1) Great location. The street is very quiet, but you can walk to all of the major sites in the city.
(2) The procession of monks goes past the hotel. You can arrange the night before with the restaurant across the street to provide you with food, a mat, and a cushion for the procession. Yes, monks like real food. And if you can afford to travel to Laos, you can afford to give spend more than 50 cents on sticky rice for 200 monks.
(3) The wood construction is amazing.To build one of these rooms in the states would cost you a fortune. The floorboards are more than an inch thick and felt like concrete underfoot. Very solid. Very quiet. No squeaks.
(4) Plenty of hot water.
(5) The staff is very friendly.

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(1) Everybody else says that their room was clean. My room was clean. But the shower curtain was filthy. Really filthy.
(2) Bring your own toilet paper. The paper provided by the hotel was extremely coarse.
(3) The mattress was extra firm.
(4) I didn't care, but there is no latch or deadbolt on the door. And the front desk isn't always attended. The only lock between you and the street is a push button lock on the door knob. That was fine for me, and would probably be sufficient for most people.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

The friendly welcome was a nice touch on arrival after a long journey. We arrived a few hours before our check in time and they allowed us to put our things in the room and then quickly made it up. The owner's English is excellent and he is more than happy to chat and help out if needed. He will happily store your valuables in thier safe. We stayed in building 1, which is the older of the two. The rooms are of an okay size for two people and the bathroom was adequate. Our room had no fridge or television but that didn't bother us. Breakfast isn't included but there is a communal tea and coffee area and space to sit outside if you want to. It is in a great location. Two seconds from the river and a few minutes from the other main part of the old quarter were there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Also, easy to get to all the main attractions from here. Overall, we felt it was decent value for for thirty five dollars a night.

Room Tip: Apparently building two has bigger and brighter rooms but you will pay more.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Small guesthouse in a nice traditional Lao wooden house, excellent location close to all the main temples, in a quiet street but close to Mekong and lots of possibilities for breakfast and restaurants nearby; very kind and friendly helpful staff

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Ammata Guest House was an ok hotel but at $50 a night, it was simply too expensive for what you got. The room was clean and the shower had hot water all day. And it's right near the monks' procession in the morning which is convenient. But I had booked and pre-paid for a double room and they only had a twin available when I checked in. The TV only had RTV which is an odd selection for your one foreign channel. The internet was incredibly slow. And although the staff were friendly, they couldn't recommend much (travel agents, etc.). At the end of the day, you got a private room with a clean bathroom for $50. There are much cheaper options in LP that give you the same things.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 37 Khunsua Rd., Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #56 of 266 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $25 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ammata Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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