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Villa Lao Wooden House
Ranked #38 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Not great, but not bad”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

The wooden house is alright at best. Certainly not worth the $40 per night, but luang prabang is an expensive place and we stayed at a worse place for the same price on our first night. Positives: the location really is excellent. Just a street away from the river on one side and the main street on the other. Easy walking distance to the night market and many nice restaurants. The rooms are very clean and quite large for a guesthouse. The shower had the best pressure of any other shower I've had in SE Asia. I was very sad to leave it behind!
Negatives: the walls are very thin. We could hear the man next door to us snoring at night and you can hear other people going to the toilet. Not ideal. As mentioned in previous reviews the rooster behind the guesthouse really is horrendous. It is like the lead rooster, as in the one that starts first and all the other roosters in the area follow. The noise started at 4am on the dot every morning. I know it's common on laos, but it is quite disruptive. The breakfast that is included is very ordinary just a microwaved baguette (when there are bakeries selling fresh every two or three buildings!) and and apple. The staff are not very attentive. The manager is ok, but he wasn't there very often and the other staff spoke hardly any English. This made organizing day trips and transport rather difficult.

All that being said it was still far better than the place we stayed on our first night (villa merry 3) and seemed full the whole time we stayed there.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

We stayed here for three nights in late June 2011 (1 week ago). We loved it. The room was large, clean, cool and quiet. The staff were attentive and helpful and gave us a good rate when we turned up on their doorstep after a 13hr bus ride. Breakfast wasn't included, but we were glad for it. There are so many great places to grab a nice breakfast in Luang Prabang that it's great to get out of the hotel early.

The room had a real historical antiquey feel, which added to it's charm, but it was still very well equipped and large!! The bed was big and comfortable, then room was well equipped, the room was large, the shower was hot and had good pressure, free wireless in the rooms, and the location of the hotel is pretty much perfect.

The only thing that I would agree with the other reviewers on here is that the walls are a bit thin, but we were on the top level and there are only 3 rooms up there, so you don't here much from anyone. The most noisy thing was the rooster next door, but you get that in most hotels in Laos!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

After arriving 2 days early, they were willing to move our reservation forward with no problem. We had reserved a room upstairs but they didn't have any available as we had arrived early. Overall there was nothing wrong with the service.

The building is pretty enough and this place only has 6 rooms. It was clean and had everything you'd expect for the price. It's in a central location and the road that it is located on is quiet.

As we were downstairs, the big problem with this place is the noise from above. As the monks take food alms on the road outside, this starts with fellow guests making quite a noise from about 6am so they can see this spectacle.

This place is nice enough but I'm sure that there are better alternatives to be found (like Ammata). If I had the choice, I wouldn't stay here again if I was downstairs.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

Lao Wooden House is the best guest house I've ever stayed in. The staff are warm, friendly, funny and very attentive. The rooms are clean, cool and extremely comfortable. My advice to ALL who travel to Luang Prabang is to STAY AT THE LAO WOODEN HOUSE!!!
It is a 30 second walk to the main st and a 15 second walk to the Mekong River and all the restaurants and bars that Luang Prabang has to offer. In 2 minutes you are at the night markets.
It was the most delightful place to stay. We did 5 nights there - then went on our trek and were so impressed that upon our return to Luang Prabang we booked back in and stayed another 3 nights.
Thank you Cam Di and all the staff at Lao Wooden House.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

My sister and I stayed here for three nights and enjoyed this guest house very much. It is on a pretty side street that's convenient to just about everything that you would want to see yet far enough off the main strip to be quiet. Our room was comfortable and clean, with plenty of hot water, and the staff was kind and attentive. We also enjoyed the covered deck outside our room - overall, a very relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Bangkok
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Walls are so thin you can hear your neighbor sneeze. Rooms are very very dark with regular power cuts. Service: awful ! we got kicked out of our room right before going on a tour. The taxi was waiting for us when the staff let us know that we have to check out now (9.00 am) because they have booked our room for another customer (!!!). Well this is just how they take care of their customers. Got kicked out without notice probably because the other customer paid slightly more. Not even a sorry from the management. Pay and go. Sure I go, and never come back !

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2009

We needed a bit more luxury after some squashy bus rides, so were looking for a nice place to stay for a few days in Luang Prabang. We happened upon the lao wooden house who were keen for us to stay - we actually negotiated a room double room for $20 on a walk-in. I have to say, it was the afternoon so they were probably keen to fill the room but we stayed for 5 nights at this rate. The staff were helpful, and even organised sticky rice for us to offer the monks. This was one of the best beds I slept in SE Asia. A kingsize bed with crisp white sheets & fluffy pillows - heaven! A room safe was provided. The rooms are very dark but I found it a great haven from the heat & noise & had some of the most peaceful nights sleep. As others have commented, the free brekky is just fresh fruit - the little family laundry/cafe across the road does a great brekky & cheap laundry - we went there every day. it;s an easy walk to the main drag & night markets & you are close to the river - a great spot.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Lao Wooden House
Address: Ban Wat nong, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Luang Prabang
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villa Lao Wooden House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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