The Mekong Estate has got to be one of the best hotels I've stayed in. A set of 3 bungalows set against the Mekong river, it is perfect from the get go.
My husband and I stayed in the Sunset house where we turned out to be the only residents, so we practically had the whole house to ourselves. The Sunset house directly overlooks the pool and beyond that the river, so it is probably the best of the 3 bungalows. We initially took the room on the ground floor, but then moved to a bigger room upstairs.
The entire hotel is done up by someone with really good taste - from the charming wood flooring, even in the bathroom, to the simple and elegant furniture and the touch of Laos in the indigo blue bathrobes and cushions.
The hotel is located away from the main street of the town, keeping it peaceful. They provide bicycles free of charge if you want to peddle into town. Alternatively you can flag down a tuk-tuk - this is also advisable post sundown since the roads are not very well lit making bicycling a tad dangerous.
The hotel doesn't have any restaurants, but provides a wonderful breakfast and complementary cocktails & local snacks from 4 to 7, as you lounge by the pool. If you want to dine in, you can order food or do a takeaway from one of the restaurants - which we did one night.
Mr. Khamphanh and the staff at the hotel were very gracious and helpful and made our stay that much more memorable. The only hitch is that since its located amidst local houses, occasional loud music and dogs barking can be a little annoying. Off late the local government has also decided to start dredging on the banks of the river and uses the road behind the hotel to get down - making it a little noisy during the day (but thankfully not at night)
I'm looking forward to my next trip to Luang Prabang and my stay at Mekong Estate once again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mekong Estate lives up to its name with five stately Lao-colonial style villas, all with a stunning vista of the majestic Mekong River and mountains. Each of the property's 10 well-appointed rooms and suites has a river view, private terrace and kitchen, and is designed to be your home away from home. Founded in 2005 as the first residence service in Luang Prabang, guests get to discover a local atmosphere and home-style comfort, an experience unparalleled to staying at a hotel in town. The rooms boast ample space, light, character and charm. Spacious living extends to the outdoors with verandas, immaculate tropical gardens, a 25m long swimming pool and of course, the property's namesake river. Quite simply, we have the best view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang; watch the world drift by and let time stand still. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mekong Estate Luang Prabang