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Mekong Estate
Ranked #40 of 68 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

i spent 5 weeks in both the Mekong Riverside resort houses and the duplex apartment in downtown Luang Prabang.

the riverside resort is very calm, green, aesthetically very peaceful and elegant.
the town duplex is charming, stylish, conveniently close to everything.

i have traveled to a number of resorts around the world, Mekong Estate resorts makes me feel very much at my private countryside home - comfort, ease, friendliness, peace, back to nature, real great quality of holidays. i will return to there over and over.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

I chose to stay in town in one of the Vat Nong duplexes and this was perfect for me, with master suite upstairs and general living area with kitchen downstairs. I especially enjoyed the master suite patio overlooking the street and Mekong. I could walk or bike anywhere in and around town. And yet, it was still peacefully located within view of the Mekong and the staff were courteous and warm.

Another option that I would like to try next time is the Riverside Residence which is just on the outskirts and is along the edge of the Mekong, with an amazing pool and nicely built colonial buildings and rooms. Love Mekong Estate for their simple, elegant taste and quality staff. Will be back for sure!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

this is a great place, very calm, the appartments have a great "colonial style" with a lot a dark wood and a fresh atmosphere.
The view on the Mekong is unique, even from the greatest hotel in the center you won't get this one ! And the so refreshing swimming pool makes you feel, at sunset time, like James Bond in a Asian Palace ! But it is NOT a hotel with lots a tourists running : you are at home, enjoying your rest !-)
The staff do its best to help and make your week or weeks in luang prabang a wonderfull experience. Good place to go, good visit, good restaurant, a massage after the pool... just ask and smile !

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

The Mekong Estate is a great place to stay. Fantastic location and absolutely impeccable service. My wife and I arrived there by plane in mid February 2010. We were met by the owner, a charming, infinitely courteous and helpful man who speaks excellent English. Our room was charming; beautifully decorated and furnished in Eastern style. The comfortable terrace, where we sat for drinks in the evening and had breakfast served every morning, has a wonderful view over the Mekong. Our only disappointment - nothing to do with the Hotel - was the astonishingly low level of the river, which meant vast areas of sand instead of water. Lack of rain is partly to blame, but a large Chinese dam upstream seems to be the main culprit. As a result Chinese farmers are taking large quantities of water before it reaches Laos or other parts of SE Asia.

Sadly this also meant that our planned river trip to Chiang Rai couldn't take place and we had to fly north instead. Our host could not have been more helpful as we re-made plans. He even ferried us around so that we could make new travel bookings.

We could say lots more about this lovely place - suffice it to say that we highly recommend it to anyone. It's not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for, and more. And Luang Prabang is a pretty outstanding town to visit. Unmissable!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

Potentially a delightful riverside retreat, but currently having huge problems, as the river levels are extremely low and gravel is being removed by the hotel.

Huge noisy lorries thunder past all day long, the sound of digging ruins the peace and the hotel was therefore empty.

The manager was charming and leant us bikes to find another hotel

As soon as the rains come and the diggers disappear, it will be the most idyllic place to stay, as the other places we looked at were not a scratch on this one.

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Reviewed March 3, 2010

This place is amazing; the bungalows are luxurious and stunning. The owners are lovely. The breakfast is the best we had in Laos and the free bikes are great fun to cycle to town and back. The infinity pool is gorgeous - although it was the first pool in three weeks that was too cold for me to get in to! the gardens are gorgeous. It isn't run like a typical hotel style place in that you have breakfast in your room, there is no bar or room service/restaurant so it feels like a really special retreat. HOWEVER - and i hate to say anything negative about this place as the owners are so lovely and it really is great, but, we felt it was a lot of money to pay for somewhere that had major bulding works going on in the river bed directly in front of the bungalows and so wasnt a peaceful place to be sadly. I feel bad for them as its not their fault, but the noise starts at 8am with the big lorries roaring past your bedroom and goes on till 5 or 6pm and even went on at the weekend. we sat by the pool on one day that we wanted to relax and if you sit by the waterfall you can drown the noise out just about, but its an expensive place to stay to get woken up early and to be able to hear and see buidling noise all day. Also, this is the only place i got bitten by mosquitoes and there are tons of them here! at night they swarm around the lights and your room windows and we had to kill loads in our room every night. Everywhere else we stayed on the mekong they treated once a week with a smoke treatment - i dont know if they don't do this here but i got bitten a lot and they were a bit of a problem. We did love this place, but i would really check to see whether the building work is going on as we are both really relaxed and used to noise but after a day we considered changing accomodation as this was twice the price of the last place we had stayed and it just didnt feel twice the experience sadly, such a shame for the owners who are great.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

I was in Luangprabang on November 2009 after my bussiness trip from San Francisco to Bangkok. It cost me aroung $300 round trip from BBK To Luangprabang which was a good deal to me. The weather was perfect in Luangprabang compared to Bangkok which seems a little bit warm in November. I been to this place before and still loving it everytime I visit. The friendly and inteligent owner picked me up from airport which said something about the quality of this place.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Ban Saylom | Mekong River Bank, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
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Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#7 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
#9 Spa Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $124 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mekong Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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