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“Fantastic hotel and staff, difficult location”

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Chanthavinh Resort and Spa
Ranked #55 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Reviewed May 23, 2011

We booked this hotel on line and be ware, the map location on trip advisor did not up date and we later discovered it was on the opposite side of the Mekong from Luang Prabang. However, it depends on what you are looking for in Luang Prabang as the hotel and staff are truly fantastic. They have their own boat and will take you over the river and drop you into the town with minimal fuss. Having said that it was difficult at times as you cannot just pop back to the hotel with shopping or for the afternoon siesta.
That being said the hotels location allows a wonderful relaxed environment on the edge of the jungle. The staff go out of their way to assist in anyway possible and Kim, the resident manager speaks wonderful English.
This hotel was great for us as we were half way through a 23 day holiday around Vietnam and Laos so the relax was welcome. This hotel is ideally suited for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of traffic, motor cycles, street vendors and the obligatory Tuk Tuk drivers!
We fear this hotel may not last as there is a huge selection of guest houses and hotels in the town and this little gem is hidden away.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

Remant landscape under the trees and pretty flowers, seen on the Mekong at the bottom of the mountain without human trachea, we believed in paradise. it's rare to find such a beautiful landscape with western comfort.

Phayboun from Paris

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

The one thing you have to know is that this hotel is not in Luang Prabang but a few kilometers away.

This is both a plus and a minus but being aware of that before booking really brought us what we were looking for:
- the place was a good retreat away from the city
- the views from the restaurant and when crossing the Mekong were amazing
- the staff was friendly and would pick you up anywhere in the city (however we were always going to their sister travel agency for them to call the shuttle)
- the room was gigantic
- the place was generally quiet

We also like the alternation between buffet breakfast and menu. The food at the restaurant was great.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

OK, my daughter and I arrived here quite by chance having hoped to find onward transport to Hongsa on the west bank of the Mekong. There wasn't any. This is not at all the kind of place we would usually choose and we stayed just one night leaving as early as possible the following day. We were extremely uncomfortable with the ostentatious luxury in a very poor village; we felt it offers actually nothing to the village except some very menial employment; we didn't like the locked gates. We hardly felt we were in Laos at all. And whatever else - it's in totally the wrong place! If you want to visit the wonderful city of Luang Prabang, which has a huge array of accomodation and all kinds of things to see and do, why would you base yourself on the wrong side of the Mekong? I have seent he river in full flood in the rainy season and I certainly would not have ventured to cross it by boat. Yes, the hotel does provide a free boat service - though, as we discovered next day, not to the city centrre - and it did seem that the few other guests were indeed spending most of their time away from the 'resort'. In consequence we dined that evening in solitary splendour - though very pleasantly and on a terrace overlooking the river.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

We stayed there for 2 nights,, family of 4. The service is great, The staff are nice and friendly and the rooms are comfortable and clean. The view over the Mekong is fantastic. Travel to/from town is taxing, so if you go out, you probably have to plan on staying out for the whole day... I don't think you have the option to go early for the monk procession. Dinner is rather expensive too.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank gzt
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

A very pleasant stay at Chanthavinh Resort and Spa! The view of Mekong River from the resort is surprisingly wonderful. Their staffs were very friendly and helpful which they are so attentive and took good care of their guests. The room is so spacious, very clean and comfortable in typical Laotian style. Their beautiful garden is also the highlight since I can relax in their peaceful garden with my book. The only access to the resort is by their own ferry which the resort provides a free shuttle bus to town as well as the ferry according to their timetable. Make sure you wake up early one morning for the morning alms!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2009

I've been to LPQ many times and always stay at Chanthavinh. I have a pleasent stay and good time for all my stay. Staffs were really helpful and attentive with a friendly expression. The resort gives a good impression of Lao style in all wooden building. A panoramic view of Mekong River is a must for your stay to have breakfast and dinner at the terrace to enjoy the view. Also if you have time make sure you walk around the resort to Ban Chan (the pottery village) to see their life and making pots and ceramics. Even though the resort is situated on the other side of Mekong river which you have to take the resort's ferry to get there but it's really worth it!

I must say Chanthavinh is a great getaway if you're looking for a place to take a break from work.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Chanthavinh Resort and Spa

Address: Ban Chan neu | Chomphet District, Luang Prabang 712345, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #55 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $40 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chanthavinh Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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