First and foremost, this place has some seriously nice staff, even the trainees were really sweet and after only 5 nights we felt sorry to say goodbye. The hotel is in an interesting location, across the old bridge, 20 minutes walk from the town centre. This can be a bit of a drag in the tropical heat but you can borrow one of the hotel bicycles for free and the hotel also runs several shuttles to town together with a free pick up / drop off service to the airport. This makes up for the hotel not being right in the centre. On the other hand, crossing the old bridge over the Nam Khong (or something like that) river is a fantastic experience, both on foot or by bike. We did not get upgraded to a bungalow like some of the reviewers but our room was great, if a bit dark. Beautiful wooden floors, a good size bathroom and very spacious overall, with a balcony overlooking garden and river. Breakfast was great too, in a magnificent spot.
Our original plan was to stay there for a few days and then move into town for a different experience. However, after taking a good look around we decided to stay on, as the small distance to the town centre was not a problem but an added advantage. In fact, we found some very good bars on the way, which we wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Bel Air is a unique hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos and indeed most of the world. It is located less than five minutes drive from the airport, nestled in two hectares of unspoilt garden and natural vegetation, along the banks of a major river. The centre of town is a short walk, the air is fresh and quiet. The river a never ending, ever changing painting of tranquil rural life, Laos style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Bel Air Boutique Hotel Luang Prabang