The Bel Air in Luang Prabang was the best place we stayed during our 1 month travelling around Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The place and the service was - in my opinion - at that of a four star hotel at least. We stayed 4 nights in July 2013.
The service was excellent. The staff were all very nice, almost too nice. At times the staff and the manager could be a bit too focused on being service-minded, which bothered me at times. I think that especially the American tourists (which there seemed to be a lot of) liked that part of it. The hotel offers free airport drop off, and offers guest to use the shuttle bus as they prefer when it is raining. Otherwise the shuttle bus is driving to the city centre (10 min) several times a day.
The rooms were huge and very nice. The place has a nice garden, which we didn't use much though. The breakfast is amazing and you can enjoy it with a view of the Mekong river.
It was worth much more than the ~50 USD we paid per night for a double room (which actually had one double and one single bed and could have fitted 3 people.
Note that the hotel is about 10 minutes from the city centre of Luang Prabang. However the hotel provides bikes free of charge, and we drove the bikes to and from the centre almost every day - which was no problem whatsoever. If it's raining it's, as mentioned above, possible to use the shuttle bus for free.
- 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