We stayed a week in this singularly lovely small hotel in the heart of Luang Prabang. Within an easy stroll of the city center, located on a quiet, free shaded street, the Villa Maly is a true find for the sophisticated traveler looking for a uniquely special place to stay. If you've been to New Orleans and had the pleasure of staying at one of the city's premier guest houses like The Soniat House or to a boutique hotel in Marais, you will appreciate the charm of this family owned and run property. If, however your taste runs more to the Marriott where things are uniform and predictable, then this is not the place for you, in fact Laos is not the country for you..
You will receive a warm welcome from Mme Maly who has owned the hotel for 13 years. Her staff is lovely and attentive and always armed with a welcoming smile. I arrived with a bad cough and received prompt and solicitous advice about where to buy medicine in town.
If you stay for more than a night (and I suggest you do), the staff will recognize you and give you a personal greeting.
There are massages offered and are a very good value. I had an excellent 60 minute deep tissue massage for only $30.
For me the well-tended gardens surrounding and weaving through the grounds were a high point. Tropical plants of every sort flourish amidst a wide variety of stately palms. There is a lovely, good sized swimming pool, perfectly maintained and spotlessly clean. We spent many hours sitting poolside on lounges on the wooden deck that surrounds the pool.
Our room, which was in the 2nd floor facing the pool was well appointed with a very comfortable queen size bed (with brand new mosquito netting - which we didn't really need during the dry season - see below about window screens), a desk, night stands with drawers and an armoire. While the room wasn't huge, we thought it was just perfect for the two of us. There is excellent wiFi. We had no problem with noise from the outside. Our alarm clock were the neighborhood roosters who reminded us daily that if we wanted to catch the monks collecting alms, we'd better get up pronto. Coming back after sunrise, a sumptuous breakfast buffet (one of the very best we enjoyed on our multi-city trip), awaited us with tender, flakey croissants and endless cups of divine Lao coffee poured from French presses.
People in Laos do not use window screens, so we kept our windows closed to prevent any mosquitos from getting in. There is air conditioning which we kept on low while were in the room.
One caveat to very tall or very heavy people: while we had no problem with the bathroom layout, someone very tall or heavier might find themselves squeezing in between the sink and toilet. Ours was the only room I saw there so there might be the option for another layout. You might enquire.
Bottom line: if you are looking for a charming, exceptionally well maintained, family owned and run small, hotel with beautiful grounds, comfortable rooms and a welcoming atmosphere, you can't do better than the Villa Maly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the home of Lao royalty, today Villa Maly is an exquisite boutique hotel, surrounded by luscious tropical gardens. Its rooms evoke the subdued elegance and creative touches of a bygone time. The hotel's 33 guest rooms are each subtly created to incorporate time-honored Laotian architecture with an essence of the Colonial past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Maly Hotel Luang Prabang
- Maly Hotel Luang Prabang