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“Has potential although it does have a pool!”
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Villa Maly
Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Santiago, Chile
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“Has potential although it does have a pool!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Having been to LP a few times we deviated from our favourite hotel & tried this one as we had friends staying nearby.
To summarise, it's a perfectly ok choice but for the price there are better options in LP with exquisite rooms.

The good:
- it has a clean pool!
- gorgeous well maintained gardens,
- easy check inn & staff with a good level of English,
- a clean room with several sitting chairs & lots of light,
- expansive buffet breakfast, plentiful coffee refills. Do order an omelet - the one I had was delicious
- there are mosquito nets which are draped over the bed posts guaranteeing a mosquito free sleep. We didn't notice many Mosquitos at the hotel with the exception of dusk.

The average:
- there would have been a dozen sunbeds which was not sufficient for the number of guests. We were disappointed that we couldn't obtain a sunbed at times. Why not put sunbeds where you have a dining table setup?
- hotel restaurant food was average (actually my husband said his western sandwich was pretty good) and commanded high prices for Laos. I think places should be upfront and include taxes etc in the advertised rates.
- The ease at which you could order drinks from the pool varied tremendously with the bar been left unattended for large periods of time during our stay
We noticed other guests just buying beer & drinks at the local shop (even baguettes & a pizza) & drinking them by the pool so maybe we should have been more prepared like them ha
- No poolside bathroom and no bathroom at the restaurant - only one in the reception area - really?
- the room decor. When you arrive you are greeted by this beautiful wooden lobby. The rooms have exquisite furniture which is beautiful. But..I was so disappointed that every piece of timber in the room had been painted in colour (yes even the beams & floorboards). Combined with the hideous pink the room was painted it just ruined the room - I'm sure it had so much potential. The bathroom is pokey and very dark. My husband found it very difficult to even have enough light for shaving.
Why are there no proper pillows? And why is there no where to put your bathroom amenities in the shower? The turndown service consisted of putting brochures on our bed & leaving cheap candy. No quick room tidy up or emptying bathroom bins to be seen here.
- the rooms are noisy. We were woken up both nights by guests returning to their rooms and gossiping in the hall. We also heard noise from the pool. Perhaps if we had upgraded our room there might have been less rooms in the block.
- we called the hotel on the number on their website for several hours before we landed but no one answered. When we enquired about this on check in, all they said was 'we don't know'
- although not the hotels fault, the other guests ruined our stay. There was a particularly noisy group of young people who insisted on playing their own music loudly by the pool, swearing continuously, consuming the entire pool with their blow up floaties and making lots of noise in the corridor when they got back at night. A tricky one.

We're glad to have tried it but won't be returning for our next weekend trip

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Villa Maly, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Dear 665kate,

We thank you for having taken the time to fill in a comment regarding your recent visit to Villa Maly.The comments and opinions of our guests are of extreme importance to us as it is the primary mean of ensuring that our high quality standards remain consistent.

We strive to make every guest’s stay at Le Villa Maly a satisfying and enjoyable experience.We are sorry to learn that the general quality of our property fell far short of what you were expected, and for that we apologize.

We have taken notice on the different points you have mentioned as average, and will work on each of them one by one.

Kind Regards,

F.Lehmann
Deputy General Manager
Appletree Hospitality Laos: Villa Maly, Nava Mekong, Kamu Lodge
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Very nice hotel, good location, nice swimming pool, ... all the family enjoy the stay. Pimaï in Luang Prabang is a very interesting experience. We recommand for any family to have a nice stay in this world heritage town of Lao PDR.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Villa Maly, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Dear Olivier G,

We first would like to thank you for the time taken to share your experience.

We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and appreciated our services. Indeed, we strive to make every guest’s stay at Le Villa Maly a satisfying and enjoyable experience.

Best regards

F.Lehmann
Deputy General Manager
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Off the busy Main Street this little gem of an Inn is worthy of comment. Well managed and maintained, this older hotel is quaint and picturesque. The pool is nice (cold) and the grounds are just lovely. The staff are very helpful and courteous. Dining by the pool is very pleasant on a nice evening. As an aside, there is a local barber down the street (left turn from the front door ) who gives an awesome haircut for $2.75

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great and quiet location close to the main attraction in Town.attentive and warm welcome beautiful traditional Colonial home and decor.
Pool area is in the middle of a lush tropical garden. Room overlooking the pool is quiet, a bit
small and dark, bathroom is not very practical and electrical plugs need revision.
Nevertheless, it's an ideal spot to spend à couple of days.
A spécial appreciation to Marie Hélène the resident Manager for her help and assistance.
My wife needed medical help and she accompanied us to the Emergency Room in the local Hospital and spent extra time to take care of us. Never experienced such dedication in more
Than 30 years of international travelling.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

I think it's Lonely Planet that says your pulse drops instantly when you get to Luang Prabang. Well, not quite but it plummeted to delirious levels when I arrived at Villa Maly. It's a peaceful oasis of old indochine charm. Nice rooms (although my bathroom was a tad cramped), excellent service all round , good breakfast. The pool is lovely if a little small to try to do any serious laps but I suspect I'm in the minority on that desire. I had a much needed and much appreciated relaxing 5 night sojourn here and would certainly return. Two relatively minor criticisms: I think they could ditch the poolside music. It's kind of unnecessary and when you have a room by the pool all you hear is this slightly annoying noise, not quite music but a vague noise. Also, it's nice to have your bed turned down in the evening but leaving the brochures for spa and tours on the bed smacks of the hard sell, which this refined establishment doesn't need to do. But overall a fine experience and one I would recommend without hesitation.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We loved our, much too short, stay at Villa Maly. It was the icing on the cake for Luang Prabang which we also loved. We wish we could have spent more time there to enjoy the pool and spa (which seem to be well recommended). The rooms are small but really beautifully appointed. Old world charm. We could have done with a door on the toilet area. Do not get the hotel to do your laundry. There are plenty of small local laundry businesses and the hotel was badly overpriced for the laundry.
Otherwise everything was really lovely. Great buffet breakfast, very French. We found management and staff very friendly. A previous reviewer must have been there on a bad day. We would go back to Villa Maly again and have already recommended it to others.

Room Tip: Do your laundry externally. Plenty of laundry business along the street.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a wonderful small boutique hotel with as many staff as guests, and who are all eager to help. It is tucked away in a quiet area only 500m from the main shops and restaurants, so in a great position for interesting evening strolls.
The rooms have an old colonial feel and this means they are quite dark! Ours had an integral shower and loo (open plan)! Which was a little strange. Also there was nowhere that had a power point and mirror together so the hairdryer usage was challenging. Having said that, the room was large enough and quirky.
The internet was OK and the room had lovely large private balcony. The breakfasts were excellent as you would expect from a French-owned hotel, but they needed warm fresh baguettes to make them perfect!
The swimming pool offered a great opportunity to cool down, and the sunbeds, umbrellas and surrounding deck and gardens are immaculate. However, they could really do with more of them, as most afternoons there were none free which was a shame as it would have finished off the day well.
The spa is next to the pool and the serenity and professionalism were absolutely fantastic.
We had time for a spa treatment , having had these all over the world, my wife said it was the best she had had.
The hotel is smart and well maintained, yet retains a warm, personal feel and is not in the least stuffy, with flip flops and shorts being absolutely fine.
This is a great hotel from which to explore the wonderful town of luang prabang.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Maly
Address: 75 Oupalath Khamboua Road | Ban That Luang Village, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#9 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#16 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maly 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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