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“Very overrated”
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Villa Laodeum
Ranked #71 of 261 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Washington, DC
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85 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very overrated”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

This is the first time trip advisor reviews let me down. I don't understand the rave reviews for this place. The rooms are miniscule - barely enough room to move around the bed. The bathroom is equally tiny. Most rooms have only one window - and it looks onto ugly tin roofs. I tried to get some light into my room, but the shade would not stay up. The walls are paper thin. I heard every word of the phone conversation of the person in the room next to mine. I also received incorrect travel information from one of the employees - this was simple information - I asked about boat travel to Nong Khiaw. I was told the river was too low. In fact, the boat was leaving daily to get there. Breakfast is adequate - nothing notable. For the same price, you can do much better in Luang Prabang.

Room Tip: There is one upstairs room that has a street view. That is probably the best room.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed at Villa Laodeum three separate times - first for three nights, then for one night after returning from a three day side trip, then for two more nights before we left for home. Every visit was very enjoyable. It's difficult to imagine a better location, but it's the friendly and helpful staff that make this place a wonderful place to stay. Example - we'd originally walked to the guest house in the hot afternoon sun with our packs from the boat station, and were greeted with cool orange juice and a time to rest before checking in - this was very welcome. Breakfast has many selections, giving you variety over your stay. We received many helpful suggestions for things to do and how to best accomplish them - good value for a traveler. They can provide sticky rice for the monks if you want to participate in the morning alms ceremony, but are not pushy on this (but do watch out for street vendors around their corner who sometimes try to push their food on you while the monks are coming by.) While the rooms are small, we all agreed we didn't come to Laos for large hotel rooms, so we really didn't consider this a detriment. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms are nice in that you don't have to climb the somewhat steep stairs, but can be...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

We have stayed at Villa Laodeum for total of 7 nights, 6 in a row and then one more after a trip top Nong Khiaw. From the beginning the host was extra friendly and we had a very nice welcome to the villa. The location can not be better, one block away from the night market, 15 meters from the wall of the Royal Palace and within 5 minute walk to many restaurants, bars and cafes. The key is that it super close yet on a very quiet street. It is worth mentioning its at the end of the Monk walk, so it's very easy to arrange for alms and the host keeps a spot for you. The room itself is small but big enough for for two of us, our backpacks. The bed is comfortable, shower and bathroom very clean. The one complaint would be lack of a shower curtain but that seems to happen in quite a few places in Lao. The ham sandwich for breakfast is to die for!! One episode has made us love the place even more - our host and his wife+sun (who live at the villa as well so are super accessible) one day took us to hang out with their friends and other locals to the other side of the Mekong river, where we had beers, played cards and bocce. Super fun trip! I would highly recommend asking about it. I think for the price its a great value due to location, comfort and friendliness of the host!

Room Tip: Second floor probably better to have a bit less noise from generator next door, but not a major issu...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2011

Stayed at the villa laodeum in december. The location can't be beat, its close to everything. Service was excellent, always drinks, hot tea ready for us when we got back. We even got a new years dinner! Request a room upstairs. Matresses need replacing.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Kuala Lumpur
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2011

This guesthouse is in the best location - the monks walk right in front in the morning, 100m from the night market, next to the museum and the temples.

See my details:http://jerry-low.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-5-days-in-laos-vientiane-vang-vieng.html

Room Tip: See if you can a room with the window.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Don't judge this hotel on the size of the rooms. Whilst they are small, they are clean and comfortable and, after all, what is your hotel but a place to sleep and shower.
The location of this hotel is absolutely perfect, located as it is on a street between Phu Si and the Mekong, right next door to the Old Palace (Museum).
The staff are fabulous and do their all to ensure all of your needs are met.
This is the ideal spot for those wishing to view the Monks Alms Procession as they pass right by the door of the hotel. When watching the procession, please remain respectful of the Monks and those giving alms. For an unobstructed and unobtrusive viewing spot, walk a few steps from the hotel and sit on the steps of the small laundry just down the hill. If you want to participate in alms giving, ask the chap on the desk at nights. He can arrange you some good quality sticky rice and give you tips on the appropriate way to participate.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Tehran, Iran
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2011

The staff were so lovely like the majority of lao people, the breakfast was ok, but it could be better, the room was very clean, not much space though, a king size bed , tv, the bathroom was also ok, but I didn't like the shower, my single-bed room costed 35 USD...with lao standards it was a bit high, i mean i think i could find somewhere much cheaper than this hotel with the same quality, any way, the location of the hotel was perfect, next door to Blue lagoon restaurant and very close to night market, and one more thing i enjoyed very much was the Free Wifi in rainy nights of luang prabang, when you can't do anything else...ahhhhh, and also it's a perfect place to see the alm procession eraly in the morning from the terrace of the hotel....in general it is recommended, but maybe it's better to bargain when you arrive there!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Villa Laodeum
Address: Ban Choumkhong, Ounheuan Rd, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #71 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
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Hotel Class:2 star — Villa Laodeum 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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