Mekong Riverview Hotel is a five-star boutique property located in Luang Prabang, Laos, and serendipitously situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, We spent five nights in a junior suite, river view. Our suite was spacious and beautifully appointed-the bouquets of fresh roses in the living area and in the bathroom were a lovely surprise! We had a veranda with a stunning river view, a plush king-size bed, sofa, two arm chairs, coffee table, desk, closet with plenty of hangers, two robes, air conditioning, ceiling fan, coffee/tea set up and a mini-bar stocked with water & soft drinks (included in the room price).
Across the street is the Mekong Riverview Terrace restaurant which overlooks the Nam (river) Khan and a bamboo bridge. If you get down to breakfast early enough (7-7:30am), you may see young monks crossing the bridge to go to school. The breakfast buffet will leave you well-sated so that you will not go hungry while on your morning forays in and around Luang Prabang.
The Mekong Riverview is a ten-minute leisurely stroll to two great restaurants-Tamarind and Rosella Fusion. Another restaurant we really enjoyed was the Blue Lagoon-eclectic menu and impeccable service. And if you need a mid-morning or afternoon snack, stop at the French bakery for a pastry and a drink. If you're a chocolate lover (and I am), indulge yourself and have a pain au chocolat...magnifique!
It's a twenty-minute walk to the backpacker area which has some great shops with authentic Lao handicrafts-Kop Noi and Ma Te' Sai are my two favorites. The Aussie Sports Bar is right across the street from both shops-my husband enjoyed a couple of tall, cold Beer Lao's while I shopped! The night market is a twenty-minute walk as well.. I love night markets but they're generally filled with touristy stuff and Luang Prabang's is no exception. This is NOT the place to find authentic Lao goods as many of the night market treasures are Thai and Chinese imports. But it's fun to walk around, enjoying the sights.
Sorry, I digressed-back to the Mekong Riverview Hotel. As I said in the beginning of my review, it's a five-star property. But, due to Mr. Urban (owner/manager) and his friendly, highly-capable staff, we had a ten-star experience! They were thoughtful, caring and made us feel more like family than guests, which I think is the hallmark of a great hotel experience. One of the staff, lovely Mr. Vee, is even a mind-reader! He had booked us a car to go to the waterfall. I was walking into the Reception area to request two towels to take with us and I ran into Mr. Vee, coming out with two towels and two bottles of water! And our first morning, when we overslept, Mr. Vee immediately dropped what he was doing and gave us a ride in the hotel's Club Car (golf cart) so that we wouldn't miss the monks' morning alms procession.
Another really nice touch was Mr. Urban's wine gathering at the Terrace restaurant. He hosts 2-3 gatherings each week and invites his guests to have some wine and meet each other. We met some wonderful people from Singapore, Yangon, AND the American ambassador to Laos and his lovely wife!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a beautiful boutique hotel with a personal touch, located on the tip of the peninsula, at the very end of the old town, on the UNESCOs World Heritage Area. The view you have from the rooms and Café/Restaurant is the meeting of great Mekong River and Nam Khan River. The Hotel is quiet and peaceful with the beautiful former Royal temple Wat Xienthong as your neighbor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mekong Riverview