Well-located guesthouse - close to the morning and evening markets, and 5 mins walk to the downtown area. Rooms were a good size. They were clean and well-maintained (towels changed every other day unless otherwise requested). Breakfast was generous and we liked the combination of hot (your choice of eggs) and cold (muesli, cereal and home-made jams). The courtyard was a great place to meet other travelers. The onwer arranged for airport transfers and we were picked up at the airport without incident.
Some points of note for improvement: toilets sometimes had a funky smell (probably due to old plumbing problems rather than maintenance issues). Wifi was not available for the 3 out of 4 days we were there. The PC in the house available for Internet access was riddled with plugins and probably spyware. None of us dared to log in with the computer. That was perhaps our biggest bug bear since we were taking an extended weekend off work, and all were counting on Internet access to stay in touch with the office.
Additionally, despite making reservations 3 weeks prior and confirming again 3 days before, our reservations were messed up. The owner's children, while beautiful and adorable, were apt play loudly in the house and courtyard. At 7.30AM. Not a particularly good way to wake up, given the thin walls and our tendency to binge on the cheap Laotian spirits the night before.
The owners of the guesthouse seemed more friendly on email than in person. Nonetheless, a relative of the owner gave us some good recommendations for food places and helped arrange sightseeing trips.
Despite some of the minor shortcomings, will recommend friends in the future since it was still very value-for-money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colonial style house (once a hospital) in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage section of Luang Prabang. Lovely garden and balcony where you can relax and swap stories with fellow guests. We are just 30 meters from the Mekong River and morning market and 130 meters from the Royal Palace Museum and Night Market. Famous breakfast and lots of helpful advice. It's our goal to make your stay relaxing and stress free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Guesthouse Manichan Hotel Luang Prabang