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“Well located, monks take alms at sunrise out front”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sokdee Residence

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Sokdee Residence
Ranked #55 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Crescent Head, Australia
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“Well located, monks take alms at sunrise out front”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

In a good central location with clean large rooms, the staff are most helpful, you can watch monks take alms at sunrise from your balcony,you it's go to the falls and swim in the beautiful blue water, magical

  • Stayed May 2014
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2 Thank Wayne E
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a good place to stay- but considering I chose it from a guide for travelling on a budget- it was pricey. 50 US a night is a lot for Laos. The rooms are nice- cool and have shutters which helps the sleep in- but the aircon was really noisy- it's too hot to go without- so that challenged. It was new year and the noise outside was really loud but the party stopped early enough. Lovely breakfast included in the price- eggs, delicious bread and tea or coffee. The water pressure in the shower was dreadful and there was either scalding water or freezing. On the whole it is a good place- central the staff are lovely.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank vickyfromsa
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sokdeeresidence, Manager at Sokdee Residence, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you very much for your reviews we hope to see you a gain in luangprabang good luck to you
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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

I was nearly a victim of this common Luang Prabang scam (which would have cost me $200) while staying at this guesthouse - http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2349776. I cannot be sure the staff of the guesthouse were involved, so I will try to recount just the facts from my view point:

I rented a city bicycle around the corner (less than 100 meters away from the guesthouse) at Galaxy Airticketing for 20,000 kip for the day. They only required a copy of my passport and the address & room number of my guesthouse (NB: most places want your passport as deposit). On the receipt they made special note, by circling in pen, the section that said stolen bikes would require a $200 payment.

I spent most of the day out riding and returned to my guesthoust around 4pm for a quick visit to my room. I parked and locked the bike inside the small courtyard of the guesthouse, right next to the open door of reception. This is not the main entrance to the guesthouse, but a quiet side alley that I've never seen anyone use other than guests and staff.

There was a staff member inside, sitting about 5 meters away from the reception door on a laptop. A second staff/family member was working in the courtyard right next to where my bike was parked. At that point he had a very clear view of the bike. I locked the bike with the provided lock and went to my room for 5 minutes. When I came downstairs I found the lock had been busted and the metal parts of the lock mechanism were on the floor. The outside staff member was in the same position near my bike and the other was talking to a family with young children in the courtyard*. Yet both staff claimed to have seen nothing. I told them that was very suspicious**, since busting the lock would have made some noise. They continued to claim they heard and saw nothing. I asked about the CCTV camera that covers the alley, and was told that it was fake and does not record.

Assuming the guesthouse was not involved in the theft attempt, then I have no complaints of the accomodation for the price. But my main concern would be the security of the place. The rooms were basic, but good value and clean. They also kindly moved me to a room with better wifi connection

* My guess is the guests arriving interrupted the would-be thief.
**It is also worth noting there are bikes parked all the city with feeble locks, so it seems very strange a thief would risk walking into the courtyard of a guesthouse to steal a bike under the noses of two staff.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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sokdeeresidence, Manager at Sokdee Residence, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you very much for your reviews we are very sorry about this problem we will improved this problem very soon. but this reviews should be for sokdee guesthouse not for Sokdee Residence.
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

I got a room at this place on quick notice because the French guy I knew was staying there and said it was cheap. Like $15 a night cheap. And that says it all.

The sink continually dripped. The walls were paper thin. The hot water-unreliable. At one point I asked where my sandals were and one of the staff came around the corner wearing them. I told him to enjoy them for a little and then realized what a mistake that was. I asked the same guy before to call them in because I needed them to shower but it still took a few days. Weird.

The wifi came in and out like everywhere there. And there are TWO buildings by the way. The staff is on the Lao end of hands off which is great. Because $15 per night here can't be beat

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Robyn P
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sokdeeresidence, Owner at Sokdee Residence, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Sokdee. Thank you for your review and please know that you are welcome here any time.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Nice place near the Main Street and restaurants. The staff is very help full. One tip for the hotel the showers are leaking a bit. I recommend this place! We stayed at Sok Dee for three nights and stored our luggage while we were trekking in the jungle.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank MJVL I
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sokdeeresidence, Manager at Sokdee Residence, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Sokdee. Thank you for your review and please know that you are welcome here any time.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

I stayed at Sokdee for two weeks and found it all just too easy. If you stay anywhere around the old area of Luang Prabang you are almost certain to get roosters crowing at all hours as i reckon every third house owns one. Solution? just bring ear plugs! It is really a small sacrifice to be able to stay in such a beautiful place of the world.The manager Mr Soulinda is a absolute champion, his english is excellent and can't help you enough. So to be able to stay in a world heritage where the monks walk past early every morning look at the positives not at the negatives and remember your on holiday!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Johnnybravo13
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Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Sokdee. Thank you for your review and please know that you are welcome here any time.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed there for 4 nights and I highly reccomend this place. We had the basic room for the lowest price, but it was perfect.Very clean, spacious and with big bathroom. The Staff is very helpful and nice. We talked with them a little bit longer. Really nice guys. I'm not sure about the prices in high season because we're in low. But anyway would reccomend that.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank Hanna S
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sokdeeresidence, Manager at Sokdee Residence, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Sokdee. Thank you for your review and please know that you are welcome here any time.
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Property: Sokdee Residence
Address: Ban Vat Nong, Khounsawa Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sokdee Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sokdee Residence is a beautiful traditional Lao style building - superbly located in the heart of the old town of Luang Prabang.With a choice of double or twin beds the Sokdee Residence features just 8 guest rooms which are all pleasantly presented, comfortable and exceptionally clean. All Guest rooms offer modern amenities such as air-conditioning, cable television, fridge and mini bar as well as a private bathroom. The simple yet sophisticated style of dark wood and Lao decorations create a pleasant environment. All guest rooms open up to a communal balcony on which guests can take in Luang Prabangs city life, meet other travelers or just lean back and read a book. The comfortable furniture and the beautiful surroundings invite the guest to stay and simply relax.Located in the center of Luang Prabang, the Sokdee Residence is just a stroll away from the delightful Mekong River as well as the main street with its bustling Night Market. Perfect to enjoy a walk through the charming city - along the Riverfront and past by some of Luang Prabangs ancient temples. Numberous restaurants, cafes and shopping options are nearby. The citys attractions and sights can easily be explored by foot or bike. ... more   less 
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