We loved the unique boutique quality of this hotel but it would not be feasible for anyone with any type of physical disability to stay here due to the rather perilous descent & ascent to the river jetty and boat and the uneven height of various stairs in the hotel itself. That said, we found this to be part of the charm (my sister is 70 and I am in my late 60s). Brita (manager) was very friendly and helpful as was Ivan (the owner). One or the other was on-site every morning and could be found at the in-town branch if necessary. Our room was clean and comfortable and we had the luxury of being a few minutes away from the old town and having a swimming pool. Breakfast was sublime, the croissants, petit pain, and baguettes on a par with the best Parisian patisseries and the setting in the garden absolutely lovely. We also ate dinner at the Apsara twice: Once at the hotel in town and once at the RD. Both meals were outstanding and reasonable--in fact, the best food we had on our entire trip (and our hotels were mostly 5-star). We had the carrot/lemongrass/coconut soup and goat tagine on the first night and several Laotian dishes on the second night. Both nights we had the fresh mango with coconut tapioca for desert, a dish so divine that my daughter had to order one to take with her when we checked out. The RD is located within easy walking distance of the bamboo foot bridge and Dyen Sabai Restuarant (a unique restaurant with table set in open huts that cascade down the riverbank in a jungle like setting). Both the bridge and the restaurant are fun and unique experiences, but once again, beware of the stairs -- not easy to negotiate especially for us oldies. (Hint: Dyen Sabai is usually crowded -- go during off hours. We went for lunch at about 3:00). We also were able to walk to the weaving & paper-making village on the RD side of the Nam Kham, although by the time we walked there and finished shopping we were too tired to walk back and took a tuk-tuk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glamorous rooms, all with their own veranda or terrace. Connected to the town centre by our own boat, the Apsarian Queen, it’s easy to get right into the heart of town. You can spend the morning going to the temples, shopping or just exploring the side lanes and an afternoon in luxurious idleness by the pool. We also have bicycles and our own tuk-tuk available for guests' use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Apsara Rive Droite Hotel Luang Prabang