We had booked a room at the Luang Prabang River Lodge (First). When we arrived, we were immediately asked if we would be willing to stay at a nearby property instead. I was skeptical but after realizing that we wouldn't get to enjoy the patio off our first floor twin because it was closed for the rainy season (no roof), and being told that they had a tour group booked in the lodge that night and expected it to be noisey, we agreed to look at the other room. (I suspect they just double booked our room.) The twin we booked was cramped and dark without the balcony, and not a value at 60$/night in the low season.
So we walked 1/2 block down the river road to the Luang Prabang River Lodge 2 (Formerly the Mekong river lodge?). The room they offered us had 2 double beds, a covered balcony with river view. We stayed for 60$/night but I think they are asking 80$/night. The room was more spacious (though with 2 double beds still not a lot of extra room) and the building is clean and new. The river view is definitely worth some extra $/night, and the location just down from a bigger intersection meant there was plenty of interesting traffic of local business, kids, etc to watch. The shutters, windows, and curtains kept AM street noise managable, though, and it is not next to the (noisy) morning produce market. Unfortunately, the Monk's don't go past this location on their morning Alms collection, so you will have to walk 1/2 block to see this. The shower was nice - warm water available and good water pressure, but didn't drench the entire bathroom. The service was excellent - front desk friendly but not pushy, cleaners (daily) quick and efficient. AC worked fine. There was no attempt to charge the list price when we paid on our last day, and no request for up-front payment. Breakfast was excellent - eggs, hot dog-like sausages, a croissant, baguette, butter and jam, coffee or tea, juice, and fruit. So what started out somewhat stressfully ended up being a good move for us. There was not a lockable drawer or cabinet in the room and no mini-safe, but my traveling companion left his computer in the room all weekend and it was not stolen.
Bottom line: this place was fine for us, but quite pricey for Luang prabang, and at 80$/night probably not a good value. However, (Like us) you may be willing to pay for the convenience of having a reservation, and a river view is worth a bit more.
Pros: River view from covered balcony, new, clean, good service
Cons: Pricey for Luang Prabang, no morning Alms from the balcony, no securable storage or mini-safe in room.
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