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“Luang Prabang River Lodge 2 - Clean, good views, a bit spendy”

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Luang Prabang River Lodge
Ranked #136 of 260 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Vientiane, Laos
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“Luang Prabang River Lodge 2 - Clean, good views, a bit spendy”
Reviewed August 28, 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

We booked into this Lodge after spending a night at an older Guesthouse which did not have amenities like air con, internet access, and credit card facilities. This modern Lodge overlooks the Mekong River though we chose to stay in rooms at the back which were quieter. The rooms were compact but spotlessly neat. It may not have had the same olde-worlde feel as some other guesthouses but it was better for us traveling with our young children and their grandmother.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

We stayed at the Luang Prabang River Lodge for 3 nights and I was very disappointed. The staff were good, the room was clean but small. The shower was an absolute joke! No pressure at all, just literally a dribble and only tepid! The breakfast really wasnt worth having.

The other major downside of this place was the location - it is good for the Mong Market end of the main strip but unfortunately is on the corner of a noisey road, next to a fruit market. So unless you are are very deep sleeper (which I am not!) you will be kept awake until around 12.00midnight and awoken by 5.30am everyday!! Like a lot of things in Luang Prabang it was overpriced!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Luang Prabang River Lodge
Address: Ban Paxom Khomkong Rd, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #136 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Luang Prabang River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The houses are only 10 minutes drive from the city; very quiet atmosphere. Also providing free airport shuttle and city center shuttle. ... more   less 
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