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Vangsavath Hotel
Ranked #14 of 260 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“You'll feel cared for”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stayed for a whole 8 days at this hotel on the outskirts of the city of Luang Prabang. Paul and his mother run a tight ship which means that the hotel and gardens (Paul's mother's domain) are extremely well ordered and well maintained. Everyone, including all the members of Paul's staff, are extremely attentive and nothing is too much trouble and everything is attended to immediately. Staying for that many days meant that I was able to get to know everyone well and I certainly felt more than just someone staying in the hotel.

There are cycles available at the hotel free of charge and I used one almost everyday that I was there - it is about 15 minutes to ride slowly into the city centre. The cycle is also invaluble for getting around the city itself - so do take advantage of this free facility. There are motorbikes available but there might be charge so check. The shuttle bus is also very useful for getting to and back from the night market or just from the city after an evening out.

Breakfast (eggs is a variety of ways and pancakes, fruit and french sticks, juicem, tea, coffee) is served in an open space that looks out onto the garden - a very nice way to start the day.

The hotel has an excellent theme running through it with some really beautiful wooden furniture in the reception area.

As with other guests, I found the mosquito's liking of the taste of my blood a bit of problem, but the hotel provided a can of spray and lighted a mosquito repellent incense coil outside my room every night.

I was pleased that I spent that long in Luang Prabang because after spending some time in a hectic city, I needed to wind down in order to appreciate it and its people. The hotel provided an excellent base and the staff (especially Paul and his mother) gave firm support for that exploration.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights while in Luang Prabang, and we are extremely pleased with the very hospitable family and staff running the hotel.

On the first day, the bubbly owner of the hotel sat us down and ran us through the things we can do and places to explore. After staying in a number of hotels in Vientiane where we face much problems communicating with the hotel staff, we are glad that he is very conversant in English - which is definitely very helpful to us.

The free shuttle service provided by the hotel to the heart of Luang Prabang compensates for the location of the hotel which is tucked away from the city, at a nice quiet town just 5mins (drive) from the night market. the shuttle service is available daily till 10pm.

The room is spacious and clean, but do expect the occasional mosquito outside your room at night. The windows come with mosquito nets so you don't have to worry about the mozzies coming into your room unless you leave your door open at night.

Everyone in the hotel is very friendly, and it makes our stay a very pleasant one. Great hotel, if you want a quiet place to retire to at night.

With love, Ong and Lee from Singapore.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at the Vansavath boutique hotel which is a family-run hotel a couple of kilometres from the Town Centre of Luang Prabang.

It is away from the hustle and bustle of the standard tourist area but the town is easily accessible by the free shuttle bus service offered by the hotel and they also offer free bicycles to guests. The shuttles are run twice in the morning and at least 4 times to take guests to the night market and pick up from 9-10 from the town. On occasions when we wanted to come back to the hotel, we used tuk tuks which cost about 20000 kip for two persons.

The hotel looks like an old stately house and has pleasant olde world charm, a carefully put together interior and wooden floors. The décor is very beautiful and the place and the gardens are beautifully maintained. Lovely touches such as fresh Champa flowers scattered around the reception area, fresh flowers and lots of greenery in the well maintained back garden and around a small pond in the dining area were very welcoming.

The mother and son duo that own and manage the hotel were extraordinarily lovely people and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. After three days, we felt like we knew them very well and we were honoured guests in their lovely home instead of paid guests.

The rooms were nice and cool and beautifully maintained with amenities such as free slippers, robes, some toiletries, bottled water and a fridge. The downside was that there was no telephone in room and no mini bar but beer and water were available from downstairs and there was free tea and coffee and filtered water as well as bananas from the garden anytime.

The hotel only provides breakfast and guests can get lunch and dinner from the tourist area. The breakfasts were simple but adequate and I was thankful that we didn’t have too many choices to overeat. A change of the menu would be nice as the same menu is available daily and long term visitors could get tired of it.

There were a few minus points in the maintenance area and the owners need to pay more attention to improve these if they want the hotel to be in the boutique class. They need to check that lights, safes, hot and cold water are running etc. before guests arrive. We overlooked these as the stay was made really pleasant by not only the owners but all staff including the lovely Laotian girls who worked in the kitchen and cleaning areas.

I would definitely be back here if I am ever in Luang Prabang and can recommend this place to anyone who wants a quiet nice place to stay in one of the loveliest destinations we have been to.

Thank you for a lovely stay Dan and Paul. It was really lovely to stay at your hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I am so glad we booked this hotel! It is set in nice gardens, on a road that leads directly to the Night Market. It is not in the centre of Luang Prabang but hotel has a shuttle and free bicycles for guest use, making it super easy to get to in 5-10mns from the centre.
The rooms are spacious, decked out in Lao furniture. We had a superiour room which has an open bath/basin. Plenty of storage for those wishing to unpack. All rooms have a terrace with table and chairs. Good wifi connection everywhere.
Breakfast was yummy, with freshly cooked pancakes and eggs, plus bread, yoghurt, fruit, etc.
The mother and son team who run the hotel are friendly and helpful and smiley and charming and whatever other adjective you can come up with. If ever back in LB, I won't bother looking for another hotel, Recommended, hands down.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2013

About 15 minute drive from the airport, hotel is large house, very friendly staff, the main guy sat us down and told us about all the places in the area and that there is a shuttle service to the town centre. Night market is nearby (grab the shuttle or ride free bicycles). Lots of tour places in the market and restaurants, check out coconut restaurant. I recommend the pak au cave tour, we kyaked for abit quite tough! Check out uptopia bar it has a volleyball court which is a lot of fun, we played with other tourists and also laos people! Back to the hotel, breakfast is good choice of cereal toast and cooked eggs, free tea and coffee, also free bananas from the trees, probably the best I've ever had! We also took a trip up to the villages in the mountains with the same tour guide (khen) very nice guy, and saw laos villagers very interesting! I would recommend this hotel to anyone and if visiting laos stay in luang prabang not vientiane. I didn't want to leave. Feel free to ask any questions, enjoy :)

  • Stayed May 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Family hotel management " Paul and his mother " very helpful and friendly. We got excellent restaurant addresses, transportion contact, tour guide contact and all information about Luang Prabang.
The hotel a bit far from the old town but there is no problem getting into old town because the hotel provided free bike, tuk tuk and truck can take you where you want to go.
I did recommend Vangsavath hotel to other people already and will do so in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2013

My kids and I recently stayed at Vangsavath Hotel in Luang Prabang. I have nothing negative to say about the hotel. A very special thank you to Na Deang and Phon for being so helpful and thoughtful. They both manage a great hotel and have great staff who are friendly and helpful. Location is great, a tad bit out of town but all the more reason to stay here. I highly recommend Vangsavath Hotel and will definitely stay here again when I next return to visit!

Linda Toui, Australia

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Vangsavath Hotel
Address: Phetsarath road | Ban Nongkham, Luang Prabang 60000, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vangsavath Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vangsavath hotel is a colonial building architecture, the hotel which consist 3 building of room types. Running family hotel business. The hotel is beautiful, cleaning and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. Behind the hotel have a nice garden environment by natural of many kind of flowers with pond the guest can relaxing. From the hotel distance into the night market just 6 minutes 2.2 KM by hotel shuttle bus if the guest who can riding a bicycle the hotel prefer free bicycles into downtown from the hotel cycling go to the night market only 10 minutes by bicycles. Vangsavath hotel is nearly phosy market and ock pop tok weaving centre. ... more   less 
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