This is a wonderful hotel, but think carefully about staying due to the complications involved in getting into town.
Plus points: Lovely staff (nothing was too much for them and they were incredibly warm), stylish and comfortable rooms (we had the bungalow for USD 90 per night). Delightful gardens overlooking the river, free bikes. When you are in the relaxing mood you can lounge by the pool. Free wifi everywhere.
Negative points: We found its location very inconvenient. You can walk into town in about 25 mins, BUT you have to walk over a bridge that was far too scary for me. We crossed it once and that was enough. It goes across the river at quite a wide point. The main bit of the bridge is narrow and is for bikes and motorbikes, so it is hard to walk over that bit. Pedestrians are supposed to walk along a passageway running on the side of the bridge. This passage felt really dilapidated. There were a couple of missing planks and the hand rail was pretty shaky. This bridge is not for the faint hearted (like me!). If you don't want to walk you have to take a taxi (difficult to organise) or the hotel shuttle bus that leaves at 7pm only. You would then have to take a tuk tuk back to the hotel from town. Considering that you come to Luang Prabang to experience the town, we found this to be a real drag. And if you are taking tuk tuks all the time, each journey is about USD 4. The vehicles go miles out of the way in order to make use of a bridge on the other side of town. The hotel does put on a free shuttle bus from town at 9pm but that is way too early if you are only being dropped off at 7pm. You are supposed to go to the night market, have dinner and be back at the bus stop in 2 hours?!
The breakfast is OK, but a little limited. They are constantly running out of coffee (which, to be fair, they do replenish, but it seems ridiculous that they only have one small jug on the go). The yoghurt is disgustingly sweet. The bread is quite simply horrible (you can get much nicer stuff at some of the bakeries in town so they have no excuse to serve bread that tastes like paper.
Although the gardens are beautiful and quite big relative to the size of the hotel, there are no seats in them to enable you to chill out. The only thing you can do is walk up and down them.Don't understand why they can't put a few benches out there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a peaceful garden, leading down to an uninterrupted view of the Nam Khan river, My Dream is an oasis of tranquility, just minutes from Luang Prabang's bustling town centre. Rooms and furnishings of natural woods and woven Lao fabrics blend seamlessly into lush surroundings. Sunshine streams through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open out to private balconies. You may choose a room in Sala, Chandara, or Latsana, or select your own bungalow – or bungalow suite. All are light, airy, and a reflection of Lao culture and design. ... more less
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