I feel a bit churlish as I write this, but My Dream didn’t quite live up to the high expectations we had raised after reading previous guests’ reviews. We had high hopes and it is very pleasant, but not quite the peaceful oasis we were hoping for to celebrate my partner’s 50th birthday.
I had wrongly got the impression it would be in a slightly more rural and quiet location, but that the proximity of the bamboo bridge over the river to the old town would also make it relatively pleasant and convenient walk to the major sights.
We didn’t realize the bridge is seasonal and that at this time of year with the river still high, you have to go the long way to town, via the motorcycle bridge. It’s not a big issue but it meant popping in to town was a bit more of an expedition than just walking across the bridge and needed a long hot walk through the outskirts of town, a short bicycle ride or a tuk tuk to make the journey each time.
We borrowed the free bikes from the hotel and cycling in Luang Prabang is very easy - so it’s not a major issue - but it meant planning a journey into town rather than just popping in and out at will. Also, the bikes were free and consequently heavily used – they do a sterling job trying to keep them in good working order, but if you are going to do a lot of cycling it may be worth shelling out a bit extra for something a little more sturdy.
The hotel is on the banks of the Nam Khan and does have a lovely private garden, but it definitely still in town and surrounded by other shops and houses. It is also, unfortunately, opposite a row of fairly noisy riverside bars that were playing music until quite late into the night. This is not the fault of the hotel, but the barn-like construction of the room and the thin walls meant the room worked as an echo chamber and the music from over the river kept us awake late at night.
The room itself was pleasant, but nothing special – a bit bland and lacking in character, but the bed was perfectly comfortable and the air conditioning efficient and welcome. We paid extra for one of the Garden Bungalow rooms but they are a bit dark and weren't that private, with people frequently walking around just outside the windows and the view not as good as those higher up, with a balcony view of the river. Also annoying was the tiny mosquito net, which only covered half the bed and was effectively useless as it gaped open unless you stayed perfectly still all night.
Breakfast was good and staff attentive and helpful. The open air dining/reception area is very pleasant and at the top of the terraced garden, which means it has a good view over the garden to the river. There is a very small pool on one of the lower terraces, which was a bonus - not really big enough to swim in, but good for cooling off after a hot walk or cycle ride. They were busy re-tiling the pool area while we were there, which meant some noise and building work, but they were doing there best to keep the disruption to a minimum.
Useful places to know about nearby and on the same side of the river are the Dyen Sabai Restaurant and Pizza Phan Luang – both of which we tried and have very good food. If you are interested in arts and crafts, it’s also worth taking a bike and following the road outside the hotel as it hugs the river bank for about 15 minutes - this takes you out to the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where you can buy textiles and paper direct from the makers at much more reasonable prices than in town.
Altogether it’s a very pleasant place and if it weren’t for the noise at night and the seasonal bridge issu,e we probably would have felt more relaxed and stayed longer. As it was, we moved on after two nights, rather than staying the full five we had originally booked. Management were very good about us cancelling our remaining stay and were very anxious to know why - it would be unfair to them to say we were unhappy with the place but we just found a place that suited us better.
- 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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