I had a bad experience, but it may not apply to everyone. I booked 5 nights in advance on Agoda based on their uniformly positive reviews for this hotel. (See below about their reviews.). I was traveling solo and the only choice was a two-room suite for $125. Agoda's ad mentioned kitchenette and a comment (left on the site) indicating it was like a whole apartment. I was shocked when I saw how basic it was. One room had just a bed and tiny night table (no place for clothes). The other had a bed and a clothes cabinet. No desk, no TV or radio or alarm clock or phone. (Phone could be useful to call the "front desk," which is actually a shop so you have to go outside to see if someone is there who speaks English.) Nothing aesthetically pleasing added. Basically just a bed. I thought I was splurging paying $125 and was shocked to see this. The kitchenette is shared. (Someone took my breakfast milk, perhaps by mistake.) There is a (nice) TV OUTSIDE the room, which would only be a disturbance if someone did use it, but it's in a non-air conditioned section and wasn't used. The hotel is new, and management just doesn't seem to know how to run a hotel or what people would want.
What the others say is true: good location, good a/c, good internet. In fact I wouldn't call the morning alms-giving a negative but a strong positive since you can view it from the upstairs room near the street or just go out and see it. I got up early for that, and otherwise the place was very quiet and sleep was no problem at all.
The place is new and has possibilities. I would say it just isn't ready, and if it charges $60-70 for the 2 rooms, that would be okay until it learns how to provide the proper amenities. I would have been fine with this if I had paid half the price (which would still have been more than I paid in other places in Thailand as well as Laos, none of which disappointed me.) I had to ask for a small desk (nice to have the internet but good to have a place to sit with your laptop to use it) and even had to ask for soap. Both were provided. One of the doors didn't seem to lock properly and the manager couldn't figure it out either, so I just used the other door.
Clearly it wasn't a good choice for one person and is meant for more (like a small family). But even then, it is very basic and bare, and I would think a family probably would want a TV (I didn't care) and a place to put clothes in EACH room, not just one. Ad says "room service," but I guess that means the rooms are cleaned, which is not the usual meaning of "room service." No breakfast was included in the $125 price, but I did know that in advance.
When I posted a mixed review on Agoda (which had previously had all positive reviews and which attracted me), it was not published. So I wouldn't trust Agoda's reviews. Agoda left up on their site the one that gave the wrong impression that it was like an apartment with a kitchen.
If you see my other reviews, they are mostly positive. So just judge for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully located at the peak of the historic Luang Prabang peninsula, right between the Buddhist temples, this charming place has competitive prices for rooms and apartments. Overlook the temple life on one side and the mountains on the other, the property is brilliantly surrounded by UNESCO-protected house. Consisting of two floors, first which features a three-bedroom apartment with a big living room, a kitchen, three bathrooms and a sunny terrace and the ground floor which has two bedrooms, a sitting room, one bathroom and a veranda, all designed and well equipped for your utmost comfort. Make a place for your peaceful holiday amidst quiet part of town with little traffic, right between the Mekong and Khan rivers and within easy walking distance to cafés, little shops and restaurants. For some more thrill in your stay, rent out bicycles to explore the tranquil surrounding, Halolao Villa ensures a wonderful experience. ... more less