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“Amazing tasteful oasis”

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Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Ranked #6 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Melbourne
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52 reviews
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“Amazing tasteful oasis”
Reviewed November 14, 2009

From the beautiful garden setting to the understated pool and restaurant area, this property is a gem. My beautiful partner and I were on our honeymoon and couldn't have wished for a better or more tranquil setting. The staff were excellent and all aspects of service quietly understated and professional. The pool while small is quiet and located within a garden setting. The rooms are quaint but perfectly appointed with balconies for a leisurely evening drink.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Somerset, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2009

I know there are a number of 'upmarket' hotels now opening in Luang Prabang but it is hard to imagine that you'd find anything more perfect than the Maison Souvannaphoum. An ideal retreat after a day exploring this UNESCO world heritage town.

Comfortable clean rooms have a large balconies and the pool is lovely. The outdoor restaurant is lexcellent and serves generally good food - although I hated the water buffalo stew! The service was immaculate.

The hotel is located close enough to all the town's attractions. The nearby night market is a great place to pick up local arts and crafts at unbelievable prices.

I certainly did not recognise the description of the hotel given by the previous contributor and wonder if they got their hotels confused.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2009

The service is what makes almost every hotel in Luang Prabang outstanding. The people are so polite and gentle. The service here is excellent, but it is equally excellent elsewhere.
The Maison is quite tired and almost run-down. Mold/mildew grows in the cracks of its bathrooms, and the linen and towels are quite worn. Bicycles are complimentary for your first 3 hours, but these old bikes are so rusted and in such bad shape, that when we rode them to visit another hotel, the other hotel staff were shocked and laughing at the condition of these bikes, much worse than their brand new ones - and their hotel was less than 2/3 the price of the Maison. The Maison then proceeded to charge us for using the bikes beyond the 3 hours, where most other hotels do not.
The Maison does have a swimming pool, but it is just about the smallest, least-frequently cleaned swimming pool I have ever seen, especially for a hotel. We could not see to the bottom of it, the water was so foggy. Breakfast was decent and cozy. There is wifi in the lobby, but to use their computer you must pay, and there is no internet in the rooms.
Mostly, the Maison just seems to have added a few more doors and locks and a lobby to convert this old mansion into a boutique hotel, and did little more than that. It is charming and cozy and of course the staff is wonderful, but for overall value and quality, it is overpriced in my opinion, compared to other hotels in the $130-150 range I have stayed at.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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London UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2009

Stayed here for 4 nights and really enjoyed it. The first night we stayed in the main part of the hotel but we were not bowled over by the room. The next night we switched to the garden rooms which are slightly more spacious and have a balcony (although the hotel is on quite a busy road so sitting on the balcony is not a peaceful experience). What makes this hotel outstanding is not the building but the people who work here. They are all absolutely delightful and made our stay here a very special one. We arrived quite late on the first evening and ate in the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious. Ashamed to say that we loved it so much we ate in the restaurant most evenings! We loved Luang Prabang and very pleased that we chose this hotel to stay in.

  • Stayed August 2009
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st albans
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in early September 2009. The expereince was amazing from the moment we walked though the front door. Check in was attentive with the customary welcome drink, along with the offer of a free dinner in the hotel restaurant. The room was comfortable with a lovely balcony overlooking the pool with an excellent maid service.
The location of the hotel was perfect. Slightly out of the centre but only a few minutes walk to the centre of town and the tasty cafe JoMo which is a must visit.
The pool was nice and queit and although small proved invaluable for an afternoon chill out or a cool down at the end of the day.
The free meal in the hotel was beautiful. The restaurant overlooks the pool and the food was stunning, tasting even better as it was free !!
We both had treatments in the spa which were amazing and although not cheap ($40) well worth it. The only criticism I can find is the quality of the bikes we hired from the hotel. I am being picky here and I would stay at this hotel again and recommend both Luang Prabang and this hotel to anybody going to Laos.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Wales
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Stay here you won't be disappointed. Lovely, helpful and polite staff who couldn't do enough for you.
The rooms were spotless and well maintained. As someone as written an early turn down service was welcomed as you were never disturbed as you were getting ready to go out.
Breakfast very good and so nice to sit overlooking the pool, a perfect setting. On our last day as we left before breakfast was due to start they opened up the dining room early which we were so grateful for.
Having the pool was one of the best things about this place. There was nothing nicer returning after a hot day after visiting the sights around LP and cooling off. The location is also a bonus. It 's only a short stroll to the night market and the local restaurants. Also good for getting up early if you want to see the Monks and the giving of alms.
It was like staying in a private home so peacful. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2009

A very cute, quirky little boutique hotel. The restaurant looked out onto the swimming pool, which was pleasant. The curries we had for dinner at the restaurant were lovely. The rooms were quite nice, but the reason I have given this 5 starts is because of the staff, they couldn't have been more helpful and were absolutely lovely.

  • Stayed August 2009
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Property: Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Address: Rue Chao Fa Ngum | Banthatluang, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Luang Prabang
#5 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#11 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#12 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel by Angsana is a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of Luang Prabang, Laos. It's the perfect retreat for the modern traveller seeking style and authenticity. Once the residence of the late Prince Souvanna Phouma, the mansion is an elegant blend of French colonial architecture and Lao motifs with the addition of all the modern comforts. The hotel is an 8-minute walk to the town centre - close the sights, night market, restaurants, bars and river, but away from the bustle and noise. Cool off in the pool, enjoy a drink in the garden, or unwind at the Angsana Spa after a long day of sightseeing. Our attentive staff are always on hand to meet your every need with warm, personalized service. The rooms and grounds are designed to be your home away from home. Maison Souvannaphoum is your private oasis. ... more   less 
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