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Muonglao Guesthouse
Ranked #206 of 261 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Dusseldorf, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“I absolutely love this place”
Reviewed November 27, 2011

It was the second time I stayed at that guesthouse and even though a lot has changed to Luang Prabang over the past 4 years (where do all the cars and motocycles come from?), not a lot has changed there. The crew is still very young and soooo amazingly friendly - you just feel like you are staying with your family. If you ever want to experience the real Lao hospitality - go there. If you want to stay with honest people, that do their best to make you feel at home and welcome - this is the place to be. The food - especially cooked by "Mee" is absolutely delicious - it is real lao (not the european or american version of it) and so authentical. Of course you can stay in chic hotels or restaurant - and there you might get faster or more decorated stuff - but this just feels like the real thing ... and isn't that what we are all looking for?

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We arrived at the guesthouse (actually hoping to stay at one down the alley next door but they were full) and we were shown the rooms which were clean, tidy and very well presented. We originally planned to only stay the one night and find somewhere else but it was so nice and such good value for money that we decided to stay for 4 nights. The staff were always friendly and welcoming. The food was very good and we took advantage of their laundry service and we were really pleased with the freshness of the clothes after being washed... The towels always smelt fresh as well.... wonderful place to stay and if we go back to Luang Prabang we will stay here again...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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slovenia
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2011

The location of the guest house itselft isn't that bad but I didn't like the staff's attitude. We were staying there for the time of Sonkran festival which means that many rooms in the town were occupied already. We decided to check on several guest houses if they have vacancy for the most busiest dates. When we came to Muonglao Guesthouse and asked about the vacancy for 6 nights (also for the period of Sonkran) they assured us with smiles on their faces that they have a room available. Great! When we checked in the next day, they told us, that we can only stay 4 nights as they already have a booking for a big group, booked a long time ago. OK, thanks for not telling us that yesterday!

They also told us the price for the night and said AC is in the room, too. Upon check in we realised they "forgot" to mention that AC is not included in the room price.

We also wanted to do laundry, which they advertise on a poster infront of the GH. Regular laundry - 10.000 KIP/kg, express - 15.000 KIP/kg. I asked for a regular but when I pickud up the clothes they charged me 15,000 KIP/kg. When I complaind they were just smiling and pretending they didn't understand me. I showed him their a poster with the price and the guy just torn it off and said it's not the right price. If I knew that I would do laundry anywhere else as they all have a price 10.000 KIP/kg.

If wi-fi is important to you, don't stay here, it's super slow - when it works, that is. The mattress was horrible as well.

At the end we were happy that we had to go out for the last 2 nights and we find a really nice GH a few meters down the road (pass gass station and turn left on the mini road where you wil find Phontida GH).

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2010

The rooms very basic with a step-up bathroom. Beds uncomfortable with springs sticking out. Wooden floor board moves and disturbs anyone sleeping. Endless cricket and vehicle noises. Difficult to get peaceful sleep.
Ants in bread served during breakfast. Guesthouse staff were okay.
Got this guesthouse as part of 8 days 7 night package from their travel agency heritagexplorer
Be WARY of this agency. They DON'T honor their deal.
Had to pay extra for meals as those provided were hardly sufficient.
The other hotels, driver and vehicle provided were okay.
Would never stay in the guesthouse or deal through the agency again!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2010

My fiancee and I stayed at the Muonglao Guesthouse at the end of July 2010. We payed $16 a night for an AC room, although it appears as though the rates are flexible depending on how many rooms are vacant and whether you ask for a deal. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, especially Thavone, the manger, and Mee, who works in the kitchen. The room was comfortable and the fan was strong enough that we only used the AC once, so if the weather is friendly when you are there you may not even need to pay for the AC. The breakfast, which is not included in the price, was not that great, but the other food we had there was good. While it is a bit of a walk to the main drag, there are a number of restaurants near the hotel, including the very popular Utopia, so you do not have to walk too far to eat. Thavone and his colleague Kurt can arrange for tours and bus and plane tickets for you. It is important to note that they do this on their own and it is not an official service that the guesthouse provides. There is a lot of competition in Luang Prabang and sometimes their prices were very good, but other times they were not, so shop around. The only issues we had with the hotel have been pointed out in some of the less glowing reviews found below. The rooms on the first floor are not nearly as nice as the top floor and even though we had a great stay, we would look for some place else if there were only 1st floor rooms available. The guesthouse is a bit of a walk from the night market and most of the restaurants and bars, which isn't such a big deal in the morning and evening, but there is no shade on the way and it can be a very hot mid-day walk. As for the price, there are sooooooo many places to stay in LP and if you shop around and are good at haggling, especially during the low season, you can probably find a more centrally located place for the same price if not for less. One way or another we enjoyed our stay and would check to see if they had a room if we were to return to LP.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2010

This place was the standout accommodation of our 3 week trip across 4 countries!

We were met as promised at the airport by Kurt who took us the short distance to the guesthouse. We were really pleased with the rooms and the guesthouse as a whole. I'd pre-booked online which was a very straight forward process directly with the guesthouse and had requested a double room + triple room for our kids both with bathrooms and air con (air con is essential in Luang Prabang) with balconies at the front of both rooms so we could rise early and have a good vantage point from which to see the monks each morning.

Most outstanding of all was the way Kurt and his staff looked after us. The other standout staff member was Mee who ran the guesthouse restaurant. They were just great with our kids and we were all a bit teary to leave them after 4 nights.

Please note that this place is IDEAL if you are into guesthouses - not for 4/5 star travellers. This is a genuine experience with genuine hospitality, a little on the rustic side like most guesthouses but very clean and tidy and nicely decorated in a fantastic location.

It turned out Kurt wasn't the manager, the manager was some other person who we never saw! I would say to the owner of the guesthouse if he ever reads these reviews - Kurt is an integral part of the enjoyment we had staying there and was the true manager. This is evident from the previous reviews also.

A great place that we hope to return to in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank kimmcfayden
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2010

My husband spent 6 weeks travelling in SE Asia including three days in Luang Prabang. I booked Muonglao on the basis of some good reviews on Trip Advisor. Of all the places that I pre-booked in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam it was the only one that insisted on payment in advance.
When we arrived we found the guesthouse didn't match our expectations. We had been staying in very cheap and cheerful places in Thailand ($10 per night) which were much much better (i.e. clean, mosquito nets that weren't full of holes, windows that didn't have gaps that mosquitos could get in etc). The staff, although friendly, were extremely inept and there were numerous annoying mix ups about our booking etc. The guesthouse is in an extremely noisy area and between the neighbours partying, cock's crowing all night (so much for the dawn thing...) and various crickets, geckos etc etc we really didn't get much sleep. We ended up moving to another hotel (one of the ones with an internet cafe on the main street) and it was much cheaper and had lovely, bright, clean modern rooms where everything worked as it should. It was also a better location and quiet despite being right in the centre of town.
I would definitely avoid Muonglao - there are much nicer, cheaper places in Luang Prabang.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Muonglao Guesthouse
Address: Phommathat Road, Ban Apay, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #206 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Muonglao Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Muonglao Guesthouse opened in December 2006, it is located opposite Wat Visoun and along the lovely stretch of the Luangprabang. All rooms are with private bath (en suite), hot shower, air conditioning and Cable TV. It is about 5-10 minutes walking distance to the town centre. Room types available include from double to Quad/Family and room with balcony. Muonglao also have a small Bistro Garden breakfast, lunch and dinner for the convenience of the guests. Muonglao Guesthouse can be booked online. ... more   less 
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