This is less a review of a room at Lotus Villa and more a series of observations of some enjoyable moments at the hotel. A special commendation to the manager Evelyn who makes the guests (and this non-lodging guest who spent a lot of time at the hotel) feel welcomed, and well-catered.
I stayed next door at Ammata Guesthouse on my recent visit to Luang Prabang but my brother and his family stayed in Lotus Villa. Being next door, I dropped by all the time to see my nephews. I saw the rooms, the courtyard, how the various guests were treated, how the staff handled things.
I had breakfast with my relatives at the hotel each morning. And I am writing this review in great part because the breakfasts I enjoyed (paying separately as a non-lodging guest) were sumptuous and bountiful -- besides the usual breads, coffees and teas, juices and shakes, eggs/omelettes, fruits and the like, also a huge bowl of rice noodle that could've served as a meal on its own. They counted among my favorite meals in town (and I managed to have lunches and dinners at many fine cafés and restaurants in LP). Each morning the manager Evelyn spoke to us. I saw her do the same with the other guests but we felt like she was paying us special attention. I suppose she does it with all the guests, which is a neat trick with a full hotel in high season but that underscores her talent as a hotel manager. I should note that the hotel staff were efficient and well-trained to serve the relatively few requests made.
Other thoughts - the hotel is perfectly located for the wonderful daily early morning (6:15 am or so, roughly when daylight breaks) alms-receiving procession of the hundreds of orange/saffron-robed monks and novices (monks in training but really young Laos who spend some childhood and teenage years at the temples as novices to get a decent education that their families cannot otherwise afford). The procession happens on the very street the hotel fronts.
Location is also central for fine restaurants and temples -- quite a few, more than enough for your stay, are all short pleasant walks (3-5 minutes) from the hotel. But the centrality of the location doesn't mean it's noisy and busy - it's quiet and yet close to everything.
I managed several multi-mile runs from the hotel to the several riverside paths. If you are a runner, don't miss the opportunity to do a few early morning runs (before the somewhat smoky air quality gets worse as the day progresses).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the UNESCO precinct of Luang Prabang, Lotus Villa is an established boutique hotel with 15 tranquil rooms and 2 suites. Nestled amongst cafes, temples, restaurants and local life, you are part of the enchanting atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage precinct by simply stepping outside the doors of the hotel. Neither a standard hotel nor a guesthouse, we strive to bring you the perfect synergy of both. Ideally located in between the mighty Mekong and Namkhan Rivers, a short walk to the heritage listed temples Wat Nong and Wat Xieng Thong as well as the Royal Palace are surrounded the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lotus Villa Laos Hotel Luang Prabang
- Lotus Hotel Luang Prabang
- Lotus Hotel Laos