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Reviewed January 1, 2014

The short version: Had a great time in the Lotus Villa hotel for our honeymoon. The hotel is very nice but falls a bit short of the 5 star treatment. Granted, the hotel is not priced as such, so it would be unfair to expect it. If you are in Luang Prabang and want a classy and romantic accommodation, but do not want to bust the bank, this is your option. More below.

The longer version: The hotel is located a street parallel to the main avenue in LP, and likewise one street parallel to one of the rivers. You are in the city centre in about 10 steps, making the location great but not “By the Mekong” great.

The rooms are very clean and spacious, with a tub in the room. Meaning, you have your bed, and a few feet from it, there is a bath tub. Worry not, the bathroom has a toilet and a shower if you want to stand up and have privacy.
The staff was beyond helpful and polite. The breakfast was great in the indoor patio they have, with a picturesque setting.

A few constructive pointers and warnings: The rooms in the bottom floor are in next proximity to the inner garden, so privacy can be a bit of an issue. The sheets were not fine grade cotton (ie. the silkier kind of thread count) but clean and neat nonetheless.

Plus points: They arranged for quality grade sticky rice to give to the monks as they passed for the alms.

Warning: The monks pass by the hotel (in front) at 6am, expect to hear clanging and drums. That said, the procession is a beautiful and unique experience. It is your loss if you miss out on it.

In a sentence: It’s a great hotel in the mid-range with great staff and unique decoration.

Room tip: Ask them for one in the higher floor in order to get more quiet.
Date of stay: December 2013
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Lotus Villa is a quaint, charming hotel with a warm family feeling.

I stayed there over Christmas in a suite (too enormous for me; but, what the heck?!) and loved every moment of it. There was a minor miscommunication with my airport pick-up but it was just a hiccup.

This hotel is in the heart of this fairly small town, so there is a lot of ambient noise--you'll be among the people for sure, as it is integrated right into the neighborhood. If you are expecting something like Marriott that is surrounded by a giant parking lot, you won't find it here. The neighbors to one side of my room were often noisy into the evening, but it didn't bother me too much.

The solemn monks came at about 6:20 each morning during sunrise, to receive the alms ceremony and this was beautiful to watch.

What makes this hotel stand out from so many others was the personal service and kindness of Evelyn (the manager) and her compassionate Lao staff. All of the kitchen help, reception staff (WAT, LIA, etc...) spoke English and went out of their way to make sure that all was okay. They enjoyed making conversation and their sincerity definitely came through.

Breakfast had lovely choices and was served out in the oasis of a patio/courtyard.

When the internet was dicey, one employee brought a USB for me, as well as his own mobile phone to allow me to get online (it didn't work but we tried very hard!)

There is a drop-in English school nearby and the rivers and wandering areas are all within just a few steps.

The touches in the room made it so special--bananas, tamarind candy, lovely decor, etc.
There was no TV there, which was actually kind of nice.

Even though she'd had a terrible bicycle accident and suffered many broken bones, Manager Evelyn still strolled through each day (arm in a cast and sling and suffering much pain) and checked up on her guests. This is what makes this place so fantastic.

When you go to Luang Prabang, you can count on Lotus Villa for a splendid stay.

Thank you, L.V. from CV!

Date of stay: December 2013
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1  Thank CDV1125
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

A real peach of a boutique hotel is the Lotus Villa Laos in Luang Prabang. The hotel is just a 15 minute drive from the airport. All the important places to visit are near by. The breakfast area almost looks like a wooded forest and it is wonderful to have breakfast in such surroundings. A peculiarity that is hard to decipher the absence of TV or even music. Nevertheless, one should not complain as you are better off not watching TV. The people are simple with simple aspirations. There is much to see near the hotel such as temples and local life. Being a hotel employee myself, I was taken in by the rooms especially the terra cotta tiling and furniture and took photographs to see if we could do up a room back home at the hotel where I work.

Date of stay: November 2013
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1  Thank Monica B
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rianja, General Manager at Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Monica B,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write! And I apologize for the delay in responding.

And if I may, Monica, I would like to use "your space" for a minute to also apologize to the previous reviewers I have not yet written to. But in the beginning of December I was in a very bad cycling accident. And though back at the hotel now, my fractured left arm is in a cast, and I am typing one handed. Plus the cracked ribs & broken collarbone make being at a keyboard somewhat difficult!

But that does not mean your review (and the others) are any less appreciated. Monica, your comment about our design is particularly appreciated, as we are very proud of our unique design approach. Also, thank you for reminding everyone we are TV-free, and that we also stay away from the 'canned' music found so often at other hotels.

Finally - you are in the hotel business too! That makes your comments high praise indeed. We will continue to do our very best for all our guests, and to live up to your lovely review.

Once again, many thanks, and may all your travels be safe and happy ones.

With Best Regards,
Evelyn

Evelyn Napier
General Manager
Lotus Villa
So thank you Monica, and to the previous reviewers, for uyour patience and

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

A very well run hotel with attentive staff who are eager to please. We stayed twice during our tour here - we stayed upstairs for two nights with balcony on both sides of the room, ensuring good ventilation. Most important - the beds were very comfortable and ensured a good night's sleep. Room #5 was a little noisy for early in the morning with the person delivering the alms rice ringing the doorbell at 5.30am, but the upstairs location was great for photographers. When we returned we mentioned this to Evelyn, the manager and we were moved into a room at the back for the next stay. It was great to have a fridge and access to a kettle for morning coffee. We didn't have to travel far to see the monks collecting alms as they passed right by the hotel - some of our best images were taken from the balcony. We ate several meals at Joy's Restaurant and highly recommend it for Laos food. Joy also cooked us french fries and chicken one night when we said we were missing Western food, so she is highly adaptable.

Room tip: Rooms at the front are noisier but a little bigger and great for viewing the alms ceremony. At the back they are quieter and a bit smaller.
Date of stay: December 2013
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

very good location, friendly staff - everything written by fellow travellers -
but nobody mentioned the exceptional good quality of the beds -
something extremly important after an interesting but exhausting day!

Date of stay: December 2013
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Thank alexis246
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