We got to experience about 1/2 of the rooms at this Guesthouse. We had booked 2 rooms and ended up having to change one of the rooms two times.
On the positive side:
- This is a great location, close to everything in the center of Luang Prabang
- The manager (Sonny) was very pleasant and helpful.
- When things worked (see below), this met our minimum standard of accommodation (but only just!)
- Showers have hot water
- Price was very low (about $15/room)
- Upstairs rooms have a balcony
On the negative side:
- The a/c in our first room did not work and they could not move us to another room so we sweated out (literally!) our first night.
- The a/c in our 2nd room broke down shortly after we moved in, but this time they were able to move us to a 3rd room (downstairs)
- The upstairs rooms have thin wooden walls, so you hear everything. Generally Luang Prabang is pretty quiet at night, but our first night there was a wedding going on and the music (several streets away) did not stop until after 1am. This is not the guesthouse's fault, but the thin walls are - and so we didn't get much sleep. When we moved to downstairs, the walls were concrete or plaster and so noise was much less of a factor.
- The beds are essentially on the floor in most rooms and there is no furniture in the rooms (which are pretty small) so you have to live our of your suitcase or pack.
- The beds in 3 of the 4 rooms we tried were the lumpiest and most uncomfortable we have experienced in nearly 6 weeks of travel in SE Asia. The 4th bed was better.
- The place was generally clean, although the walls and bathroom are badly stained. This is an old property and it needs renovation.
- The bathrooms are small and there is no shower curtain so water goes everywhere. In some of the bathrooms the drain is not at the lowest point, so water collects and there is no squeegee to get rid of it, so we ended up doing the best we could with our feet.
- In the downstairs room we smelled bathroom waste unless the bathroom door was closed. Also this room had only 1 available wall outlet (the other was used for the TV), so if you are trying to charge more than 1 device, it's one at a time, or no TV!
- The stairs up are more like a ladder. Anyone with mobility issues would have a very hard time getting up and down.
There is a breakfast place across the street (owned by the guesthouse) which serves relatively simple and inexpensive fare. The Dragonfruit shakes were my favorite and the Mango shakes were a hit with one of my sons.
If coming to Luang Prabang again, I would try to stay somewhere a bit nicer, although in the same area. If you are on a very tight budget, this might be the place for you, but take into account the caveats I've listed above and try all the available rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Muonglao Riverside By Villa Xandria Hotel Luang Prabang