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Mekong Estate
Ranked #41 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Mekong Estate is a few minutes tuk-tuk ride from the main city and is in a non-touristy part of the city. It is a beautiful haven from the hustle and bustle of the main town. We were lucky to have the place to ourselves on most of the 6 days we were there and the gorgeous pool was a blessing in the extreme heat, after a morning of sightseeing. We spent countless hours sitting on our balcony watching the river flowing past....having breakfast with a view of the pool and river was amazing. Why go to a riverside restaurant for this? Service was great, housekeeping was excellent, we have no complaints about the rooms/food/service. Yes, it is in the middle of a typical Lao street so you will see litter and dogs but you'll also see locals going about their daily lives, isn't that what travelling is all about?

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Three days spent at this wonderful hotel, located on the Mekong river just outside Luang Prabang old town. The setting is absolutlutely stunning. It is easy to get into town either using the hotel shuttle, tuktuk or one one of the hotel bikes. The standard of accommodation is very high and the staff are very helpful. This is an ideal hotel to spend a few relaxing days for couples or families. Can't wait to come back. Highly recommended.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
1  Thank Will A
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Since returning home, we have recommended this comfortable hideaway to friends, I wish our time there had been longer.
After enjoying the old part of town for four nights, in a quality, central hotel, busily exploring markets, restaurants, waterfalls and other tourist attractions, the Mekong Estate was a lovely, laid back way to conclude our Luang Prabang holiday.
Two of us stayed in the Sunset house studio for three nights in the middle of July and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, even after coming down with a 24 hour tummy bug. The friendly staff were so attentive, and genuinely concerned, preparing rice soup for us, which was just what was needed.
I casually walked to the night market in the old town and back, past some interesting monuments, bakeries, soup stalls, Temples, silver stores, back packer accommodation, and, some major Government compounds, this took twenty minutes each way. Alternatively, I could have caught a tuk tuk for $2.
The Mekong Estate is situated in an area where non tourist population reside. Locally you find street food, small grocery shops, some Pharmacies, a bank and five minutes' walk away is a large locals market. If you had transport, there are interesting eateries away from the old tourist part of town.
The Mekong Estate has a 25 meter swimming pool with a waterfall, it was perfect for doing laps, or just gazing at the breathtaking Mekong view. Next to the Studio, we had access to a communal kitchen that had all the appliances one could need, and, fresh coffee.
I had read other reviews describing cocktails and snacks by the pool in the evenings. Not while we were there, this must be in the high season.
I didn't expect this place to be our favorite accommodation of the trip, but, it was.
I look forward to a further visit next time we're in Laos.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

A few very positive aspects but several significant negatives I would have wanted to know. First the positives: truly lovely pool and view of the Mekong river; bikes to use to ride into town; spacious bedroom; nice breakfast; great local market nearby; nice staff; local monks get alms right in the village which was interesting and no other tourists around. Problems: this hotel is off a main road and you walk down a dark dirt road in a dirty village with lots if garbage and dogs - yes it gives you a sense of life in Laos but there were so many dogs barking and fighting right behind my bedroom at night that we could not sleep much at all - truly like living behind a kennel. The hotel is a 15 min bike ride into main part of town or a few dollar per person tuk tuk ride which adds up. I would have rather been closer to town. Nothing to eat at all near the hotel which has no restaurant and room has no kitchen. We stayed in the two bedrom villa which was really two bedrooms seperated by a hot unairconditioned large room that really could not be used. Consequently it was not really a family apartment but two seperate bedrooms which was not how it appeared. Overall mediocre value and major sleep issues that should not exist at this price.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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MekongEstate, Public Relations Manager at Mekong Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2012

It’s a daily task for our team to providing you with the highest quality service and your feedback is extremely important to us, so thank you for sharing your comments with us. In fact, Mekong Estate Residence is the unique “hotel” with a pool overlooking the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Unesco doesn’t allow swimming pool in Heritage area also called Peninsula. So, as many villages in the city, Ban Saylom, is on dirt roads and should improve in the future. That is in an issue in the hand of local authorities.
Concerning, the dogs we discussed this point with the neighbors. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen often. We are aware about the disappointment and the disturbance. Sorry about that.
The “Guests Information Book” provides many advices to get the best of the residence during your stay: catering (Lao and international cuisine delivery at home), culture, cruises, transports, events, etc. About food, the Sunset House, where you stayed, has a large full equipped kitchen that the guests can use on request.
For those who prefer to stay closer to town, we recommend The Reader House.
Your comments will help us to improve and ensure the comfort and enjoyment of future guests. Dear travelers don’t be shy when you stay at Mekong Estate Residence, please ask our staff they will be always keen to help you.
If you plan to stay in Luang Prabang before Sept 30th, don’t miss the “Summer Offer discount 40%”, see details on Trip Advisor announce and on our website.

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Reviewed 14 April 2012

A beautiful place overlooking the Mekong river. We have stayed in many top hotels around the world and this is one of the best. A spacious and beautifully decorated villa with two amazing terraces overlooking the mekong; gorgeous pool; delicious breakfast ; excellent room service food if you want to stay in and free bikes to go into Luang Prabang for dinner if you want to eat out. A very special place which I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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MekongEstate, Public Relations Manager at Mekong Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2012

To be on your top list hotel around the world is a great compliment and we warmly thank you about that. Our main goal is always to provide at Mekong Estate Residence a convivial atmosphere, comfort and privacy in each villa and appartment. As our cosmopolitan guests you’ve appreciated to enjoy your breakfast on your private terrace and catering from the best restaurants in the city. It’s a real luxury to have lunch, dinner in the privacy of your home overlooking the Mekong River. We hope to welcome you again soon.
For all who plan to stay in Luang Prabang before Sept 30, don’t miss our “Summer Offer -40%”, see details on Trip Advisor and on our website.

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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Had three nits here during our visit to Luong Prabang and said “amazing experience”.

On the bank of quite river of Mekong and just a few minute walk from the downtown, this comfy villa is romatic place to stay. The charming architectures and local surroundings made a fabulous experience. Me and my husband were in the Sunset House (second floor) for 3 nights. It was lavishly designed for separately living area, bancony, and spectacular views overlooking the river, bed comfortable. Our days here start with savoring delicious sunrise breakfast and afternoon tea was relaxing before several sunsets. Also the garden is nice and the swimming pool was lovely. Staff was extremely friendly, efficient and service was excellent.

Getting out to the downtown, let's try a tuktuk! It was cheap and plentiful of, but almost everytime we want, the drivers from hotel kindly took us without charging, alternative using free bicycles. The only thing we dislike is the air that it may get thick from local kitchen over burning wood, but it probably every in Luang Prabang.

We definitely recommend this place for traveler who is keen on tranquility and comfortable stay but still touch the local, an amazing experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MarianBiee
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MekongEstate, Public Relations Manager at Mekong Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2012

We do appreciate all your compliments and especially the one about the staff. We’ve already shared it with them. Ban Saylom Riverside is a branch of Mekong Estate Residence located right on Mekong bank few minutes walk or ride from post office and just few meters from the main local market “Phosy” which is very colorful. Sunset House is a 4 bedrooms private villa with a huge panoramic living-room (rosewood floor) overlooking the Mekong River and the lap pool (25m). When the villa isn’t rent by a family or a group of friends we can rent separate rooms. Many guests plan to come 3 days and stay longer or come back one week (average). We hope to welcome you again soon.
Sorry about the burning wood from the neighboring kitchen. The locals keep some traditions in this area like around the country, as you guessed.
For all who plan to stay in Luang Prabang before Sept 30th, don’t miss the “Summer Offer discount 40%”, see details on Trip Advisor announce and on our website.

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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Just got back from Mekong Estate and loved it. We were traveling with another family, so booked the Sunset House and housed the children upstairs (in the VIP quarters!) while we parents took the downstairs rooms. The whole house is absolutely gorgeous, beds are very comfortable. Showers take a while to heat up, but no problem. Although there is no restaurant, breakfast is provided (eggs, bakery basket, fruit salad, juice, tea/coffee) and staff will order take out from several restaurants and set up the dining table should you wish to eat dinner at home. There is a sizable market a 5 minute walk down the road - handy for fruit, snacks and sundries. Getting into town was never a problem - tuktuks are plentiful and often the hotel driver took us in at no charge. The pool is NOT heated, so the water is pretty cold and very deep. Although we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, I wouldn't recommend this hotel for children under the age of 4 (too many potential dangers). Our almost 5 year old was able to handle it, but we had to be very attentive. Lovely spot!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Ban Saylom | Mekong River Bank, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#7 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
#10 Spa Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range: £105 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mekong Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mekong Estate lives up to its name with five stately Lao-colonial style villas, all with a stunning vista of the majestic Mekong River and mountains. Each of the property's 10 well-appointed rooms and suites has a river view, private terrace and kitchen, and is designed to be your home away from home. Founded in 2005 as the first residence service in Luang Prabang, guests get to discover a local atmosphere and home-style comfort, an experience unparalleled to staying at a hotel in town. The rooms boast ample space, light, character and charm. Spacious living extends to the outdoors with verandas, immaculate tropical gardens, a 25m long swimming pool and of course, the property's namesake river. Quite simply, we have the best view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang; watch the world drift by and let time stand still. ... more   less 
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