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Chanthavinh Resort and Spa
Ranked #52 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Moscow, Russia
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“Beautiful, relaxing location”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

The hotel is located on a bank of Mekong river, in front of the town. And this really makes it's location unique, especially having breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel, which is hanging high over Mekong river, and observing the mist, raising from the water.
Hotel offers a river crossing boat and this makes each trip to the town exotic and exciting.
Such lonely location makes the athmosphere of the hotel really calm and relaxing.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Initial thought was what the hell have I done.
The river crossing and a [--] of steep stairs each side make any trip into town difficult.
A night out on the town is out of the question

As with any resort that has no competition (once you are here you are stuck)
Alcohol and food prices are steep.
Rooms and grounds are great
If you want to relax and not go anywhere else it is perfect
Downside was that tour groups appear to take prescedence over other guests
No food in the rooms as owner afraid it will attract ants.
Will leave early even though I have paid for 6 nights.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

The hotel is situated on the Mekong River, but downstream and on the opposite side of the river from the town. This makes for a bit of a hike every time you want to go in to Luang Prabang. The hotel offers a ferry ride and car to a central location in the town centre, but prefer that you stick to their schedule of pick up times. However, they will collect you at other times if you arrange it through reception. The last pick up from the town to the resort in the evening is around 10.45, and the first trip to the town in the morning is 8am. Therefore, if you have any designs on observing the daily alms giving ritual in the town centre, then forget it. You will not be able to get there!
There are also steep sets of stairs to take you down the river bank to the ferry and then up the other side to the resort itself. This is fine for young legs, but I had 2 70+ year olds in my party, who found it very difficult to negotiate the stairs, especially as many of the stairs did not have a hand rail. If you have any disability in regard to walking, I think this would not be a suitable hotel at all.

The resort itself is lovely. Friendly staff, good food at reasonable prices, a swimming pool (just recently finished), and good sized rooms with comfortable bedding. The hotel is surrounded by pleasant gardens, and does have a wonderful view over the river. Most relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012

We were upgraded to the deluxe suite which means a huge room, nicely appointed, with a balcony overlooking the river.

The Good: stunning loction right on the Mekong. No other resort nearby means its quiet and tranquil (except of course for the omnipresent sound of construction we encountered throughout our travels in the region). Large, beautiful grounds. Nothing finer than a Laotian coffee on the balcony while watching the fishermen and local commuters drift by. The staff is very friendly, the manager is onsite and everpresent and their english is good. The breakfast buffet is perhaps the finest we had on our trip, though its worth noting it wasnt offered on our first night when we were among only one or two other guests at the hotel.

The Bad: a minor quibble here... inexplicably the quality of the bathroom and shower fixtures didnt match the luxury of the rest of the suite. There were bug parts litering the duvet cover. The non-buffet breakfast was limited in choice and in execution. The biggest problem: some will no doubt complain about the distance from the main part of Luang Prabang. From the center of town, you take a twelve-minute van ride, then a six-minute ferry across the river, then a rather steep climb up what might be two or three flights of stairs. It's not something you want to do four or five times a day and requires you to schedule your day. However: despite the staff giving us a schedule for ferry crossings, they were happy and willing to accomodate any request during the day and night, from pick-up to drop-off. Perhaps that may change when there are more guests to accommodate. And we found the journey a very small price to pay for the exquisite setting and quality of the accommodation. Indeed, the ferry across the mighty Mekong was a highlight rather than a drag.

The Bottom Line: In our three weeks in four countries we voted this our favourite hotel. But a good tip might be to stay at a more central location in LP for your first night to get your bearings, then move to this hotel afterwards, when you are craving peace and quiet.

Room Tip: If you CAN, ask for an upgrade to the villas because they're more spacious. But the location of...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2012

I highly recommend the hotel Saynamkhan.
Firstly the welcome was very warm and the atmosphere was very friendly.
The room was very clean, mini bar and overlooking the Khan river with a beautiful terrace.
The breakfast was excellent with very good pancake.
Furthermore the hotel is very well positioned in the historic district

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Firstly, the worst thing about this hotel is it's location. Although they offer a boat and then car to the town whenever you wish, it is still a hassle to get there. They also don't like when you want to stay out late in the evening. The staff seemed displeased with my partner and i asking to be picked up at 11pm. There seems to be a management problem at this hotel. The staff were mostly trying to be as helpful as possible but seemed lacking in training. Daily cleaning forgot to replace our dirty towels that they took with new ones and it took two phone calls to reception to successfully get the message across that we needed towels while one of us was waiting in the shower. You would expect much more from the amount it costs to stay here. Would advise friends to avoid it.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2011

The most important factor with this place is the location. Its good because its lovely surrounds with a beautiful view over the Mekong. However its a major effort to get too and from. We had to make our own way as we received no replies to emails and we had to ask around alot before we found a Tuk Tuk driver who knew where to go. its a drive south out of LP and then a boat ride over. Once here the hotel is happy to organise things for you which makes it easier.

The rooms are nice, however not a huge step up from what you get in a nice guest house. IF you are the sort of person who likes to leave your hotel and walk the streets this isnt the place for you. If you like a bit of isolation and tranquility then it is.

Room Tip: If you dont get a view of the mekong its not worth the effort.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chanthavinh Resort and Spa
Address: Ban Chan neu | Chomphet District, Luang Prabang 712345, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #52 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chanthavinh Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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